Scientific Age
Demanded Research on TM

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of TM, wanted to remove misunderstandings regarding meditation and actively encouraged research on the TM technique from the earliest days of the TM movement. Maharishi recognised that this was a scientific age open to evidence based decision making. The earliest published research was “Physiological Effects of Transcendental Meditation” published in Science in 1970. In the past 5 decades over 600 hundreds scientific studies have been conducted on the practice and benefits of TM at more than 250 independent universities and research institutions worldwide.

Scientific Research Overview

The research literature on TM is extensive and has established the benefits of TM in the areas of mind, body and behaviour. During the past two decades the United States National Institutes of Health has awarded over USD $24 million to research the prevention-oriented health benefits of the TM on heart disease, hypertension and stroke. Research findings have been published in leading, peer-reviewed scientific journals, including, Scientific American, Science, The American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine and the American Heart Association’s Hypertension and Stroke. Recent research has established the usefulness of TM for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and depression.

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View more details on the research on TM and in particular it’s benefits to education: The David Lynch Foundation

TM is a technique to develop the total potential of the brain. Recent research has used electroencephalography to examine the changes in the brain that are associated with the development of consciousness. See more about brain research on TM.

See John Hagelin, quantum physicist, present a detailed summary of more than 600 research studies on TM: click here.

Research Documents TM Works

“Just as there are many kinds of medication, there are also many approaches that are termed ‘meditation.’ The vast majority of the research on meditation has been on Transcendental Meditation—and the findings clearly indicate that TM works better than other researched mental techniques to promote health. If research shows that a specific medication helps treat a disorder, it would be irresponsible and illogical to conclude that all medications help treat that disorder. In the same way, research on TM should not be generalized to include other techniques also called ‘meditation.’ We should intelligently choose what works and what is supported by research. Therefore I strongly support the introduction specifically of Transcendental Meditation into our nation’s schools and health care systems.”
– James Krag, M.D., Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, president of the Virginia Association of Community Psychiatrists, and medical director of the Valley Community Services Board in Staunton, Virginia