Hypertension affects millions globally and can have serious consequences if not treated.
Hypertension is a lifestyle disorder and in recent times has been associated with cardiovascular disease, renal disease, stroke and heart attacks, particularly when it is accompanied by high cholesterol levels and diabetes.
Very high blood pressure is a serious ailment, which needs immediate and conventional treatment.
However, mild to moderate cases of high blood pressure can be helped by alternative remedies. Traditional Chinese medicine uses acupuncture as one of the remedies which can be effective in treating hypertension.
How acupuncture helps hypertension:
Traditional Chinese medicine is thousands of years old and at that time there was no concept of hypertension. However, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners knew of the effects of hypertension and could help with those. Now that hypertension is a known and studied ailment, practitioners of Chinese medicine are also able to help alleviate the symptoms of this disorder. Usually acupuncturists know the points which affect blood pressure and stimulate these points with needles. This brings the blood pressure levels down.
Acupuncture also works by restoring the Qi in the body, balancing the yin and yang elements, releasing endorphins and other feel good neurotransmitters which work by relaxing the body and mind. This, in turn, has a positive and beneficial effect by lowering blood pressure.
Different acupuncture treatments:
According to traditional Chinese medicine, hypertension occurs due to various reasons, which are classified as Liver Yang Rising, Liver Qi Stagnation, and Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiency. This does not refer to the physical liver, but the energy functions of the liver. Each kind of hypertension presents different symptoms and so has specific acupuncture points for treatment.
Liver Yang Rising causes red eyes, anger, dizziness and headaches. Liver Qi Stagnation is caused by stress, and its symptoms include digestive problems, agitation, anxiety, PMS and a heavy head. Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiency refers to a disruption of the yin and yang balance, often caused by ageing and in the case of women, menopause.
Apart from stimulating the necessary points which are specific to each type of hypertension, auricular acupuncture, when used along with conventional acupuncture will give better results. If you have high blood pressure, then you should take acupuncture treatment several times a week and when the blood pressure comes in the normal range, then reduce the frequency of the treatments.
Does acupuncture work for hypertension?
While earlier studies did not show a definitive result in terms of the benefit of acupuncture for hypertension, recent ongoing studies have shown the acupuncture has positive effects. When needles are put in the acupoints, then different nerve pathways are stimulated.
The very fact that acupuncture works as an anesthetic and allows a patient to have pain free surgery with the help of stimulating needles means that acupuncture is not something which can be brushed aside.
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