Acupuncture for High Blood Pressure

Did you know that many people successfully use acupuncture to treat high blood pressure?  They do.  In fact, many Western trained physicians now recommend acupuncture along with tai chi or qi gong (Chinese medicine moving meditation exercises) to help their patients manage their high blood pressure.

What can you expect if using acupuncture to treat high blood pressure?  Most of the time, our patients register a noticeable drop in both their systolic and diastolic pressure in the time it takes for an acupuncture session (one half to one hour).  Of course, many of the accompanying symptoms also lessen with that drop in pressure.  This can mean less intense and less frequent headaches, clearer vision, less irritability, and more consistent energy throughout the day.  Many patients are also able, working along with their primary care physician, to reduce or even discontinue their reliance on pharmaceutical blood pressure medications.

Acupuncture for the treatment of high blood pressure works, according to Chinese medical theory, primarily by affecting and balancing the qi of the liver.  In more Western terms we could say that acupuncture restores parasympathetic tone to the autonomic nervous system, helps the person (and the blood vessels) to relax, and actually increases the elasticity of the blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure.

Additionally, acupuncture for high blood pressure helps to strengthen and regulate the heart, increasing its efficiency and its resiliency to stress.  The bodys' metabolism of water is also regulated with acupuncture, further helping to lower blood pressure.

Sometimes, the use of Chinese herbal formulae are required in order to maintain the beneficial results of using acupuncture to treat high blood pressure.  Many such formulae have been devised over the centuries (yes, Chinese medicine has recognized and treated these patterns of disharmony for literally thousands of years) and have proven quite successful in the treatment of hypertension in modern Westerners.

Why not make an appointment today and see how you too can benefit by using acupuncture to treat high blood pressure?


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