Extensive Scientific Research

The scientific research on Transcendental Meditation is the largest and strongest body of research in the world on any programme to develop human potential:

More than 650 scientific studies
Conducted at 250 independent universities and institutions in 33 countries
Published in over 100 of the world’s leading scientific journals many of them peer-reviewed
Benefits have been for every aspect of life: mind, body, behaviour, and society

How is it that one technique can bring benefits to so many different areas of life?

Researchers have concluded that Transcendental Meditation enlivens the body’s inner intelligence, supporting its innate ability to heal itself. Here is a sample of the broad range of benefits confirmed by research and published in the world’s leading peer-reviewed medical and academic journals.

Official recognition and support

The National Institutes of Health in the USA have to date granted over $24 million – and continue to do so – to study the effect of Transcendental Meditation for the prevention and treatment of heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. This research has so far reported:

Reduced risk factors for hypertension, diabetes, and obesity (American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine)
Increased lifespan (American Journal of Cardiology)
Reduced thickening of coronary arteries (American Heart Association’s Stroke)
Reduced blood pressure in comparison with other procedures (Ethnicity & Disease)
Reduced heart failure (Ethnicity & Disease)
Reduced use of hypertensive medication (American Journal of Hypertension)
Improved brain response to stress and pain (NeuroReport)

Selected research findings from peer-reviewed journals

Increased IQ (Intelligence)
Increased creativity (Journal of Creative Behavior)
Broader comprehension and improved ability to focus (Perceptual and Motor Skills)
Increased brain coherence (International Journal of Neuroscience)

Decreased anxiety (Journal of Clinical Psychology)
Decreased depression (Journal of Counseling and Development)
Improved perception and memory (Memory and Cognition)
Increased self-actualization (Journal of Social Behavior and Personality)
Reduced illness and medical expenditures (American Journal of Managed Care)
Improved job performance (Academy of Management Journal)
Increased job satisfaction (Academy of Management Journal)
Reduced substance abuse (The International Journal of the Addictions)