Acupuncture treatment for high blood pressure is a great alternative form of therapy for hypertensive people. In reality, acupuncture is the most popular type o complimentary health care treatment applied to treat high blood pressure. High blood pressure acupuncture does not entail the use of conventional drugs. It in fact uses the body’s own psychological, energetic and physical ability to regulate blood pressure and heal the body. Researchers state that acupuncture is more aggressive (more effective) than any lifestyle change or single- drug therapy for resolving high blood pressure.
Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM resolves high blood pressure in two ways. One way is to focus on the symptoms of hypertension and the second way is to address the underlying condition that has caused the high blood pressure problem in the first place. In order to address the symptoms, the acupuncturist will insert acupuncture needles at certain points on the body (acupoints) after a diagnosis of high blood pressure has been determined. The inserted needles stimulate the acupoints causing the blood pressure to slowly lower.
For high blood pressure the acupuncturist needles the LU11 or Shao Shang point, the ST16 or Zusanli point, and the ST9 or Renying point among others. Different factors need to be considered before performing treatment. The patient’s symptoms and signs including the appearance of the tongue and the type of pulse need to be analyzed. The analysis will determine the nature and type of treatment to be used.
High blood pressure acupuncture and TCM views high blood pressure as possessing four kinds of syndromes:
– Yin and Yang insufficiency syndrome – this syndrome manifests symptoms and signs such as a thin and taut pulse, tinnitus, a pale tongue with white coating, fatigue, palpitation and dizziness.
– Syndrome of Yin insufficiency syndrome of the kidney and liver – this syndrome is marked by a taut and thin pulse, dry and red tongue with minimal coating, insomnia, weakness in the legs and waist, and a dry and uncomfortable sensation in the eyes.
– Yang excessive, yin-insufficient syndrome – symptoms shown by this syndrome include a rapid pulse, palpitation, hot sensation in the soles and palm, dry mouth, dizziness and headache.
– Excessive liver- yang syndrome – this syndrome has symptoms that include restlessness, bitter taste in mouth, flushed face and eyes, headache and dizziness.
Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.