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Study: Meditation Beats Anxiety By Activating Certain Brain Regions

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Mindfulness meditation is known for its anxiety-busting powers, and now scientists are getting a better understanding of why it has this impact in the brain.

Researchers found that meditating has effects on activity of particular brain regions:
1) anterior cingulate cortex (controls thinking and emotions)
2) ventromedial prefrontal cortex (controls worrying)

Meditation seems to increase activity in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and decrease activity in the anterior cingulate cortex.

Meditating certainly helps to calm the nerves. But can that calm translate to actual, measurable healing? Laci looks at whether it can be considered real medicine:

Researchers found that anxiety levels decreased by up to 39 percent after the mindfulness meditation training, and that those decreases in anxiety seemed to be linked with the activation and deactivation of particular brain regions.
“These findings provide evidence that mindfulness meditation attenuates anxiety through mechanisms involved in the regulation of self-referential thought processes,” the researchers wrote in the study. (source)

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