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Studies show Transcendental Meditation can reverse heart disease, reduce blood pressure
by Global Good News staff writer
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5 February 2013
Norman Rosenthal, MD, spoke at a medical conference about the subject of his most recent book, the New York Times bestseller Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation.
Dr Rosenthal told the audience that he does not use terms like 'healing' and 'transformation' lightly. He truly believes, and is convinced by the scientific evidence, that Transcendental Meditation (TM) can do more than prevent illness; it can reverse the effects and progress of heart disease.
He talked about atherosclerosis, the clogging of the arteries that is central to heart disease, and he spoke about the role of blood pressure in the illness.
'High blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for cardiovascular disease,' he explained. 'If you think of the arterial system as a plumbing system, if the water in the plumbing system is revved under high pressure, the walls of the pipes begin to experience a lot of stress; that is the same with the walls of arteries.'
Transcendental Meditation has been shown repeatedly to lower blood pressure, Dr Rosenthal said.
'In nine published studies of more than 700 subjects . . . both [systolic and diastolic blood pressure measures] are significantly reduced by Transcendental Meditation over a couple of months. These results are not only statistically significant, but they're also very clinically significant.'
Dr Rosenthal added that in a meta-analysis that compared Transcendental Meditation to stress management, muscle relaxation, biofeedback, and relaxation-assisted biofeedback, TM reduced systolic blood pressure by more than twice as much as the next best practice.
Transcendental Meditation had the best effect, Dr Rosenthal pointed out, but he also noted that one of the stress management techniques ended up making blood pressure worse. This emphasizes the importance of scientific studies.
'Caveat emptor,' Dr Rosenthal said. 'If something is called a stress management technique it does not necessarily mean that it really works.'
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