Impact of Arham Purushakar Meditation on overall well-being of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease on Hemodialysis
Author(s): Sapna Kothari, Ashok Kothari, Shehnaz Sultana, P. P. Reddy
Background: Meditation has been considered as a potential intervention to relieve stress, depression and anxiety in patients with chronic kidney disease on hemodialysis. Taking it into consideration, the present study is taken up to know the impact of Arham purushakar meditation on the overall well-being of patients with chronic kidney disease on hemodialysis.
Material and Methods: 175 chronic kidney disease patients on hemodialysis were selected as the base line cases and a follow up of 12 months, 17 months and 21 months is done, to know the impact of Arham purushakar meditation on the overall well-being of the hemodialysis patients. The study was carried out after taking the approval of the Ethics Committee of Bhagwan Mahavir Medical Research Centre, and written consent from the patients for participation in the study.
Results: The results showed significant decrease in depression, anxiety and stress in hemodialysis patients practicing Arham purushakar meditation, and also improvement in other physical and medical conditions.
Conclusions: The results evidently showed significant improvement in psychological, medical and physical conditions in chronic kidney disease patients on hemodialysis practicing Arham purushakar meditation, confirming that the meditation is an effective complementary therapy for patients undergoing hemodialysis.