Transcendental Meditation Could Benefit Soldiers
Catching up on some reading recently, I happened upon this short article in America’s online E-Zine “The Personal Liberty Digest” by Bob Livingstone which comments on the possibilities of the efficacy of Transcendental Meditation in addressing Psychological Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms in Veterans.
Notwithstanding the fact the the research study group is woefully small with only five veterans receiving the meditation intervention (I’m assuming the control group was of the same size but the article doesn’t actually state this), it would seem that the apparent result would be worth commenting on. The article suggests that the meditation group experienced a 50% reduction in PTSD type symptoms. This further leads to an assumption that some form of Psychological Trauma was present in the first place by the way. Not just having been exposed to mild to heavy combat situations as stated in the article.
Now I bang the drum for all the evidence based alternative therapies that have shown efficacy in this area. Regular readers and those I have trained in this subject will know that the mainstay of my treatments is hypnosis with a modicum of other “alternatives” thrown in where appropriate. I have had very positive results using these interventions, I wouldn’t use them otherwise and I’m a firm believer in using what works. Not just throwing a “one-size-fits-all” therapy at the issue as the NHS seems to like to do with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
I have no doubt in my mind that this form of meditation works. Why? Because meditation is basically self-hypnosis under another name. The “Transcendental” bit, in my view, is a reference to the beliefs of the ancient Hindu people who first practised the art. It’s all semantics at the end of the day. I’d happily call self-hypnosis “meditation” if that would help a client in achieving it under their belief system.
I applaud any research conducted in this field. It’s rather a shame that this particular study was conducted with such small numbers and reported on in rather a vague manner to the point that it makes it negligible in the greater scheme of things. But, at least it might prompt the further study that is much needed in the area.