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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