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A new study has proven that mindfulness meditation can be effective in improving hard-to-treat epilepsy.

Researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Melbourne conducted the study published in the medical journal Neurology, to determine how effective mindfulness-based therapy is in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.

A total of 60 patients with drug-resistant epilepsy were randomly allocated to receive either mindfulness training or social support, with each group receiving four bi-weekly intervention sessions.

The overall quality of life of the patients were then assessed, with scientists measuring seizure frequency, mood symptoms and neurocognitive functions.

The study showed that both the mindfulness and social support groups experienced an improved quality of life, but the effects tended to be more pronounced in the mindfulness group.

In conclusion, the researchers stated: “We found benefits of short-term psychotherapy on patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. Mindfulness therapy was associated with greater benefits than social support alone in quality of life, mood, seizure frequency, and verbal memory.

“This study provides Class II evidence that mindfulness-based therapy significantly improves quality of life in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.”

Mindfulness is a therapeutic approach that involves training the person to be more aware of everything that is happening inside and outside their own heads on a moment-by-moment basis.

The therapy makes it easier for people to combat stress, and break the cycle of repetitive stress.

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