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Lifestyle and high blood pressure: Complementary therapies
Q. Are there any alternative therapies (complementary therapies) that have been proven to work?
A. Recent guidelines on blood pressure treatment (NICE 2006) suggest that relaxation therapies - such as meditation, muscle relaxation and stress management - may be helpful for lowering blood pressure in some people. But any reductions in blood pressure using these techniques may only be small, and their ability to keep blood pressure lowered over a long period of time is not yet clear.
For these reasons such relaxation techniques and complementary therapies should not be used to replace, but rather to support, any conventional medicines you have been given by your doctor and the lifestyle changes you are making.