MBSR technique builds on recent
research findings that a positive attitude towards life, keeping the mind free
of too much stress, anxiety and following simple tips to de-stress and relax
play a crucial role in curbing high blood pressure.
Traditionally hypertension and
high blood pressure are treated with medication, lifestyle changes and diet.
According to a study by the Case
Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, the new MBSR technique was
tried on a sample of about 100 patients aged between 30-60 years with
pre-hypertension and high blood pressure, who were not under medication.
These patients were required to
go through body scan exercises, meditation and yoga for a period of 45 minutes
six days a week. The mindfulness-based stress reduction program also included
discussions on stress related topics and assignments to track the patient's
mood and anxiety levels.
The researchers of the MBSR study
noticed a considerable reduction in the primary conditions and resulted in a 4.8-mm
Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and a 1.9mm Hg reduction in
diastolic blood pressure (DBP).
Many more trials must be
conducted to further evaluate the effectiveness of the mindfulness-based stress
reduction technique, as it could have other applications for multiple maladies.
Richard Josephson of Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine said,
'This was one of the first prospective randomized trials of MBSR as a
nonpharmocologic treatment option.'
The findings are recorded in the
journal Psychosomatic Medicine