The brain can control body temperature

The brain can control body temperature

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Temperature controlA team of scientists showed for the first time that the brain is able to control body temperature.

Researchers, directed by Professor Maria Kozhevnikov, the Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore, found that increased body temperature can be controlled by using certain techniques of meditation tummo (which in Tibetan means 'inner heat').

The researchers collected data during a ceremony in Tibet, where the monks were able to increase its temperature during meditation and were able to dry wet sheets wrapped around her body in the cold climate of the Himalayas (-25 degrees Celsius).

With the help of electroencephalography (EEG) and temperature gauges, the team observed an increase in body temperature up to 38,3 degrees Celsius. Then, in a second study, Western participants use a special breathing technique of meditative practice Tummo, were also able to increase its temperature.

The results of the study showed that meditation techniques can be used by people who are not familiar with these practices to regulate body temperature through the breath and mind. So, the study finds that people could successfully adapt to cold environments, improve resistance to infection, strengthen the immune system, improve cognitive performance or reduce performance problems.

Breathing + Concentration

The two aspects of meditation tummo leading to rise in temperature are: a deep breath and called 'display with concentration'. Breathing causes thermogenesis, a process for producing heat; and visualization is a technique that involves creating a mental image of flames along the spinal cord in order to prevent heat loss. Both techniques work together and lead to a mild fever.

"The people who taught them breathing technique were able to raise the temperature of your body, within limits, and reported feeling more energy and focus. With more research, the Tibetan meditators could not use this type of breathing to improve your health and regulate cognitive performance ", concluded Professor Kozhevnikov.

The observations were published in the scientific journal PLoS One ', where recall that previous studies tummo meditators showed increased temperature only in the fingers and toes.

Source: RT News

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