Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 3944--3948

Effect of meditation on autonomic function in healthy individuals: A longitudinal study


Abhimanyu Ganguly1, Sandip M Hulke2, Rajay Bharshanakar3, Rachna Parashar2, Santosh Wakode5 
1 Junior Resident, Department of Physiology, AIIMS, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, AIIMS, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
3 Professor and Head, Department of Physiology, AIIMS, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sandip M Hulke
Department of Physiology, AIIMS, Bhopal - 462 020, Madhya Pradesh
India

Context: Meditation is very useful to relieve stress via hypothalamo-pituitory axis. Meditation is considered to be useful to relieve stress and cardio-respiratory health. Aims: To compare the effect of meditation on autonomic function including heart rate variability (HRV) over a period of 3 months of meditation. Settings and Design: Longitudinal study conducted at Physiology Department, AIIMS Bhopal. Methods and Materials: Thirty healthy volunteers doing meditation were evaluated for autonomic function using autonomic function test battery (Ewing's battery) and HRV using Power lab (Ad instrument) and digital electrocardiograph (MARKS). Statistical Analysis Used: Statistical analysis was done using statistical software. Wilcoxon signed rank test was used. Results: Significant change was seen in Valsalva ratio and lying to standing 30:15 ratio. There was no significant change in other parameters studied with 3 months of meditation. Conclusions: Three months of meditation does not have any significant effect on major parameters of autonomic functions.


How to cite this article:
Ganguly A, Hulke SM, Bharshanakar R, Parashar R, Wakode S. Effect of meditation on autonomic function in healthy individuals: A longitudinal study.J Family Med Prim Care 2020;9:3944-3948


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Ganguly A, Hulke SM, Bharshanakar R, Parashar R, Wakode S. Effect of meditation on autonomic function in healthy individuals: A longitudinal study. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 25 ];9:3944-3948
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