When the brain is guided to a lower brainwave state, the body falls into a deep state of relaxation, causing blood vessels to dilate, increasing circulation.
Additionally, research is indicating that specific protocols may have a more direct effect on blood pressure:
- Entrainment was used successfully in a study by Kathy Berg to reduce the blood pressure of 28 participants over an 8 week period, producing a drop in systolic of 20 mm Hg and diastolic pressure by 16 mm Hg. The researchers noted that these results exceeded those normally seen in drug-based treatments, which produce a drop of 16 mm Hg on average.
The Neuro-Programmer includes sessions that will not only relax you and help train your brain to deal better with stress in the future, but it also includes a number of sessions specifically designed to reduce hypertension, based on the protocols used successfully in clinical practice.
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