Transcendental Meditation Naturally Reduces High Blood Pressure

By Christian Goodman

According to the results of a study set to be published in the December 2009 issue of the American Journal of Hypertension, transcendental meditation can effectively reduce high blood pressure as well as anxiety, depression, and anger among at-risk college students.

David Haaga, PhD, co-author of the study at American University, said, "The transcendental meditation program, a widely-used standardized program to reduce stress, showed significant decreases in blood pressure and improved mental health in young adults at risk for hypertension."

In the study, 298 college students received instruction in transcendental meditation or were put on a wait list. The wait list served as the control group. Of the 298 students, 159 of them were at-risk for hypertension. At the beginning of the study and at three months into the study, researchers measured blood pressure, psychological distress, and coping abilities.

At-risk students who practiced transcendental meditation showed very good improvement compared to the control group while measuring blood pressure, stress levels, and coping abilities. The students who practiced transcendental meditation had a reduction of 6.3 mm Hg high blood pressure and 4.0 Hg is low blood pressure. These reductions will help to reduce 52% the chance of getting hypertension in latter stage of life.

Experts estimate that 18 million college students have mental health issues. College life is inherently stressful. Students must deal with rapid change, interpersonal and social problems, pressures to succeed, financial strains, and uncertain futures (many of which probably seem gloomy considering the current economic crisis). Statistics show a 50 percent increase in the diagnosis of depression and a 100 percent increase in the use of psychiatric medications among college students over the past decade. In 2007, approximately 15 percent of college students reported having been diagnosed with depression. Surveys show that more college students than ever are seeking psychiatric help to deal with stress. Psychological stress and mental health conditions like anxiety and depression contribute to the development of high blood pressure, even in young adults. College students with blood pressure above the normal range are three times more likely to develop hypertension in later years.

Transcendental meditation is the best way to reduce stress as well as high blood pressure. And it also improve mental health. This was suggested in a recent study.

"This is the first randomized, controlled study to show in young adults at risk for hypertension reductions in blood pressure that were associated with changes in psychological distress and coping. Previous research has shown that psychological distress such as anxiety, depression, and anger contribute to the development of hypertension in young adults," said lead author Sanford Nidich, EdD, of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at the Maharishi University of Management.

The grant for the research was funded by The Abramson Family Foundation, the David Lynch Foundation and the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Of course, the economic crisis has increased stress levels for adults already in the workforce (or out of the workforce), too. Increased stress levels lead to increased blood pressure. Approximately one-third of the U.S. adult population suffer from high blood pressure. That's one out of three Americans! This has certainly reached epidemic proportions.

U.S Citizens should exercise more, sleep better and eat better. But most of them are pressed for time and overworked. In order to deal with this deadly scenario natural health researcher Christian Goodman has developed an easy set of exercises specifically to reduce high blood pressure naturally - no pills, no side effects. Its just a set of 3 easy exercises that can lower your blood pressure in as little as 9 minutes a day.

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