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Zen Meditation Can Help Bring Pain Under Control
Date:12/10/2010

ssible to self-regulate in a more passive manner, by turning off certain areas of the brain, which in this case are normally involved in processing pain."

"The results suggest that Zen meditators may have a training-related ability to disengage some higher-order brain processes, while still experiencing the stimulus," added Rainville. "Such an ability could have widespread and profound implications for pain and emotion regulation and cognitive control. This behavior is consistent with the mindset of Zen and with the notion of mindfulness."

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For more on meditation, visit the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

-- Alan Mozes

SOURCE: Pain, Dec. 8, 2010, news release


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