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Transcendental Meditation may help ease trauma symptoms, stress
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8 October 2016
On 8 October 2016 Medical News Today reported: New research reveals how a four-month Transcendental Meditation program led to a significant reduction in stress and trauma symptoms among male inmates, suggesting the technique may be an effective treatment for prisoners, veterans, and other individuals at high risk of post-traumatic stress. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of health.
The study was conducted among 181 moderate to high-risk male inmates at Oregon State Correctional Institution and Oregon State Penitentiary, located in Salem, Oregon.
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Lead author Dr. Sanford Nidich, director of the Center for Social and Emotional Health at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, and his team published their findings yesterday in The Permanente Journal online.
Compared with the control group, inmates who practiced Transcendental Meditation for four months experienced a 47 percent reduction in trauma symptoms - including anxiety, depression, and sleep problems - as well as a reduction in perceived stress.
One inmate expressed his experience after learning TM: 'As I entered the 24th year behind bars I had come to grips with most of the demons of the past but still felt fragmented. Recently I was given the chance to learn TM. . . . As the weeks passed that sense of fragmentation started to flow into something deeper and new. A quiet that feels so natural and restful that I feel like I've finally come home. To a place where things make sense and I'm just happy. The pains of my life haven't gone away . . . just feels like I've grown beyond them.''
Dr. Nidich says, ''These findings, along with previous published research on veterans, active military personnel, international refugees, and other at-risk populations provide support for the value of the Transcendental Meditation program as an alternative treatment for post-traumatic stress.''
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Read the study online in The Permanente Journal.
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