No other method has so much scientific support to confirm the reversal of the aging process as TM.
Transcending is very unique for both body and mind. All 600 studies on the Transcendental Meditation technique show that, as a result of transcending, a reversal of the aging process occurs—spontaneously.
Tensions disturb the normal functioning of the body more and more as they accumulate. This is the main cause of the aging process. Transcending removes these tensions, and will effectively reverse the aging process.
As incredible as this may sound, it can be confirmed quite easily, and this is exactly what has happened. By measuring several variables, scientists are usually able to predict your age quite accurately. In other words, the “biological age” as it can be measured, corresponds for most people perfectly with the chronological age. Someone who is 55 years old, on average, will also function biologically as someone who is 55 years old.
In the same way, one can measure objectively whether Transcendental Meditation practitioners are effectively becoming younger and by how much. A study with 84 subjects showed that TM practitioners who have practised the technique for 2.9 years, on average, are 5 years younger, biologically, than the norm. Long-term practitioners who, on average, were using the Transcendental Meditation technique for 7.1 years, were biologically even 12 years younger than their chronological age. Ref. International Journal of Neuroscience 16: 53–58, 1982.
So we could say that the time we will invest in practising Transcendental Meditation (20 minutes twice per day), will give us a very big return on investment later in life. Not only do we live longer, but also the quality of life will be better.
Can research actually confirm that we live longer? Yes, it seems. In a study by scientists from Harvard University, a group of elderly people with an average age of 81 was divided into four subgroups: TM, Mindfulness, a mental relaxation technique (Relaxation Response), and a control group. After three months, significant improvements were already noticed in the TM group, in comparison with the control groups, for both intellectual abilities and blood pressure. [The subjects also found the TM technique more enjoyable to practice.]
But the really big difference was noticed three years later, when the group was examined again. In the control groups, a large portion of the subjects were deceased (12% from the Mindfulness group and up to 35% for the relaxation technique). In the TM group, 100% of the group was still alive (p<.00025). And these people had only started with TM when they were already 80 years old. Imagine what the impact would be if people started TM in their youth. A lot of degeneration could be avoided. Ref.Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol 57, 1989, pp. 950-964.
There are other ways to measure the degree of aging, which confirm the rejuvenative effects of TM. One can measure the level of a substance in the blood, plasma dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S), which is known to decreases after the age of 20. Higher values of this substance are related to better health and to a younger biological age.
In an US study, in collaboration with Maharishi International University and the City University of New York, the DHEA-S levels of a group of experienced TM practitioners—270 men and 153 women—were measured; and the results were compared with a control group of 799 men and 453 women who did not practise the TM technique. The TM practitioners had values on the same level as those of control subjects that were 5 to 10 years younger. The result was so significant that it had a p-value of p<.0001 (what is a p-value). Ref.Journal of Behavioral Medicine 15: 327–341, 1992.
For more research on the rejuvenation effect of TM see rejuvenation research.
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