Acupuncture to lower Blood Pressure

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 06, 2013

Blood pressure is the force that is applied by the blood flowing in the arteries against the walls of the arteries. Your heart pumps blood into the arteries, and the arteries carry blood to the various tissues and organs of the body. High blood pressure, or hypertension, may not cause any symptoms but it can lead to serious problems like stroke, heart attack, kidney failure. Hence adequate control of high blood pressure is important. In most people it can be effectively treated with lifestyle changes and medications ---but sometimes these measures may fail to control blood pressure adequately. Acupuncture is well accepted for of ‘alternative’ therapy can help to treat high blood pressure.


Symptoms of high blood pressure


Hypertension is a fascinating and different disease entity. Most people with hypertension have no signs or symptoms even if their blood pressure is very high. Very few people with high blood pressure can have symptoms like dull headaches, dizzy spells, severe headaches, restlessness, difficult breathing, or nosebleeds. But high blood pressure can do immense harm to the body like it increases the risk of heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. Hence hypertension is also called as the "silent killer."


All adults are at risk of developing high blood pressure. Experts say that all adults should regularly get evaluated to diagnose hypertension.


Acupuncture for high blood pressure


Acupuncture is an alternative therapy that is effective for lowering high blood pressure. According to experts on acupuncture stimulation of the correct acupuncture points will influence the flow of energy, or Qi, in the body and correct the imbalances. Acupuncture stimulates release of certain chemicals like opioids in the body which reduce excitatory responses of the cardiovascular systems. Acupuncture probably releases chemicals to block beta-acceptor of sympathetic nerve as well.


Acupuncture, may be used along with electric stimulation (known as electro-acupuncture) to treat high blood pressure. In electro-acupuncture method, low-frequency currents are transmitted through normal acupuncture needles to your body. In electro-acupuncture method as well release of certain chemicals in the body is stimulated which reduces the excitatory responses of the cardiovascular systems, heart rate, and requirement for oxygen----and thereby controls blood pressure.


After taking a detailed history examining you the acupuncturist will select the acupuncture points. Acupuncture improves the overall functioning of the body, relaxes you, relieves stress--- all of which result in lowering of blood pressure to a healthy level.


Acupuncture may be used along with other acupuncture treatments like acupressure and herbal treatment to reduce high blood pressure. Certain herbs which are used to lower blood pressure include---Tian Ma [Gastrodia Rhizome], Xia Ku Cao [Prunella] and Shan Zha. Take the herbs in consultation with your acupuncturist.


When can acupuncture be used for high blood pressure?


Acupuncture can be beneficial for high blood pressure in all stages of the disease.

  • In the early stages, acupuncture can possibly help you avoid the need of blood pressure medications.

  • For people who are on medications acupuncture along with the medications can possibly reduce or eliminate the need for medication.

  • In more difficult or advanced cases, acupuncture along with the medications can help to improve blood pressure control

  • Acupuncture can possibly reduce the need for medications and control some of the side effects of the medications as well.

Acupuncture can be an effective, low-risk, and safe procedure when performed by a properly trained and licensed practitioner. Use of acupuncture along with prescription medications and treatment can help to control blood pressure. Do not stop your antihypertensive medications without consulting your doctor.

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