More than 350 peer-reviewed research studies on the TM® technique have been published in more than 160 scientific journals during the past 40 years. These studies were conducted at more than 200 universities and research centers, including Harvard Medical School, Stanford Medical School, Yale Medical School, UCLA Medical School, and Medical College of Georgia. Most commonly cited studies.
- American Heart Association (AHA) “TM may be considered in clinical practice”
In June 2013, the American Heart Association published its Scientific Statement on alternative approaches to lowering blood pressure. The AHA’s statement concluded that among meditation and relaxation techniques, the overall evidence from meta-analyses and randomized trials indicates that Transcendental Meditation lowers BP and may be considered in clinical practice – while “other meditation techniques are not recommended in clinical practice to lower BP (1, 2).
- 48% Reduction in Hearts, Attack, Strokes and Death.
In November 2012, Robert Schneider, MD, FACC and colleagues published the results of a 10 year NIH-sponsored clinical trial on stress reduction with meditation in coronary heart disease (CHD) patients. The results showed 48% in hard clinical endpoints of death, MI and stroke. Simultaneously, there were reductions in blood pressure and psychological stress (3, 4)
- 28% reduction in doctors’ bills over five years for persistent high-cost people. The TM Technique – The Biggest Reducer of High Health Care Costs
The largest and quickest reductions in medical costs could be achieved by providing the TM program to consistent high-cost people with multiple chronic diseases. The Chart 1 shows a 28% reduction in doctors’ bills over five years from baseline for persistent high-cost people who practiced the TM technique (5).
Chart 1- reduced medical expenses
- 90% of refugees with PTSD became non-symptomatic within 30 days
A random/matched study on Congolese refugees with high levels of PTSD showed that 90% of the group that started with high levels of PTSD became non-symptomatic within 30 days of learning TM. The non-TM control group with a similar level of symptoms showed no change during the entire 135 day study (6).
A follow up study showed that refugees with a similar high level of PTSD showed clinically significant reductions even within 10 days of practice
- Successful Vermont TM Projects
Cadets, faculty and staff at Norwich University
Video (5 min) Meditation Improves Performance at Military University
Rutland Community Correctional Center
1) (Hypertension.2013;61:00-00.) AHA Scientific Statement: Beyond Medications and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure
3) Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes Meditation may reduce death, heart attack and stroke in heart patients
4) Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 2012; 5: 750-758 Stress Reduction in the Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
5) American Journal of Health Promotion 2011; 26(1): 56–60. Changes in Physician Costs Among High-Cost Transcendental Meditation Practitioners Compared With High-Cost Nonpractitioners Over 5 Years
6) Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 295–298, 2013, Transcendental Meditation Significantly Reduces Posttraumatic Stress in African Refugees, ScienceNewsline article,
7) Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27, 112–115, 2014, Significant Reductions in Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Congolese Refugees Within 10 days of Transcendental Meditation Practice, Press release and videos 2014