What is Hypertension?

Hypertension is long term high blood pressure and is a major risk factor for heart failure, stroke, vision loss, kidney failure, and dementia. Hypertension affects about one-third of adults. The seriousness of this condition is why more biomedical research¹ has been done recently in the field of acupuncture.

Causes of Hypertension

Possible lifestyle causes are excess salt, excess body-weight, smoking, and excess alcohol intake.

Treatment of Hypertension

Acupuncture exerts a homeostatic regulation of blood pressure. For individuals with extremely high blood pressure,
acupuncture significantly reduces systolic and diastolic pressures. For individuals with a moderately high blood pressure, a moderate reduction is effected.¹ 

Prognosis of Hypertension Treatment

Researchers have found acupuncture is equally effective for treatment of hypertension as the drug
nifedipine, a pharmaceutical medicine used for treatment of high blood pressure and angina.
Both acupuncture and nifedipine successfully reduce blood pressure by 30-40mmHg. 
One acupuncture session of 20 minutes may reduce blood pressure levels for up to 6 weeks.¹

Both acupuncture and drugs are effective for managing hypertension. One advantage of acupuncture therapy
is that it produces minimal adverse effects, especially when compared to pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals
have an important advantage, they are easily accessible and are often affordable. This brings to light the
importance of accessibility to treatment options for the regulation of your hypertension.

1. Lin XS. Observation on the Immediate Buck Effect of the Siguan and Xuehai Points Needling [J]. Clinical Journal of Chinese Medicine, 2014(4);61-63.