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Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in African refugees, study finds
by Global Good News staff writer
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27 April 2013
A study published in April in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found that Transcendental Meditation dramatically relieved the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Congolese refugees.
The study found that within just 30 days, the refugees went from having high levels of Post-Traumatic Stress to becoming non-symptomatic. In contrast, the control group's symptoms worsened over time.
Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, was one of the scientists involved in the study. He explained that the findings were published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress under the title 'Reduction in Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Congolese Refugees Practicing Transcendental Meditation'.
Dr Travis explained that the Journal of Traumatic Stress is ranked 22nd out of 109 journals in clinical psychology.* 'It's well-respected and is a primary reference for professionals who are studying the effect of high stress on individual functioning,' he said.
The study was a collaboration between Dr Travis, Col. Brian Rees, M.D., M.P.H., David Shapiro, and R Chant.
Col. Rees, the lead author, was already very familiar with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in veterans and active-duty soldiers. A Colonel in the Medical Corps, U.S. Army Reserve, Command Surgeon, 63rd Regional Support Command, in California, he has had many tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The impetus for the African Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relief Project originated with Mr Shapiro, its founding director and president, who organized the project and research and assembled a team in Uganda to bring it to fruition.
The project, which is supported by the David Lynch Foundation, includes ongoing research on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for African refugees suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. A Transcendental Meditation teacher knowledgeable about the project commented that it promises to bring great relief to many millions of Africans and people all around the world.
* The annual ranking refers to the number of times articles published in a particular journal are cited in other articles.
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