Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Reduce your pain

This morning I came across a little column by a doctor that reported the following:
MRI, as some of you may know, is a noninvasive imaging test that uses magnetic energy to take three-dimensional pictures of internal body organs. "Functional" MRI is a new application of MRI, in which you can see how blood flow to the brain changes as you think; it is a way to monitor brain activity.

In the research study, when 12 people who were skilled at meditation were examined using functional MRI, they had a 40 to 50 percent lower brain response to pain than 12 people who had never done meditation.
40 to 50 percent. That's a lot. If that's not a good motivation to practice, I don't know what is!

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