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1 September 2006
On 1 September 2006 Channel News Asia reported:
Research demonstrates that Transcendental Meditation benefits both mind and body.
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.
According to Dr Raj B Banerjee, a Singapore-based Indian scientist, Transcendental Meditation, or TM, is an 'effortless technique' practised for about 15 to 20 minutes twice daily. It allows a person to attain deep rest for the body and mind.
Channel News Asia reports that the practice of Transcendental Meditation 'may reduce your risk of collapsing from heart problems by modulating your body's response to stress, the root of many illnesses today.'
The article cited a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, which stated that patients who practice Transcendental Meditation reduced the risk factors of coronary heart disease.
Patients who practised TM regularly had significantly reduced insulin resistance and lower blood pressure, both risk factors of coronary heart disease. They also had more stable functioning of the autonomic nervous system, which controls the heart and other involuntary muscles, the article stated.
Dr Banerjee was quoted as saying, 'People with high blood pressure or hypertension have derived immense benefits from the daily practice of TM ....'
Dr Antono Sutandar, a consultant cardiologist at Raffles Hospital, said 'Emotional distress affects part of the brain function, which affects the sympathetic drive, and, hence, the heart. The happier your brain is, the better your heart functions.'
He also said, 'Drugs can't reduce stress levels, and I don't think using drugs to reduce stress should be a primary approach. Before we consider prescribing drugs, we should explore the avenue of meditation as a means to reduce stress.
'A happy, spiritual, or emotional heart is, basically, good medicine.'
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