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A Summary of Research on the Transcendental Meditation technique

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Published on May 15, 2009

http://tm.org Over 350 independent clinical studies have confirmed the positive physiological effects of the TM® technique on the mind and body. This video summarizes the most exciting research.

For more information on the Transcendental Meditation® technique, please visit: www.TM.org or call 1-888-532-7686 - 1-888-LEARN-TM

The wide-ranging benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique have been verified by more than 600 scientific studies conducted at 250 independent universities, research institutions and medical schools in 33 countries during the past 40 years.

Research studies have described specific physiological effects that occur during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique. The first studies were published in the early 1970s in Science, American Journal of Physiology, and Scientific American. This research found that the Transcendental Meditation technique produced a physiological state that the researchers called a "wakeful hypometabolic state." During the practice of the technique the researchers found significant reductions in respiration, minute ventilation, tidal volume, blood lactate, and significant increases in basal skin resistance, while EEG measurements showed increased coherence and integration of brain functioning. In 1987, researchers at Maharishi University of Management, Dillbeck, M.C., and D.W. Orme-Johnson, concluded that the physiology was alert rather than asleep during TM practice.

Studies have suggested a positive correlation between the Transcendental Meditation technique and possible health-related physiological states, including improvement in lung function for patients with asthma, reduction of high blood pressure, an effect the researchers termed "younger biological age", decreased insomnia, reduction of high cholesterol, reduced illness and medical expenditures, decreased outpatient visits, decreased cigarette smoking, decreased alcohol use, and decreased anxiety.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced the Transcendental Meditation technique to the world in the late 1950's. During the past 50 years, more than six million people, from every profession, age, educational background, and religion have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique and are rising to enlightenment through their twice-daily practice.

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