This is going to sound like a paid advertisement, but it’s not. I own a RESPeRATE device and use it regularly – and I have no commercial interest in the company which makes the RESPeRATE product.
RESPeRATE is a biofeedback-type device which is part of my personal toolkit for meditation and stress reduction. It’s not inexpensive at full-cost ($299), but there are periodic promotions on the company’s website which bring the price down to $199, and I’m sure there are plenty on eBay for much less.
I have gone off blood pressure medication and keep my blood pressure down by doing the following. Of course, each of us will respond differently and “your mileage may vary.”
1. daily meditation (sometimes RESPeRATE, sometimes Jon Kabat-Zinn tapes)
2. nutrition – low salt (however, see blog post for May 4, 2014), lots of fruits and vegetables
3. losing weight and now keeping my weight down (the biggest challenge)
4. getting enough sleep (7-8 hours each night)
5. daily exercise
Strangely, there is not a lot of press about RESPeRATE. However, the clinical trials seem to indicate this can help *some* people (remember, I am not an expert, just a consumer trying to get educated about these things). There are many comments on Amazon.com ranging from 1 star to 5 stars which you may find helpful. If you do purchase, I recommend purchasing directly from the company (which does not sell on Amazon) and clarifying the return policy for a money-back guarantee.
If you use one of these devices, please drop us a comment about your experience – that would be most interesting.