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Meditation Reduces Migraine: Study

A recent study has shown that the sufferers of migraine, chronic neurological disorder, might get relief by a type of meditation designed to reduce stress.

Brenda Mcgregor, French Tribune, Sep 15, 2014

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Harvard Medical School's researchers discovered that meditation may help relieve the intensity and duration of migraine. Researchers had designed the study to find the feasibility, effects and safety of standardized meditation and yoga intervention called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in individuals with migraines.

Lead researcher of the study, Rebecca Erwin Wells, said that prime reason of headache is stress and research that they have conducted is to support the general benefits of mind or body interventions for migraines.

Rebecca Erwin Wells and other researchers of the study had assigned 19 people with migraines. They had gathered and analyzed data of the participants. Those 19 people were assigned to two different groups with ten individual received the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MSBR) intervention, while remaining nine received standard medical care.

MBSR group's participants attended classes for eight weeks to learn techniques of MBSR. The participants were also instructed to practice the techniques for 45 minutes on their own for five additional days per week.

After the study, researchers found that participants of MBSR group had trends of fewer migraines that were less severe. The participants had 1.4 fewer migraines per month.

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