Meditate chronic inflammation symptoms away

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by: Sherry Baker, Health Sciences Editor
Tags: meditation, chronic inflammation, symptoms

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
GMO crops totally banned in Russia... powerful nation blocks Monsanto's agricultural imperialism and mass poisoning of the population
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Pepsi drops aspartame from diet soda as consumers reject toxic sweetener
Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton pushes GMO agenda... hires Monsanto lobbyist... takes huge dollars from Monsanto
STATINS RED ALERT: Widely prescribed drugs act as cellular poisons that accelerate aging... deactivate DNA repair... promote diabetes, muscle fatigue and memory loss
Mind control through emotional domination: How we're all being manipulated by the "crisis of the NOW"
Wild eyes and bowl cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair styles and crazed zombie stares?
(NaturalNews) Numerous chronic conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma, involve painful symptoms related to chronic inflammation. A study just released by University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientists with the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center found that mindfulness meditation reduces stress, which can exacerbate symptoms in these types of conditions. But here's the big news: the research also revealed that meditation can reduce inflammation itself. And this is clearly important information for the countless people who can't take, or don't want to rely on, Big Pharma's side-effect laden anti-inflammatory drugs.

Centered around focusing attention on the breath, physical sensations and mental content while seated, walking or practicing yoga, mindfulness meditation has been long recognized as a stress reliever. The new study aimed to see if meditation truly is what causes the stress busting benefits or whether the social interaction of meditating with a group or learning a new skill or engaging in a regular physical activity like yoga produced the benefit. So researchers set out to compare a mindfulness meditation program to another program (which consisted of nutritional education, physical activity such as walking, balance and core strengthening exercises and music therapy) designed to enhance health but not related to mindfulness.

"We wanted to develop an intervention that was meant to produce positive change and compare the mindfulness approach to an intervention that was structurally equivalent," scientist Melissa Rosenkranz, lead author of the paper, which was published recently in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, said in a media statement.

Both groups had the same amount of training and they also had instructors with the same expertise. The research subjects in both groups were also required to do the same amount of home practice. The results? There were beneficial changes that were specific to the group that was meditating. Incredibly, those changes included a physiological lessening of inflammation.

Here's how the scientists reached that conclusion. They used a tool called the Trier Social Stress Test to induce psychological stress and a capsaicin cream to produce inflammation on the skin of the research volunteers. Immune and endocrine measures were collected before and after the research subjects went through training in meditation or in the other health enhancing activities. While both groups found their stress was reduced, the mindfulness-based meditation approach was also effective at reducing inflammation.

"This is not a cure-all, but our study does show that there are specific ways that mindfulness can be beneficial, and that there are specific people who may be more likely to benefit from this approach than other interventions," Rosenkranz explained in the media statement.

The researchers noted that the fact mindfulness meditation reduces inflammation could be especially important because "significant portions of the population do not benefit from available pharmaceutical treatment options, for example. Some of these patients suffer from negative side effects of the drugs, or simply do not respond to the standard-of-care for treatment of the disorder... The mindfulness-based approach to stress reduction may offer a lower-cost alternative or complement to standard treatment, and it can be practiced easily by patients in their own homes, whenever they need."


About the author:
Sherry Baker is a widely published writer whose work has appeared in Newsweek, Health, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Yoga Journal, Optometry, Atlanta, Arthritis Today, Natural Healing Newsletter, OMNI, UCLA''''s "Healthy Years" newsletter, Mount Sinai School of Medicine''''s "Focus on Health Aging" newsletter, the Cleveland Clinic''''s "Men''''s Health Advisor" newsletter and many others.

Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Meditation at
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.