Ask the Doctors, Specialists answer your questions about the Transcendental Meditation program and health
Gary P. Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D.

Gary P. Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D., is a neurologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Hofstra University School of Medicine. He is also a recipient of the Albert H. Douglas Award from the Medical Society of the State of New York for outstanding achievements as a clinical teacher interested in promoting and improving the medical education of physicians.

Vernon Barnes, Ph.D.

Vernon Barnes, Ph.D., is a researcher at the Georgia Prevention Institute of the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, which received $1.5 million from the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on African American teens at risk for high blood pressure.

Here Drs. Kaplan and Barnes
answer questions on high blood pressure.

Q: Is there evidence that the Transcendental Meditation program alone can lower high blood pressure? 

Q: Since the result of high blood pressure over many years is usually hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), leading to complications of stroke and heart attack, is there evidence that the Transcendental Meditation technique can reduce atherosclerosis? 

Q: Why is the problem of hypertension such a serious health risk? 

Q: What are the possible causes of hypertension and heart disease? 

Q: How does the Transcendental Meditation technique lower blood pressure? 

Q: What are the possible mechanisms responsible for the reduction of blood pressure with Transcendental Meditation practice? 

Q: What has research found about the effect of the Transcendental Meditation technique on the physiology? 

Q: How long is it necessary to meditate before you can see benefits on blood pressure? 

Q: Does the Transcendental Meditation technique work for everyone? 

Q: Is there a time when the patient can stop with the medication? 

Q: How do you see this treatment developing in the future? 

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