Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology


An evaluation of the effect of Pranayamas and Transcendental meditation on high blood pressure subjects: A non-blinded randomized controlled trial


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Author Details: Ranjan Dixit, Trilok Ranjan Srivastav, Monica Dixit

Volume : 4

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 254

Article End Page : 258


Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the effect of Pranayamas and Transcendental Meditation on high blood pressure among the patients of eastern part of Uttar Pradesh.
Materials and Method: This was a non-blinded randomized controlled study. The subjects received training thrice a week. A total of 51 subjects completed the training (Group A-17, Group B-17, Group C-17). The subjects of Group A received Pranayamas programme, Group B received the Transcendental Meditation programme and Group C (Control group) received no training. Blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate were taken in the beginning and at the end of the training (at 12 weeks).
Results: There was significant effect of both Pranayamas and meditation in cardiovascular parameters. No significant difference was observed in the cardiovascular parameters between Group A and Group B at 12 weeks.
Conclusion: The practice of Pranayamas and meditation revealed a significant change among high blood pressure subjects. However, the studies on larger sample size are required.

Keywords:
Pranayamas, Meditation, Cardiovascular Parameters