An eight-week meditation and yoga program led to fewer and shorter migraines in a group of adults. The migraines also tended to be less severe, and participants felt a greater sense of control over their headaches.
The adults attended eight weekly classes to learn mindfulness-based stress reduction. They also practiced on their own for 45 minutes at least five additional days per week.
“Stress is a well-known trigger for headaches, and research supports the general benefits of mind/body interventions for migraines,” said Wake Forest University professor Rebecca Wells, MD.