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Positive impact of integrated amrita meditation technique on heart rate, respiratory rate and IgA on young healthy adults

  • Vandana, Balakrishnan ;
  • Saraswathy, Lakshmiammal ;
  • Suseeladevi, Gowrikutty K. ;
  • Sundaram, Karimassery Ramaiyer ;
  • Kumar, Harish
  • Received : 2012.10.16
  • Accepted : 2013.05.14
  • Published : 2013.05.31

Abstract

The objective of the current study was to find out the effect of Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique (IAM) on blood pressure (BP), heart rate (HR), respiratory rate (RR) and IgA. One hundred and fifty subjects were randomized into three groups IAM, Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) and Control. Baseline values were collected before giving the training for all the subjects and the IAM and PMR groups were given training in the respective techniques. BP, HR, RR and IgA were recorded manually at 0 h, 48 h, 2 months and 8 months after the first visit. HR was found to be reduced in the IAM group 48 h onwards and the fall sustained till 8 months (p < 0.05). IAM group showed significant drop when compared to the PMR group and control group in all the subsequent visits (p < 0.05). RR decreased significantly in the IAM group in the third and fourth visits (p < 0.05). RR of IAM showed significant decrease when compared to PMR and control from the third visit onwards. IgA showed significant increase in comparison with PMR and control in the third and fourth visits. BP did not show any difference in any of the visits. There was subject dropout from randomization to completion of the study, in all the three groups. The significant decrease in HR and RR and increase in IgA in the IAM group when compared to the PMR and control group shows the efficacy of the technique in reducing the physiological stress indicators for up to 8 months.

Keywords

Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique;stress;blood pressure;respiratory rate;IgA;meditation

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