Pain-related encephalic regions influenced by yoga practice: an integrative review
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Introduction: The mechanisms adjacent to use of yoga in pain relief are still unclear. This study reviewed literature reports on encephalic activity related to analgesia induced by yoga practice. Methods: This integrative review examined studies published in the Pubmed, LILACS and MEDLINE databases without restriction of the year of publication. The research involved 16 descriptors related to the words: yoga, pain and neuroimaging methods. Inclusion criteria involved only the publications available online, with free access and written in English. Results: 2 case studies and 1 pilot study met the criteria. Yoga meditation practice induces analgesia primarily through attenuation of the medial pain perception system including the Anterior Cingulate Cortex and Insula regions, as well as the lateral system including the Secondary Sensory Cortex and Thalamus. Conclusion: This integrative review revealed that there is a need for further research that analyzes the encephalic regions related to analgesia induced by yoga practice.
KeywordAnalgesia Brain Integrative Medicine Meditation
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