Oprah Winfrey Transcendental Meditation

March 26, 2012 by staff 

Oprah Winfrey Transcendental Meditation, The season premiere of Mad Men wasn’t the only newsworthy television last night. Oprah Winfrey’s “Next Chapter” also aired on her namesake network, OWN. In it, she revealed her devotion to the practice of transcendental meditation — a type of meditation that employs the use of a mantra and is known for reducing stress and boosting feelings of well-being.

While there haven’t been sufficiently conclusive large-scale studies on the health affects of transcendental meditation, small observational studies have found several benefits, including anxiety reduction, alleviation of symptoms from post-traumatic stress disorder and improved school performance. One study at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles even found physiological gains, like reduced blood pressure, diabetes and obesity among heart disease patients. HuffPost contributor Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School has written about the practice’s benefits, describing the link between psychological stress and cardiovascular disease:

Researchers have suggested at least six different ways that psychological stress can kill you, all of which involve some sort of damage to the heart or arteries.[1] Cardiovascular disease (CVD) occurs when damaged arteries impact the amount of blood reaching the heart, making it so the heart itself is not getting enough blood. One common cause of CVD is stress.

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