Meditation might be a more powerful painkiller than morphine.
Wake Forest Baptist University researchers found that meditation reduces pain intensity by 40 percent, which is significantly higher than morphine’s pain reduction rate of 25 percent, as reported by Forbes. In the 15-person study, participants’ were tested for their reactions to pain before and after meditation sessions; every participant saw a decrease in sensed pain after the sessions.
An “om” a day could keep your blood pressure at bay.
According to NPR, a doctor in Massachusetts asked patients with high blood pressure to try a meditation program for three months, and two-thirds of them showed significant decreases in blood pressure levels at the conclusion of the 12-week study. Don Joseph Goewey, author of The End of Stress, has written, “When people in various high-pressure organizations try these mini-meditations, more than 90 percent experienced a change in their stress levels; more than 75 percent experienced improvement in creative problem solving, well being, and work and family relationships.”
It might make you smarter.
In a study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine under the National Institutes of Health, researchers concluded that another benefit of meditation might be that it prevents cogntivie loss associated with old age. In the report, 20 long-time practitioners of meditation fared much better on cognition tests than 20 non-meditators. (All of the participants were 55 years old or older.)