What is the transcendental meditation?
- Simple natural effortless technique practised 2x 20 minutes daily .
- Practised in a comfortable sitting position with eye closed.
- Not a religion philosphay or life style.
- Founded by mmaharishi Mahesh Yogi.
- Taught by qualified teachers over 4 days, using a 7 step procedure.
- Over 6 million people had learned the practise.
Studies on TM
TM has been enjoying resurgence in recent years. Below is a selection of key research findings confirming the benefits of TM practise for mental and physical wellness.
Heart disease accounts for 1 in 4 deaths in US.
Coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year.
201 black people with coronary heart disease were evaluated. The subjects ethnicity was selected as black people in the US are more likely to suffer from heart disease. The subjects were split between two groups; TM and Traditional health education.
During an average follow-up of 5 -4 years, the consequences of coronary heart disease (mortality, myocardial infarctions, or stroke) for the TM group was reduced by 48%.
1 in 5 in the US report feeling extreme stress.
75% of US health care costs are associated with chronic illness—stress is the no.1 cause of chronic illness.
19 subjects practicing TM and 16 subjects who didn’t were all tested for catecholamine levels. The aim was to evaluate the sympathetic-adrenal medulla, which releases catecholamine in to the blood. These effect heart rate, blood pressure and blood vessel constrictions.
Norepinephrine levels (A type of catecholamine, which are associated with stress) were significantly lower in the TM group. The study concluded that the regular practise of TM has significant effect on the sympathetic-adrenal medulla system and therefore stress.
- High blood pressure costs the US $47.5 billion each year.
- 348,000 US deaths in 2009 included high blood pressure as a primary or contributing cause.
- Hypertension ranks globally as the leading chronic risk factor for mortality, accounting for 13.5% of all deaths worldwide.
An Article produced by the AHA, reviewing the most recent relevant trials, summarized that TM lowers blood pressure and it can therefore be recommended in clinical practise.
TM may be considered in clinical practice to lower BP’— American Heart Association.
A 2002 US survey found that 24% of people waste between 30-60 mins a day, with 11% claiming they waste even more.
A 3 month study on staff in a large manufacturing plant and sales distribution company, both in the automotive industry. The effects of the TM technique on stress reduction, health, and employee development were all evaluated.
Those who learned TM showed reduced Physiological arousal, decreased trait anxiety, job tension, insomnia, and fatigue.
In 2013 the US Dept. of Education reported that 19% of high school graduates are illiterate.
50 college students were tested for the effects of TM on brain integration scale scores, sleepiness, heart rate, respiratory sinus arrhythmia, etc. students were split in to two groups, with the second group joining the TM practise after 10 weeks.
The group who attended the full course yielded significant group vs treatment interactions for brain integration scale scores, sleepiness, and habituation rates. The second group showed fewer improvements or no change at all.
Mental Health and emotional well-being
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults aged 18 and older (18% of US population).
27 subjects were investigated or brain coherence during an eyes-closed rest, TM practise and computerized reaction-time tasks.
NFrontal brain coherence and lateralized asymmetry higher in 13 transcendental meditation subjects, compared to 12 other subjects. As frontal EEG coherence reflects structural and functional connection between brain area, this in turn correlates with more positive physiological traits (e.g. Emotional stability, security, high self-esteem, easiness with others, inner orientation).
Globally, alcohol use in the fifth leading risk factor for premature death and disability ; among people between the ages of 15 to 49.
In 2006 alcohol problem cost the U.S. $ 224 billon – primarily from lost productivity , health care , and property damage costs .
Severe alcoholics from a veteran’s home were randomly assigned to TM groups, while others were assigned to different to therapy groups. Intensive follow-up procedures were implemented ,and information on alcohol consumption and other parameters was collected over an 18 – month period.
6,12 and 18 months after leaving the treatment facility, The TM group exhibited a significantly higher percentage of non-drinking days, when compared to the routine therapy and neuropherapy groups .
Quitting Smoking :
Cigarette smoking causes roughly one in every five deaths in the US.
Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for non-smokers.
226 smokers learning the TM technique and 850 who didn’t. All subjects were asked to complete a questionnaire on their smoking habits. After 20-24 months a follow-up questionnaire was undertaken , both on smoking habit and the regularity of TM practice .
51% of those fully adherent to TM practice had quit smoking and an additional 30% had decreased the number smoked daily by at least five cigarettes .for those partially adherent to TM practice these numbers were respectively 21% and 34%. In the Non-TM group, 21% had quit smoking 12% had reduced the number of cigarettes smoked daily by at least 5.-