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Will Transcendental Meditation become a standard treatment for posttraumatic stress?
by Krista Noble

New Age Journal    Translate This Article
2 January 2015

In the conclusion of her recent article about the African PTSD Relief project, published in New Age Journal, Krista Noble considers the implications for current treatment of PTS (posttraumatic stress) in light of recent scientific research showing the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation (TM) in rapidly reducing severe PTS among Congolese refugees.

Please see Parts I, II, and III of this article:
The healing power of meditation
African refugee describes healing power of Transcendental Meditation: 'I'm free - I'm a free woman'
Transcendental Meditation brings rapid relief for African war refugees' posttraumatic stress

Transcendental Meditation: A Cure for PTS?

Will TM become a standard treatment for PTS? Dr. Fred Travis* shares his thoughts.

''If the scientific community pays attention to ongoing research,'' he said in an interview, ''they cannot help but seriously consider Transcendental Meditation as an intervention to address posttraumatic stress.''

African PTSD Relief is eager to spread the benefits of TM. In 2011, the David Lynch Foundation sponsored an initiative to teach Transcendental Meditation to 10,000 PTS victims in Africa (David Lynch Foundation, 2013).

Some mainstream organizations have already noticed the healing powers of TM. In January 2013, the U.S. Veterans Administration allocated $2.4 million to a TM-PTS relief study among former American soldiers (David Lynch Foundation, 2013).

From veterans to refugees, TM is bringing hope to those suffering from past traumas. Esperance Ndozi, for one, is excited about the opportunities that this technique represents.

Speaking of TM, she says, ''This is wonderful. This is wonderful for me and . . . the whole world should know that.''

Source Contacts

Shapiro, David. Founder and President of African PTSD Relief. Suite 314, 1000 Purusha Place, Romney, West Virginia 26757. Telephone: +1-845-228-8861 ∙ Skype: davidshapiro1008 ∙ Email:

Travis, Fred, PhD. Neuroscientist and Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, USA: Dean, Graduate School; Chair, Maharishi Vedic Science Department. Office — Phone: +1-641-472-1209 ∙ Fax: +1-641-470-1316 ∙ Skype: fredtravis ∙ Website:


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* Dr. Travis is a neuroscientist and Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, USA.

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