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Meditation is not only a stress buster, it also helps in regulating high blood pressure with an added benefit of bypassing possible side effects and hazards of anti-hypertension drugs, says a new study.

ImageIn the new meta-analysis, researchers from University of Kentucky conducted nine randomized, controlled trials with Transcendental Meditation as a primary intervention for hypertensive patients.

The findings revealed that practicing Transcendental Meditation led to approximate reduction of 4.7 mm systolic blood pressure and 3.2 mm diastolic blood pressure.

Dr James W Anderson, lead author and professor of medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, insisted that reduction the blood pressure could significantly reduce the risk of atherosclexciting cardiovascular disease without the side effects of drugs.

"Adding Transcendental Medication is about equivalent to adding a second anti-hypertension agent to one's current regimen only safer and less troublesome," he said.

The study appears in the March issue of the American Journal of Hypertension .