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Study finds meditation lowers blood pressure
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20 February 2006
On 20 February 2006 Lex18.com reported:
A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension in January 2006 found that the Transcendental Meditation Programme can significantly reduce high blood pressure. The study, conducted over a one-year period, confirms the results of studies conducted in the past over shorter periods of time.
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There were 150 participants in the study, all middle-aged African Americans. The Transcendental Meditation Technique was found to lower diastolic pressure by six millimetres and systolic pressure by three millimetres.
In addition, there was a 23 per cent drop in the use of blood pressure medication. The article reported that 'Some patients were able to stop taking medicine altogether, avoiding unwanted side effects.'
African Americans tend to have a greater risk of high blood pressure and thus were chosen as the focus of the study. However, past research on the general public resulted in similar findings.
Dr Edwards Smith, MD, a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and the President of the Maharishi College of Vedic Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, commented on the effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation Technique for lowering blood pressure: 'Here there's a clear choice that people can use a mental technique which will actually improve their blood pressure.'
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