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Blood pressure response to transcendental meditation: a meta-analysis.

11 Jul

Transcendental Meditation Reduces Blood Pressure - Systolic and Diastolic

Researchers from the University of Kentucky examined nine randomized, clinical trials comparing TM with a control condition.

Researchers from the Division of Endocrinology and Molecular Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, performed a meta-analysis on studies assessing the effects of Transcendental Meditation on blood pressure.

Randomized, controlled trials comparing blood pressure responses to the TM technique with a control group were evaluated. Primary outcome measures were changes in systolic and diastolic blood pressure after practicing Transcendental Meditation or following control procedures.

Nine randomized, controlled trials met eligibility criteria. The random-effects meta-analysis model for systolic and diastolic blood pressure, respectively, indicated that Transcendental Meditation, compared to control, was associated with reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure by approximately 4.7 and 3.2 mm Hg, respectively. These are clinically meaningful changes.

Citation: Anderson JW, Liu C, Kryscio RJ. Blood pressure response to transcendental meditation: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Hypertension. 2008 Mar; 21 (3): pages 310-6. Epub 2008 Jan 31. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award