High blood pressure (also known as hypertension or HTN) is a serious medical condition characterized by elevated arterial pressure. More than 90% of hypertension cases are classified as “Primary Hypertension,” which means that no particular medical cause can be pinpointed. The remaining cases, secondary hypertension stem either from conditions of the kidneys or the endocrine or circulatory systems.
Symptoms of high blood pressure include headaches, dizziness, visual disorientation and drowsiness. In a large number of cases, external factors, namely changes in diet and stress management can help lessen or even eliminate high blood pressure.
Acupuncture is often successful at treating high blood pressure. As the pressure corrects, patients can slowly reduce medication. The point sites I often chose just for this situation are on the middle front of the torso, and middle back of the torso. These points will clear a loop of energy flow; think electrical current and the electro-magnetic field radiating from the electrical flow (yes it is micro-amperage). Energy flow sounds nicer doesn’t it? The physics and the science of acupuncture point sites and pathways are well established. Most of the people I treat for blood pressure have wonderful results.
“There is some evidence that acupuncture may help lower high blood pressure while also relieving associated anxiety, headaches, dizziness, palpitations and tinnitus.
It’s known that high blood pressure leads to elevated concentrations of inflammation-causing tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and TNF-α-stimulated endothelin (ET), peptides involved in constricting blood vessels and raising blood pressure.
It’s thought that acupuncture may downregulate TNF-α and ET, thereby reducing blood pressure. In another study of patients with high blood pressure, 30 minutes of electroacupuncture (in which the needles are stimulated with electricity) a week led to slight declines in blood pressure.
Study co-author Dr. John Longhurst, a cardiologist at the University of California, Irvine, told WebMD, “Potentially, blood pressure can be kept low with a monthly follow-up treatment.” He continued: “A noticeable drop in blood pressure was observed in 70 percent of the patients treated at the effective points, an average of 6 to 8 mm Hg for systolic blood pressure [the top number] and 4 mm Hg for diastolic blood pressure [the lower number].” — READ MORE
Acupuncture Lowered Blood Pressure
“My blood pressure was trending up and I was told that I might need medicine to control it. I was tested by five MD’s. My blood pressure was at 145/90. After one session of acupuncture, I felt far less anxious and my blood pressure is down to 122/80 – measured it three times!” — K. Kachaoorian, Wilton, CT