Does Meditation Help Reduce PTSD?

QUESTION: Does Transcendental Meditation® (TM) significantly symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

METHODS:  The Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist-Civilian (PCL-C) was administered to subjects three times over a 90-day period. Within 8 days of the third baseline measure, subjects were taught TM, then retested 10 days and 30 days later.

RESULTS: PCL-C scores dropped 30 points from 78 to 48 in 10 days, then dropped another 13 points to 35 at 30 days.

CONCLUSION: TM helps reduce symptoms of PTSD. 

J Trauma Stress. 2014 Feb;27(1):112-5

Does Meditation Improve Emotional Stability?

QUESTION: does meditation improve emotional stability?


METHODS: 10 experienced and 10 novice meditators were evaluated in terms of how they reacted to visual stimuli while continuing to meditate.


RESULTS: Both groups had increased parasympathetic activities during concentrative meditation. Novice meditators changed from a meditative state
to a nonrelaxed state when the visual stimuli were presented, whereas
experienced meditators maintained the meditative state.


CONCLUSION: regular concentrative meditation can improve emotional stability 


Improved Emotional Stability in Experienced Meditators with Concent... - PubMed - NCBI