This article by Col. Brian Rees, M.D., David O’Connell, and David Leffler was published in The Hill, a top U.S. political website that is read by the White House and many lawmakers. It cites current research on the use of the Transcendental Meditation® technique for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), along with a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article showing the weaknesses of psychotherapy.
According to JAMA, “some two-thirds of combat veterans with PTSD are unable to free themselves from PTSD symptoms despite undergoing conventional treatments.” However, say the authors, who have worked with PTSD pateints for some time, “Research has shown that the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) generates significant reductions in PTSD symptoms and in a short period of time. TM is cost-effective, easily learned, and effortless to practice, and over 350 peer-reviewed studies validate its benefits for improving mental and physical health.”
“Based on the science, the American Heart Association has described TM as the only behavioral technique that can be recommended for lowering hypertension. Moreover, research reviews have shown TM to be the most effective behavioral technique in reducing anxiety,” write the authors.