Meditation might be a path to migraine relief, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
“Stress is a well-known trigger for headaches and research
supports the general benefits of mind/body interventions for migraines, but
there hasn’t been much research to evaluate specific standardized meditation interventions,”
said Dr. Rebecca Erwin Wells, assistant professor of neurology at Wake Forest
Baptist and lead author of the study published in the online edition of the
The study was designed to assess the effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, a meditation program, in adults with migraines.
The study was small, only 19 people, but it found measurable differences in headache frequency and severity between those did the MBSR training and those who did not -- 1.4 fewer migraines of shorter duration. Meditators also
had increases in mindfulness and self-efficacy -- a sense of personal control
over their migraines, Wells said. There were no adverse events and "excellent
"For the approximate 36 million Americans who suffer from
migraines, there is big need for non-pharmaceutical treatment strategies, and
doctors and patients should know that MBSR is a safe intervention that could
potentially decrease the impact of migraines,” Wells said.
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