Those suffering from hypertension, or high blood pressure, are at risk for a host of other health issues including suffering a stroke or heart attack. For some people, the prescription drugs used to treat high blood pressure either aren’t effective enough or bring on undesirable side effects. In recent years, studies have shown that acupuncture can be an effective and drug-free alternative to combating high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is not something you want to ignore. If your blood pressure is too high for a long period of time, it can cause serious damage to your blood vessels. These damaged blood vessels can lead to some serious health issues including heart failure, vision loss, kidney disease, or stroke, just to name a few. The really dangerous thing is that many people with high blood pressure don’t exhibit any symptoms so it’s important to get your blood pressure checked regularly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately, 75 million people in the United States, or 29% of the population, suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure.
Of particular note is a 2015 study conducted at the University of California, Irvine and published in the journal Medical Acupuncture1 which found that acupuncture was beneficial in treating patients with mild to moderate hypertension.
If you haven’t been checked for high blood pressure, now might be a good time to do it. Talk to me today if you are interested in a drug-free option to address hypertension.
Here are some great studies available through the National Library of Medicine and available to be viewed at www.pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
1. Peng Li, Stephanie C. Tjen-A-Looi, Ling Cheng, Dongmei Liu, Jeannette Painovich, Sivarama Vinjamury, John C. Longhurst. Long-Lasting Reduction of Blood Pressure by Electroacupuncture in Patients with Hypertension: Randomized Controlled Trial. Medical Acupuncture, 2015; 27 (4): 253 DOI: 10.1089/acu.2015.1106 https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/acu.2015.1106