Research Relating to Heart Rhythm Meditation

When you Energize Your Heart with Heart Rhythm Meditation, you strengthen your physical heart.

Directly Measurable Results of HRM Effects Study of the Effect*
HRM expands the Vital Capacity of the lungs Increased Vital Capacity creates melatonin Harinath, K, et al. (2004). "Effects of Hatha Yoga and Omkar Meditation on Cardiorespiratory Performance, Psychologic Profile, and Melatonin Secretion." Journal of Alt and Comp Medicine. 10(2): 261-268
Increased Vital Capacity increases oxygen consumption Miles, W.R. (1964) "Oxygen consumption during three Yoga-type breathing patterns." Journal of Applied Physiology. 19: 75-82
HRM slows the breath rate, to 6 breaths per minute or less. Slower breath rate decreases blood pressure Joseph, Chacko N., et al. (2005). "Slow breathing improves arterial baroflex sensitivity and decreases blood pressure in essential hypertension."  Hypertension. 2005(46): 714-718.
Slower breath rate reduces heart rate Solberg, E., et al. (2004). "Hemodynamic Changes During Long Meditation", Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 29(3): 213-221
HRM synchronizes breath and heartbeat, creating "Entrainment", a coherent pattern of Heart Rate Variability. Entrainment increases parasympathetic activity, associated with a calm, restful state Tiller, W., R. McCraty, et al. (1996). "Cardiac coherence; A new non-invasive measure of autonomic system order." Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 2(1): 52-65.
Entrainment decreases production of stress hormones; increases production of anti-stress hormones McCraty, R., B. Barrios-Choplin, et al. (1998). "The impact of a new emotional self-management program on stress, emotions, heart rate variability, DHEA and cortisol." Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science 33(2): 151-170.
Entrainment improves immune response Rein, G., M. Atkinson, et al. (1995). "The physiological and psychological effects of compassion and anger." Journal of Advancement in Medicine 8(2): 87-105.
HRM requires passive concentration: mental concentration on internal sensations of breath and heartbeat. Passive concentration increases alpha brain waves, associated with relaxation McCraty, R. and M. Atkinson (1999). "Influence of afferent cardiovascular input on cognitive performance and alpha activity." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Pavlovian Society, Tarrytown, NY.
Passive concentration increases theta brain waves, associated with creativity Jacobs, G.D., and J.F. Luber. (1989) "Spectral Analysis of the Central Nervous System Effects of the Relaxation Response Elicited by Autogenic Training." Behavioral Medicine 15 (1989): 125-132.
HRM sends breath into the heart. Heart emits visible light. Bair, P (2007) "Visible Light Radiated from the Heart with Heart Rhythm Meditation." Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, 16(3): 211-217
Agglutination of blood caused by stress is eliminated. Heart Rhythm Meditation restores electro-static charge on red blood cells. (Observed in experiments with Dr. Alexander Angelov, MD, of Swampscott, MA.)

* Note that only two of these studies was done specifically with HRM, but the studies do confirm the effect given in the middle column.

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