Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, College of Nursing

2 Department of Physiology, Coordinator, ACYTER, JIPMER, Puducherry, India


INTRODUCTION: Hypertension has a direct relationship with the circulation, respiration, and function
of vital organs. Similarly, complementary therapy such as alternate nostril breathing exercise has a
direct effect on mental and physical health.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a quantitative experimental research with randomized
controlled trial design. A total of 170 and 85 individuals were allotted to each group. Patients in the
study group were instructed alternate nostril breathing exercise two times a day (10 min duration
of exercise each time) for 5 days along with routine treatment, and patients in the control group
underwent routine treatment.
RESULTS: There was a marked reduction in systolic blood pressure (BP), diastolic BP, heart rate,
and rate pressure product after the continuous 5‑day alternate nostril breathing exercise in the study
group. P < 0.0001 demonstrated a statistically significant difference in systolic BP, diastolic BP,
heart rate, and rate pressure product that existed pre‑ and post‑assessment on 1st day and 5th day.
CONCLUSION: It can be concluded that regular simple alternate nostril breathing exercise effectively
reduces hypertension.


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