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Research shows decreased cigarette use with practice of Transcendental Meditation
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5 May 2011
Scientific research has shown decreased cigarette smoking with the practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme, as well as decreased use of alcohol and illegal drugs.
A 1994 meta-analysis—featured in Volume 6 of Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Programme: Collected Papers—revealed the Transcendental Meditation Programme to be more effective at reducing this detrimental habit than programmes specifically designed to prevent smoking or help smokers quit.
Transcendental Meditation was found to be two to three times more effective even though it was not designed for this purpose, said Dr Michael Dillbeck, an expert on Transcendental Meditation research, who is one of the editors of Collected Papers Volume 5, and the editor of Volume 6. Practitioners are not asked to quit smoking or make any change in lifestyle when they learn the technique, he added.
Although standard treatments can result in immediate positive effects, there is often a relapse later, Dr Dillbeck said. However, with the Transcendental Meditation Programme the effect increased over time because practitioners become more balanced and self-sufficient, he explained.
Two other meta-analyses show reduction of alcohol and illegal drugs through the practice.
In the coming days, Global Good News will continue to feature Dr Dillbeck's report highlighting studies from Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Programme: Collected Papers Volume 6.
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