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Acupuncture Can Lower Blood Pressure

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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[1] http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160723/entlife/160729725

[2] http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acu.2015.1106

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