Reader question, “does acupuncture really work in helping to lower your high blood pressure?”
In today’s stress filled world, there is so much to get your blood pressure up and boiling. Politics, stress at work, economic downturns, poor eating and health habits all contribute to a skyrocketing rate of high blood pressure, not to mention hereditary heart disease.
One way to help lower your blood pressure is to try acupuncture. Studies have proven its effectiveness, showing that acupuncture lowers high blood pressure by blocking beta-acceptor of sympathetic nerve and by stimulating adrenaline-angiotensin system. In plain English, it keeps the part of your brain that releases adrenaline from doing so and jacking up your blood pressure.
Here’s how it works. Acupuncture needles, sometimes used in conjunction with electrical stimulation, are inserted at trigger points, or meridians, on the body. If electrical stimulation is used, a low frequency current is passed through the needles, continuously for a period of time, usually not more than 30 minutes. This causes stimulation of chemicals in the brain which reduce the excitatory responses of the cardiovascular system, i.e. no release of adrenaline. That lowers the activity of the heart, and therefore reduces blood pressure.
Regular acupuncture treatments for high blood pressure can do several things. First, they can help you recognize the feelings you get when stressed and when your blood pressure rises. The practitioner can also show you acupressure techniques you can use when super stressed to lower your blood pressure and get similar relief.
Do you suffer from chronic pain, allergies, being overweight or infertility? Have prescription drugs or conventional medicines been unsuccessful in producing your desired results?
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Acupuncture also generally relieves stress, which also lowers blood pressure. It can’t be used as a stand alone treatment, but should be combined with a healthy diet, regular exercise and strength training, cessation of smoking and losing weight.
In addition to acupuncture, you could also try meditation and tai chi to help lower your stress levels.
Be sure to advise your regular doctor or internist of ongoing acupuncture treatments for your high blood pressure, especially if supplementing with Chinese herbs. We believe in working with your whole team to keep you happy and healthy!
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