High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition that affects almost half of all adults in the US. Anyone who has high blood pressure, if uncontrolled, is at risk for heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death in the country. In 2017, it was estimated that only 1 in 4 adults with high blood pressure had their condition under control.
Studies have shown that hypnosis can be a natural way to help reduce high blood pressure. In one such study, groups of patients with hypertension were developed. One group took part in muscle relaxation and hypnosis, one medicated group also took part in muscle relaxation and hypnosis while the third received no treatment. The results showed significant lowering of both systolic and diastolic pressures in both the no drug and drug groups receiving treatment. Hypertensive levels were reduced thru muscular relaxation and completely eliminated during hypnosis. Instruction was given in self-relaxation and self-hypnosis to promote continuation of beneficial effects beyond hospitalization1.
Another study investigated the effectiveness of hypnosis in reducing mild hypertension. Thirty participants were randomly assigned to hypnosis (8-sessions) while another group received no treatment. Results showed that hypnosis is effective in reducing blood pressure in the short term but also in the middle and long terms2.
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- The Use of Relaxation and Hypnosis in Lowering High Blood Pressure, Herdis L. Deabler Ph.D.,Edward Fidel B.S.,Robert L. Dillenkoffer M.D. &S. Thomas Elder Ph.D., Pages 75-83 | Published online: 20 Sep 2011
- Effectiveness of Hypnosis in Reducing Mild Essential Hypertension: A One-Year Follow-Up, Marie-Claire Gay, Pages 67-83 | Received 01 Jan 2006, Published online: 29 Oct 2010