Does TM have any unpleasant side effects?

Steele Belok, M.D.
Belok, M.D.

Dr. Steele Belok is a clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard University Medical School, and a physician of internal medicine and nephrology at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts—a regional teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard University. He has been a practicing physician in Boston for over 30 years.

“The Transcendental Meditation technique gives rest to mind and body and reduces stress and anxiety. How could increased rest or decreased anxiety be harmful? Research has shown that this program improves creativity and intelligence. How could one be harmed by such improvements?

“And a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine found that the rate of admissions to hospitals in essentially all disease categories was reduced in those practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique. This was true not only for physical illness, where researchers reported an overall reduction of up to 50% in admissions, but the research also included striking reductions in admissions for mental illness and substance abuse.”