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Modulation of Heart and Brain Function by Surah Al‑Rehman Recitation Among Distressed Diabetic Patients in Pakistan

    • Published: 2021
    • Umair Majeed1, Meha Fatima Aftab2, Deedag Murad Baloch1, Sana Ahmed2, Imran M. Yusuf3, Muhammad Abul Hasan4,5, and Muhammad Sameer Qureshi2
    • Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature, 2021. DOI: Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.2. Dow Institute of Medical Technology, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.3. Transformation International Society, Karachi, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.4. Department of Biomedical Engineering, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.5. Neurocomputation Laboratory, National Center for Artificial Intelligence, Karachi, Pakistan.
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The current study explores psychophysiological modulation in diabetic distress in response to Surah Al-Rehman recitation. A single-group experimental study with before and after intervention assessments was conducted during April 2018 to February 2019 in which participants (n = 10) listened to Surah Al-Rehman recitation. Blood pressure, blood glucose, cortisol, ECG and EEG were recorded before and after recitation. Significant reduction in systolic blood pressure, increase in low frequency and absolute alpha power at Fp2 were observed. Heartbeat evoked potentials (HEP) were also significantly modulated at Fp1, Fp2 and F4. These findings suggest that Surah Al-Rehman modulated baroreflex activity thereby reducing sympathetic activity and improved heart brain coherence as reflected by HEP.