Ask the Doctors, Specialists answer your questions about the Transcendental Meditation program and health

The National Institutes of Health has granted over $24 million to study the impact of the Transcendental Meditation program for the prevention and treatment of heart disease, hypertension, and stroke.

In addition, hundreds of other studies have been conducted on the beneficial effects of the TM program for mind, health, behavior, and society at over 250 independent universities and research institutions in 33 countries, including Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and UCLA Medical School. Over 300 of these research studies have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, such as Scientific American, the American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine, International Journal of Neuroscience, American Journal of Physiology, and many others.

Research Confirms Broad Range of Benefits

How is it that one technique can bring benefits to so many different areas of life? Researchers have concluded that the Transcendental Meditation technique enlivens the body’s inner intelligence, supporting its innate ability to heal itself. Here is a sampling of the broad range of benefits confirmed by research and published in the nation’s leading peer-reviewed medical and academic journals.

Increased IQ

Increased creativity
Journal of Creative Behavior

Broader comprehension and improved ability to focus
Perceptual and Motor Skills

Increased brain coherence
International Journal of Neuroscience

Decreased anxiety
Journal of Clinical Psychology

Decreased depression
Journal of Counseling and Development

Improved perception and memory
Memory and Cognition

Increased self-actualization
Journal of Social Behavior and Personality

Reduced illness and medical expenditures
American Journal of Managed Care

Improved job performance
Academy of Management Journal

Increased job satisfaction
Academy of Management Journal

Reduced substance abuse
The International Journal of the Addictions

Research Funded by $24 million in Grants from the NIH

Reduced risk factors for hypertension, diabetes, and obesity
American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine

Increased lifespan
American Journal of Cardiology

Reduced thickening of coronary arteries
American Heart Association’s Stroke

Reduced blood pressure in comparison with other procedures
Ethnicity & Disease

Reduced heart failure
Ethnicity & Disease

Reduced use of hypertensive medication
American Journal of Hypertension

Improved brain response to stress and pain

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