Increases grey matter density in Parkinson’s patients

Pickut, B. A., et al. (2013). Mindfulness Based Intervention in Parkinson’s disease leads to structural brain changes on MRI. A randomized controlled longitudinal trial. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. Epub ahead of print.

From the Abstract: Fourteen patients participated in a structured eight-week program of Mindfulness-based Intervention (MBI). Thirteen patients received usual care alone. MRI data sets of the brain were obtained at baseline and after eight weeks follow-up.

To the best of our knowledge this is the first quantitative analysis of neurobiological effects of MBI in Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Increased grey matter density was found in the MBI group in the neural networks that have been postulated to play an important role in PD. These areas have also been implicated in the functional networks mediating the benefits of meditation.