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American Heart Association

Summary of Policy Statement Issued

According to a 2013 statement* by the American Heart Association (AHA), the Transcendental Meditation technique has been shown to lower blood pressure (BP). Their scientific statement* reports, “Because of many negative studies or mixed results and a paucity of available trials, all other meditation techniques (including MBSR, or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) received a ‘Class III, no benefit, Level of Evidence C’ recommendation. Thus, other meditation techniques are not recommended in clinical practice to lower BP at this time.”

The AHA statement concludes that alternative treatments may be considered for all individuals with blood pressure >120/80 mm Hg to lower blood pressure when clinically appropriate.

Lower blood pressure through Transcendental Meditation practice is also associated with substantially reduced rates of death, heart attack, and stroke.

*Brook RD et al., Beyond Medications and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure. A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Hypertension, 61:00, April 2013

Other Medical Institutions


American College of Cardiology

During its annual convention, the ACC hosted a symposium on the research conducted at more than a dozen independent universities and medical schools on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique for reducing heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and heart failure.

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American Medical Association

The AMA’s journal Archives of Internal Medicine published a recent study showing the TM technique is highly effective in preventing the risk factors for high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.

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American Psychological Association

During its annual conference last year, the APA featured research on the TM technique that documents the positive, long-term benefits of the practice for self-actualization and self-development.

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National Institutes of Health

The NIH has awarded more than $24 million to study the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique for improving brain functioning and cardiovascular health during the past 20 years.

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