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Chanting stabilises heart rate, says doctors

Thursday, 10 July 2014 - 8:16am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Pune: Chanting God's name is good for your heart is the claim of a recently published research study by a city-based cardiac surgeon along with a geopathologist, who conducted a research study on 30 healthy patients monitoring heart rate, blood pressure etc using electrocardiography and other equipment.The researchers, former head of cardiac surgery department at Sassoon General Hospital, Dr Avinash Inamdar, along with geopathologist Pandit Pramod Joshi, conducted a study on 30 healthy patients monitoring their heart rate, blood pressure and energy levels of the heart 'chakra'. The team documented that the heart parameters showed a significant improvement when comparing the results of the tests carried out before and after the chanting that continued for ten minutes.

Meanwhile, when asked, other city cardiologists said that while they wouldn't say that only chanting God's name would lead to such an effect on stabilising heart rate but any form of meditation is known to have bettered heart rates and have positive outcome if done on a long term basis.Dr CN Makhale, head of cardiac cathlab at Ruby Hall Clinic said that such activities help in the control of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) which regulates the functions of our internal organs (the viscera) such as the heart, stomach and intestines.

"The ANS is part of the peripheral nervous system and it also controls some of the muscles within the body. We are often unaware of the ANS because it functions involuntary and reflexively. For example, during a bad dream, a person gets palpitations. Similarly, by concentrating on a single object associated with a positive feeling can lead to temporary betterment of parameters like control over heart rate, blood pressure. But for any real result, one must have a long term study."

Agreed cardiologist Dr Rahul Patil that when a person concentrates on a single point and makes mind free of all clutter it leads to reduction of stress which in turn leads to a control over heart rate. "I don't believe that only God's name will bring this effect but it could be any form of deep meditation," he said.Meanwhile, in the current study published in the Asiatic Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers agreed that sample size was small and pilot scale project is expected to be run on a larger clinical trial in the coming months to explore the role of chanting Vitthal on both healthy as well as cardiac patients.

"The set of tests using echocardiograms, biofield viewer and electro scanning were done before and after the individuals chanted Vitthal continuously for 9 minutes in a quiet room. The results showed an average improvement of 20 percent in the heart energy level of the heart chakra. This change showed that the chanting frequencies did affect the heart functioning that too in a positive manner," said Inamdar.

He added that though the normal heart rates were between 70 to 80, half the patients in the study had a hyper heart rate of above 85 which was not healthy. A stabilization in the heart rate and pulse was observed after the chanting.In an attempt to bring science and spirituality together, Joshi used vedic scriptures and ayurvedic knowledge in the study. He said, "We were majorly inspired by the warkaris who walk kilometres chanting Vitthal mantra."

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