Researchers have long sought alternative ways to treat pain because opioids, the most common medicine, can be addictive.
What’s more, in some instances, the drugs prescribed to treat pain can inadvertently make the condition worse.
“We were really excited to confirm that you don’t have to be an expert meditator to experience these analgesic effects,” noted Professor Zeidan.
“This is a really important finding for the millions of people looking for a fast-acting and non-pharmacological treatment for pain.”
The findings appeared to suggest that the more brain regions were deactivated or decoupled through meditation, the more pain relief the volunteer experienced.