African PTSD Relief has funded and organized research on the TM technique to assess its effectiveness in reducing PTSD symptoms.
Two preliminary, demonstrative studies in Africa have provided promising evidence that this technique has significant value in managing the negative impact of PTSD.
These research findings, published in peer-reviewed journals, indicate that the TM technique produces reductions in the stress-related symptoms associated with PTSD within a relatively short period of time.
The initial pilot study showed Congolese refugees with growing symptoms of PTSD becoming non-symptomatic withing 30 days of beginning the program.
The follow-up study confirmed these results but within an even shorter time frame of as little as 10 days after program inception.
Kenyan students at-risk for PTSD in a region of tribal violence report 3-month improvements
Reduction in Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Congolese Refugees Practicing Transcendental Meditation (Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 2013, pp. 295-298) reported that 90% of Congolese refugees with high levels of PTSD symptoms became non-symptomatic within 30 days of learning the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Program, given regular twice daily practice. The non-TM technique control group remained at the same high level of PTSD throughout the entire 135-day test.
A second study, Significant Reductions in Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Congolese Refugees Within 10 days of Transcendental Meditation Practice (Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27, 2014, pp. 112-115) reconfirmed the 30-day results of the earlier study and also showed a 30 point drop in symptoms even within 10 days of TM practice for this same group of Congolese refugees; the maximum metric for symptoms is 85 and the minimum is 17.
Students in a private school, whose parents had been warring from 2005-1010 report reductions in PTSD symptoms and general life and academic improvements 3 months after learning Transcendental Meditation. 107 students were included in this study.