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Howard University studies Transcendental Meditation for treatment of high blood pressure

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17 January 2009

On 17 January 2009 NBC News reported: A study on the Transcendental Meditation Technique and blood pressure is currently underway at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC, USA. 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.

'That quietness inside . . . two times a day for twenty minutes, will change your life,' said 56-year old Rosemary Palmer Powell who had been taking medication for her high blood pressure for years when, after getting a routine check at last year's NBC for Health and Fitness Expo, she started down a whole new treatment path.

'I've been doing Transcendental Meditation for six solid months, and it has really changed my life.'

Palmer Powell was selected to be part of a Howard University Hospital study on the effect of Transcendental Meditation on high blood pressure. Otelio Randall, MD, the hospital cardiologist leading the study, said that the meditation should decrease the stress, slow down the heart rate, cause the vessels to relax, to dilate, which results in the blood pressure going down.

The study is designed to compare blood pressure rates between two groups, those who are practising Transcendental Meditation and those who are not. An instructor works with the meditation group once a week and then patients are required to practise it on their own.

Patients are telling the doctor they think the meditation is helping: one patient said meditation has become incerasingly enjoyable so 'I've wanted to do it. I've craved doing it,' she said.

Another patient is still on medication but the dosage is lower now. 'Eventually you become calmer; you become less stressed. You can handle stressful situations more,' she said.

Howard University Hospital is seeking additional participants to join this blood pressure study.

Global Good News comment: Please visit Cardiovascular disease for more on the beneficial effects of Transcendental Meditation in this area; and scientific research for a summary of the extensive body of scientific studies on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation Programme, including on health.

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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