Acupuncture for High Blood Pressure
Acupuncture reduces high blood pressure, hypertension. I specialize in a type of acupuncture that creates small bioelectrical impulses that signal the brain to reduce blood pressure. The results are long-lasting and beneficial to cardiovascular health.
Initially, I encourage patients currently taking blood pressure medications to continue to do so. Over a period of several weeks, I have my patients consult with their prescribing doctors to gradually reduce medication levels as the baseline level of blood pressure reduces to a normal level. In this way, my patients reduce and often eliminate the need for medications including beta blockers, diuretics and ACE inhibitors.
There is a large body of recent research that shows how acupuncture reduces high blood pressure. One interesting study measured acupuncture's ability to normalize brain chemistry. Investigators from the University of California in both Irvine and Los Angeles “have shown that electroacupuncture stimulation activates neurons” in specific brain regions thereby reducing hypertension.1
Acupuncture treatments for controlling high blood pressure are particularly relaxing. This is because the acupuncture points used for this treatment protocol induce deep relaxation and have a tendency to improve the quality of sleep. Patients tend to enjoy the deep rest during the acupuncture treatment and the refreshing feeling acupuncture stimulates by restoring the body’s natural bioelectric balance.
1. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 878673, 9 pages. doi:10.1155/2012/878673. Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Hypertension. Wei Zhou and John C. Longhurst. Department of Anesthesiology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. Department of Medicine, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA.