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Drs Orme-Johnson and Barnes looked at the usual effects of initial anxiety level, age, duration of practice and regularity of practice. But they also examined research quality, author affiliation, and type of control group on effect sizes. This is what we call “good science,” unlike “tobacco science” where we used to see the tobacco companies reporting on research purporting to show smoking was not dangerous to health.
More than 600 TM research papers were identified!
Fourteen of these addressed trait anxiety among 1295 diverse participants.
TM technique was compared with controls receiving an active alternative treatment. TM did better. The worse the anxiety the better the reduction.
Studies using repeated measures showed substantial reductions in the first 2 weeks and sustained effects at 3 years.
Conclusion: Transcendental Meditation reduces Anxiety better than other treatments
The authors concluded TM practice is more effective than treatment as usual and most alternative treatments, with greatest effects observed in individuals with high anxiety. They call for more research, especially with high-anxiety patients, conducted under medically supervised conditions.
Read the full article at http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/acm.2013.0204