Grounding Patients with Hypertension Improves Blood Pressure - The Earthing Institute

Wrote on 23/02/19 by Bruno Depré

Grounding Patients with Hypertension Improves Blood Pressure.

The Earthing Institute



The first-ever grounding study on high blood pressure (hypertension) has resulted in solid improvements among hypertensive patients.
The study, conducted by a Southern California integrative cardiologist, was published in the medical journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and involved 10 patients diagnosed with various degrees of hypertension. All were having trouble controlling their blood pressure prior to participation in the grounding study.
Multiple measurements of their blood pressure over several months while they were grounded revealed significant reductions and better control, in many cases well within that time frame. The participants slept grounded and also grounded themselves for several more hours during the day. Subjectively, they also reported better sleep, more calmness, and less aches and pains.
Grounding is thought to improve blood pressure through a variety of ways, including these:

   1) A calming effect on the nervous system.
   2) A normalizing effect on the stress hormone cortisol.
   3) Reduction of inflammation and pain.
   4) Better sleep.
   5) Improved blood flow.

The study was inspired by repeated anecdotal feedback over the years describing a lowering of high blood pressure after people start grounding.
"Our objective was to test the validity of such reports with a study that measured blood pressure among hypertensive patients over time," says cardiologist Howard Elkin, M.D., who practices in Whittier and Santa Monica, California. "The study, although involving a small number of patients, clearly shows the potential of grounding as a safe, simple, and effective lifestyle strategy for reducing blood pressure. Obviously, larger studies are needed to definitively validate the effect of grounding on blood pressure. This is a first step in that direction."

To see the full grounding study, click here. To read more about grounding and high blood pressure, click here. To see the growing number of grounding studies, click here. To contact Dr. Elkin's office, click here.

High blood pressure carries serious health risks, including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease, and is a growing worldwide problem. In the U.S., some 75 million adults are believed to be hypertensive - that's 1 in every 3 adults, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means their blood pressure level is 140/90 and above. A higher than normal level called prehypertension reading starts at 120/80, a category involving another 1 out of three American adults. Worldwide, raised blood pressure is estimated to cause 7.5 million deaths, about 12.8% of the total of all deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

Doctors typically advise patients with high blood pressure to make lifestyle changes that can improve their condition, including eating a heart-healthy diet with reduced salt, engaging in regular exercise, and, if overweight, to lose weight. Medication is often prescribed as well.
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For more information about grounding, refer to the Earthing book and the Earthing Institute website
Whether you do your grounding primarily outdoors or indoors, make sure you do it routinely. Stay connected to the Earth's healing properties!

 

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