Breathing "Right" Lowers IOP In Study

Submitted by dave on Sat, 12/09/2006 - 8:59pm

As I understand this study, the researchers had subjects with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) breathe through their right nostril only (by closing off their left nostril). There is a common breathing technique in Yoga know as "alternate nostril breathing" or Nadi Shodhana in sanskrit. The aim of alternating the open nostrils is to create balance in the physiology. The idea behind the method used in this study is to correct a (perceived) imbalance by breathing through the right nostril only.

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Can I Lower My Eye Pressure By Relaxed Breathing?

Submitted by dave on Sat, 12/09/2006 - 8:27pm

 Today I compared several eye pressure measurements on the basis of a normal measurement vs. a measurement after 1-2 minutes of relaxed breathing. I wanted to see if my eye pressure is lower when I do simple deep breathing as a form of relaxation.

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Pranayama, IOP and the Parasympathetic Nervous System

Submitted by dave on Fri, 09/08/2006 - 10:59pm

When I started this IOP data collection project, I expected stress management tools like meditation and pranayama (yoga breathing exercises) to lower my IOP. Immediately after starting the project, I was surprised to find that my IOP was much higher after meditation when we measured it. Those initial meditation sessions consisted of several elements, including pranayama. Today I tested a 10 minute session of pranayama alone, without any meditation.


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