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Yoga, Wellness Expert - Answered on Jun 20, 2023

Asked on - Jun 19, 2023Hindi

Can Yoga cure blood pressure and how. Because generally whenever you approach a doctor regarding this issue immediately he goes ahead with medication and tell the patient lots of things which make the person to go for medication. What can be the remedy
Ans: Yes, you are right; yoga can definitely help with Blood Pressure. Because managing blood pressure is about eating a wholesome diet, managing stress levels and improving physical fitness. Yoga practices that involve deep breathing induce profound states of relaxation, which reduces the work of breathing, dilates the blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. Improving our physical fitness by way of yoga or other physical activities also makes our hearts more efficient. To achieve this, you need to make yoga and breathing exercises a part of your lifestyle, just like brushing your teeth or taking a shower every day. There are many success stories of people maintaining their heart health with yoga. Typically you would need to practice 30-45 mins of yoga asanas followed by 10-15 mins of Pranayam at least 3-5 times a week. This is a generalised suggestion, and the requirements will vary for each person based on their individual health and lifestyle. You should also never stop BP medicines without checking with the doctor. Additionally, the reason doctors prescribe medicine is that most people do not practice yoga consistently and are not physically active. Since high blood pressure can be very dangerous and life-threatening, doctors cannot rely on the possibility of a patient successfully changing their behaviour and diet without supervision. Most people do not have that type of discipline, but those who do manage to get off medicines with the help of their physicians. In our current medical environment, the onus is on the patient to push through and change their lifestyle, and once they demonstrate such consistency to their doctor, I am sure a joint decision can be taken to slowly wean off medicines. This should be a medically supervised decision.
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