Music Soothes the Savage Blood Pressure

New research has determined that listening to certain types of music— classical, Celtic, or Indian—actually helps improve blood pressure. More from WebMD:
The patients were assigned to listen to the CD for 30 minutes per day for a month and to breathe slowly while listening to the music, taking twice as long to exhale as to inhale. At the end of the month, the patients wore the blood pressure monitor again.

The patients' blood pressure improved during the study. When the experiment ended, their average systolic blood pressure (the first number in a blood pressure reading) had dropped three points, and their average diastolic blood pressure (the second number in a blood pressure reading) had dropped four points.

For comparison, 20 other patients didn't listen to music or practice slow breathing. Their blood pressure didn't change during the study.

It's not clear what mattered more, the music or the slow breathing. "The antihypertensive effects [have] to be considered as the result of the combination of music and breathing exercises," Professor Pietro A. Modesti, MD, PhD, of Italy's University of Florence notes.
I’ve been a music buff all my life. My apartment is stacked with CDs and speaking of Indian music. I love this little ditty—hope you enjoy it too:

Lately when the Yankees are losing I’ll put that on to keep me from throwing the television out the window.
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Sara - May 18, 2008 8:17 PM

I like this video. By the way this isnot a ditty but a bhajan or kirtan session. They are chanting mantras or praise to the Hindu god Rama and to Sita and Hanuman. Reminds me of singing bhajan in my twenties.

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