Evidence that the Transcendental Meditation program prevents or decreases diseases of the nervous system and is specifically beneficial for epilepsy
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2006
Source ID: shanti-sources-22380
Zotero Collections: Practices of Hindu Contemplation, Contemplation by Applied Subject, Contemplation by Tradition, Scientific Studies of Transcendental Meditation, Transcendental Meditation (TM), Medical Research on Contemplative Practice, Neuroscience and Contemplation, Science and Contemplation, Hindu Contemplation
Abstract: Summary Although meditation has been practiced worldwide for centuries, there are no reports that it causes epilepsy or increases the predisposition to it. Medical care utilization statistics and clinical studies indicate that individuals who regularly practice the Transcendental Meditation technique have fewer problems of the nervous system and specifically show decreased symptoms of epilepsy. The frequency, amplitude, areas of activation, and effects of the EEG during the Transcendental Meditation technique are completely different from those of epilepsy. There is no evidence that the Transcendental Meditation technique increases glutamate, which has been associated with epilepsy. With regard to serotonin, the relationship of serotonin to epilepsy has to be viewed in the context of the abnormal brain tissue that causes epilepsy. The serotonin increases that may occur through meditation have been associated with only beneficial effects.