A new study on the human brain shows that meditation can reduce pain. The authors measured pain intensity and pain regulation in fifteen volunteers by using a pain rating scale and an MRI, a machine that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to capture x-ray like images. Two MRI sessions were conducted — one before meditation training and one afterwards. In the second session, the male and female volunteers experienced less pain after practicing mindfulness meditation, a technique that involves letting random thoughts go and focusing on breathing sensations, according to the authors of the study.
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Can Meditation Reduce Pain?