Tuesday November 24, 2009 | Meditation and Health

November 23, 2009 at 10:09 am | Posted in Coming Up | 14 Comments

New research conducted in the Charlotte region suggests that with just minor training, you can manage pain through meditation. We’ll meet the chief researcher of a study just completed at UNC Charlotte about pain management and meditation. We’ll talk about the implications of the study and we’ll also talk about how meditation has been proven effective in improving general health and managing medical conditions.
Dr. Fadel Zeidan
– Psychologist at UNC Charlotte, recently finished a study about pain management and meditation
Dr. David Vago – Researcher from Harvard, uses meditation to treat Fibromyalgia and other complex conditions

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Charlotte Talks and James Hathaway, UNCC Research News. UNCC Research News said: RT @CharlotteTalks: Meditation and Health. A look at managing pain and improving general health w/ meditation, Tuesday. http://ow.ly/ETig […]

  2. I agree with the research. i have been practicing meditation and helping people manage pain through meditation.
    i would like to know what meditation research Dr. Fadel Zeidan
    did. would be glad to meet him and learn more
    thanks you

  3. I have read that in Europe they are using biofeedback to teach people to learn to produce the same brain waves as meditation to control video displays. They are training instructors to teach this technique using relatively inexpensive equipment. Apparently this is a much easier thing to train people to do than is traditional meditation. Why isn’t biofeedback used more in the US?

    Also, I would like to find a good audio program for guided meditation that is non-religious. Are there any good ones out there?

    • Elizabeth, here’s a guided meditation to help you relax.

  4. Dr. Z is a genius! This critical work will enlighten our species and bring mindfulness to the masses! Thank you Fadel!

  5. To answer Elizabeth’s question about a good audio program for guided meditation, my suggestion is to “Google” Jon Kabat-Zinn and his MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction). You’ll reach plenty of excellent materials for furthering your study. Yes, you can go it alone as one of the callers said, but I found it most helpful to have an instructor facilitate my study. Duke’s integrative medecine dept. offers MBSR instruction along the lines of Kabat-Zinn’s pioneering work.

  6. Gretings Chris,

    Your program of meditation and health and was fantastic.
    i wish you covered other types of meditations in it.
    I teach relaxation and mantra meditation for monkey minds
    and it is very successful.
    i would like to sponcer such a program in future.
    have a wonderful thanks giving
    Guru Ranjit



  7. One of the callers was interested in mindfulness meditation for pregnant mothers. Mindful Motherhood is a program that teaches you how mindfulness practices can be integrated into your everyday life during pregnancy and early motherhood for staying balanced, healthy, and connected with your baby, even in difficult moments.

    Here is a link to a new book:

  8. Some great “non-religious” guided meditations can be found on Sharon Salzberg’s site:

    or by Joseph Goldstein:

    Both are terrific ‘western’ meditation teachers

  9. For Elizabeth and others interested in Biofeedback, Breathe and Medication, please visit Stephen Elliott’s website at http://www.coherence.com. His book with guided breathing on CD are amazing. A great adjunct to meditation, health and wellness. Stephen’s work, as far as I know, arose out of many years of study and practice as well as a collaboration with a Biofeedback Therapist he worked with to help his son. He is also an engineer. The book is detailed with lots of data to support his work. The benefits I experience using his technique are beyond what HeartMath introduced us to long ago. He has studied and worked with the HRV (Heart Rate Variability) amd taken it several steps further.

  10. The Insight Meditation Society of Charlotte will begin Mindfulness and Lovingkindness meditations free and open to the public in early 2010. There is currently a group of health care professionals who use Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in their work, or who practice mindfulness meditation in their private lives, meeting for a meditation and discussion on Tuesday evenings. For information on either group, contact Joy at insightmeditationcharlotte@gmail.com

  11. wow!! 🙂 to hear talk of DBT, mindfulness, etc. – on the radio – we’ve come a long way! (i did DBT 10 yrs. ago – great program! – takes *years* to learn, this breathing stuff – but it works.

    on the other hand, i have chronic pain from ME/CFS – huge amount of pain; like a major car accident *every day* kinda pain – **while on major meds (morphine)** …

    so — it’s all good! but it does *not* touch “major pain” (i can only speak for mine)

    Great show, thank you!

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