Acupuncture can help with high blood pressure issues. New research from University of California, Irvine demonstrates that Acupuncture stimulates chemical reactions in the brain that modulate the nervous system. This reaction gives Acupuncture the ability to control both heart rate and blood pressure. The researchers conclude that electro-acupuncture normalizes both elevated and depressed blood pressure and also regulates both the blood pressure and heart rate. Other studies have shown similar results.
High blood pressure can be helped with Acupuncture
High blood pressure is a common condition where the force of the blood against a person’s artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.
While there are many everyday things a person can be careful of to try and avoid high blood pressure, in as many as 95% of reported high blood pressure cases in the U.S., the underlying cause cannot be specifically determined.
As a general rule, high blood pressure tends to run in families and is more likely to affect men than women. Age and race also play a role. In the United States, blacks are twice as likely as whites to have high blood pressure, although the gap begins to narrow around age 44. After age 65, black women have the highest incidence of high blood pressure.
Hypertension is also greatly influenced by diet and lifestyle. The link between salt and high blood pressure should be considered. For example, people living on the northern islands of Japan eat more salt per capita than anyone else in the world and have the highest incidence of essential hypertension. In comparison, people who add no salt to their food show virtually no traces of essential hypertension.
The majority of all people with high blood pressure are sensitive to salt which means that anything more than the minimal bodily need for salt is too much for them and may increase their blood pressure. Other factors that can raise the risk of having high blood pressure include obesity; diabetes; stress; insufficient intake of potassium, calcium, and magnesium; lack of physical activity; and chronic alcohol consumption. It has also been shown that birth control pills — specifically those containing estrogen — and also pregnancy can boost blood pressure, as can medications that constrict blood vessels.
If you have blood pressure issues and want to consider a holistic approach to help keep it in check, consider making an appointment with us at Acupuncture Alternatives. Call us at 480-671-5178.