In fact, advocates of TM, or Transcendental Meditation, which was introduced to the U.S. by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1950s, even claim substantially decreased blood pressure, arterial clogging, and reduced heart disease through encouraging a quiet state of mind.  We think this is hazardous territory, to be on the safe side high blood pressure and heart disease need to be treated with medication, diet and exercise;  the definite and confirmed benefits we see from meditation are mostly to the individual’s mental and spiritual frame of mind.  In support of the Maharishi’s contentions though, it bears mentioning that mind/body health effects are very real and that there’s a slew of new studies going on in this field too that with the aid of brain activity-studying machines such as the fMRI are confirming the links and closing in on reasons why things like social isolation and depression can translate into physical ailments and distress.

We might update this later when more data and results are in, but the message that helping the mind back to a calm state provides both physical and mental help seems to have been confirmed.

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