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Title: A study of the effect of individual <i style="">Asanas</i> on blood pressure
Authors: Malhotra, Varun
Tandon, O P
Keywords: <i style="">Asanas</i>
Blood Pressure
Issue Date: Oct-2005
Publisher: CSIR
Series/Report no.: <b style="">Int. Cl.<sup>7</sup>:</b> A61P9/00, A61P9/04, A61P9/06, A61P9/08, A61P9/10, A61P9/12
Abstract: <i style="">Asana</i> means a steady and pleasant posture of the body. Asanas are to be performed without strain. Undue stretching in some <i style="">Asana</i> may do more harm than benefit. This study of individual <i style="">Asana</i> was undertaken to understand the effect of changing postures on the blood pressure. Twenty five first year MBBS students in the age group of 16-19 years performed <i style="">Sukhasan, Vajrasan </i>and<i style=""> Dhanurasan </i>in the Department of Physiology. The blood pressure was measured by the mercury sphygmomanometer by standard method while the <i style="">Asana</i> were being performed. In <i style="">Sukhasan</i> blood pressure was the lowest 116.4 ± 7.21 / 76.1 ± 7.34. The pressure increased slightly in <i style="">Vajrasan</i> to 119.5 ± 7.82/ 81.4 ± 6.2. It was the highest recordable in <i style="">Dhanurasan</i> (125.2 ± 8.23/ 84.8 ± 7.78). Thereby, indicating that the pressure is lowest in <i style="">Sukhasan</i>, and this <i style="">Asana</i> may be performed regularly in meditation for calming the overworked heart.
Description: 367-372
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.04(4) [October 2005]

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