Listening to music is one of the most effective natural remedies for high blood pressure. Listening to music stimulates many different parts of your brain that tap straight into your emotions. Discordant, jarring music can set your teeth on edge and cause your blood pressure to rise. In contrast, soothing music can help you relax, reduce anxiety and stress to bring your high blood pressure down.
Best music for high blood pressure
In India, a type of music known as Ragas is traditionally used to lower blood pressure as its rhythm is said to have a relaxing effect on the autonomic nervous system which is involved in blood pressure control.
Researchers from the University of Florence have also reported that listening to a CD of slow, rhythmic music can lower blood pressure.
A group of people with high blood pressure, who were taking antihypertensive medication, were asked to listen to Indian raga, Classical music or Celtic music for thirty minutes a day to assess the effects on their high blood pressure. While they were listening to the music, they also practiced slow, controlled breathing exercises.
You can listen to an example of rhythmic, Indian raga flute music in the clip below.
Within one month of performing the breathing exercises while listening to music, their high blood pressure improved significantly, with a fall in systolic blood pressure of 3.2 mmHg after one week, and 4.4 mmHg after four weeks.
A similar group who did not listen to music or do breathing exercises did not show any significant blood pressure changes.
You can also use a device called RESPeRATE which helps you control your breathing quickly and easily.
Classical music for high blood pressure
Raga music is not to everyone’s taste so it’s good to know that research involving 20 volunteers has shown that listening to 30 minutes of classical music (Beethoven and Mozart) relaxed the arteries enough to decrease the stiffness of the aorta (the largest blood vessel in the body) compared to a control group who listened to a blank tape. The effect lasted for as long as the music was listened to.
Listening to classical music for 25 minutes was shown to lower systolic blood pressure by 13 mmHg compared to a 6.5 mmHg reduction in high blood pressure for a similar group who rested without listening to music.
The latest study shows that listening to classical music also helps your antihypertensive medication to work better for about an hour after taking them, as well as lowering your heart rate. Researchers monitored 37 people with well-controlled hypertension who listened to classical musical via earphones for one hour after taking their anti-hypertensive medication. Then, on another day, they wore the headphones but did not listen to music. The results showed that blood pressure responded more strongly to the medication when they listened to music, and their heart rate fell significantly compared to when they did not listen to classical music.
It’s thought that music stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and increases gastrointestinal activity so that medication is absorbed more quickly to intensify its effects.
Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major is one of the most relaxing pieces of classical music to help lower a high blood pressure.
Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major Lowers Blood Pressure
In another study, taking part in rhythmic African drumming was shown to reduce anxiety scores and lower systolic blood pressure and have effects on the circulation that were as effective as low to moderate intensity exercise.
Singing can also bring down a severely elevated blood pressure just before a surgical operation for total knee replacement, even when drug treatment had failed.
The secret seems to be to listen to music that you personally like and find relaxing.
Here are some more examples of music designed to have a therapeutic effect on high blood pressure and help lower your blood pressure fast.
Mozart lowers blood pressure
Bach lowers blood pressure
The most relaxing Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Chopin piano music lowers blood pressure
Indian Raga music lowers blood pressure
Modern music lowers blood pressure – frequency healing
Music with isochronic tones lowers blood pressure
Binaural beats lower blood pressure
If your blood pressure is raised, self-monitoring is key to maintaining good control.
Click here for advice on choosing a blood pressure monitor to use at home.
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