Transcendental meditation was initially started in 1957 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and is a relaxing process which involves the daily chanting of a mantra.
Two recent studies have now found that the relaxation therapy has a higher success rate in tackling everyday stresses than a healthy diet and regular exercise.
The studies were conducted at Charles Drew University in Los Angeles and the University of Hawaii, both incorporating in excess of 100 people aged 55 years and older who were at a risk of cardiovascular disease.
Results showed that the participants who practised TM for around 20 minutes per day showed a 48 per cent reduction in depressive symptoms compared to those who were given dietary guidelines and exercise advice.
Dr Sanford Nidich, of Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, said: ‘The findings of these studies have important implications for improving mental health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.’