Background: Hypertension is a major public health problem and is an important risk factor for stroke, coronary heart disease and renal failure. The blood pressure is not well controlled with drug therapy in large number of individuals, especially in the developing countries. There is a need for less expensive nonpharmacological alternative methods to control blood pressure. Yoga may be such cost-effective alternative. Several uncontrolled and randomized control trials have evaluated short- and long-term effects of yoga/meditation-based techniques in prehypertension and mild hypertension. Materials& Methods: We conducted a study on 50 hypertensive patients who were on medication and divided them into two groups. One group consisted of 25 patients who did yoga exercises and control group did not perform yoga. Results: There was a significant decrease in both systolic and diastolic BP in both the groups but in yoga group the decrease was more significant. Conclusion: Alternative approaches like yoga serves as an adjunct method to lower blood pressure.
Key words: Hypertension, Psychosocial stress, Yoga, modifiable risk factors.
Received: 05 December 2018 Revised: 20 January 2019 Accepted: 22 January 2019
Corresponding author: Dr. Roshi, Demonstrator, Deptt. of Pharmacology, GMC Jammu, J & K, India
This article may be cited as: Roshi, Anupma, Ashraf BR, Gupta BM. Effect of Yoga on Hypertension. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2019;7(2):74-77.