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Transcendental Meditation: 'A cost-effective way to deal with pain without side effects'

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31 August 2011

Psychiatrist Christopher Clark, M.D.,* explains more about the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique in promoting relief from chronic pain.

Q: Could practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique help me reduce my pain medication? 
Dr. Clark:
Many people have found that practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique helps reduce the need for medication. This is significant, because chronic pain is a huge problem in America today.

Most patients end up going to chronic pain clinics, where they take heavy medications such as morphine, and even become addicted. Pain medications can affect cognition, make it difficult to concentrate, or even cause memory impairment.

The Transcendental Meditation technique is the opposite. As shown by research, TM reduces the perception and anticipation of pain without negative side effects. Research shows that it improves anxiety, depression, concentration and memory, and results in greater alertness and efficiency in action.

For all of these reasons, practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique is a cost-effective way to deal with pain without side effects.

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Click here for more about Transcendental Meditation and chronic pain, including related research showing the effects of the technique in promoting reduction in pain, reduced stress, and faster recovery from stress.

* Christopher Clark, M.D., is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and a recipient of a child psychology fellowship from the University of Washington. He has practiced medicine for over 20 years and is currently a psychiatrist in Vero Beach, Florida.

© Copyright 2011 American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Technique

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