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New Therapies For High Blood Pressure

Natalie Portman
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New Therapies For High Blood Pressure
Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 6:37 am CDT

Around the world, doctors are incorporating the principles of yoga and meditation in treatment for the reduction of blood pressure.

It is a new and inexpensive therapy which is largely replacing the use of drugs. Called "relaxation and bio-feedback" its popularity all over the world is growing.

More than 17.5 million people die each year from diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Unless elevated blood pressure is reduced, premature death from heart attack could occur.

Drug medication has been the cornerstone of therapy for many years, and today a lot of the patient with high blood pressure has never been better. Provided it can be picked up before serious heart disease supervenes, there are extremely good chances of a successful outcome.

While many patients do well on drug therapy, some doctors believe that other natural forms of treatment might be as good as or even better than medication.

Stories of the success of "relaxation and bio-feedback" a simple but effective therapy, are increasing, while major medical magazines are regularly printing the results of such treatment.

A considerable amount of research has been carried out by a group of doctors working in a London practice. By simple means, patients' pressures have been reduced by as much as 20 points over a period of three months.

And, more important, the reduced pressures have been maintained for periods of up to nine months, with some patients maintaining the lowered pressure almost indefinitely. In many cases the need for medication has been greatly reduced or eliminated.

By following a similar system, doctors in Boston, USA, reported favourable results. Their system involved the patient in a series of sessions where they taught complete physical and mental relaxation.

The principles go by various names. Some refer to it as yoga. Others call it transcendental meditation or claim it is related to hypnotic trance-state relaxation.

The name doesn't matter. The end result is the same. The pressure comes down. The patient feels more relaxed. He can cope with his work situation more efficiently, and often his powers of concentration, memory, and recall are improved as well. These are bonus benefits.

Doctors have their own methods of achieving the relaxation. Patients may be treated individually, or in groups. In the London series, patients lay on a comfortable bed with a comfortable pillow.

Each was told to completely relax the mind and body. Individual components of the body were mentally visualised with the eyes closed, and a determined effort made to relax each part in turn.

The "bio-feedback" idea means that an electronic instrument is attached to the bodv. The instrument emits a noise which reflects the measure of muscular relaxation. With increasing relaxation the noise gradually diminishes, enabling the patient to recognize that he is relaxing to a satisfactory extent.

The mental appreciation of the noise assists greater relaxation. So it becomes an ongoing process. Sessions may be held twice a week for several weeks. Blood pressures are measured before and after each session in various physical situations.

Other doctors use different instruments for the feed-back.

The patient is relaxed completely, mentally and physically, until a medium level of "trance" occurs. As this takes place, with reduction of anxiety, nervous tensions spontaneously lessen. This is increased with verbal encouragement and direct suggestion by the operator.

The majority of doctors believe that drug therapy is often unnecessary. However, few would deny drug medication for high levels of blood pressure, or in cases which failed to show a good response to therapy in a reasonable time.

Overall, it seems that a combination of medication plus relaxation treatment (by whatever name the doctor likes to call it), with or without bio-feedback systems, could offer tremendous assistance to a large number of "at risk" patients.

This form of treatment is possibly closer to the cause of hypertension (blood pressure) than any other and is certainly safer, cheaper, and in the long run more pleasant for the patient.

Increasing numbers of doctors believe the future of many aspects of medicine may lie in this simple skill, rather than more powerful (and inevitably more expensive) forms of drug medication. Time may prove them to be right. At least, there is a growing support for it.

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New Therapies For High Blood Pressure
Wed, Dec 28, 2016, 5:33 am CST

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Tue, Oct 17, 2017, 6:37 am CDT

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