Impact of EMDR on cardio function


Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent psychiatric disorders and one of the most costly Anxiety disorders also increase risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) three- to fourfold, after accounting for sex, substance use, and depression while risk of cardiac mortality is increased twofold. Here, we examine the impact of the anxiety disorders on a psycho-physiological marker of health and well-being, heart rate variability (HRV). Previous studies are characterized by contradictory reports, highlighting the comprehensive approaches in clinical treatment. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) can be controlled through the sattvavajaya (Ay.psychotherapy), Satavavajaya is that method of treatment through which one tries to bring intellect (dhi.) fortitude (dhriti) and memory (smriti) of the patient to the optimum state. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing technique (EMDR) can be a prototype of satvavajaya chikitsa as it attempts to install positive and wholesome memories (smriti) in to patient and remove (delete) the negative (unwholesome) thoughts by using sensory modalities like visual (eye movement) and auditory senses. Eye Movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and blocked/negative memories (unwholesome). It is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches. EMDR therapy also helps to treat many types of psychological stress, related with psychosomatic reactive depression, PTSD, OCD, panic anxiety disorder like IBS ,CAD,CVD, etc. Hypertension with apparent stressor based strictly on the principle of sattvavajaya chikitsa.






Rajesh Jain
Jyoti Shankar Tripathi

Original Work Citation

Jain, R., & Tripathi, J. S. (2018, April). Impact of EMDR on cardio function. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, 9(2), S3-S4. doi:10.1016/j.jaim.2018.02.016



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