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Acupuncture As Well as Dietary and Lifestyle Changes are Needed to Properly Control High Blood Pressure

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Statistically speaking, 1 in 3 individuals suffer from high blood pressure. And since this condition does not show a lot of symptoms, it can remain undiagnosed for several years. The bad news is that high blood pressure that remains undiagnosed can lead to dangerous consequences such as kidney failure, stroke, or heart attack. So, if you think you may be suffering from high blood pressure have yourself immediately checked up by your doctor.

High Blood Pressure Treatments

There are many available treatments for high blood pressure with the most popular being high blood pressure medications which is quite effective for most patients. The use of these medications can greatly lower blood pressure effectively and rapidly. However, as with almost all types of pharmaceutical products, these drugs come with adverse side effects. This has led many to avoid taking these drugs and instead has forced them to seek out safer and more natural forms of treatment. One such safe and effective treatment for high blood pressure is acupuncture.

Acupuncture for the Treatment of High Blood Pressure

Treating high blood pressure with acupuncture is a proven way to help lower the symptoms of this chronic condition. Acupuncture is a very old medical procedure. Ancient Chinese documents reveal that this form of treatment has been used for over 4,000 years to treat a wide range of health conditions including high blood pressure.

Although Western medicine has failed so far in explaining how acupuncture actually works, this treatment has been recommended for a broad variety of illnesses, from anxiety and stress relief to infertility.

Clinical studies done recently implied that high blood pressure acupuncture treatment primarily works by altering the way the brain controls the respiratory system – lowering the need for oxygen which means that the heart need not work as hard which then means a drop in blood pressure. One study recommends that acupuncture for high blood pressure only works when combined with mild electrical pulses.

One very important decision made by acupuncturists is the placement of the needles in the body. In the clinical study, high blood pressure was treated with acupuncture in thee forearms and wrists of humans. But it has also been proven anecdotally that placing needles in other parts of the body as well can be just effective in treating high blood pressure with acupuncture.

You need to ask your physician for advice about other natural forms of treatment for high blood pressure you use to help you with your problem. Some helpful tips to help reduce your blood pressure include reducing or avoiding stress or the use of salt which contribute in a big way to high blood pressure and consuming more vegetables and fruits. Acupuncture treatment for high blood pressure is recommended as a complementary form of treatment for this disease. But whatever form of treatment you use to fight high blood pressure, you need to become active, lower your stress, and eat the proper choice of foods in order to better control your condition.

Dr. Jeda Boughton is a licensed acupuncture physician and the medical director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, BC.

Written by Valerie

March 13th, 2016 at 1:43 am

Posted in Acupuncture

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