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Transcendental Meditation: Health research overview
by Dr Roger Chalmers
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13 January 2013
On 13 January 2013 PositiveHealth.com reported: Since 1970, more than 600 research studies on Transcendental Meditation have been conducted at over 250 universities and research institutions in 30 countries. 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.
Written by Dr Roger Chalmers, an authority in this field, the article is a summary of health research on Transcendental Meditation. The online journal Positive Health: Integrated Medicine for the 21st Century is a widely-respected resource for complementary medicine.
'Transcendental Meditation (TM), as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is a simple, effortless technique practised for 15-20 minutes twice daily,' Dr Chalmers writes. 'TM is taught by qualified teachers who have completed an extensive training programme. It requires no belief, nor any change in life-style or diet, and can be easily learned by anyone regardless of age, education, or culture. More than five million people have learned the technique worldwide.'
The Positive Health article succinctly illustrates how the stated benefits of Transcendental Meditation are supported by many years of rigorous scientific investigation. Dr Chalmers highlights salient health research findings in eight categories:
∙ Improved cardiovascular health
∙ Improved quality of life and well-being in women with breast cancer
∙ Improved health and well-being for elderly people
∙ Improved psychological health and reduced substance abuse
∙ Decreased health care needs and costs
∙ Deep rest and increased integration of brain functioning
∙ Improvements in education, occupational health, and rehabilitation
∙ Improved collective health for society
For example, in the area of cardiovascular health, Dr Chalmers explains, 'In recent years, a multicentre American team has attracted grants totalling over $25 million, principally from the US National Institutes of Health, for research on TM and cardiovascular health in older African-Americans (a high-risk group for vascular disease).' One of 11 randomized controlled studies described in the article showed a 48% reduction in heart attack, stroke, and death in those practising Transcendental Meditation, compared to controls who received standard health education.
The article also includes a reference list of representative studies published in peer-reviewed journals.
Click here to read the full article online at PositiveHealth.com.
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