The Effects Of Meditation On The Mind And Body

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On many Occasions, physicians may be unable to attribute any physiological medical explanation for a patient’s reported pain symptoms. As the mind and body are one, the physical manifestations of pain may be directly related to a manifestation of the mind. As the mind has the ability to induce physical pain upon the body, it may also have the ability to abolish such somatic pains with conscious efforts of mindfulness meditation on states of distress.
Orme-Johnson, Schneider, Son, Nidich, and Cho (2006) hypothesized that transcendental meditation would have long-term effects on an individual’s physiological brain components responsible for pain management. The reduction of pain would be due to the reduction of distress through meditation that would also reduce the prefrontal cortex’s response to pain, and also a reduction of the thalamus response to pain. The sample included a total of 12 men and 12 women from Orange County and Los Angeles recruited from meditation centers. The control sample consisted of 12 healthy individuals who were interested in transcendental meditation, and the experimental sample consisted of 12 healthy individuals who have been practicing the meditative technique for an average of 30 years. The neuroimaging was conducted at the University of California, Irvine using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The experimental procedure consisted of individuals immersing the left index and middle fingers in warm water (43°C) as a baseline,
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