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Meditate, and feel blood pressure fall
by Robert Preidt
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8 March 2005
Forbes recently reported that the Transcendental Meditation Programme 'may help blood vessels relax as it relaxes the mind, reducing heart disease risks along the way.' The article described the results of a study that was published in the April 2005 issue of American Journal of Hypertension, and the results were presented at the March American Psychosomatic Society annual meeting in Vancouver. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of health.
According to the article, black teenagers with high blood pressure who meditated for 15 minutes twice a day, saw an average of a 21 per cent increase in the ability of their blood vessel's to dilate. In contrast, the control group that did not meditate saw a 4 per cent decrease in blood vessel dilation capacity.
The article quoted the lead investigator in the study, Dr Vernon Barnes saying, 'if this improvement in the ability (of the blood vessels) to dilate can be replicated in other at-risk groups and cardiovascular disease patients, this could have important implications for the inclusion of meditation programmes to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases and their clinical consequences. We know this type of change is achievable with lipid-lowering drugs, but it's remarkable that a meditation programme can produce such a change.'
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