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Transcendental Meditation helps military veterans with PTSD
by Global Good News staff writer
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14 July 2011
Operation Warrior Wellness, launched last December in New York City, is an initiative to offer military veterans and their families a simple meditation practice—the Transcendental Meditation Programme—for preventing and treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
With the support of the David Lynch Foundation, the programme extends help to veterans in collaboration with facilities in several states, as well as for many veterans seeking relief outside the system.
Twenty soldiers at one facility will learn Transcendental Meditation as part of a pilot project there. A few have learned already and have had dramatic results, including significant reduction of pain with just a few weeks practice of the technique.
The journal Military Medicine recently published a study on Transcendental Meditation by world-renowned psychiatrist and author Dr Norman Rosenthal* which demonstrates a statistically significant effect—reducing symptoms of PTSD by 50% in just eight weeks.
Another study—a randomized control trial—is planned, which will compare results of Transcendental Meditation, counselling, and medication.
*Dr Rosenthal's latest book is Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation.
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