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Ponder this: Meditation can lower high blood pressure
by David O'Hara
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12 April 2008
On 12 April 2008 American Chronicle reported:
High-level confirmation from the American Journal of Hypertension supports what Transcendental Meditation practitioners have known for years: TM can actually lower your blood pressure.
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The latest study, which was published in March of this year, 'is especially significant as a review, or meta-study, of previous trials conducted on the influence of meditation and other forms of relaxation on blood pressure. The trials used all had to meet strict criteria for high-quality scientific research and they show that meditation produces ''statistically significant'' reductions in blood pressure', the American Chronicle reported.
The article stated, 'The compiled studies show that practicing Transcendental Meditation lowered blood pressure by an average of nearly 5 points systolic and 3.2 points diastolic. Participants claim that reductions would be even greater if readings had been taken in the home environment and without the disruption caused by frequent blood pressure readings during the tests.'
The article noted that not all forms of meditation or relaxation techniques are equal and the research specifically found that Transcendental Meditation produced the desired results.
The article explained that Transcendental Meditation 'is different from other forms of merely passive relaxation. . . . (TM) does not involve focus or concentration and is therefore a purer form of relaxation'.
The American Chronicle quoted Dr James W Anderson, the study's author, as saying, (adding Transcendental Meditation) 'is about equivalent to adding a second antihypertension agent to one's current regimen, only safer and less troublesome'.
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