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Transcendental Meditation helps prevent disease, improves health and promotes longevity. These claims are supported by an enormous scientific literature.
The Transcendental Meditation technique is a simple, natural, effortless process practiced 15-20 minutes twice daily while sitting comfortably with eyes closed. It is unique among techniques of meditation, distinguished by its effortlessness, naturalness and profound effectiveness.

More than 600 scientific research studies confirming the benefits of the TM technique for mind, body, behaviour, and society have been conducted in 34 countries and at 200 independent research institutions and universities, including Harvard, Stanford, Yale and UCLA Medical School. Over 300 of these studies have been published in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Doctors are saddened by rising rates of heart disease, particularly among SAs previously disadvantaged, upwardly mobile middle class. TM offers hope. Dr Robert Schneider has recently reported on the significance of the new research he announced at the American Heart Association, showing a reduction of 47% in heart attacks, strokes and mortality due to practice of TM, which has received enthusiastic worldwide press coverage. He explained that because of the design strength of the study, it introduces a whole new category of medical technology which utilizes the inner healing intelligence of the body.

Diabetes is another area where TM has much to offer. For example, huge reductions in heart disease risks have recently been found for diabetic Afro-American women practicing Transcendental Meditation.

New cancer research study showed Transcendental Meditation helped women with breast cancer reduce stress and improve mental health and emotional well being.

Another new ADHD study shows Meditation cuts students' stress and anxiety and improves academic outcomes.
Other recent research
At-risk adolescents reduce stress, anxiety, and hyperactivity through Transcendental Meditation
This newly completed study found that 106 at-risk adolescents in three high schools reduced their levels of stress, anxiety, hyperactivity, and emotional problems when practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique for four months at school, as compared with controls.
Robert Colbert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut
Annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, March 2008
Transcendental Meditation produces positive effects on health, brain functioning, and cognitive development in students
Preliminary results from this new two-year study of 250 college students at American University in Washington, D.C., found that the TM program produced beneficial effects for health, brain functioning, and cognitive development compared to controls.
David Haaga, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the James J. Gray Psychotherapy Training Clinic, American University
(In press)
Transcendental Meditation reduces hypertension, obesity, and diabetes in patients with coronary heart disease
This study of 103 people with coronary heart disease found that individuals practicing Transcendental Meditation for four months had significantly lower blood pressure; improved blood glucose and insulin levels (which signify reduced insulin resistance); and more stable functioning of the autonomic nervous system compared to controls.
C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., Director of the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Professor of Medicine at the UCLA Medical School
American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine, June 2006
Reduced high blood pressure among high school students
This eight-month study of 156 hypertensive African American high school students found that the Transcendental Meditation program reduced high blood pressure among the meditating students as compared with little or no change in the control group. (Twenty percent of African American teenagers suffer from high blood pressure.)
Vernon Barnes, Ph.D., physiologist and research scientist, Georgia Prevention Institute, Medical College of Georgia
American Journal of Hypertension, April 2004
Transcendental Meditation reduces stress and increases happiness among middle school students
Two studies on 60 sixth-graders at two middle schools found the practice of Transcendental Meditation over four months positively affected emotional development in early adolescent children in a school setting. Meditating students also had significantly higher scores on affectivity, self-esteem, and emotional competence.
Rita Benn, Ph.D., Director of Education, Complementary & Alternative Medicine Research Center, University of Michigan
National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, April 2003
Transcendental Meditation reduces the brain’s reaction to stress
In this pilot study, 12 subjects practicing Transcendental Meditation for 30 years showed a 40–50% lower brain response to stress and pain compared to 12 healthy controls. Further, when the controls then learned and practiced Transcendental Meditation for five months, their brain responses to stress and pain also decreased by a comparable 40–50%.
David Orme-Johnson, Ph.D., study director, Neuroimaging Laboratory, University of California at Irvine
NeuroReport, August 2006
Some 60 000 people in South Africa have learned TM—including people from all backgrounds, cultures, races, and religions.