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Impact of transcendental meditation on ambulatory blood pressure in African-American adolescents.

15 Nov

Investigators from The Medical College of Georgia find that Transcendental Meditation lowers blood pressure in sixteen-year-old African American youth at risk for the development of hypertension.

Investigators from the Pediatric Department of The Georgia Institute for Prevention of Human Diseases and Accidents and The Medical College of Georgia looked at the impact of stress reduction, by way of Transcendental Meditation (TM), on blood pressure (BP) in African-American adolescents averaging 16 years old (aged 16.2 +/- 1.3 years) with high normal systolic BP. Subjects were randomly assigned to either a 4-month TM group (n = 50) or health education control group (n = 50). Ambulatory 24-hour blood pressure measures were recorded at pretest, 2-month and 4-month post-tests, and at a 4-month follow-up.

The study found significantly greater decreases in daytime systolic BP (P < .04) and diastolic BP (P < .06) in the TM group, as compared with the control group, across all the visits, concluding that TM has a beneficial impact on youth at risk for the development of hypertension.

Citation: Barnes VA, Treiber FA, Johnson MH. Impact of transcendental meditation on ambulatory blood pressure in African-American adolescents. American Journal of Hypertension. 2004 Apr; 17(4): pages 366-9. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Belleruth Naparstek

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