Can Meditation Reduce Pain?

People who engage in Zen meditation do feel pain, new research reveals, but they don’t think about it as much.The observation could have a bearing on the treatment of chronic pain among patients struggling with the impact of conditions such as arthritis and back pain.

The findings are from a recent study in the medical journal Pain. Compared with an equal number of non-meditating study participants, the researchers found that highly experienced meditators reported lower pain responses, as well as less activity in those parts of the brain (the prefrontal cortex, amygdala and hippocampus) that are linked to cognitive processes, emotion and memory.

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