Transcendental Meditation

TM promotes HIV patients’ wellbeing

A first-of-its-kind University of Pennsylvania study has found that Transcendental Meditation can help improve vitality and other quality-of-life factors in patients with the HIV virus.

Sumedha Chhatre, leading the study on HIV patients wellbeing

Sumedha Chhatre, PhD, is a health services researcher at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She has been involved in various health services research projects in the fields of mental health, cancer, aging and HIV.

How does meditation affect HIV patients wellbeing?

According to the Maharishi Foundation USA, the 6-month, randomized controlled trial involved 22 subjects and compared the TM technique with a health education control. Findings were published online in the journal AIDS Care (Taylor&Francis). The TM group was found to have a significant improvement in health-related quality of life in areas such as the ability to be physically and socially active, pain, general mental health, vitality, and general health. The study group also had improved physical, social, and emotional wellbeing.

“This is the first study to explore application of TM in community dwelling adults with HIV and adds to the existing evidence regarding association between stress and outcomes,” said UPenn researcher Sumedha Chhatre, lead author on the study.

The study was funded by a grant from the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).

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