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AHA report on Transcendental Meditation in hypertension treatment: 'A breakthrough in the evolution of medical practice' - Dr Robert Schneider
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5 July 2013
A range of other health benefits
In addition to recommending Transcendental Meditation as the only meditation practice shown by scientific research to lower blood pressure, the recent American Heart Association report* also recognised that, along with other recommended alternative therapies, Transcendental Meditation is generally considered safe and without harmful side effects.
As an additional advantage, the report noted, there may also be a range of health and psychological benefits beyond lowering blood pressure and cardiovascular risk reduction.
See previous articles in this series:
∙ American Heart Association says yes to Transcendental Meditation
∙ 'The big picture'—reduced mortality: American Heart Association report on Transcendental Meditation for treatment of hypertension
Robert Schneider, MD, FACC
''This is an important breakthrough in the evolution of medical practice, since it is the first time that the Transcendental Meditation technique has been recognised and recommended for consideration by a national medical organisation that provides professional practice guidelines to physicians, health care payers, and policymakers. This type of guideline statement has been what health insurance companies have been requesting for many years.'' — Dr Robert Schneider
Dr Schneider is Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention and Dean of Maharishi College of Perfect Health at Maharishi University of Management.
He was lead author of the study** published last year in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, which was referred to in the AHA report and found that African-Americans with heart disease who practised Transcendental Meditation regularly were 48% less likely to have a heart attack or stroke, or to die, than those who attended a health education class.
* Brook RD, et al., Beyond Medications and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure. A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Hypertension, 61:00, 2013.
** Schneider RH, Grim CE, Rainforth MV, et al., Stress reduction in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 5:750-758, 2012.
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Source: Adapted from Transcendental Meditation News, Britain's national Transcendental Meditation magazine.
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