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13 December 2010

Zen meditation eases pain

People who engage in Zen meditation do feel pain, new research reveals, but they don't think about it as much.

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.

"Using functional magnetic resonance imaging [MRI], we demonstrated that although the meditators were aware of the pain, this sensation wasn't processed in the part of their brains responsible for appraisal, reasoning or memory formation," Rainville noted.

"We think that they feel the sensations, but cut the process short, refraining from interpretation or labelling of the stimuli as painful."

 
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