A male of 48 years whom we will call Jim, with uncontrolled hypertension exceeding 155/95 for several years. this is the best known estimate of several years, based on previous reads at occasional Doctor's appointments, across the last five to ten years. This man was on no medication of any kind in that time frame, his blood pressure was uncontrolled and rising. He was exercising 4 to 5 days a week his diet was exceptionally well-balanced and very high in fruits and vegetables. Jim's main issue was stress of a financial nature that was unrelenting. Stress was putting pressure on all aspects of his life comment needless to say it is not surprising they would affect the blood pressure. Since Jim was exercising and eating very he believed that his blood pressure was only temporarily elevated possibly due to White Coat Syndrome (The effect of fear of doctors visits). I explained to Jim that while his belief is correctly possible, that typically it is unlikely it would raise his blood pressure that much.
Jim was not interested in using medication to bring his blood pressure down he very much prefered using type of natural method.
I explained to Jim the concept of using breathing rhythms to regulate his nervous system so that his blood pressure may be reduced. I then gave Jim the name of the original device (Resperate) for lowering blood pressure that had been cleared by the FDA. We also gave Jim the names of several mobile applications that can be used to do something similar for a much lower cost.
Upon Jim’s return to the office 4 Weeks Later his blood pressure was a very reasonable 122 over 78, he remarked that this had been average read for him for the last week and a half. Jim was performing breathing exercises for 15 minutes per day and he remarked that some days he might do it twice. Jim also commented that he missed one or two days that month.
RESULT: Patient Hypertension effectively controlled with Breathing rhythms in less than 4 weeks. Follow up with this patient has shown that blood pressure continues to be controlled with breathing rhythms six months after beginning self treatment.
These results are not uncommon as is recorded in the studies done with the RESPeRATE device.
Dr. Allison's Comment:
The Resperate device is one avenue for controlling high blood pressure with the breathing rhythm as mentioned, there are numerous apps now which will regulate the breathing if you follow the cues so that the inhalation and exhalation are identical in length. Creating an even inhalation and exhalation seems to be the key in balancing the nervous system and reducing blood pressure.
Due to the intolerance of some medications and the low efficacy of natural supplements for lowering high blood pressure, we have been using breathing rhythms to effectively lower blood pressure. There are devices out on the marketplace that are effective at this and I wanted to give some context for why this low to no cost remedy works miracles in many people with uncontrolled high blood pressure when certain drugs cannot be used.
There has been much research on breathing rhythm effects on the nervous system and breath control clearly affects the nervous system in a big way.
For example, the inhalation part of the respiratory cycle is sympathetic nervous system driven and the exhalation is parasympathetic driven. For those of you who don’t know what this means I’ll give a very brief explanation. The nervous system can be quite complex and there is an enormous amount of information online about it. It is a worthwhile study if you are interested. Sympathetic activity is the fight or flight response and Parasympathetic is the relaxation response. So if you are sympathetic dominant it is said that you are significantly stressed most of the time. There are blood pressure medications that are effective at reducing the effect of your stress on the heart and your cardiovascular system thereby reducing the effect of stress on driving up your blood pressure. As mentioned, sometimes these medications are not well tolerated, and obviously you should consult your doctor before attempting to use something other than medication for treating a blood pressure condition. With that said…
In many cases there is a better way…
Your ability of self regulation and essentially controlling your nervous system and lowering your blood pressure yourself It is quite possible, all you need is a little time. Turns out that if you even your breathing, meaning making the inhalation and exhalation each of equal length for 10 to 15 minutes, you can effectively, over the course of several weeks lower your blood pressure.
Now, people would say that they don't think you can lower it by much maybe 10 points 15-20 points but it has been shown and you can lower it by as much as 40 points and some cases more. I've personally seen patient cases lower their blood pressure by 50 points and greater simply by evening out the breathing process.
Again, I reiterate that consulting with your doctor about this or any other condition is priority before self treating.
Dr. Lorn Allison D.N.