An Analysis of Acupuncture and Hypertension

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Hypertension is a condition that occurs when a person’s blood pressure rises above 120/80. There are three pronounced stages to this condition which includes prehypertension, stage one, and stage two. Unfortunately, this condition is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it does not always cause symptoms.[1] Fortunately, there is a natural medical practice that can treat high blood pressure without a full reliance on manufactured drugs.

Though there are hundreds of blood pressure drugs on the market, these are not always effective in bringing a person’s blood pressure to normal levels. Most people who are labeled as having hypertension are saddled with three to four medications to bring their systolic and diastolic numbers as close to 120/80 as possible. Taking blood pressure medications brings on a host of unwanted side-effects that typically lead to around 9% of people giving up on taking their medication.[2]

Over the years, there has been extensive research carried out on the subject of acupuncture and hypertension. Many clinical trials have been conducted to measure the effectualness of using acupuncture as a stand-alone treatment and an adjunctive therapy. Through years of research, it has been found acupuncture can be used to effectively treat hypertensive patients and can offer substantial changes in a patient’s blood pressure readings. [3]

Traditional Chinese Medicine practices use acupuncture to help patients overcome their high blood pressure so they can lower their numbers even if their condition is not being managed by drugs. There are many acupoints that can be used to treat high blood pressure. These points are found all over the body and coincide with the meridians which are the channels that allow the body’s life energy to flow.

With acupuncture, people can find treatment through the unblocking of their meridian channels. Through this treatment, patients report they experience less stress and they find their blood pressure numbers lowering exponentially. These natural treatments can be used in conjunction with traditional medicine or as a stand-alone treatment, depending on a person’s blood pressure reading and their health. On the subject of acupuncture and hypertension, it is clear to see this ancient Chinese medical practice continues to offer healing to the modern world.

[1] http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/WhyBloodPressureMatters/Why-Blood-Pressure-Matters_UCM_002051_Article.jsp
[2] http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/08/15/hypertension-heresy-are-we-overtreating-high-blood-pressure/
[3] http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/115/24/3121.full

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