The Health Benefits of Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation is an effortless form of meditation which was brought into Western awareness by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Since it's explosion of popularity since the 1950's, Transcendental Meditation has been scientifically documented to improve health in innumerable ways. In fact, there have been over 500 peer reviewed, published academic studies on the health benefits of Transcendental Meditation. The National Institutes of Health alone has awarded more than $24 million in research grants to study the effects of Transcendental Meditation. Over 160 journals have published research on TM.

Dr. John Hagelin's Introduction to the Science of Transcendental Meditation

Dr. John Hageiln earned his Ph.D. at Harvard and studies quantum physics at CERN. He is a professor at Maharishi University of Management and publishes studies on physics and on the effects of TM on the mind, body, organizations, and society. Watch his introduction to Transcendental Meditation for a detailed visual overview of the science of meditation.

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A Cited List of Health Benefits of Transcendental Meditation

  1. Improved overall mental health (Haratani T., et al. Effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on the mental health of industrial workers. Japanese Journal of Industrial Health 32: 656, 1990.)
  2. Reduction in health care costs for the elderly (Herron R. E. Can the Transcendental Meditation program reduce medical expenditures of older people? A longitudinal medical cost minimization study in Canada. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 17(1), 415-442, 2005.)
  3. Reduction in general health care costs in longitudinal research (Orme-Johnson D.W., et al. An innovative approach to reducing medical care utilization and expenditures. The American Journal of Managed Care 3: 135-144, 1997.)
  4. Slowing the aging of the mind (Alexander C.N., et al. Transcendental Meditation, mindfulness, and longevity: An experimental study with the elderly. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 57:950-964, 1989.)
  5. Reduction of hypertension in African Americans (Alexander C.N., et al. Trial of stress reduction for hypertension in older African Americans (part II): sex and risk subgroup analysis. Hypertension 28:228-237, 1996.)
  6. Normalization of blood pressure (Anderson J.W., et al. Blood pressure response to Transcendental Meditation: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Hypertension 21 (3): 310-6, 2008.)
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  8. Stress reduction (Barnes V. A., et al. Stress, stress reduction, and hypertension in African Americans. Journal of the National Medical Association, 89, 464-476, 1997.)
  9. Reduction in cholesterol levels (Cooper M. J., et al. Transcendental Meditation in the management of hypercholesterolemia. Journal of Human Stress 5(4): 24–27, 1979.)
  10. Reduction of free radicals (Schneider R.H., et al. Lower lipid peroxide levels and practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation program. Psychosomatic Medicine 60: 38-41, 1998.)
  11. Reduced pre-diabetes (Paul-Labrador M., et al. Effects of randomized controlled trial of Transcendental Meditation on components of the metabolic syndrome in subjects with coronary heart disease. Archives of Internal Medicine 166:1218-1224, 2006.)
  12. Reduction of risk of cardiovascular disorders (Walton K.G., et al. Review of controlled clinical research on the Transcendental Meditation program and cardiovascular disease: Risk factors, morbidity, and mortality. Cardiology in Review 12(5): 262-266, 2004.)
  13. PTSD treatment (Brooks J.S., et al. Transcendental Meditation in the treatment of post-Vietnam adjustment. Journal of Counseling and Development, 64:212–215, 1985.)
  14. Reduction of anxiety (Alexander C.N., et al. Effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on stress reduction, health, and employee development: A prospective study in two occupational settings. Anxiety, Stress and Coping: An International Journal 6: 245-262, 1993.)
  15. Reduction in chronic pain and insomnia (Orme-Johnson D. W., et al. Meditation in the treatment of chronic pain and insomnia. In National Institutes of Health Technology Assessment Conference on Integration of Behavioral and Relaxation Approaches into the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Insomnia, Bethesda Maryland: National Institutes of Health, 1995.)
  16. Improved recovery from stress (Gaylord C., et al. The effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique and progressive muscle relaxation on EEG coherence, stress reactivity, and mental health in black adults. International Journal of Neuroscience 46: 77-86, 1989.)
  17. Improved intelligence (Alexander C. N. and Gackenbach J. Transcendental Meditation and improved performance on intelligence-related measures: A longitudinal study. Personality and Individual Differences, 12, 1105–1116, 1991.)
  18. Improved academic performance (Fergusson L.C. Field Independence and art achievement in meditating and nonmeditating college students. Perceptual and Motor Skills 75: 1171-1175, 1992.)
  19. Benefits for those with mental retardation (Eyerman J. Transcendental Meditation and mental retardation. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 42: 35-36, 1981)
  20. Psychological development in adults (Alexander C. N., et al. Major issues in the exploration of adult growth. In C. N. Alexander and E. J. Langer (Eds.), Higher stages of human development: Perspectives on adult growth (p. 3-32). New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.)
  21. Increased productivity (Frew D.R. Transcendental Meditation and productivity. Academy of Management Journal 17: 362-368, 1974.)
  22. Improved managerial skills (Schmidt-Wilk J. Consciousness-based management development: Case studies of international top management teams. Journal of Transnational Management Development, 5, (3), 61–85, 2000.)
  23. Prolonged longevity (Barnes V. A., et al. Impact of Transcendental Meditation on mortality in older African Americans—eight year follow-up. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 17(1) 201-216, 2005.)
  24. Decreased use of alcohol, nicotine, and drugs (Alexander C.N., et al. Treating and preventing alcohol, nicotine, and drug abuse through Transcendental Meditation: A review and statistical meta-analysis. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly 11: 13-87, 1994.)
  25. Criminal rehabilitation and decreased prison recidivism (Alexander C. N., et al. Walpole study of the Transcendental Meditation program in maximum security prisoners III: Reduced recidivism. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 36: 161-180, 2003.)
  26. Transcendental Meditation is clearly an outstandingly beneficial lifestyle choice.

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