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Helps treat inflammation

A recent study conducted by neuroscientists at the University of Wisconson-Madison and published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity showed that mindfulness meditation effectively combats stress-related inflammation. A group that practiced mindfulness meditation was compared to a group participating in a program “designed to enhance health in ways unrelated …

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Helps break addictions

A review first published in 1994 in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly concluded that meditation is an effective and sustainable treatment for substance dependency. Meditation “produced a significantly larger reduction in tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use than either standard substance abuse treatments,” including counseling, drug regimens, and twelve-step programs, “or prevention …

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Promising for treating attention disorders

Meditation is promising for treating attention disorders A study in the May 2008 Journal of Attention Disorders tested twenty-four adults and eight adolescents with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) before and after an eight-week program of regular mindfulness meditation. More than three-quarters of participants reported reductions in ADHD symptoms, “even though the majority …

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Improves cognition

Meditation improves cognition after just four days A study published in the June 2010 Consciousness and Cognition reported that even a four-day meditation regimen “significantly improved visuo-spatial processing, working memory, and executive functioning” in study participants. A group of people with no prior meditation experience meditated for four days, 20 …

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Lessens severity of pain

Meditation is a natural pain reliever A study published in the April 2011 Journal of Neuroscience found that meditation substantially reduces the felt intensity of physical pain. The study participants were 15 healthy individuals who had never meditated before. The study tested their reaction to a mildly painful stimulus (a …

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