Acupuncture for hypertension : High blood pressure is a situation where the blood starts exerting pressure against the walls of the veins, arteries and several chambers of the heart. Over an extended period of time, this heavy pressure of blood begins to damage the lining of the blood vessels
Hypertension can be effectively managed through acupuncture treatment. High blood pressure acupuncture is a drug-free solution that utilizes the body’s innate physical, energetic and psychological ability. Experts declare that the acupuncture is more aggressive than any single- drug therapy or life-style modification. An acupuncturist, by analysing the clinical phenomena of the cases, such as the symptoms and signs, including the pulse conditions and the tongue appearances, determine the type and nature of the case, and then choose an appropriate method to treat it.
In order to cure BP, several needles are inserted on the forearm; wrist or legs, so as to excite the opioid chemicals located in the brain and lessen the excitatory activities of the cardiovascular systems. Such a decrease in the heart activities and increase in the need for oxygen can reduce the BP greatly. It also helps in healing some of the other heart-related ailments such as myocardial ischemia and hypertension.
Puncturing the skin with a very thin needle is the usual method, but practitioners also use heat, pressure friction, suction or the impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the points.
The treatment of hypertension by acupuncture has some advantages: for example, its effect is mild; the patients will not feel discomfortable when the elevated blood pressure is lowered. Furthermore, no side effects will appear when a patient is treated for a long time. However, it should be seen that the anti -hypertensive effects of acupuncture are limited.