One of the most arresting images ever seen
in the media was the photograph of a Buddhist monk setting himself on fire on a busy road
in Saigon in 1963. His act of what is called “self-immolation”
was in protest against how Buddhists were treated by the South Vietnamese government. An American journalist named David Halberstam
witnessed the “Burning Monk” with his own eyes. He later wrote, “flames were coming from
a human being; his body was slowly withering and shriveling up, his head blackening and
charring. In the air was the smell of burning human
flesh; human beings burn surprisingly quickly.” But what is perhaps more surprising are these
words, “As he burned he never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound, his outward composure
in sharp contrast to the wailing people around him.” It was as if the monk was able to control
his pain completely. How did this monk achieve this state of calm
and seemingly become impregnable to the pain of burning? We’ve all burned our hands on something
before and know how much that hurts, until the nerves are dead the pain a person feels
from being burned is intense to say the least. But the monk who set himself on fire was an
extreme circumstance, and today we’re looking into whether smaller events that involve pain
can be controlled. For instance, what about when an evil infection
in your tooth has created a pocket of pus that causes an intense toothache. Some of you will know how that feels and might
have wanted to perform some ad hoc home surgery and knock out your own tooth to stop the pain. But imagine you could just eliminate the pain,
or at least manage your brain in a way that you could handle it? The same goes for chronic backache, broken
bones, ingrown toenails, the humming and throbbing caused by an insect bite. Could you really avoid all of these aches
and pains using only your mind? In 2011, researchers in the USA wanted to
get to the bottom of pain management and meditation. They weren’t researching monks who had devoted
a lifetime to meditation, but ordinary people. According to NPR, the neuroscientists who
led the study took normal healthy individuals and asked them to attend four sessions on
“mindfulness and meditation”. They then subjected those people to pain by
burning their legs. The outcome of this study was that the subjects
reported less intensity of pain after the sessions, and measurements of brain activity
showed that the parts of the brain that normally light up in response to pain were less active. The conclusion was that meditation might help
people deal with pain, and that you don’t have to be a Buddhist monk to reap the benefits. But that’s not totally blanking out pain,
it’s just a slight reduction in pain. So how do we get to the point that we can
almost eliminate pain completely? We found a scientific paper online called,
“Pain Sensitivity and Analgesic Effects of Mindful States in Zen Meditators: A Cross-Sectional
Study.” In this study non-meditators joined a group
of seasoned meditators and they were all subjected to varying levels of pain, sometimes intense. Unsurprisingly, the meditators reported experiencing
less pain, and the scientists believed this was related to how they managed to slow their
respiratory rate. A former student of vipassana meditation explained
that when someone is asked to sit in the Lotus position for many hours a day, that the position
alone can be very painful. He talked about being hit by an arrow, in
that first there is the pain of the piercing of the skin and after that there is the emotional
pain that follows. He said monks will observe the first pain
and then ignore the second emotional response. A trained monk might be able to sit and feel
pain, observe it, but then accept it. They don’t react to it emotionally. They cut off all attachment to the emotional
part of the pain. Being able to disassociate yourself enough
to cut off your emotional attachment to pain doesn’t sound like the kind of thing most
people can do, but we wanted to know more so we looked online at forums where this kind
of meditative pain management was discussed. Many people who had been students of mediation
said they didn’t think they could get to a state where they felt no pain at all when
it should be extreme. We did find one person who said he’d practiced
Zen meditation for 26 years and said, “I have actually had a crown done without Novocain,
using meditation alone.” Wow. Meditation master or masochist? If we take him at his word, then it seems
even a novice can use mediation to lessen pain, and perhaps an expert might be able
to deal with more significant pain, but let’s look deeper into this. While you probably won’t ever be in a position
where you’ll be setting yourself on fire, it is very likely that at some point you’ll
experience chronic pain, you know, the kind of pain that lasts a while and either never
fully goes away or keeps coming back. Before you ask, no, you’re never going to
escape the sudden jolt of pain that comes from standing on a Lego brick, but you might
be able to reduce other kinds of pain. Dr. Ellen Slawsby, an assistant clinical professor
of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said that she has a bunch of tactics for controlling
pain with both the mind and body combined. Like the meditators do, she said controlling
your breathing might help a lot. It’s simple to do. Sit down and take breaths and concentrate
on those breaths. It’s just you and your breathing. It’s sometimes called “controlled-breathing.” The New York Times writes that this is an
ancient practice and has been proven to not only help with pain but to also increase alertness
and boost a person’s immune system. Here’s a snippet from that story:
“Consciously changing the way you breathe appears to send a signal to the brain to adjust
the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, which can slow heart rate and digestion
and promote feelings of calm as well as the sympathetic system, which controls the release
of stress hormones like cortisol.” It sounds crazy, but one doctor who was interviewed
said he had seen some of his patients transformed by simply taking some time each day to breathe
in, pause, breathe out. Ok, we know that if you didn’t do that all
day you’d die, but we are talking about a kind of focused breathing here, not the
unconscious kind. Countless health professionals say this will
calm you down, and if you are calmed then the emotional response to pain we discussed
earlier might well be lessened. Humans can exaggerate pain by letting it control
us. Pain is, err, painful, but we can learn to
respond to it better. Pain is of course in the brain, and so if
we understand that our brains might exaggerate pain perhaps we can reverse that and lessen
pain with these pieces of advice. You might say we need brain relief to achieve
pain relief. We can look at an example of something called
a “nocebo”, which is the opposite of a placebo. It’s when someone feels something that gives
them a negative impact on health when there is nothing there. One example we found was a man that went to
hospital after stepping on a long nail. His boot was stuck on his foot and when it
was moved just a little the man screamed out, so he was given the strong opiate fentanyl. When the pain killer had kicked in and the
boot was finally removed it turned out the nail had gone between his toes and missed
his foot completely. There was no injury at all. The pain was his own creation. We can sometimes be tricked into feeling pain,
so why not the opposite? The website Pain Science writes about this,
saying, “For every case like this there must be hundreds more where the injury is
real but the patient is convinced that the damage is much worse than it really is — with
proportionately exaggerated pain.” We don’t mean to undermine anyone’s pain,
but many scientists tell us we interpret pain. We give it a value, if unconsciously. Have you ever arrived at the hospital and
felt safer and suddenly the pain subsided somewhat? There is evidence of WW2 injured soldiers
feeling little pain when pulled off the battlefield with bad injuries. In the paper, “Relationship of significance
of wound to pain experienced,” it’s written that this might have been related to the fact
that they were finally safe and away from that battlefield. Their sense of relief managed the pain somewhat. What this has to do with you and you controlling
pain is simply that if you can lessen the mental anxiety when dealing with pain it might
actually result in less pain. As one researcher put it, you turn down the
volume before the amplification happens. The experts tell us that mindfulness and positive
thinking go a long way to helping reduce pain. People often think of the pain as a whole,
like it’s all over them and it will never go away. What they should do is focus on the area of
the pain and then try and understand what kind of pain it is, whether a burning sensation
or a throbbing sensation or something else. They should then treat it with kindness as
if they were nurturing a child in pain. Once you know the area of the pain you can
also then concentrate on a part of your body that isn’t in pain. Try your hardest to focus all your attention
on that area. Breathe in, breathe out, and see how long
you can focus your thoughts on the non-painful part of the body. You could do this outside with the sun shining
on you. You will feel the rays warm parts of your
body. Focusing on other stimuli other than the pain
helps manage the pain. If anything at all can distract you from your
pain then look to that thing. You might try breathing exercises, but you
might also just put yourself in a position where external stimulus takes your mind off
the pain. You can practice the art of being distracted. Drug addicts in their numbers have talked
about how just getting up and doing something helped them to deal with the pain of withdrawal. You might already be sitting there thinking
ok, this is so new age-y, the Infographics Show is starting to sound like some crackpot
alternative health website that is selling snake oil to its viewers. That’s not true, all the resources we have
used so far have been from reputable institutions. Take for example a man named David Linden. He is a neuroscience professor at Johns Hopkins
University. This is what he said about pain and the brain:
“The brain can say, ‘Hey that’s interesting. Turn up the volume on this pain information
that’s coming in.’ Or it can say, ‘Oh no — let’s turn down
the volume on that and pay less attention to it.’” In a book he wrote he said that when torturers
did their work they realized that the anticipation of pain really increased its impact. Out thoughts that giveth pain and they can
take it away. That’s not from the bible, that’s just
us sounding biblical. Like those Buddhist monks, he said that we
react to pain physically and emotionally and we need to somehow dull our emotional response
to it. When you encounter pain you might feel fear,
anxiety, a sense of it never stopping. But studies have shown, for instance one published
in the American Psychologist, that dealing with these negative feelings will reduce pain. We are not saying that by following these
techniques you’ll be able to sit in the road on fire and not move an inch nor make
any gesture that you are in pain, but many researchers are pretty sure that using these
techniques you might have a chance of controlling your pain so it doesn’t overwhelm you. We found plenty of research saying the brain
can be tricked into feeling pain when there should be none, and also research that reveals
the brain can be tricked into not feeling pain or feeling less pain when there might
be lots. You never know, maybe some of the things we
have said today might help you, and hey, it could prevent you from hitting those painkillers. Have any of you tried any of the methods we
have talked about? Did they work for you? Tell us in the comments. Now go watch “Most Painful Animal Attacks
Human Could Ever Endure” and imagine applying these techniques. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time.

70 thoughts on “How To Stop Any Pain In Minutes”

  1. I don't know how I did it to control the pain but I think it was fear Because someone had told me that if that numbing medicine gets to my heart it will stop heart so I was so afraid that I felt no pain but I had every doctor in that office coming to see me I did 2 root canals at the same time same day with absolutely no numbing medicine

  2. Okay, so im about to sound like a kyle, but trust me im not. I punched a wall and my knuckles were skinned like bleeding so much but throughout the days it was hurting and i thought to myself nah b it dont hurt!! but it still hurt ??. Thats all.

  3. ive had moments of painless injuries like i fell off a large metal pole climbing thingy and fell off hitting a few poles on the way down when i was there i felt sort of empty and all my limbs were drained of energy i looked at my knees arms stomach back and there were bruises everywhere and a bit of cuts but i felt none of it. of course i felt it the next day when i woke up though. and i was very calm throughout all of it, im also sort of buddhist and practice meditation and when i was lying there on the floor i was doing one of my excersizes d qfg im very tired

  4. This is surprising, when I work with something hot or painful I close my eyes(sometimes I don't need to) and focus and say to my self "pain is just an extra factor that can be dismissed" it sounds cheesy but it works all of the time.

  5. My left leg constantly hurts, but the pain dulls or goes away if I distract myself or stop thinking about it. Focusing on the pain makes it much worse. It really doesn't matter though, pain is like words, it has as much power as you give it.

  6. Let me save you from a person babbling for an hour about pain, well you can't ignore something you're continuously being given, includes pain and don't forget, your credit card bill. Just remember that pain is just a feeling, remind that to yourself 3 times each time you feel pain(let a partner pinch you as hard as he can(you can add "as long as I don't bleed"). Don't just remind yourself, you need to also convince yourself. This is where "Believe nothing is impossible" kicks in. It takes a lot of practice but people who really believe it will master it after 2 seconds of pinching or 2 seconds after the second pinch following the third. Other people will need to seriously concentrate on convincing themselves and then after around 10-50 pinches, you can do stand it, the more you believe, the less is hurts. This is considered a way to paralyse the pain from your nerves. You'll feel it, but it'll feel like a fly. I don't need to remind you that icing your hand just gives you a hand-sized ice(for those r/woosh candidates, basically means you're gonna freeze your hand), even if you want to use ice, please stop or change to the other hand when you feel like it's gonna freeze you if you hold it for another second. That's all for now.

  7. Excuse me but this doesn't pertain to chronic pain patients in my opinion. You should change the title to "How to stop any ACUTE pain". For someone who is dealing with 2 chronic pain diseases (Fibromyalgia & Rheumatoid Arthritis) yes meditation and other things like yoga and biofeedback and mindfulness may help some people with chronic pain or when in a chronic pain crisis/attack but please don't put all chronic pain patients into one box. It takes months if not years to train the body to subdue pain signals to the brain using this technique. Please be a bit more sensitive to people dealing with these various chronic pain diseases this video suggests that what we deal with pain wise is very easy to control and isn't as serious as we chronic pain patients describe or are going through. It's very real and quite serious. ☺️?✌?

  8. Juuzu (Tokyo Ghoul): Am I a joke to you! Stitches body for no reason, with no pain

    YouTube guy: Sorry I’m a fake loser…..

    Death note guy: Writes name in Death Note

    Ok……I’ll leave…

  9. Any other people with chronic pain who tried meditation and all rolling their eyes. I get it works for some but some of us it doesn't work for due to actual medical problems like fibromyalgia and scoliosis.

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