Transcendental Meditation

Post-traumatic stress reduced in just 10 days

ptsd war refugees meditation helps in 10 days

Eleven Congolese refugees who had been tested three times over a 90-day period on symptoms of PTSD (baseline level, red columns). 8 days after the third testing, they then learned Transcendental Meditation. After 10 days of practicing TM, their average score dropped to 48; it dropped further to 35.3 after 30 days of practice (blue columns). With scores below 35 considered non-symptomatic, they were practically symptom free. Graph: MUM

New research shows that Congolese war refugees who learned the Transcendental Meditation technique showed a significant reduction in posttraumatic stress disorder – and that the effects were evident after just 10 days of practice.

Clinically ‘highly significant’ results

In the study published in the February 2014 issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, 11 subjects were tested after 10-days and 30-days of TM practice. After just 10-days PTSD symptoms dropped almost 30 points compared to the base level.

“An earlier study found a similar result after 30 days where 90% of Transcendental Meditation subjects dropped to a non-symptomatic level. But we were surprised to see such a significant reduction with this group after just 10 days.” – Brian Rees, MD, MPH, lead author of the study,

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.

Watch a video by Maharishi University of Management where Dr. Fred Travis explains the outcome and importance of the study:

Academic reference:
Rees, Brian; Travis, Fred; Shapiro, David; Chant, Ruth. “Significant Reductions in Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Congolese Refugees Within 10 days of Transcendental Meditation Practice.” Journal of Traumatic Stress, Vol 27 (February 2014), pages 112–115.
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