Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Author : Archana, R.

Effect of OM Chanting on Blood Pressure and Pulse Rate of Hypertensive subjectsin Covid-19 pandemic scenario

A.V.S. Keerthana Reddy; R. Archana

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 8, Pages 3315-3322

Hypertension is a neglected health issue and a silent killer which affects almost all the vital systems of the human body. There are primary and secondary causes for hypertension. Factors like stress ,food habits and life style can also trigger hypertension. Yoga is an ancient practice followed by the human kind for attaining peace and health .OM chanting which is a part of yoga is considered as the prominent and significant method of calming the body both physically and mentally. OM chanting is a type of pranayama known to have positive effects on hypertension. In the stressful COVID-19 induced lockdown and pandemic scenario , it is essential to calm the mind and the body to effectively reduce the blood pressure. Hence a study was conducted among 30 hypertensive patients by asking them to perform OM chanting twice a day for 15 days. Pre and post interventions values of blood pressure, pulse rate and oxygen saturation was collected from the study participants. Om chanting was found to be significantly effective in lowering blood pressure and improving the pulse rate and oxygen saturation in hypertension.

Effect of OM chanting on respiratory efficiency in young adults during COVID-19 Lockdown – A Pilot study

Ajay S Venkatakrishnan; R. Archana

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 8, Pages 3271-3277

Om chanting is the best form of pranayama, formed by pronunciation of 3 words A, U, M which is known to calm the mind and have beneficial effects on cardiovascular and respiratory system. The COVID-19 pandemic induced lockdown has been a stressful period for all especially to young adults who have been forced to stay at home with very little scope for physical activity due to prolonged closure of educational institutions and continuous attending of online classes. Since OM chanting was known to reduce the stress and calm the mind, the focus of the study was to assess the effects of Om chanting on respiratory efficiency by evaluating the respiratory endurance , breath holding time, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation before and after 10 minutes of OM chanting for a period of 14 days. OM chanting was performed twice a day in the morning and evening. OM chanting was found to be beneficial in enhancing the respiratory efficiency by improving the respiratory endurance and breath holding time.

Assessment of Resilience and Coping ability to stress inundergraduate medical students

Maanasa Palani; R. Archana; Logesh Sairam G

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 8, Pages 3323-3328

In the current scenario, during the learning period of the medical curriculum the undergraduate medical students face a highly pressurized situation. First year MBBS students find it more stressful as they are shifting from rote memory of learning in schools to the conceptual learning style for the first time, whereas the fourth year students are exposed to a heavy academic and clinical workload. The more resilient the students are, the better they will be able to handle the stress. So the present study was undertaken to assess the resilience level in the first and final year students and compare the scores using a standard resilience questionnaire. This is a cross sectional study which was conducted on the first and fourth year M.B.B.S students of 18-25 years of age after obtaining informed consent and Institutional ethical clearance. Resilience questionnaire was used to assess the resilience scores of the students and to find out the existence of difference of scores in the first and fourth year students. Overall, a majority of the students had low resilience score. The score for high resilience was significantly more in fourth year students in comparison with first year students. Our study throws light on the fact as to the importance of resilience in adjusting to stress and the future focus should be on the promotion of resilience building measures to be taught and practiced right from the first year of medical curriculum.