Using Meditation To Lower Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure can often be difficult to treat with drugs, due to side effects and trying many different medications.
then, it may only lower your blood pressure by 5 points. We hear a lot
about drugs but at the end of the day, they are not necessarily the
miracle cure we often hope for.
I recently started taking a drug for high blood pressure to offset
possible damage to organs like the heart and the eyes. Blood pressure
to naturally rise during the day, so in the morning it can be
lower but by night time, it can
be quite raised generally. Blood pressure is connected to what we do
during the day; for example in some people a lot of coffee or caffeine
can elevate it by 10 points. Certain herbs may lower it by 10 points. A
good herb to take at nighttime is Valerian, which is one for sleep and
deep relaxation that I find works very well.
It seems when we settle down to relax our
blood pressure can be highest. Although we don't associate
relaxation with high blood pressure, it tends to be true. Straight
after a long walk or jog, you blood pressure can be very low, and after
a busy day when your mind is elsewhere you may be very pleased with the
reading. But the minute we stop to relax and we start thinking about
ourself or our life - boom, it literally climbs again. You might think
your blood pressure calms down at the end of the day but, for many of us,
paradoxically this is the most stressful time. You might want to try a relaxing shower and a bit of meditation before bed.
Meditation Lowers Blood Pressure
Are you in a category where
you already exercise and eat very well, yet your blood pressure is too
high during certain times of the day? Meditation can certainly be one
way to get these numbers down again and overall make you feel very
relaxed. Meditation has so many positive effects in life and no
negative side effects. It can even improve blood pressure more so
than exercise and diet. For overweight people or people who don't have
time to work out for 30 minutes a day, a ten minute meditation can do
the world of good, especially cumulatively.
As it is a cumulative effect, you may need to meditate for
several months before you get a longer effect. In my experimentations,
meditation did lower my blood pressure by up to 20 points, but an hour
had increased a little again. Over the longer term however, meditation
is a tool that can bring lasting effects and help us change
longstanding nervous habits. Let's look at why
meditation works so well.
Why Does Meditation Work?
First, high blood pressure is caused by stress which can accelerate
our heart beats and constrict our arteries, thus increasing pressure of
the blood flow. Basically when this state becomes normal to us,
i.e. we are constantly stressed, our vaso-constriction levels are
always high and we have developed a habit of living in a permanent
stressful state. Because of the stressful state of our world and our
constant worries, there's about a billion of us with high blood
Meditation reduces stress each
time we do it because it immediately slows our breathing and allows our
mind to float in a very pleasant state. It requires almost no effort
except to remain focussed on the now moment. We keep bringing our mind
back to now as it tries to drift off. I find I start to smile as soon
as I go into a
meditative state, my breathing slows and my mind becomes open as I
focus upon the now. It is impossible to feel stress whilst slow
breathing. As you focus on this, stress just melts away.
Our autonomic nervous system that normally is used to living with high
stress is changed. There may be no other activity other than exercise
that can break your normal cycle of high stress. When done consistently
over time, meditation can reset our nervous system until we become used
to being calmer; we begin to live the meditation, remaining very relaxed
for extended periods (or constantly) afterwards.
You may want to leave your TV switched off for a while afterwards to
see how calm and relaxed you remain. For some reason, perhaps tuning
into world events or a mostly crazy world, the TV can raise our levels
immediately after. Try music or reading a book for half an hour after.
Is Your Chance Of Stroke Reduced?
I did some research online regarding blood pressure medications because
I wanted to know if medication reduced the chance of a stroke since being introduced. I
remembered when I researched cancer that all the chemotherapy and
radiotherapy in the world make no difference to death rates
so despite modern medicine, cancer resulting in death is the same rate
as before those medicines were introduced. Nothing has changed death
rates despite all these new techniques; your chance of dying is the
same as 50 years ago. In my research with blood pressure, I discovered
exactly the same result; you are still equally likely to have a stroke
whether you take medication or not.
|"You're in as much trouble by the time you are on three medications that
achieve excellent control as you are when you have hypertension and it
is untreated, which is amazing," Howard said.
"We want to raise the issue that, despite great advances in a
pharmaceutical approach, relying solely on this approach is going to
come at a dear price of people's lives."
The way to curb the problem, Howard says, is to prevent hypertension in the first place.
Sourced from here.
If we have just as much chance of having a stroke as we would if not on
medication, then there must be more we can do. Rather than control
hypertension, we would be better to prevent it from ever occurring -
thus meditating. We
can make a habit of meditation. If TV makes you more hypertensive, then
learn to use it less. There are other options that can be very
successful for us.
Meditation can decrease your systolic pressure by up to 11 points, as I
found in my experience. Reiki is also amazing for correcting high blood
pressure - specifically self-reiki that you can do at home and costs
nothing. You can reiki yourself by sitting
and just placing your hands on your thighs for ten minutes and feel the
healing energy coming out of them. Simply focus on the palms of your
hands (the hand chakras) until you feel energy flowing out. Once it has
started, it will keep coming unless you intend for it to stop. You do
not necessarily need to get a specific "attunement"; we all have
healing energy available to us; we can all heal ourself without doing
I once got my blood pressure down by
40 points by doing this for ten minutes until I was basically asleep. I
could not believe the result. We can also self-reiki whilst watching
TV, if you're hooked on it. I've not done a proper reiki
course but I have read books and learned the very easy technique.
Our arteries open when we do these activities. This is what some
medications do for us, yet with side effects. Meditation and reiki have
no side effects, and will cause complete relaxation to the point of
wanting to sleep. You decide and experiment for yourself what you think
works. There are always natural ways, and on days when the medication
doesn't work for you (when you're very stressed) meditation will work and will be there
. Try it.
And just as a side note, during my meditation, all kinds of great ideas
start to come to me, including ideas for articles. It really is an
amazing little tool to use and can start to open up many parts of your
life, just by relaxing, letting go and being focused in the moment.
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