Christopher Bergland writes for Psychology Today, 13 January 2016:
“A new study reports that regular practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) enables some active duty service members battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to reduce, or even eliminate, their use of psychotropic medications (link is external) and to better control the often-debilitating symptoms of PTSD.
Transcendental Meditation is a specific type of focused meditation that takes practitioners from a state of noisy thinking to a state of inner quietness. Practicing TM reduces stress hormones by activating the “tend-and-befriend” or “rest-and-digest” functions of the parasympathetic nervous system (link is external), while calming the sympathetic nervous system (link is external), which stimulates the “fight-or-flight” response.
The January 2016 study, “Clinical Case Series: Treatment of PTSD With Transcendental Meditation in Active Duty Military Personnel (link is external),” was published in the journal Military Medicine.
This study included 74 active-duty service members with PTSD or anxiety disorder. Many of the participants had experienced multiple deployments in recent years and were seeking treatment for PTSD at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center’s Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic (link is external) at Fort Gordon, Georgia.” ….