Meditation is the key to cure many mental disorders and problems, and a new study has proved the fact also. We can treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with just 20 minutes of meditation two times a day. Let’s get into details to understand the disorder and how can we heal it with mental practice.
PTSD is a disorder which an individual develops after witnessing or experiencing a terrifying incident. People who are aged above 40 are more likely to suffer from this mental disorder if they have seen any such tragedic event. Stress makes the psychological situation of the patient worse whereas if the victim gets social support, then he/she are more likely to overcome the disorder. The symptoms of the disorder are escaping from the situations which bring back the trauma, nightmares or flashbacks, depressed mood, elevated reactivity to stimuli, or anxiety.
Meanwhile, meditation practice has the potential to reduce symptoms of such complex disorder. According to the study which published in Military Medicine journal, Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique can relieve the patient from the exhausting disorder. The researchers from the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, has found that practising the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique gave relief to the veterans of the war in Vietnam, the Gulf War, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan who were suffering from the PSTD.
Furthermore, Transcendental Meditation is a practice of developing a state of relaxed awareness and avoiding distracting thoughts. It gives a state of pure consciousness, and in this state, the person gains absolute absence of mental barriers, stability, quietness, and rest. This form of meditation promotes the self-realisation factor.
For the research, the team of researchers examined 5 active duty soldiers and 41 ex-soldiers who have been diagnosed with the different levels of post-traumatic stress disorder. All were instructed to practice Transcendental Meditation and results were visible just after ten days of practice. After the one month of continuous session, 87 percent of patients witnessed the 10 point decrease. The method was so compelling that around 37 participants had decreased the symptoms under clinical level which means they do not have the disorder anymore.
All the participants practised the TM (Transcendental Meditation) for 20 minutes twice a day. The research finding revealed that the participants who performed the method twice a day get higher benefits than those who practised TM once a day. The lead author of the study Robert Herron stated that it’s remarkable as after just one month they would see such a noticeable reduction in symptoms. Because after the TM practice, four out of five ex-soldiers no longer considered to have a severe problem with PTSD.
Moreover, another author James Grant said that Transcendental Meditation is quite easy to do and results come promptly. He further added that researchers have been finding new approaches to PTSD treatments, and Transcendental Meditation appears to be remarkably effective because TM works on the neurophysiological level to decrease stress. Also, it has a broader impact than cognitively-based treatments.
The research has shown that Transcendental Meditation is a very beneficial approach for many of the conditions connected with PTSD, like high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety and depression. With the proper practice of TM, we can reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, develop a greater sense of clarity and productivity, lower blood pressure, reduce cortisol level, improved brain function and memory and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. If we follow the TM ritual rigorously, then it develops the greater sense of peace throughout the day.