NEW GUIDELINES for BLOOD PRESSURE!

November, 2017:

After analyzing data from a survey of over 9,000 people, the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) released new guidelines resulting in:

…a substantial increase in the prevalence of hypertension but a small increase in the percentage of U.S. adults recommended antihypertensive medication. …” More information (including this quote) found here.

More from the American Heart Association here. 

If you’re concerned about how this may affect you, any diagnosis or treatment you have or may need, please consult your doctor. You might consider how acupuncture may help.

RESEARCH ON ACUPUNCTURE FOR TREATMENT OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Searching PubMed (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health) for “acupuncture + high blood pressure” currently returns 473 results with links to published research. Included below is a sample (with quotes from the articles):

 

Acupuncture Lowers High Blood Pressure

“The study discovered that patients taking antihypertensive medications benefitted from further reductions in blood pressure by adding acupuncture to the treatment regime. As a result, the researchers concluded that ‘acupuncture should be in the hypertension treatment guidelines and widely used for blood pressure regulation.’ ”

Acupuncture Lowers Hypertension Finding

“…This is a modern example of combining acupuncture with medications to achieve optimum results in patient outcomes. …

Abdominal and auricular acupuncture reduces blood pressure in hypertensive patients

“CONCLUSIONS: Our findings demonstrated that abdominal electro-acupuncture for 6 weeks reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure and auricular acupuncture had a short-term adverse effect on both SBP and DBP.”

Acupuncture Reduces Hypertension…

Research conducted at the University of California Los Angels [sic] and UC Irvine has uncovered a mechanism by which acupuncture lowers blood pressure for hypertension patients.”

Acupuncture Lowers Hypertension…

“Published in The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, the research team discovered that acupuncture exerts long-lasting therapeutic effects for hypertension patients. The normalization of blood chemistry in response to acupuncture stimulation allows the effects of the acupuncture to last well beyond the treatment period. …

… In a related study, researchers at the University of California, Irvine and University of California, Los Angeles concluded that acupuncture lowers high blood pressure. The investigated the effective action of acupuncture points P5, P6, LI10 and LI11 combined with electroacupuncture. The researchers found that acupuncture successfully reduces hypertension. Additionally, it was discovered that the application of this acupuncture treatment prescription protocol protected heart tissues and reduced arrhythmias.

They also measured how acupuncture achieves positive clinical outcomes for patients with high blood pressure. It was discovered that electroacupuncture stimulates neurons in specific brain regions that control sympathetic nerve stimulation throughout the body. The investigators mapped the neurological network stimulated by acupuncture and concluded that it is acupuncture’s ability to activate brain centers that allows it to lower high blood pressure.”

The effect of acupuncture on high blood pressure of patients using antihypertensive drugs

“The aim here is not to compare the effectiveness of acupuncture and drug therapy on blood pressure, but to simply report that on patients currently using antihypertensive medication, acupuncture facilitated a significant reduction in blood pressure and reduced the patients complaints. We therefore conclude that our data strongly suggest that acupuncture should be in the hypertension treatment guidelines and widely used for blood pressure regulation.”

SOME RESEARCH ON CHINESE MEDICINE

Acupuncture, Botanical Medicine, etc. (includes some online articles)

Included below is a full or partial statement (verbatim) of the article’s conclusions. Click on each hyperlinked Title to read more.

WOMEN’S HEALTH

Acupuncture in Menopause (AIM) study: a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial.

“CONCLUSIONS: We found that a course of acupuncture treatments was associated with significant reduction in VMS, and several quality-of-life measures, compared with no acupuncture, and that clinical benefit persisted for at least 6 months beyond the end of treatment.”

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Effect of Nei-Guan point (P6) acupressure on ketonuria levels, nausea and vomiting in women with hyperemesis gravidarum.

“CONCLUSION: Nei-Guan point acupressure is a useful treatment for relieving symptoms experienced by women with hyperemesis gravidarum.”

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Does acupuncture have a place as an adjunct treatment during pregnancy? A review of randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews.

“CONCLUSIONS: Interest is growing in the use of acupuncture to treat some complaints during pregnancy and childbirth, and evidence is beginning to consolidate that acupuncture may assist with the management of some complaints during pregnancy. However, definitive conclusions about its effectiveness cannot be reached and further research is justified.”

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The safety of acupuncture during pregnancy: a systematic review.

“CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture during pregnancy appears to be associated with few AEs when correctly applied.”

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Migraine During Pregnancy: Could Acupuncture Play A Role?

Excerpt from Conclusions in this paper: “Acupuncture, an ancient therapy in TCM, has been recognised to offer good analgesic relief during acute migraine attacks and helps in the reduction of further migraine episodes.”

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Repeated cupping manipulation temporary decreases natural killer lymphocyte frequency, activity and cytotoxicity
“CONCLUSION: CT decreased NK cell numbers, their activity and cytotoxicity. Low cost, safety, non-invasive nature and ease of administration make CT a promising approach for NKc down-regulation.”