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The Body

The mind and body are intimately correlated in their functioning. During the Transcendental Meditation practice, the mind settles down to more restful states of experience. As this happens, the metabolic rate slows. The result is a deep  relaxation that  reduces stress hormones, fatigue, and physical imbalances—the root causes of disease–and increases energy and stamina. Experienced twice a day, this deep rest leads to a wide array of health benefits including normalized blood pressure, reduced atherosclerosis, decreased insomnia, fewer tumors, greater resiliency, and overall longevity.


A meta-analysis of all available physiological research on the TM program found that it produces a state of deep rest compared to control conditions, as measured by reduced respiration rate, reduced basal skin conductance (increased skin resistance), and reduced plasma lactate.

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Reference: American Psychologist 42: 879-881, 1987.

Related Research

Deep Rest
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Lower Blood Pressure
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Decreased Free Radicals
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Reduction in Pain
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Faster Recovery From Stress
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Decreased Health Care Expenditures
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Reduced Stress
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  8. Journal of Biomedicine 1 (1980): 73-88.
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  10. Hormones and Behavior 10(1) (1978): 54-60.
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Decreased Medical Care Utilization and Hospitalization
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  2. Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science 95(1) (1998): A56.
  3. The American Journal of Managed Care 3 (1997): 135-14
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  5. Japanese Journal of Industrial Health 32 (1990): 656.
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Decreased Insomnia
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  5. The New Zealand Family Physician 9 (1982): 62-65.
Increased Stability of the Autonomic Nervous System
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  2. Psychosomatic Medicine 44 (1982): 133-15
Decreased Alcohol and Drug Use
  1. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly 11 (1994): 219-236.
  2. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly 11 (1994): 89-117.
  3. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly 11 (1994): 13-87.
  4. International Journal of the Addictions 26 (1991): 293-325
  5. Bulletin on Narcotics 40(1) (1988): 51-56, 1988.
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Decreased Smoking
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Improved Quality of Life Among Breast Cancer Patients
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