Could transcendental meditation help Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Film director David Lynch has set up a foundation which hopes to help combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder through their ordeal with the help of transcendental meditation.

The director was also joined by Clint Eastwood and Russell Brand, both who only had positive experiences of the technique to discuss at the launch of ‘Operation Warrior Wellness’

Lynch said, “The Soldiers are truly suffering. No one knows what they’ve done, what they’ve experienced, what they’ve seen and their lives are a true nightmare.”

Various studies have found that around one third of soldiers coming back from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan do so with PTSD. What Lynch’s new foundation hopes to do is to teach at least 10,000 combat veterans transcendental meditation ™ techniques in order to help relieve PTSD symptoms.

Though there is much skepticism surrounding the effectiveness of the method, Lynch did present a vast array of combat veterans from the second world war right through to Iraq that have benefited from the technique.

Actor Clint Eastwood was also keen to dispel rumours that the treatment may be ineffective and said, “I’m a great supporter of transcendental meditation,” he said. “I’ve been using it for almost 40 years now. It’s a great tool for stress … especially considering the stress our men and women of the armed forces are going through. There’s enough studies out there that show that TM is something that could benefit everybody.”

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Written by Emma Hilton

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