(NaturalPath) A new study published in the journal Military Medicine finds that regular practice of transcendental meditation enables some active duty service members battling post-traumatic stress disorder to reduce or even eliminate their psychotropic medication and get better control of their often-debilitating symptoms.
The study was conducted on 74 active-duty service members with PTSD or anxiety disorder. These individuals sought treatment in Georgia at the Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center’s Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Fort Gordon.
Half the participants supplemented their therapy with transcendental meditation. After a month, 83.7 percent of the service members who had meditated had stabilized, reduced or stopped using the drugs. Unfortunately, 10.9 percent increased their medication dosage. In comparison, of those who didn’t use the meditation technique, 59.4 percent had stabilized, reduced or stopped, while 40.5 percent took more medication. These results help up in subsequent follow-ups to the point that non-meditators experienced about a 20 percent increase in their symptoms compared with those using the meditation practice.
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