According to many news sources, meditation is more effecting than morphine in reducing pain.
According to a study in Wednesday's issue of Journal of Neuroscience, meditation can reduce pain by 40 to 57 percent. That's a better figure than what's been recorded for pain-relieving medicines — including morphine — which top off at a 25 percent pain reduction.
This can be reconducted to the following statements by the author of the paper, Fadel Zeidan.
‘We found a big effect – about a 40 percent reduction in pain intensity and a 57 percent reduction in pain unpleasantness,’ added Zeidan, post-doctoral research fellow at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre. ‘Meditation produced a greater reduction in pain than even morphine or other pain-relieving drugs, which typically reduce pain ratings by about 25 percent,’ said Zeidan, reports the Journal of Neuroscience.
This sounds like an extraordinary claim, requiring extraordinary evidence. Is there any study that contradicts Zeidan? Is he actually making the same claims, or is he a victim of sensationalist reporting?