What about studies that critics claim show harmful effects from meditation?

A couple of anti-meditation websites present a handful of alleged research studies that purport to show harmful effects from practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique — along with a few studies said to show that the program produces no significant benefit. However, these few papers all pertained to non-professional or uncontrolled studies with so few subjects that the findings were statistically insignificant. Some of these studies did not actually investigate the TM technique at all, but considered other meditation practices that the authors erroneously generalized as “transcendental meditation.”

The claim of harmful effects from the TM technique is typically based on unfounded speculation with no empirical evidence. For detailed analysis (and rebuttal) of studies said to show negative results, click here. For more about studies said to show that TM practice produces no results, click here.

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