Can Acupuncture Help Your High Blood Pressure?

Can Acupuncture Help Your High Blood Pressure?

You know I’ve done acupuncture now for over twenty years now, and few people come in saying, “Hey can acupuncture help my high blood pressure?”High blood pressure

Hypertension Meets Acupuncture

It’s more the other problems you think about when you step into acupuncture. You try it for things like knee pain or a migraine, right?  So have you ever thought about the fact it might work for other things? Guess what pain can raise your blood pressure.

While research is super important, I want my blog to be fun and light. Health can get so serious and complicated. I think it’s smart to love your body and care for your health.

You probably want a little science and a recent study which appears in the presents the first evidence of the molecular activity behind electroacupuncture’s hypertension-lowering benefits. Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine[1] in California did the study.

Their research is pretty impressive too! When they treated patients with certain acupuncture wrist points their patients’ blood pressure decreased.  It’s more exciting when the patients had repeated treatments weekly their hypertension lowered long term. The client was able to reduce their western medicine with their doctor’s approval.

What Do I Think About Using Electroacupuncture To Treat Hypertension?

hypertensionAll I know is that when you reduce pain or stress, blood pressure goes down too. It’s good news for you.

Our bodies are amazing, and it does this thing called inflammation when we’re in pain. The purpose of inflammation is to eliminate cell injury and allow your body to repair itself.

Inflammation can cause migraines, and it can raise the pressure in our veins. The simple act of reducing pain helps the physical stress of discomfort.

Blood Pressure and Your Body’s Chemistry

So what did the study tell you in real people language? If you try acupuncture for high blood pressure is can reduce blood pressure for about two days. The electroacupuncture boosts these genes in your body called enkephalins. It’s really cool because these peptides are one of three major opioids produced by the body. What the heck are peptides you’re asking? In super simple terms, they’re a compound of amino acids, and your brain needs these things to be healthy.

Your body creates Opioid Peptides[2], and the opioid system controls pain, reward and addictive behaviors. Electroacupuncture lowers your blood pressure stimulates your body to make more enkephalins one of these Opioid Peptides! Kind of neat huh.

There’s more to chemistry, though. How tired are you?  Do you sleep and dream at night?  What kind of stress are you experiencing?Electroacupuncture

All these things can affect or indicate a vitamin deficiency. Just being borderline in vitamin D[3] can increase your risk. Again more studies for you in case you love research suggest you need to have higher vitamin D than once thought if you’re hoping to protect your heart and brain.

Wondering what to do when it comes to hypertension?  I was too. Mine was a combination of a D deficiency, stress, and pain. Who knew! Yes, healers have health problems too.

I couldn’t fix it by eliminating my pain. That helped but didn’t get me in the range of healthy heart. I take my health very seriously. High blood pressure is a sign of something, and I like to investigate do you?

Meditation And ElectroAcupuncture Effects Blood Pressure

acupuncture and meditationAdding daily meditation and checking my vitamins did the trick for me. Really I didn’t think I had stress in my life so maybe it’s just starting my day in a better way that worked. When my blood work [lab tests] came back, it was a simple tune-up of my vitamins and nutrition.

The idea of taking drugs with all their fillers and chemicals was scary to me; it is scary to you?  I mean many prescriptions contain Aluminum[4], and that’s bad for your brain so why risk it?

Yes, it’s exciting acupuncture does lower hypertension. The better news is that most times it’s not a genetic thing and a few easy changes can help you keep your blood pressure in good shape.

 

[1] https://news.uci.edu/health/uci-study-finds-acupuncture-lowers-hypertension-by-activating-opioids/

[2] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071014163647.htm

[3] Ullah, M. et al. Does Vitamin D Deficiency Cause Hypertension? Current Evidence from Clinical Studies and Potential Mechanisms. International Journal of Endocrinology 2010;579640;1-11.

[4] http://www.naturalnews.com/033431_aluminum_personal_care_products.html