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Transcendental Meditation (TM) Reduces the Brains's Reaction to Pain

In a small study of 12 long-term meditators published in NeuroReport, there was a 40-50% lower brain response to pain compared to 12 healthy controls. When the 12 controls then learned and practiced TM for five months, their brain responses to pain also decreased by a comparable 40-50%. This study suggests that the benefits of meditation represent not just a positive change in attitude, but a fundamental change in how the brain functions. Orme-Johnson DW, Schneider RH, Son YD, Nidich S, Cho ZH. Neuroimaging of meditation's effect on brain reactivity to pain. Neuroreport, 2006 Aug 21;17(12):1359-63.



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