A first-of-its-kind University of Pennsylvania study has found that Transcendental Meditation can help improve vitality and other quality-of-life factors in patients with the HIV virus.
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According to the Maharishi Foundation USA, the 6-month, randomized controlled trial involved 22 subjects and compared the TM technique with a health education control. They published findings online in the journal AIDS Care (Taylor&Francis). The TM group was found to have a significant improvement in health-related quality of life in areas such as the ability to be physically and socially active, pain, general mental health, vitality, and general health. The study group also had improved physical, social, and emotional well-being.
“This is the first study to explore the application of TM in community-dwelling adults with HIV and adds to the existing evidence regarding association between stress and outcomes,” said UPenn researcher Sumedha Chhatre, lead author of the study.
The study was funded by a grant from the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).
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