Transcendental Meditation Can Help Reverse Symptoms of PTSD

Transcendental meditation can help reverse symptoms of PTSD. Researchers worked with some young people who experience symptoms of PTSD and depression, found that transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD.

Many studies have shown the positive effect of meditation practices on our mental health. Some of them are also found that multiple forms of meditation can help improve the emotional intelligence of a person.

Now a new study published in the journal Psychological Reports states that practicing transcendental meditation can reverse symptoms of PTSD and lower depression.

Researchers from Norwich University in Northfield, VT and the Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa, worked with students from the Maharishi Institute and the University of Johannesburg. These students had received diagnoses of PTSD and depression.

The team asked these participants to practice transcendental meditation. Researchers analyzed their PTSD symptoms using the PCL-C test. At the initial phase, the students scored 44. Then at the end of the test, the participants scored below 34, which showed that their symptoms of PTSD had decreased. The researchers also found improvements in these students’ depression symptoms.

At the beginning of the study, the participants also reported PTSD symptoms such as flashbacks to traumatic events, nightmares, a state of hypervigilance, and a sense of anxiety or fear.

“Our study shows that after 3 months of meditation, the meditation group, on average, was out of PTSD. It offers a way for others to effectively deal with this problem,” notes study author Michael Dillbeck, from the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, IA.