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Does practicing headstand (sirshasana) increase blood flow to the brain?

Four researchers set out to test this theory by measuring the volume of blood flow to a major artery that supplies the brain while yogis practiced headstand.

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TITLE: Headstand (Sirshasana) Does Not Increase the Blood Flow to the Brain


PUBLICATION: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

DATE: 2019

AUTHORS : Rinad S. Minvaleev, Rinat R. Bogdanov, David P. Bahner and Alexander B. Levitov

Cerebral autoregulation: The process of blood vessels regulating and maintaining blood flow to the brain despite changes in blood pressure.

Internal carotid artery: Major artery that provides oxygenated blood to the brain.

Ultrasound: An imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures inside the human body.

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