Posted on Mon, 22 Feb 10
For centuries breathing exercises have been used in traditional medicine practices such as yoga and meditation for health. Now deep breathing has FDA approval as a treatment for stress relief and lowering blood pressure because it may be more effective than diet, exercise and medications.
Self paced breathing requires prolonged training, practice, skill, and motivation. To help people practice personalised deep breathing exercises a device has been developed which has now been demonstrated an effective way to lower high blood pressure.
Used for just 15 minutes a day the device (RESPeRATE) lowers blood pressure more effectively than medication. During a typical session, the device analyzes your breathing rate and pattern and creates a personalized melody composed of 2 distinct tones -- one tone for inhalation and one for exhalation. As you synchronize breathing with the tones, the device gradually prolongs the exhalation tone and slows your breathing rate to less than 10 breaths per minute (1).
By training you to lower your breathing rate and a prolonging your exhalation breath RESPeRATE has a profound influence on nervous system activity, relaxing your blood vessels and causing your blood pressure to naturally decrease (2). The device does come at an initial expense and must be used daily if you are to experience benefit but is a safe, effective solution for those seeking a non-drug treatment for high blood pressure.
1. Device-Guided Breathing to Lower Blood Pressure: Case Report and Clinical Overview. Medscape General Medicine. 2006; 8(3).
2. Joseph CN, et al. Slow breathing improves arterial baroreflex sensitivity and decreases blood pressure in essential hypertension. Hypertension. 2005;46:714-718.