A recent study has proven that the effects of
acupuncture can actually lower blood pressure for those suffering from hypertension,
a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.
Conducted at the Susan-Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at the University
of California in Irvine, the researchers used a specific set of acupuncture
points for the treatment of high blood pressure. 65 people with mild to
moderate high blood pressure were divided into two groups, one group receive
acupuncture specific for high blood pressure and the other group received
acupuncture that wasn’t related to blood pressure at all.
The results determined that
acupuncture can substantially lower blood pressure in individuals with
mild to moderate high blood pressure, taking approximately a month before there was any significant reduction
in blood pressure. In addition, reduction in blood pressure continued
after the acupuncture sessions were completed.
The study also measured chemicals such as aldosterone, epinephrine, norepinephrine,
and renin both prior and after acupuncture therapy. High blood levels
of these particular chemicals correspond with high blood pressure. Regarding
the acupunctured group, blood levels of these specific hormones diminished as well.
Hypertension affects around one billion people around the world. In the
United States, nearly one-third of Americans have been diagnosed with
high blood pressure. Over a lifetime, the risk of developing high blood
pressure is 90%.
Around 70% of individuals with high blood pressure will have a positive
response with acupuncture. It is a safe and simple alternative which may
help reduce the dependency on prescribed medication.
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