Dear Tony and all,
There is a lot of scientific documentation that controlling the
breath will in fact lower blood pressure. For instance, this was well
demonstrated by Herbert Benson M.D. in his studies for the Harvard
Medical School in the early 70's during his research for his book
"The Relaxation Response". So, it is highly possible that RESPeRATE
"works", but it is also probably no more effective than any of the
pranayama (breathing techniques) we find in Raja Yoga (the Yoga of
Meditation). So, as an example, if you would simply inhale for one
second, hold it for one second, and exhale for one second, and
repeat this pattern for 10 to 20 minutes, it will produce at least as
good a blood pressure lowering response as any method this ad offers.
--- In meditationsocietyofamerica@y..., "Tony" <tosime@l...> wrote:
> I received a marketing email today promoting a product that helps
> blood pressure by guiding you to perform therapeutic breathing. I
> to myself as I thought that this is what we do during meditation!
> Has anyone used this or similar products and could they tell us
> "Scientific evidence shows that therapeutic breathing exercises can
> significantly lower your blood pressure; but these exercises are
> to perform on your own.
> Using patented technology, RESPeRATE guides you to perform
> breathing exercises proven to lower your blood pressure.
> Six clinical studies, by leading hypertension specialists, prove
> RESPeRATE safely and effectively lowers blood pressure.
> RESPeRATE does not require a prescription and can be safely
> into any high blood pressure program your doctor has recommended."