Alternative Therapies for High Blood Pressure
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A scientific statement from the American Heart Association says alternative approaches to lowering blood pressure, such as isometric hand grip exercises and resistance or strength training, are effective at reducing high blood pressure. The alternative therapies also have few health risks and side effects.
A panel of experts reached this conclusion using data from 1,000 studies on three types of alternative therapies: behavioral therapies, non-invasive procedures and devices, and three types of exercise. Some of the data examined included the effects of yoga, acupuncture, and meditation on blood pressure.
While all three types of alternative therapies reduced blood pressure, certain ones were more effective than others. Isometric hand grip exercises were able to lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 10% after four weeks of doing the exercises, but walking programs and device-guided slow breathing resulted in smaller drops in blood pressure.
Source: Hypertension, April 2013