‘Integrated Naturopathy and Yoga’ reduces blood pressure and the need for medications

Among a cohort of hypertensive patients in South India: 3-months follow-up study

Abstract

Setting and objective

‘Manthena Satyanarayana Raju Arogyalayam’ is a 500-bedded hospital in South India that offers ‘Integrated Naturopathy and Yoga’ (INY). Major components of INY package include an unrestricted diet of foods in natural form, daily yogic exercises, meditation for relaxation, patient counselling and health education in a highly structured routine for 15 days. We aimed to determine if INY reduced blood pressure and the need of anti-hypertensive medications in hypertensive patients.

Design

Observational cohort study involving pre–post-comparative analysis of patients enrolled between April and July 2015. Blood pressure, anthropometry, blood parameters and compliance to diet and yoga (diet and yoga score on a scale of 0–10) were measured at baseline and 3 months.

This research was supported by the UK Department for International Development’s Operational Research Capacity Building Programme led by the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union)

Citation

Edla SR, Kumar AM V, Srinivas B, Raju MS, Gupta V. “Integrated Naturopathy and Yoga” reduces blood pressure and the need for medications among a cohort of hypertensive patients in South India: 3-months follow-up study. Advances in Integrative Medicine. 2016;3(3):90–7.

‘Integrated Naturopathy and Yoga’ reduces blood pressure and the need for medications among a cohort of hypertensive patients in South India: 3-months follow-up study

Published 7 April 2017