Yoga is native to the traditional Indian culture. However, the activity has found new life in the Western world. The draw of Yoga isn't merely the hype that celebrities create around it, though a number of people have admittedly taken up the activity primarily because of the celebrity voices that keep promoting it. However, Yoga has been proved to be beneficial to human health, and new evidence supporting the efficacy of yoga as a health tool with regards to tackling very specific health issues continues to emerge every single day.
These days, it is the beneficial nature of yoga in patients with pre-hypertension and hypertension that has people buzzing.
Hypertension is basically high blood pressure. It can be more formally defined as a systolic blood pressure of 140mm of mercury per gram or higher. High blood pressure is a very common condition the world over. Also, many people struggle with pre-hypertension (where systolic blood pressure is between 130 and 139 mmHg) and if the condition isn’t treated, long-term hypertension eventually manifests.
According to Doctor Ashutosh Angrish (Sir Gangaram Hospital, India), Yoga might be the perfect tool for fighting hypertension which, it should be emphasized, is a risk factor for a heart attack and stroke. Doctor Angrish carried out a study constituting 60 pre-hypertension patients to better understand the effects of yoga. One group of patients practiced yoga on a regular basis for three months while another group of 30 primarily pursued lifestyle changes as a means of fighting their ailment.
The participants, who were primarily in their 50s, were all generally healthy. Once the study was completed and the data analyzed, it was revealed that the group pursuing regular yoga sessions experienced a 4.9mmHg drop in their arterial pressure. In other words, there was a noticeable decrease in the yoga group's approximate blood pressure, this as opposed to the control group whose blood pressure didn’t show any significant changes.
Any doctor will tell you that even reductions in blood pressure as small as 2mmHg can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Of course, Doctor Angrish doesn't claim that Yoga alone can fight hypertension. Rather, the practice should be paired with notable lifestyle changes such as proper dieting and regular exercises. None the less, such quantifiable results proving the efficacy of yoga as a treatment for hypertension explain why so many doctors have taken to prescribing the traditional Indian practice to patients suffering from all manner of disease.