Meditation, Medication, and Migraines

Published recently in Behavioral Medicine, “Effect of Different Meditation Types on Migraine Headache Medication Use” investigates how a combination of spiritual meditation and migraine medication can affect, if at all, analgesic medication usage. Lasting only 30 days, the study comprised of 92 participants with frequent migraines (>2 per month). The participants – new to meditation – were randomly placed into four groups. Then, researchers assigned a different meditation style and technique to each group:

  1. Spiritual Meditation (exp. “God is love”),
  2. Internally Focused Secular Meditation (exp. “I am content”),
  3. Externally Focused Secular Meditation (exp. “Sand is soft,”), or
  4. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (technique).

Once assigned into their group, the participants practiced their technique for 20 minutes every day. After finishing their meditation, they would then complete their daily headache diaries. In their diary, participants recorded the frequency and severity of their headaches. The researchers also took into account their pain medication and usage.

Though the severity of the migraines did not differ among the groups, the frequency, however, significantly decreased for those in group 1. As for medication, every group used analgesic medication less over time. Although, medication usage in group 1 was noticeably less compared to the other groups. Ultimately, the results indicate that spiritual meditation may be a more effective means of coping with migraines than non-spiritual meditation.


Despite offering an all-natural means of treating migraines, meditation may not fully replace drug treatments. If you struggle with migraines or severe headaches, it’s best to ask your doctor what your treatment options are. Moreover, with all the doctors visits and prescriptions, it’s important to have a health plan that meets all your medical needs. So, contact one of our agents today!

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