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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 Nov;20(4):285-90. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2014.10.004. Epub 2014 Oct 31.

Application of an integrative yoga therapy programme in cases of essential arterial hypertension in public healthcare.

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1
Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment, Faculty of Psychology, National Distance Education University (UNED), Madrid, Spain. Electronic address: laura_tolbanos@yahoo.es.
2
Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment, Faculty of Psychology, National Distance Education University (UNED), Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the efficacy of an integrative yoga programme as adjuvant treatment of essential arterial hypertension.

METHODS:

An Integrative yoga programme was conducted during three months in 26 sessions with a group of ten essential arterial hypertension patients at a public health centre. The same number of patients acted as the control group without treatment. The patients were randomly selected and assigned to the groups. All patients filled in the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS), the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and the Smith Relaxation States Inventory 3 (SRSI3) before and after the treatment.

RESULTS:

A statistically significant reduction of systolic and diastolic blood pressure, negative affect, symptoms of anxiety and degree of stress could be observed in the study group.

CONCLUSIONS:

These positive and promising results confirm the effectiveness of these techniques in the treatment of essential arterial hypertension and suggest possible further investigations.

KEYWORDS:

Cardiovascular reactivity; Comprehensive yoga program; Essential hypertension; Public health; Stress coping

PMID:
25457355
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2014.10.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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