Acupuncture for High Blood Pressure
If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you are probably concerned about bringing your numbers down. Whether you are actively doing your part to avoid being put on medication or currently taking medication to control your high blood pressure, acupuncture can help you! In addition to lowering blood pressure naturally and without side-effects, acupuncture can also help to improve the health problems that are causing high blood pressure (i.e. obesity, kidney disease, heart disease, stress).
Multiple studies have been performed to test the effectiveness of acupuncture against lowering high blood pressure. What researchers have found is that patients who received acupuncture every two days within a one month time span (a total of 15 sessions) experienced a significant reduction in both their systolic and diastolic readings. Patients participating in these studies also felt a significant improvement in their overall health, including symptoms typically caused by high blood pressure.
What changes can you make to help lower my high blood pressure?
Your lifestyle habits can play an important role in treating your high blood pressure. In combination with acupuncture, many individuals have had great success in lowering their high blood pressure, reducing (and even avoiding) the need for medication.
Here are 8 lifestyle changes to consider to help lower blood pressure and keep it down:
Consider exercising more regularly
Reduce your sodium intake
Be proactive about your weight
If you're a smoker, kick the habit
Cut back on your caffeine intake
Reduce your stress
Limit alcohol consumption
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Cevik, Cemal, and Sevgin Ozlem Işeri. “The Effect of Acupuncture on High Blood Pressure of Patients Using Antihypertensive Drugs.” Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2013, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23724695.
Li, et al. “The Mechanism of Acupuncture in Treating Essential Hypertension: A Narrative Review.” International Journal of Hypertension, Hindawi, 7 Mar. 2019, www.hindawi.com/journals/ijhy/2019/8676490/.