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Research shows substantial effects of Transcendental Meditation in people under severe stress
by Global Good News staff writer
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24 July 2013
Maharishi University of Management (MUM) has received a $2.4 million grant from the US Department of Defense to study the effect of Transcendental Meditation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans. Dr Sanford Nidich of MUM will work in collaboration with a major Veterans Administration medical centre on the four-year study.
Recent research in this field has shown very promising results. A pilot study on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, published in Military Medicine, found a 50% reduction in PTSD symptoms after eight weeks of practising the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation technique. Results of the initial phase of a long-term study of military cadets at Norwich University found reduced anxiety and stress, and increased resilience among students enrolled in the school's rigorous programme of academics and military training.
A study published earlier this year in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, conducted by Dr Brian Rees, Dr Fred Travis of MUM, and colleagues, found a dramatic reduction of severe PTSD symptoms among refugees of the Congolese civil war to a non-symptomatic level, after only 30 days practising Transcendental Meditation. Further study showed this reduction was sustained at 135 days, while the control group remained the same.
This phenomenon, that Transcendental Meditation produces an immediate and powerful result, is widely seen, particularly with people in extreme stress situations, said Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management, commenting recently on research in this area.
He noted another recent study, by Dr Nidich of MUM in collaboration with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. This study found that after six months of practising Transcendental Meditation, patients with the HIV virus gained better general health, more physical well-being, higher vitality and quality of life, and improved immune function. The study, the first of its kind, was published in the journal AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV.
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