Healthy lifestyle habits, like maintaining a healthy weight and getting enough physical activity, can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension). And if you already have high blood pressure, healthy habits can help you reduce it – although some people need to take medicine, too.
Some complementary health approaches, such as meditation and yoga, may also help to reduce blood pressure, and they have shown promise as elements of an overall program of lifestyle change.
- A 2008 analysis found evidence that qi gong can be a useful addition in controlling high blood pressure.
- In 2013, the American Heart Association suggested that biofeedback and Transcendental Meditation, in addition to conventional medication, can help people lower their blood pressure.
Mind and body practices, such as meditation and qi gong, are generally considered safe for healthy people when they’re performed appropriately. If you have any health problems, talk with both your health care provider and the complementary health practitioner/instructor before starting to use a mind and body practice.