Transcendental Meditation and health
Many doctors and health professionals practice the Transcendental Meditation program themselves and recommend it to their patients. You can read questions and answers with doctors, in relation to a number of medical conditions, below. Randomised controlled trials directly comparing Transcendental Meditation with other programs have found that it is more effective in bringing about sustained long-term relaxation and reduction of stress hormones in daily life, and in promoting a healthy, long life.
"TM is the most efficacious way for us to treat one of the major risk factors for heart disease, which is stress."
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Cardiologist, Author and TV Host
What's the best thing I can do for my health?
The latest health trends constantly offer us the newest solution to health. But there is a very simple key to all-around well-being: allow the inner intelligence of the body to do what it can to re-establish balance and normal good health. Rest allows the body's natural healing mechanisms to function fully. When we do not get sufficiently deep rest, the body tends to function poorly and stress-related problems occur. It has been estimated that 80% of all doctor visits are for stress-related problems. The Transcendental Meditation technique provides a state of profound rest that naturally dissolves even deeply rooted stress and fatigue, and thus helps to rejuvenate the body and enhance brain functioning.
Beyond relaxing – from better health to personal growth
The Transcendental Meditation program is relaxing, but it is much more. It is a unique combination of deep relaxation along with expanded awareness. This state of "restful alertness" sets Transcendental Meditation apart from other relaxation techniques and tension-relieving activities like exercise or music. After meditation, TM meditators report they feel calm, clear and energetic, much like you feel on your best days. TM can help create that experience throughout the day, every day. The Transcendental Meditation technique can be useful in managing a wide range of conditions which are commonly stress-related, such as migraine, ulcers, high blood pressure, angina, asthma, anxiety, insomnia, and excessive use of alcohol, cigarettes, and non-prescribed drugs. With daily practice of Transcendental Meditation, vibrant health develops in the mind, body and emotions, leading to greater enjoyment, happiness and success.