Transcending has a major effect on Atherosclerosis
Simply 20 minutes of TM, twice a day, has the same effect as a combination of medication and a thorough change in lifestyle
Atherosclerosis is implicated in most heart attacks and strokes and is, in itself, a result of other causes, such as cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, smoking and stress. Transcending turns out to have a significant positive effect on all these causes at the same time. If the cause is removed, it is no surprise if the effects also disappear.
Scientific research of the highest quality has confirmed this major effect on atherosclerosis
As is the case for hypertension and diabetes, the research on the effect of TM on atherosclerosis is of interest for two reasons:
1. It shows an significant result, i.e., a significant reduction of atherosclerosis without any change in lifestyle, just 20 minutes of TM practice twice a day
2. This result is confirmed by research of high quality, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health in the U.S.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the American Government is one of the most prestigious medical research institutions globally. The NIH has spent over $24 million in support of research on the effects of Transcendental Meditation. It has supported Transcendental Meditation research for over 20 years and, for two key reasons, the quality of the research and the effectiveness of the results.
In medical circles, it had been considered very difficult to reverse atherosclerosis and and that reversal, if it is to happen, requires a drastic change of lifestyle as well as medication – the latter can also bring side-effects.
However, two American NIH studies suggest that atherosclerosis can, in fact, be reversed in a fully natural manner, by reviving the healing intelligence of our own body. There are no associated adverse side-effects and even a good number of positive side-benefits, such as improved general health and well-being, increased intellectual capacity and improved relationships, etc.
In the first study, 60 test persons were randomly assigned to either a TM group or a control group receiving health advice based on a diet and physical exercise. The TM group recorded a significant reduction in atherosclerosis (narrowing) after 6 to 9 months, whereas further narrowing occurred for the control group. The reduction of 0.1mm was comparable to what may be achieved through a combination of medication and a drastic change of lifestyle.Ref.Stroke 31: 568–573, 2000. Full article on atherosclerosis
But, when they combined Transcendental Meditation with other methods of Maharishi Vedic Medication, the effects were even larger. A later NIH study randomly divided 57 test persons into 3 groups – a group learning TM while also taking a Maharishi Ayur Veda supplement by the name of “Amrit Kalash”, a group receiving health information on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, along with a vitamin supplement and a control group. All three groups were, moreover, further divided into sub-groups of normal healthy people and sub-groups showing increased risk for cardiovascular diseases. Researchers were unaware which individuals belonged to what group.
After one year, there was no significant difference between the health-educated group and the control group. The control group even showed better results than the health-education group.
However, within the TM group there was a significantly bigger number of individuals with improved atherosclerosis (80% of the TM group, as compared to 52% in the control groups), and the general improvement was 50% better when compared to the previous study (0.15mm, p<.004 as compared to pre-test). If only the risk sub-group within the TM group had been considered (those most in need of care) then there would have been 100% improvement among test persons. The improvement within the TM group was 3 times larger than with the previous study (0,32mm, p<.004 as compared to the control group). As with many of the other studies, an indicative correlation existed between the frequency of TM practice and the result obtained. The more frequent and regular the practice, the better the effect.Ref.American Journal of Cardiology, April 2002
Transcending works through both prevention and cure
Curing is great. Prevention is better. The biggest risk factors for arteriosclerosis are high blood pressure, smoking, insulin resistance (diabetes), cholesterol and chronic stress. Research has shown improvement in each of these factors when research subjects had the regular experience of transcending through practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique. This suggests the value of Transcendental Meditation as a preventive tool.
Doctors support Transcendental Meditation
The NIH study has, amongst others, led to Dr. Mehmet Oz, cardiopathic surgeon and one of the world’s best known doctors famous doctor, fully supporting the Transcendental Meditation technique on his TV programme. In his presentation, Dr. Oz discusses the effect of TM on the 3 big risk factors for atherosclerosis: (1) high blood pressure, (2) high cholesterol and (3) diabetes.
For more information about the effect of Transcendental Meditation on atherosclerosis, go to Doctors answer questions: TM and atherosclerosis
How can a simple technique do so much?
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