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Hypertension mellows with acupuncture

September 29, 2011

Bonnie was having too many side effects from her blood pressure medication. Her ankles were swelling, and she often felt dizzy and tired. She sought my help in lowering her blood pressure. With regular acupuncture, her blood pressure dropped without having to tolerate the side effects of drugs. She is not alone. Researchers found that patients with hypertension achieved significant short-term reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure following acupuncture treatments, according to a randomized, double-blind study, published in Circulation June 2007.

160 hypertensive patients had three treatments per week for six weeks of either active acupuncture or sham acupuncture. Needling points were chosen according to a typical prescription for the condition, while sham needling was done on locations not relevant for lowering blood pressure. At the end of the study, there was a significant difference in post-treatment blood pressures in both systolic and diastolic pressures in the active acupuncture group. The mean 24-hour ambulatory systolic and diastolic blood pressures decreased after treatment by 5.4 mm Hg.

It is important to note that these results were short-term. When researchers measured blood pressures again at both three- and six-month follow ups, they found mean systolic and diastolic blood pressures had returned to pretreatment levels in the active treatment group. This outcome suggests that reductions in blood pressure are based on receiving regular acupuncture treatments.

This study shows that acupuncture offers an alternative antihypertensive therapeutic option to patients with mild or moderate hypertension who want to avoid drug therapy or use acupuncture as an additional option with other therapies. If you have high blood pressure and would like to explore acupuncture treatments or additional naturopathic treatments for your condition, call CTM for an appointment.

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