Acupuncture as an Alternative Healing for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is highly prevalent and also highly dangerous. Having even moderately high blood pressure raises your risk for heart disease substantially. It is generally difficult for an individual to detect high blood pressure as it does not have any symptoms in its early stages but gradually starts revealing.

The precise causes of hypertension are not known, but there are numerous factors that play a role in increasing the risk of high blood pressure:
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Consuming too much salt in the diet
  • Chronic stress
  • Progressing age
  • Genetics
  • Family history of hypertension
  • Sleep apnea
  • Chronic kidney diseases
  • Thyroid disorders

There are various ways on how to treat high blood pressure. Starting from using high blood pressure medications (which usually comes with their risks, too), to a natural way using garlic.

In this article, we would like to focus on acupuncture for high blood pressure. As it is one of the widest used techniques for high blood pressure cures.

Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique from China which has been in use for over 3,000 years. It is used for the treatment of general pain, digestion problems, insomnia and many more. It uses thin needles to stimulate one or more out of hundreds of specific points on the body.

The latest research shows that a specific form of acupuncture called electro-acupuncture may be a good option if you are looking for an effective way to naturally lower blood pressure. It applies low-intensity electrical pulses through needles inserted at specific points on the body. Electro-acupuncture decreases both peak and average systolic blood pressure over 24 hours. This therapy may decrease the risk for stroke, peripheral artery disease, heart failure and myocardial infarction in hypertensive patients.

A study published in the journal Medical Acupuncture examined the effects of acupuncture on 65 hypertensive patients who weren’t on any hypertension meds. The participants were divided into two groups. The first group received electro-acupuncture on their inner wrists and below their knees, and 70 percent of the participants saw a reduction in blood pressure, an improvement that lasted over a month. This group also saw a reduction of blood concentration levels of norepinephrine, a hormone and neurotransmitter that constricts blood vessels and elevates blood pressure.

Beside electro-acupuncture, there’s also a traditional method related high blood pressure cures. This method is involving herbs and (of course) needles on its practice. Herbs like Tian Ma (Gastrodia Rhizome), Xia Ku Cao (Prunella) and Shan Zha are usually used to reduce high blood pressure. These herbs are injected to your body and then the needles are used on critical and strategic locations on your body, mainly on wrist.

If you’re interested in managing your blood pressure naturally, you may visit an acupuncturist near you to discuss your high blood pressure problems and ask his/her advice face to face.

Acupuncture Fact: US regulators approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996.

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