The evidence for the benefit of meditation is so strong as to make one wonder why it's not part of traditional medical therapy.
Although there is a large body of medical research demonstrating that the areas of the brain that are activated during meditation are composed of cells with many morphine receptors -- the location at which narcotic pain relievers as well as endorphins reduce pain -- the action of meditation on pain relief is wonderfully more complex.It has long been considered that meditation causes an increase in natural painkillers called endorphins. It is then these endorphins that affect the perception of pain.
Chronic pain is the number one reason why people seek medical care. The current traditional medical approach including medications, injections, various therapies as well as various behavioral therapy approaches does not adequately address chronic pain.
As reported in the journal Science News, in 2012 the annual medical cost associated with chronic pain exceeded $600 billion. It is astounding that this is more than the annual cost of cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. (MORE)
Source: Daily Hearld