Decrease in hospitalisation.
A study analysed five years of medical insurance details of approximately 2,000 practitioners of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation technique. The study demonstrated a 50% to 70% decrease in hospitalisations, both for medical and surgical procedures, for meditators as compared to the average of all other insured. The study had a p-value of p<.0001. what is a p-value? The fact that the decrease is larger for older patients indicates a healthier ageing process.Ref.Psychosomatic Medicine 49: 493–507, 1987
Fewer doctor visits.
A study analysed five years of medical insurance information of approximately 2,000 practitioners of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation technique. This showed 50% to 70% fewer doctor visits for TM practitioners in comparison to the average of all other insured. The study had a p-value of p<.0001. The fact that the decrease is greater among older patients indicates a healthier aging process.Ref.Psychosomatic Medicine 49: 493–507, 1987
Healthier behaviour among managers.
In a company that produces medical equipment, managers who had learned the Transcendental Meditation technique showed healthier behaviour after three months, as measured by more regular exercise, food and sleeping habits, and a reduction in alcohol usage, in comparison to a control group from the same company. Ref.Dissertation Abstracts International 57(6): 4068B, 1996.
Reduced illness and medical expenditures.
A study on the use of medical services and expenditures showed that those who participated in Maharishi’s vedic health programmes, which includes the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, had 70% fewer hospitalisations (p<.001) and 60% less overall medical expenditure (p<.001) as compared to the norm.Ref.The American Journal of Managed Care 3: 135–144, 1997.
Systematic decrease in medical expenses.
This study looked at the annual percentage change in inflation-corrected government expenses for medical services among 1,418 TM practitioners in Quebec, Canada, over a period of fourteen years. These were compared to 1,418 controls randomly chosen from individuals of the same age, sex and region. Prior to learning the Transcendental Meditation technique, there was no significant difference in the annual change between the two groups, with a slightly higher increase among the group that would later be taught the technique. After learning the Transcendental Meditation technique, the TM group showed an average annual decrease of 13.8% as compared to the controls (p=.0017). After five years their expenses were 50% lower. Ref.American Journal of Health Promotion 14: 284–291, 2000.
Decrease in health care costs
An earlier Canadian pilot study among 677 people in Quebec that were taught the Transcendental Meditation technique showed that government health care expenditure decreased significantly, as compared to an increasing trend prior to learning the technique.Ref.American Journal of Health Promotion 10: 208–216, 1996
Healthier as we get older
Higher levels of plasma dehydroepiandrosterone sufate (DHEA-S) later in life are associated with better health. This substance generally reduces in the body after the mid-twenties. Those who practiced Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation technique turned out to have higher levels of plasma DHEA-S than the control group. This graph shows the average levels among male TM practitioners over the age of 50; female practitioners showed similar results.Ref.Journal of Behavioral Medicine 15: 327–341, 1992
Improved general health among managers and factory workers
Managers and other employees in two locations of a car business showed improved health after three months of regular practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation technique, as measured through self-reports of physical and mental health, as well as measurements of the seriousness and frequency of health complaints, as compared to control groups in the same work places.Ref.Anxiety, Stress and Coping: An International Journal 6: 245–262, 1993
Improved health among Japanese factory workers
This research, carried out by the Japanese National Institute of Industrial Health showed that 427 employees of Sumitomo Heavy Industries that were taught Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation technique had less physical complaints after five months of practice, as compared to control employees of the same company.Ref.Japanese Journal of Industrial Health 32: 656, 1990
Increased vitality among managers
Managers in a company for medical equipment that were taught Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation technique showed a significant increase in a standardised scale for physical vitality, in contrast to matched controls. Higher energy levels and less tiredness were measured.Ref.Dissertation Abstracts International 57(6): 4068B, 1996
Improved general health among university students
University students in Cambodia who started practising the Transcendental Meditation technique showed improved general health (composed of physical, mental, and social factors) after three months, as compared to control groups of students from two other universities that were not taught the TM technique. Ref. Journal of Instructional Psychology 22: 308–319, 1995.
Decreased Use of Prescribed Drugs
A study among 263 American practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation technique showed significantly decreased use of prescribed drugs, (p<.001), including sedatives (p<.001), and painkillers (p<.01) in comparison to matched controls.Ref.The International Journal of the Addictions 12: 729–754, 1977
Improved health among managers
Managers that were taught the Transcendental Meditation technique showed a significant decrease on the standardised measure for stress-related somatic symptoms, such as chest pains and headaches, as compared to matched controls, during a three month study.Ref.Dissertation Abstracts International 57(6): 4068B, 1996
How can a simple technique do so much?
600 studies confirm the effect of TM with:
- Less stress
- How TM works
- Emotional stability
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Better Health
- General Health
- Becoming Younger