Scientific Research on the TM Technique

Judge Sentences Criminals
to learn the TM technique

wpe11.jpg (2298 bytes) The Honorable David Mason
Missouri Supreme Court Justice
Circuit 22

"The results have been incredible, better than any rehabilitative program I've dealt with. Out of 30 or 40 offenders who have gone through the program, only one has receded back into criminal behavior.  Two of my colleagues now use the technique in their own probation cases. . . .The guys have gone beyond just avoiding criminality, they've taken significant steps to improve their lives. They're going to churches, in some cases they're holding multiple jobs, getting educated and finding new aspects in their lives."

Over 600 Research Studies

The scientific research on the Transcendental MeditationŽ and TM-SidhiŽ program of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the largest and strongest body of research in the world on any program to develop human potential. The more than 600 scientific studies conducted at 200 independent universities and institutions in 33 countries and published in over 100 leading scientific journals have documented that this technology benefits every sphere of life: physiological, psychological, sociological, and ecological.

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Reduced Drug and Alcohol Use
A statistical meta-analysis of 198 independent treatment outcomes found that the Transcendental Meditation program produced a significantly larger reduction in tobacco, alcohol, and nonprescribed drug use than standard substance abuse treatments and standard prevention programs. Whereas the effects of conventional programs typically fall off rapidly within 3 months, effects of the Transcendental Meditation program increase over time, with total abstinence from tobacco, alcohol, and nonprescribed drugs ranging from 51%–89% over a 18–22 month penod. The effects of the Transcendental Meditation program are based on fundamental and naturally occurring improvements in the individuals' psychophysiological functioning.

  1. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly 11 (1994): 13–87.
  2. International Journal of the Addictions 26 (1991): 293–325.
  3. Self Recovery: Treating Addictions Using Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Ayur-Veda. The Haworth Press, New York, (1994).

Reduced Anxiety

A statistical meta-analysis conducted at Stanford University of all available studies (146 independent outcomes) indicated that the effect of the Transcendental Meditation program on reducing trait anxiety was much greater than that of concentration and contemplation or forms of physical relaxation, including muscle relaxation. Analysis showed that these positive results could not be attributed to subject expectation, experimenter bias, or quality of research design.


  1. Journal of Clinical Psychology 45 (1989): 957–974.
  2. Journal of Clinical Psychology 33 (1977): 1076–1078.