As the times we are living in are more and more troubled, the concerns for our mental health are increasing. That’s why many people turn to yoga, meditation and relaxation practices in order to be able to face the challenges life throws at us.
The popularity of this practice made specialists wonder whether these methods are truly efficient in improving many health issues, or if it’s just a placebo effect.
Thus, the specialists in neurobiology from the Wake Forest Medical Centre in the USA wanted to find the truth by studying the reaction to pain of 75 healthy individuals who were exposed to increased temperatures. The subjects were divided into several study groups for doctors to be able to observe the impact of ointments, breathing techniques and correct meditation on the management of pain.
After four days, while some of the patients were not using anything, some others used a placebo for pain reduction, others used partial meditation techniques and some others practised meditation by the book. Specialists tested their reaction to pain again.
In the end, they concluded that the group practicing meditation by the book felt 27% less pain, and the emotional one was reduced by 44%. Nevertheless, the perception and control level of pain was improved for all participants in this study adopting one of the three methods.
So here’s a step forward in evaluating the fabulous potential of maintaining health with the help of meditation. It seems meditation overcomes even opioids as far as the control and perception of pain is concerned.