The TM technique: Benefits for Health and Well-Being

An evidence-based approach

 
 

Scientific studies

Improved brain functioning, increased wakefulness, healthier response to stress

University students who learned the TM technique showed significant improvement on a Brain Integration Scale, decreased sleepiness and faster habituation to stressful stimuli, in comparison to controls. International Journal of Psychophysiology 71: 170-176, 2009. Chart

Increased EEG coherence

The TM technique produces a rapid shift to higher levels of EEG coherence in subjects during meditation, and with continued twice-daily practice, coherence increases steadily over time outside of meditation. International Journal of Neuroscience, 116(11): 1519-1538, 2006. Chart

 

Increased use of brain reserves

During the TM technique, the brain's response to stimuli are more widely distributed across the cortex, indicating greater participation of the whole brain in the response to a stimulus. Human Physiology 25: 171–180, 1999. Chart

Increased blood flow to the brain

During most mental activities, blood flow increases only in isolated parts of the brain. During TM practice, increased blood flow is seen in the front and back of the brain, indicating a more holistic, integrated state of brain functioning and increased inner wakefulness. Physiology & Behavior 59: 399–402, 1996. Chart

 

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Gary Kaplan, MD

Travis, Ph.D., neuroscientist, director of the MUM Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition

"We need a healthy, integrated brain that can evaluate where we are, decide where we need to be, and then determine the best steps to get there. Research shows that TM creates that healthy, integrated state of brain functioning."