Learn How To Use Acupuncture to Lower High Blood Pressure
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of treatment. It
originated in China thousands of years ago and has revived itself in present times. It is
particularly popular in people who are trying to lower their blood pressure levels. In fact, the
World Health Organization has created a provisional list of diseases that can be managed by
acupuncture, and hypertension is included in it. The Traditional Chinese Medicine uses
acupuncture effectively for treating headaches and migraines, stress, joint pain,
osteoarthritis, diabetes, asthma and insomnia.
Acupuncture is the belief in healing by tapping into the mind and body
connection by inserting hair-thin needles through the skin to various depths at certain trigger
points, such as the legs, forearms and wrists. There are about 2,000 acupuncture points in the
human body, which are associated with various healing attributes.
Various studies have shown that acupuncture, by itself or with electric
stimulation known as electro-acupuncture, is an effective way of controlling high blood pressure.
It helps by blocking beta-acceptor of sympathetic nerve and by stimulating adrenaline-angiotensin
In electro-acupuncture method, low-frequency currents are passed through normal
acupuncture needles that are connected to a device that continuously generates small electric
pulses. Several pairs of needles are used in this type of acupuncture so that the electric impulses
are passed from one needle in the pair to the other. These needles help in reducing the excitatory
responses of the cardiovascular system by stimulating certain chemicals in the brain. This
decreases blood pressure because heart activity and requirement of oxygen are reduced.
Acupuncture should be done only by experienced professionals. Up to 30 minutes
needles are applied at one time for treating high blood pressure. You can also press the skin
between the index finger and thumb at the back of your hand to treat hypertension in a natural
Using herbs like Shan Zha, Tian Ma (Gastrodia Rhizome) and Xia Ku Cao
(Prunellla) along with acupuncture treatment are found to be more effective in treating high blood
pressure. Tian Ma is useful in relieving hypertension symptoms such as headaches, dizziness and
numbness of extremities. High blood pressure can also be reduced through peripheral vessel dilation
by using Ye Ju Hua or chrysanthemum flower in the form of powders, herbal teas or supplements.
Acupuncture is beneficial in relaxing and reducing stress. This in turn is
conducive towards lowering blood pressure. Acupuncture also regulates the overall functioning of
the body and this makes blood pressure stay within normal range.
The best advantage of acupuncture is that it has no
side effects. It is a safe way to treat hypertension and other life threatening