Help For Hypertension

Dear Belleruth,

I am having a persistent problem with hypertension - high systolic numbers. What would you recommend insofar as an appropriate tape, CD or imagery techniques, or perhaps meditation. Your help will be a blessing and very much appreciated. I have a multitude of other problems, but this one could kill me if I don't get it under control.

Again, thanks so much,

Dear David,

There are lots of research-proven mind-body methods to help get your hypertension under control. It more depends on what suits you and is easiest for you to do – therefore more likely you’ll do it on a regular basis – rather than being about one technique that works best, above all others. If you’re an imagery person, our Healthy Heart imagery is focused on this although any guided imagery that soothes and relaxes is going to make a dent – including Relieve Stress and Relaxation & Wellness. If you think you might prefer a male voice and a more straightforward, hypnotic technique, you might want to try Emmett Miller’s Down with High Blood Pressure.  And of course, we know from other studies that TM (Transcendental Meditation) and Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Guided Mindfullness Meditation methods also work. Even something as simple as working with your breath, using Andy Weil’s excellent CD, will have a good effect on your blood pressure. My suggestion would be for you to experiment a little until you find something that really appeals to you, and then just stick with that til you get totally sick of it, and then switch to something else that suits you. Luckily, there’s a lot to choose from!

All best and good luck,

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