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A man with deadly hypertension asks for a recommendation for an appropriate mind-body recording to h

03 Apr
A man with deadly hypertension asks for a recommendation for an appropriate mind-body recording to help lower his (especially systolic) blood pressure, and BR suggests several viable options..
Dear Belleruth,
I am having a persistent problem with hypertension - high systolic numbers. What would you recomend insofar as an appropriate tape, CD or imagery techniques, or perhaps meditation. Your help will be a blessing and very much appreciated. I have a multitude of other problems but this one could kill me if I don''t get it under control. Again,thanks so much...David

Dear David,
There are lots of research-proven mind-body methods to help get your hypertension under control. It more depends on what suits you and is easiest for you to do – therefore more likely you’ll do it on a regular basis - rather than being about one technique that works best, above all others. If you’re an imagery person, our Healthy Heart imagery is focused on this although any guided imagery that soothes and relaxes is going to make a dent - including Relieve Stress and Relaxation & Wellness . If you think you might prefer a male voice and a more straightforward, hypnotic technique, you might want to try Emmett Miller’s Down with High Blood Pressure. And of course, we know from other studies that TM (Transcendental Meditation) and Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction methods also work. Even something as simple as working with your breath, using Andy Weil’s excellent CD, will have a good effect on your blood pressure. My suggestion would be for you to experiment a little until you find something that really appeals to you, and then just stick with that til you get totally sick of it, and then switch to something else that suits you. Luckily, there’s a lot to choose from!

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award