Washington, Feb 11: A new research has shown that Congolese war refugees who learned the Transcendental Meditation technique showed a significant reduction in posttraumatic stress disorder in just 10 days.
In the study, “Significant Reductions in Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Congolese Refugees within 10 days Transcendental Meditation Practice,” 11 subjects were tested after 10-days and 30-days TM practice. After just 10-days PTSD symptoms dropped almost 30 points.
“An earlier study found a similar result after 30 days where 90 percent of TM subjects dropped to a non-symptomatic level. But we were surprised to see such a significant reduction with this group after just 10 days,” study author Brian Rees, MD, MPH said.
The subjects were assessed using the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist for Civilians, (PCL-C), which rates the severity of PTSD on a scale from 17 to 85. A score below 35 means the symptoms of PTSD have abated.
The subjects in the study initially tested with an average score of 77.9. After just 10 days of practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique, their PTSD test scores dropped to an average of 48, which was highly significant clinically.
Thirty days later the subjects were tested again with their PTSD scores falling to an average of 35.3 – meaning that they were nearly without symptoms of PTSD.
According to the researchers, during this particular meditation technique one experiences a deep state of restful alertness.
Repeated experience of this state for 20 minutes twice a day cultures the nervous system to maintain settled mental and physical functioning the rest of the day. This helps to minimize disturbing thoughts, sleep difficulties, and other adverse PTSD symptoms.
The study is published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. (ANI)