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Meditation may help lower blood pressure

ThirdAge    Translate This Article
17 March 2005

ThirdAge recently reported that the latest research on the effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in reducing high blood pressure is the latest in a number of studies conducted by researchers affiliated with Maharishi University of Management. The article noted that numerous studies on the TM Technique by researchers at other schools have found benefits for those suffering from conditions ranging from arthritis to cancer. 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 ThirdAge article focused on one participant in the recent TM study, Marion Williams, a travelling nurse, grandmother of 10, and advocate for nursing home residents. Williams acknowledged that her high blood pressure 'was due to the stress'.

Williams, 61, said that she had answered a newspaper ad asking for black patients with high blood pressure to participate in a study to determine whether meditation could help them relax and lower their blood pressure.

Williams was quoted as saying that it worked for her. She told ThirdAge that her blood pressure is now down to 120 over 60, down from 190 over 110, she said.

The study of 150 black men and women in the San Francisco area compared the effects of meditation twice a day, muscle relaxation and health education classes. Women who meditated showed the greatest benefit.

Dr. Amparo Castillon-Richmond, a co-author of the study, also spoke to ThirdAge, saying that TM may help balance opposing nervous system functions responsible for slowing and speeding the heart and other involuntary functions. Meditation may activate the half responsible for lowering blood pressure, she said.

Castillon-Richmond, of the Midwest Latino Health Research Training and Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was quoted as saying, 'The technique in meditation is very simple, you take 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon to close your eyes and repeat the mantra, that's all it takes,' she said.

Dr Frank Staggers, a study co-author, said the idea for the study stemmed from successful results achieved after he asked patients with high blood pressure to use relaxation techniques. Staggers, who is black, said many of the patients at the Oakland, California, clinic are black and suffer from high blood pressure.

He was quoted as saying, 'It just makes sense. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that if you just relax, your whole body would say ''OK, thanks,'' and settle down. It's a simple concept but something that we had to prove.'

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