High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the body becomes elevated. The most prevalent type is classified as “primary hypertension”, and a far less-common type of hypertension is “secondary hypertension”, which is caused by a condition in another part of the body, such as the heart, kidneys or endocrine system.
Left untreated, high blood pressure is a leading cause of strokes, heart attack, kidney failure and arterial aneurysm. Although sometimes hypertension is inherited, everybody can benefit by maintaining a healthy weight, reducing sugar and sodium intake, avoiding stress, quitting smoking, and exercising on a regular basis. We often see low blood pressure in people with migraines, and also with motion and altitude sickness people.
Acupuncture is very helpful in the treatment of high blood pressure. The choice of point sites varies with the consideration of other factors in the medical history, but often I choose point sites on the back (the Bladder meridian) which is a pathway that contains “metal” energy even though it is the yang meridian of the water element. Metal energy here provides the back and the rest of the body with a contractive energetic.
Hypertension means a little too much tension or contractive energetic going into the muscles and the smooth muscle of the arterial walls. That was a little acupuncture-speak, just to let you know how we think, and why we would choose points on the back! The acupuncture treatment helps those point sites release the extra tensive energy out, by way of an intrinsic expansive function those same points sites also have. Have I lost you yet? It is true that the contractive energetic easily dominates over the expansive in certain ways…We all have tight muscles and tendons in the upper back, now, don’t we? We don’t all get high blood pressure, but we can all have some problems from a variety that belong to “tension”, or lack of ease…Relax, smell the roses, take a good breath, and a nice walk. Drink enough water today? Remember, only kindness matters. Smile.
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