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There is a strong connection between TM and reductions in PTSD symptoms.



Relief from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
by Transcendental Meditation for Women website
6 September 2019

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may develop following a life-threatening event such as military combat, sexual assault or an accident. Characterized by recurring flashbacks, inability to focus, and emotional numbness, PTSD is now thought to be the cause of related problems such as acute anxiety, insomnia, chronic depression, marital discord, substance abuse and suicide.

The Transcendental Meditation program can dissolve the stress that is at the root of PTSD.

As Tara Wise, director of the National Women Veterans Association of America experienced, “Transcendental Meditation is completely the opposite of trauma. As soon as I started, something shifted. I didn’t have to rehash traumatic experiences.”

How does the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique create a state that is the opposite of trauma? When one practices Transcendental Meditation, their mind settles down and becomes calm, their heart rate decreases, and their body reaches a state of deep rest, allowing it to dissolve deep-rooted stresses and strain.

One study found that the Transcendental Meditation technique is twice as effective as other self-help programs in reducing stress.

Other studies have found that TM is twice as effective as conventional approaches for reducing alcoholism and substance abuse.

As NIH researcher and Discovery Health TV host Pamela Peeke, M.D., notes, “The research on Transcendental Meditation is excellent. There is a strong connection between TM and reductions in everything from depression and PTSD symptoms to high blood pressure and heart mortality.”

The TM Technique has been researched in over 417 original studies by independent peer-reviewed journals or scientific publications.

  • 40-55% reduction in symptoms of PTSD and depression
    Military Medicine 176 (6): 626-630, 2011
  • 42% decrease in insomnia
    Journal of Counseling and Development 64: 212-215, 1985
  • Decreased high blood pressure–on par with first-line antihypertensives
    American Journal of Hypertension 21: 310–316, 2008
  • 30% improved quality of life
    Military Medicine 176 (6): 626-630, 2011
  • Greater resistance to stress
    Psychosomatic Medicine 35: 341–349, 1973
  • Twice the effectiveness of conventional approaches for reducing alcoholism and substance abuse
    Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly 11: 13-87, 1994
  • Twice as effective as other relaxation techniques for decreasing trait anxiety
    Journal of Clinical Psychology 45(6): 957–974, 1989


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