Contemplative meditation reduces ambulatory blood pressure and stress-induced hypertension: a randomized pilot trial

J Hum Hypertens. 2008 Feb;22(2):138-40. doi: 10.1038/sj.jhh.1002275. Epub 2007 Sep 6.


A total of 52 pharmacologically untreated subjects with essential hypertension were randomly allocated to either 8 weeks of contemplative meditation combined with breathing techniques (CMBT) or no intervention in this observer-blind controlled pilot trial. CMBT induced clinically relevant and consistent decreases in heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure if measured during office readings, 24-h ambulatory monitoring and mental stress test. Longer-term studies should evaluate CMBT as an antihypertensive strategy.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure / physiology*
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory
  • Heart Rate / physiology
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / etiology
  • Hypertension / therapy*
  • Meditation* / methods
  • Pilot Projects
  • Stress, Psychological*