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Transcendental Meditation is a powerful tool for bringing relief and restoring balance after the experience of trauma. TM is changing the lives of thousands of war veterans, refuges, women and girls who are suffering from PTSD.
The body has an amazing ability to heal itself, as long as we give it a chance to activate this power. This is seen to striking effect when TM is used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), now recognised as a medical disorder, is caused by war, violence, abuse, accidents and even natural disasters. PTSD is normally considered incurable because most of these stresses involved are rooted deep in the psyche, beyond the reach of most therapeutic methods. Yet, recent studies suggest that the impact of these stresses can be reduced significantly and, sometimes, rapidly, with the practice of Transcendental Meditation.
There have been a number of studies on the effects of Transcendental Meditation on PTSD.
Subjects in the most recent study were African refugees of the long civil war in the Congo who, having fled their homeland, were struggling to survive in Uganda.
Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, USA and co-author of the studies on this subject that have been published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress in April 2013 and February 2014 explains in the following clip, how trauma affects the brain and the powerful effect that TM has on relieving symptoms of PTSD:
In the most recent study participants were tested three times over a 90-day period for PTSD symptoms. Levels were assessed using the PCL-C (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist), which rates the level of symptoms on a scale from 17 to 85. When the study began, the average score was 77.9. Participants learned Transcendental Meditation and, after 10 days of practising the technique 20 minutes twice daily, the average score dropped to 48, considered to be highly clinically significant.
30 days later, they were re-tested, showing an average score of 35.3. Scores below 35 are considered non-symptomatic for PTSD. So, after a little more than 1 month practising Transcendental Meditation, participants were practically symptom free.
This short video clip documents the inspiring transformation experienced by the Congolese Refugees:
Transcending PSTD: Healing the traumas of war in veterans with Transcendental Meditation
Dr . Rosenthal, 20 year senior researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical School speaks to us on his how Transcendental Meditation is giving life back to veterans after the traumas of war.