Breast Cancer: How Transcendental Meditation Helps Recovery
Fear, anxiety, and confusion often accompany the diagnosis of cancer or any life threatening disease. Being able to take charge of one’s emotions and navigate through treatment options and lifestyle changes is essential for a speedy recovery.
A recent study shows TM improves the ability to manage stress and find solace within, thereby giving encouragement to women with breast cancer, improving their ability to manage stress and find solace from within.
Research: TM and cancer
Published in the peer-reviewed journal Integrative Cancer Therapies,1 the study found that women with breast cancer who practiced the TM technique experienced reduced stress and improved mental health and emotional well-being through the course of their illness.
“It is wonderful that physicians now have a range of interventions to use, including Transcendental Meditation, to benefit their patients with cancer,” said Rhoda Pomerantz, M.D., study co-author and chief of gerontology, Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago. “I believe this approach should be appreciated and utilized more widely.”
TM technique fosters healing
Emotional and psycho-social stress are known to contribute to the onset and progression of breast cancer and cancer mortality. Having a technique to experience inner silence and timelessness can reduce the sense of helplessness and fear that women often feel when when facing a life-threatening disease.
The Transcendental Meditation techniuqe is an effortless practice and doesn’t require concentration, focus, or adopting any beliefs. The technique is taught by a professional certified teacher with personal guidance and thorough follow-up. Women suffering from a serious illness can be confident they are learning an authentic, effective meditation whose benefits are validated by scientific research.
Relief for patients and families
Families of cancer patients, also impacted by stress and worry, find tremendous benefit from the practice during such trying times.
As women search for more natural approaches to dealing with breast cancer, they will find that the TM technique is a completely natural, comforting practice that offers a foundation of strength and inner peace to foster healing and recovery.
- Integrative Cancer Therapies (Vol. 8, No. 3: September 2009), ”The Effects of Transcendental Meditation on Women with Breast Cancer”
A statistical meta-analysis found the TM technique is significantly more effective in reducing trait anxiety than procedures of concentration or contemplation and other techniques. Journal of Clinical Psychology 45: 957-974, 1989.
Those practicing TM showed significantly decreased cortisol during the practice, in contrast to controls, indicating reduced stress. Hormones and Behavior 10: 54-60, 1978.