The new study, published in the British Medical Journal, shows a correlation between meditation practice and a drop in blood pressure.
“We found that the amount of blood pressure reduction was related to the number of meditators in a sample of 2,000 people.
It’s possible that the blood pressure decrease could be explained by meditation practice,” lead author Dr. Michael C. Kranz, of the University of California, San Francisco, said in a statement.
The study involved 4,500 people who were part of the study from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.
The participants were asked to complete a 10-minute mindfulness meditation practice session and to take a blood pressure measurement every other day.
They were then asked to keep track of how much pressure they felt during the meditation.
The researchers were able to see how much blood pressure drops occurred over the course of the month and also how long it took for blood pressure to drop.
The average drop in systolic blood pressure was 4.2 mm Hg (2.2 inches) during the month the study was conducted.
In the first month of the meditation period, the drop dropped to 3.9 mm Hgr (1.5 inches), which was similar to what the researchers had expected based on previous research.
The drop in diastolic blood Pressure dropped from 5.3 mm Hpg (3.4 inches) to 3 mm Hgp (1 inch).
The drop from systol to systole decreased from 2.8 mm Hgd (1 milliliter) to 1.9mm Hgd.
In both cases, the researchers found that blood pressure decreased significantly over the first 24 hours after the meditation started.
“Meditation practice can increase blood pressure and decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, but it is not well-known whether this is because of changes in blood flow or because of other changes in the brain, such as brain activity,” Dr. Krantz said.
“Our results suggest that meditating with a focus on a focus and not a distraction may reduce blood pressure in the short term and improve blood pressure after several weeks.”
A small group of people were not able to practice mindfulness meditation because they were in a long-term health condition.
Other studies have shown that meditation reduces blood pressure even in people who are not able or do not want to meditate.