No other method has so much scientific support to confirm the reversal of the ageing process as TM.
Transcending is doing something very special with body and mind. All 600 studies that were done into Transcendental Meditation are showing in their own way that there is a process that goes in the opposite direction as the ageing process.
Tensions will disturb the normal functioning of the body more and more as they accumulate. This is the main cause of the are ageing process. Transcending removes these tensions, and will effectively reverse the aging process.
As incredible as this may sound, it can be confirmed quite easily, and this is exactly what happened. By measuring several variables, scientists are usually able to predict your age quite accurately. In other words, the “biological age” as it can be measured, corresponds for most people perfectly with the chronological age. Someone who is 55 years old, on average, will also function biologically as someone who is 55 years old.
In the same way, one can measure objectively whether Transcendental Meditation practitioners are effectively becoming younger and by how much. A study with 84 subjects showed that TM practitioners who have practiced the technique for 2.9 years on average, are 5 years biologically younger than the norm. Long term practitioners, who, on average, were using the Transcendental Meditation technique for 7.1 years, were biologically even 12 years younger than their chronological age would predict.Ref.International Journal of Neuroscience 16: 53–58, 1982
So we could say that the time we will invest to practice Transcendental Meditation (2 times 20 minutes per day), will give us a very big return on investment later in life. Not only do we live longer, but also the quality of life will be better.
Can research actually confirm that we live longer? Yes, it seems. In a study by scientists from Harvard University, a group of elderly people with an average age of 81 was divided into four subgroups, TM, mindfulness, a mental relaxation technique (Relaxation response) and a control group. After three months, significant improvements were already noticed in the TM group, in comparison with the control groups, for both intellectual abilities and blood pressure. TM practitioners just performed a lot better than those practising other techniques (they found the TM technique also more enjoyable)
But the really big difference was noticed three years later, when the group was examined again. In the control groups, a large portion of the elderly were already deceased, (12% in Mindfulness up to 35% for the relaxation technique). In the TM group, 100% was still alive (p<.00025). And these people have only started with TM when they were already 80 years old. Imagine what the impact would be when people should start with TM in their youth, and a lot of degeneration could be avoided.Ref.Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol 57, 1989, pp. 950-964
There are other ways to measure the degree of aging, which are confirming the rejuvenation effects of TM. One can measure the level of a substance in the blood, plasma dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S), of which it is known that it slowly decreases after the age of 20 years. Higher values of this substance are related to a better health and to a younger biological age.
In an American study in collaboration with the Maharishi International University and the City University of New York, the DHEA-S levels of a big group of experienced TM practitioners, 270 men and 153 women, were measured and the results were compared with a control group of 799 men and 453 women who did not practice the TM technique. The TM practitioners had values on the same level as those of control subjects that were 5 to 10 years younger. The result was so significant that it had a p-value of p<.0001 (what is a p-value)Ref.Journal of Behavioral Medicine 15: 327–341, 1992
For more research into the rejuvenation effect of TM see rejuvenation research.