Scientists Discover Nonopioid Pain Pathway in the Brain

March 21, 2016

(Managed Care Magazine) – A new study demonstrates that mindfulness meditation works on a different pain pathway in the brain than opioid pain relievers. The researchers noted that because opioid and nonopioid mechanisms of pain relief interact synergistically, the results of this study suggest that combining mindfulness-based and pharmacological/nonpharmacological pain-relieving approaches that rely on opioid signaling may be particularly effective in treating pain.