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Meditation decreases blood pressure

ion group showed a significant 6.5 percent decrease in vasoconstriction during meditation, compared with a 1.6 percent increase in the control group during eyes-closed relaxation.

"The contrast between the two groups might have been greater if the Transcendental Meditation participants had been studied in their home environment," said Barnes. "Some participants reported their meditation was disturbed by the inflation of the blood pressure cuff every five minutes and by the fact that they were not allowed to sit in a cross-legged position as they were accustomed to doing during meditation at home."

Additionally, the contrast between the groups might have been still greater if beginning meditators had been studied, since the blood pressure of the long-term meditators was remarkably low from the start.

This study was conducted in preparation for a research grant project entitled "Stress Reduction: Prevention of High Blood Pressure in African American Youth," currently supported by the National Institutes of Health.


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Contact: Vernon A. Barnes, Ph.D. or Frank Treiber, Ph.D.
vbarnes@mail.mcg.edu
706-721-2195
Center for the Advancement of Health
2-Aug-1999


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