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US: Transcendental Meditation brings veteran lifesaving relief from PTSD
by Global Good News staff writer
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12 July 2013
Researchers at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, recently received a grant from the US Department of Defense to study the effects of Transcendental Meditation on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans.
The study will take place at a major Veterans Administration (VA) medical centre. It will be extensive and thorough, and results are expected in about four years' time.
The results of published studies on Transcendental Meditation and PTSD have been very promising.
In a study published earlier this year, MUM faculty and colleagues researched the effects of Transcendental Meditation on PTSD symptoms in refugees of the Congolese civil war. They found a dramatic decrease in symptoms in the meditating group, while the control group showed no significant change, and in fact showed a slight increase in symptoms.
Other research has shown similar substantial, rapid reductions in PTSD symptoms in veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts who learned Transcendental Meditation; and also in Vietnam veterans.
There have also been innumerable anecdotal experiences that illustrate the success of TM in the treatment of PTSD.
Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management, recently visited Salt Lake City, Utah, and met there a veteran who had learned Transcendental Meditation in the past few months. The veteran had driven to Salt Lake City from another state, and told his TM teacher that this was his last try. The young man had tried everything the VA had to offer; nothing had worked, and he had lost hope.
But he learned Transcendental Meditation and everything changed.
PTSD, as described by a veteran suffering from it, feels like 'the worst possible day of your life repeated over and over again, and you see no hope that it will ever change', Dr Morris said.
With Transcendental Meditation, the relief is immediate. Dr Morris described what the young veteran and many others like him have felt: 'It is massive relief from the terrible weight of this stress.'
He hopes that very soon, with more studies documenting the tremendous effects of Transcendental Meditation, it will become a standard treatment for anyone suffering from PTSD.
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