Once dismissed as pretentious but now brain scans prove Eastern philosophies can be effective in treating mental illness | Anthro of the Body | Appunti sparsi di Antropologia del Corpo | Scoop.it
A sceptical Erica Crompton tried the new 'mindfulness' therapy and was astonished by the results. Britain's medical experts are starting to believe that meditation might just help.

 

‘Meditation helps to reduce the activity of part of the brain called the amygdala, which governs feelings of stress. Those who are more stressed and anxious have an amygdala that is overactive. Meditating reduces this.

‘And there is an effect on the insula, the part of the brain involved in deep emotions...Normally activity in this area is closely linked to the part of the brain involved in analytical thought...

In those with mental illness, this loop becomes overactive – the thinking feeds the emotions, which feeds more thinking until it becomes overwhelming...

'It doesn’t stop a person from feeling or thinking but it uncouples these two parts of the brain, giving the patient more control."