Acupuncture against hypertension, does it work?Posted on May 11,2017
Many times, we think that alternative and complementary medicines (MAC) are not effective because they are based on facts and not on scientific methods. It is precisely through the facts, benefits and effectiveness that alternative medicine can be a good option for you. When MAC is combined with scientific medicine it is called “integrative medicine”.
Is alternative or integrative medicine effective in the control of hypertension?
We know that scientific medicine has its limit, so we can seek answers in alternative medicine to obtain improvements. This does not mean that you have to forget your medication or the guidelines dictated by your doctor, it is the combination of both. For example, if you suffer from high blood pressure and are taking medication, you can also try acupuncture. Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine, currently considered as alternative medicine and there are studies indicating that there is a significant improvement in patients with hypertension.
In fact, acupuncture is effective in more than 90% of cases of primary hypertension. It not only helps to control the hypertension, but also – with the approval of a traditional doctor – makes it possible to lower or eliminate the dose of medication, and therefore decreases the side effects of hypertension itself and of medications.
How Does Acupuncture Reduce High Blood Pressure?
Chinese medicine emphasizes the importance of blood flow. If any part of the body has a blood stagnation, the development of disease originates. If we get all points in the body to provide correct blood flow, then the body will be able to cure the disease quickly. It is for this reason that in acupuncture, massages are performed at key points, called meridians, thus eliminating stagnation.
According to Chinese medicine, we have 12 points or meridians. These twelve points are divided into six of them as yin (internal lanes) and the other six as yang (external lanes).
Example of yin points to stimulate: H3 (called Taichong; point or meridian of the liver); Pc6 (called Neiquen, pericardial meridian) or for example the C7 (or Shemmen, heart meridian).
– Stainless steel needles of 0.5 mm.
– Prior antisepsis with alcohol at the puncture site.
– Depth: from 0.5 cm to 1 cm approximately, depending on the point.
– Direction of the needle: perpendicular (fleshy parts), at 15 º (face or bony areas) or at 45 º (non – fleshy parts, such as the back).
– Usually insert the needles for 20 minutes, with manual stimulation of the stitches every 10 minutes.
Hypertension and Benefits of Acupuncture
Controlling primary hypertension through acupuncture has several positive benefits and effects, such as neuroendocrine regulation, lower regulation of neuronal activity of the ventrolateral rostral medulla of the brain, and decreased risk of heart attack or Myocardium.
In short, acupuncture will prevent some of the causes that cause hypertension, causing a decrease in blood pressure and side effects. These effects last about a month and a half, making it important to have periodic acupuncture sessions. Even more important is to take meticulous control of blood pressure and the caracal app is the best option to do so.