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USA: National Stress Awareness Month - Transcendental Meditation proven to reduce stress
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3 April 2010
In today's world, it seems everyone faces stress—business owners in a shaky economy, the employed and the unemployed, working parents, the elderly, and college graduates stepping into an uncertain future.
Stress is one of the major risk factors for heart disease, depression, insomnia, as well as the breakdown of families. Unlike the stimulation of a healthy challenge, stress inhibits creativity, productivity, and good judgement.
In the USA, April is National Stress Awareness Month, an opportunity to look at solutions. With all the stress management techniques available, how can anyone know what really works? Where is the proof?
Research funded by the (US) National Institutes of Health shows that the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Technique is the most effective mind-body practice for reducing stress. More than 600 scientific studies—conducted at respected research institutions including Yale Medical School, Harvard Medical School, Stanford, and UCLA, and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals—verify the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation programme.
The Transcendental Meditation Technique is non-religious, and requires no change in lifestyle or beliefs. It is practised twenty minutes twice daily, and TM meditators say it is simple and enjoyable.
Recently, a rigorously conducted meta-analysis* of studies on all available stress reduction methods showed that the Transcendental Meditation Technique produces a statistically significant reduction in high blood pressure (average reductions of 5.0 points systolic and 2.8 points diastolic blood pressure), an effect not found with other forms of relaxation, meditation, biofeedback, or stress management.
Said Dr James Anderson, principal author of the study, 'Long-term changes in blood pressure of this magnitude are associated with at least a 15 percent reduction in rates of heart attack and stroke.'
'The magnitude of the changes in blood pressure with the Transcendental Meditation Technique are at least as great as the changes found with major changes in diet or exercise that doctors often recommend,' Dr Anderson continued, 'Many patients with mild hypertension or prehypertension may be able to avoid the need to take blood pressure medications—all of which have adverse side effects. Individuals with more severe forms of hypertension may be able to reduce the number or dosages of their BP medications under the guidance of their doctor.'
* Published in the American Journal of Hypertension, Vol. 21, 3: 310-316. To read more about this study, click here.
Global Good News will continue this feature on National Stress Awareness Month in coming days.
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