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Meta-analysis shows meditation reduces high blood pressure

The M.U.M. Review
Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA
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27 March 2008

A meta-analysis in the March issue of the American Journal of Hypertension shows that the Transcendental Meditation technique is an effective treatment for controlling high blood pressure with the added benefit of bypassing possible side effects of antihypertension drugs.

Conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky, the meta-analysis evaluated nine randomized, controlled trials using the Transcendental Meditation technique as a primary intervention for hypertensive patients and found approximate reductions of 4.7 mm systolic and 3.2 mm diastolic blood pressure.

The study's lead author, Dr. James W. Anderson, professor of medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, said that blood pressure reductions of this magnitude would be expected to be accompanied by significant reductions in risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease -- without drug side effects.

'Adding the Transcendental Meditation technique is about equivalent to adding a second antihypertension agent to one's current regimen only safer and less troublesome,' Dr. Anderson said.

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