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The science on the mind-body approach to hypertension has been summed up in the February 18, 2018 newsletter by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

A 2010 review of 36 randomized trials on biofeedback as a treatment for hypertension found that there was no convincing evidence that it was a superior to medications, placebos, no intervention, or other behavioral therapies.

A 2013 review of studies on Transcendental Meditation (TM) indicates that it may have a modest reduction in hypertension. How does TM fare compared to other forms of meditations? There have been no head-to-head studies.

A 2014 review of studies: Compared with exercise, no evidence was found for effects of yoga on systolic or diastolic blood pressure. It cautioned that people with high blood pressure may need to modify or avoid certain (unspecified) yoga poses.

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