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Meditation Affects Blood Flow to the Brain

Meditation Affects Blood Flow to the Brain

Exciting new research that will appear in the January edition of the journal, Psychiatry Research, shows that meditation affects the flow of blood to the brain.

Scientists at the Almanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at the University of California Los Angeles studied the effects of meditation on the “stress” circuits of the brain.  Ten experienced meditators performed two types of meditation:  a focus-based meditative technique and a breath-based practice.  The meditators’ brains were scanned using MRI technology before starting, during the meditation practices, and following meditation.

Researchers found that four regions of the brain were affected during meditation and there were different patterns of blood flow to the brain between the two types of meditation states; however, both techniques improved blood flow to the brain.  Some of the brain changes continued even after meditation stopped.

While research in this area is still in its infancy, this positive impact of meditation on blood flow to the brain may have applications in brain disorders or stroke.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, BSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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11:21AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

thank you

1:21AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

ty

2:04PM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Thanks

5:28AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Sweet--thank you! :-)

2:25AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

interesting

12:03AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

ty

2:47PM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Interesting....

6:42AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Some people like or understand Meditation..must try.. a bit..

5:45PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

"Researchers found that four regions of the brain were affected during meditation and there were different patterns of blood flow to the brain between the two types of meditation states".

What differences??

11:06PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

so cool :D

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