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TM lowers hypertension and reduces need for blood pressure-lowering medication
by Robert Preidt
Forbes Magazine Translate This Article
11 February 2005
On 11 February 2005 Forbes Magazine reported:
A study of African-Americans with hypertension showed that the use of the Transcendental Meditation Technique is successful in reducing blood pressure, and in lessening the need for blood pressure-lowering medications.
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The study was based on a comparison of three different hypertension modalities applied to a group of 150 African-Americans with stage I hypertension, two-thirds of whom were taking blood pressure-lowering medications.
According to the article, Dr Frank Staggers, senior drug detoxification specialist at a drug rehabilitation programme in San Francisco and co-author of the study, reported that after one year of practice, the TM group showed an average reduction of 3mm systolic pressure and almost 6mm diastolic pressure (top and bottom numbers in a reading, respectively), in contrast to an average drop of 3mm diastolic presssure and no change in systolic pressure in the other two groups.
Anti-hypertensive drug use also dropped 23 per cent in the TM group relative to the two other groups.
Dr Staggers predicted that the application of the TM Technique for hypertension 'would be expected to result in major health-care cost savings and the prevention of adverse side effects associated with blood pressure drugs'.
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