Standard treatments for mental, cognitive and psychosomatic disorders do not work for everyone or have undesirable side effects. In fact, there are few or no satisfying solutions for up to 35% of patients. Brainwave entrainment (BWE) has the potential to safely and effectively fill this gap. The term brainwave entrainment refers to the use of rhythmic stimuli with the intention of producing a frequency-following response of brainwaves to match the frequency of the stimuli. The stimulus is usually either visual (flashing lights) or auditory (pulsating tones) or tactile (vibrating subwoofers) on a reclining chair. By those in the industry, it is also commonly called “brain entrainment,” “audiovisual entrainment (AVE),” “audio-visual-tactile entrainment (AVTE),” “audiovisual stimulation (AVS),” “auditory entrainment,” or “photic stimulation.” Preliminary evidence suggests that BWE is effective in several cognitive domains and can relieve acute and long-term stress, reduce pain, headaches, migraines, and PMS and improve behavior [Huang, Charyton, 2008; Thut et al., 2011; see also Basar, 2008]. The AVTE is also reported as effective method with relaxing effect used for neurotechnological correction of psychosomatic disorders, (Stebliuk, 2012, Morse, 1993). It is wll known that AVTE influence sleep, anxiety, neurological disorders (Le Scournec, 2001; Thayer, 2012). In a previous an 8-week study of 28 hypertensives (under drug therapy) the audiovisual entrainment (AVE) in the sub-delta frequency (0.5–1 Hz) and alpha frequency ranges had marked effects on blood pressure, reducing the systolic 20 points and diastolic 15 points. It was also demonstrated that AVE in the low alpha range produced a strong normalizing affect autonomic activity and rate variability (Siever, Berg, 2002). Accordingto our previous investigation the add-on AVTE therapy pharmacotherapy of hypertension led to significantly more efficient correction of abnormal day and night arterial blood pressure (BP) dynamics accompanied by a two-fold reduction of enalapril or propranolol intake in children and teenagers (Aftanas et al., 2013). In view of above, today the AVTE therapy seems to be a safe and promising option as an add-on therapy to pharmacological treatment in uncontrolled hypertension. The goal of this research was to study the effects of the AVTE stimulation course on blood pressure regulation in adult patients with pharmacologically uncontrolled essential hypertension in a randomized, single-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study.
|Title of host publication||Audio-visual-tactile brainwave entrainment decreases night arterial blood pressure in patients with uncontrolled essential hypertension: placebo controlled study|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|