Meditation and Medicine!! Which is more effective?

Meditation More Effective than Morphine for Pain

Blog by Granny Med
(10 Hours Ago) in HealthAlternative Medicine
There has long been anecdotal evidence that relaxation techniques such as meditation are effective in coping with and managing various difficult health problems, including pain. But new evidence to be published in the “Journal of Neuroscience,” links meditation with brain scancs showing that brain activity is altered in people who meditate while exposed to pain.

Scientists scanned the brains of 15 health volunteers naive to meditation using arterial spin labeling magnetic resonance imaging (ASL MRI). During the scan, a heat device was placed on the right legs of subjects that warmed the area to 120 degrees Fahrenheit over 5 minutes. Most people experience this stimulus as painful.
The scans were conducted prior to meditation and after four 20 minute classes in a technique known as focused attention. In focused attention people pay attention to their breath while letting go of distracting thoughts or emotions.
Amazingly, after meditation training, pain intensity was reported to be 40% less on average, while pain unpleasantness was rated 57% lower. Every participant rated their pain lower after meditation from an 11% reduction up to a 93% reduction. Most opiate painkillers reduce pain by 25%.
The scientists reported that brain activity was reduced in the primary somatosensory cortex while increased in the anterior cingulate cortex, anterior insula, and orbiot-frontal cortex after meditation. These areas of the brain are involved in feeling the location and intensity of pain as well as creating the experience of the pain. It appears that meditation works on multiple areas of the brain responsible for multiple pathways that process the experience of pain.
Although the results of this study are limited by the small number of participants, the implications of this information is intriguing. Meditation produced dramatic pain-reducing effects after only 1 hour 20 minutes of instruction. The potential to reduce pain was greater than traditional pain medications.
You can read the abstract of this study at:


Yoga Citta Vritti Nirodhah: reaching an inner peace

Yoga citta vritti nirodhah means to reach an inner peace in the mind and to stabilize thoughts and disturbing emotions. Given that yoga is a combination of physical movements which at the same time combine controlled breathing, practicing yoga citta vritti nirodhah allows a syncronized flow to occur during the movements. It provides a more meditative approach to yoga to be realized and for the student a much more relaxing and peaceful feeling can be obtained.


It was only when I looked further into what Yoga was before I found
out asana’s were only one of the eight parts of what yoga really is.
Something I was very happy to experience during YTT was the exposure I
got to meditation. From a young age meditation was always an area of
confusion for me. Questions would always surface. What are you
supposed to do? What’s the point? Am I supposed to think about
something? How do you do it?
Based on what I understand about meditation now, is that it is a way
for us to achieve a certain state of mind. To achieve this state of
mind we are to dettatch ourselves from the complicated thoughts of
daily life and concentrate on something simple such as the sound of
breath. It is through the simplicity of maintaining a simple humming
noise or a the sound of an “ohm” that allows us to focus. Making
things simple for our minds allows us to reach a state where we can
experience a near unconscious state. While maintaining this near
unconscious state we can allow prana to cleanse, and even align our
This ideally would emulate a certain phase of sleep whereby we would
be allowing our brain to reguvinate.
Although I have learned some meditation methods I still think that
this near subconscious state of mind is somewhat beyond my immediate
grasp. I do feel however that with enough time and regular practice
the benefits of meditation are atainable. An aspect of my life I
personally struggle with is focus. An overactive mind is something I
have been living to deal with for a long time, and during my first few
attempts at meditation became extremely obvious to me.
Not only during the meditation itself, but also during my asana
practice I realized how much my own mind was interfering with the
quality and effort of what my body was doing.
In my eyes, meditation is a reflexion of another part of you, a very
honest one. While asana’s really should only be about you, because
there is the element of the physical world it’s very easy to let your
ego get involved in your asana practice. How difficult or easy an
asana is for you, or how much better or worse you are than someone
else doing an asana, are all things that are born from our ego. Why is
meditation more honest? It’s because no matter how good or bad you are
at it, how enlightened you become, how long you spend in a near
subconscious state, can only be realized by you and can’t be proven to
anyone else in any way. You are the only one experiencing your own