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Both the German and European hypertension and heart associations are now evaluating research on the Transcendental Meditation technique as a treatment for high blood pressure and prevention of heart disease, thanks to recent visits by Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, dean of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health.


Dr. Robert Schneider

Dr. Schneider also gave presentations at two top medical schools in Hong Kong, with both showing an interest in the clinical benefits and in collaboration.

Dr. Schneider was invited to present the scientific findings on the Transcendental Meditation technique in December at the national meeting of the German hypertension association. He reviewed 30 years of clinical research as well as the American Heart Association statement that concluded doctors may recommend the technique as a treatment for high blood pressure.

He met with the leaders of the national and continental heart associations and both enthusiastically agreed to consider similar reviews for Germany and Europe.

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time a national medical organization outside the U.S. is looking into recommending the Transcendental Meditation technique for cardiovascular disease,” Dr. Schneider said.

In Hong Kong, Dr. Schneider met with the deans and directors of traditional Chinese medicine and integrative medicine at Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Baptist University of Hong Kong.

He presented the latest medical results and explored possibilities for collaboration with MIU’s emerging medical school programs.

“Their goals are parallel to ours in the Vedic approach to integrative medicine,” Dr. Schneider said. “They want to utilize best practices of traditional natural medicine in a modern scientific context.”

At the Hong Kong Baptist University Dr. Schneider and school officials shared experiences and strategies to integrate traditional medicine into mainstream health care in each country’s societies.

“They’re eager to collaborate with our integrative medicine programs at MIU, which will have a component on Chinese medicine along with traditional and natural medicines to offer the world’s first total mind-body-environment health program,” Dr. Schneider said.

Jim Karpen is a writer by trade, with a special focus on technology. He has a Ph.D. in English and studied the impact of the computerization of language. In addition to writing for iPhone Life magazine, he has also been writing a column about the Internet for the Iowa Source since 1994. He also edits and publishes the MUM Review.