Monday, July 16, 2012

Transcendental Meditation worst at lowering Blood Pressure

A recent review of meditation research has shown that, when compared to other interventions for lowering blood pressure Transcendental Meditation was worst at lowering blood pressure than any other intervention.

The review, sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services was performed by the prestigious University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center. It was titled Meditation Practices for Health: State of the Research.

The following chart summarizes the not-so-surprising findings on Transcendental Meditation and blood pressure. It's not that surprising since the high impact medical Journal of Hypertension performed a previous review on Transcendental Meditation and found there was no evidence to support that Transcendental Meditation actually reduced blood pressure.

So if you're hearing contrary claims, most likely from someone trying to sell you Transcendental Meditation products or services, look for independent research, not research performed by Transcendental Meditation organization representatives.

Meditation Practices for Health: State of the Research

Prepared for:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, MD 20850

Prepared by:
University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Maria B. Ospina, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Kenneth Bond, B.Ed., M.A.
Mohammad Karkhaneh, M.D.
Lisa Tjosvold, B.A., M.L.I.S.
Ben Vandermeer, M.Sc.
Yuanyuan Liang, Ph.D.
Liza Bialy, B.Sc.
Nicola Hooton, B.Sc., M.P.H.
Nina Buscemi, Ph.D.
Donna M. Dryden, Ph.D.
Terry P. Klassen, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C.