Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Yoga Linked to Reductions in Blood Pressure
In recent years, researchers have become more interested in testing the effects of yoga on various medical conditions through randomized controlled trials. Studies have shown that yoga may be a useful tool in treating irregular heart rhythms, post-traumatic stress disorder, and several other conditions. Additionally, a review conducted at the University of Duisburg-Essen by the Faculty of Medicine found that yoga might prove very beneficial for individuals with hypertension.
The team published its finding in the American Journal of Hypertension. The review looked at seven previous studies and concluded that practicing yoga reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with elevated blood pressure by a significant amount. Individuals with higher blood pressure realized greater benefits from yoga practice.
The seven studies approached their definitions of yoga differently and examined a variety of styles and techniques. Some of the studies focused more on yogic breathing than a physical practice. Thus, drawing concrete conclusions will require more research and large trials designed according to modern standards in biomedical research.
Individuals who attempt yoga for medical reasons should always consult with a physician and find a qualified instructor.