Finding a blood pressure therapy with no side effects would be revolutionary, right?
Well look no further! Acupuncture for high blood pressure or hypertension has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) successfully for many years. Researchers find acupuncture equally effective for the treatment of hypertension as the drug nifedipine, a pharmaceutical medication used for the treatment of high blood pressure and angina! In studies, with patients having extremely high blood pressure, acupuncture significantly reduces systolic and diastolic pressures. For patients with moderate levels of high blood pressure, acupuncture moderately reduced systolic and diastolic pressures. The advantage, acupuncture provides a regulated lowering of blood pressure relative to the needs of patients.
Blood pressure is the measurement of force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the blood pressure rises and remains high over a period of time causing damage to blood vessel walls. Hypertension (HTN) is often called the ghost illness because a person can have the disease for many years before experiencing any symptoms. This is what makes HTN so dangerous and deadly. If left uncontrolled, hypertension can lead to serious health problems including peripheral artery disease, brain damage, kidney damage, blindness, stroke and heart failure or death.
Essential or primary hypertension has no known specific causes; it is associated with genetics, environment, diet, and lifestyle factors, including excess salt intake, stress, and lack of exercise.
Secondary hypertension is a result of underlying and often serious conditions such as tumors and kidney or liver disorders. Some medications and oral contraceptives, can also cause elevated blood pressure.
Statistically, 90% of Americans will eventually experience high blood pressure at some time.
Increasingly, these patients are seeking help to control their blood pressure with acupuncture. So much so, that HTN has become one of the most heavily reported conditions that acupuncture affects, apart from pain.
Regular acupuncture treatments help to regulate blood pressure up or down to safe levels, therefore decreasing the risk of stroke, peripheral artery disease, heart failure etc in patients suffering from HTN. Acupuncture treatments can also be a great alternative for patients who dislike taking medications or cannot tolerate antihypertensive medications due to their potential side effects. For example, many medications given to patients for HTN can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, skin rashes, diarrhea and even feelings of nervousness and fatigue.