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.”

What about the research (RCT, randomized controlled trial) on Chinese medicine?

Search to see if there’s published research in a subject area that interests you.

On 3/1/2016, I searched several acupuncture topics (for fun) on MedPub (a database of the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health). I could have easily chosen other search examples such as “acupuncture + digestion” or “acupuncture + nausea and vomiting” but here are some examples of how many research trials were found:

“acupuncture” yielded 24,194 results

“acupuncture pain” yielded 6,493 results

“acupuncture low back pain” yielded 607 results

“acupuncture cancer” 1,263 results

“acupuncture chronic pain” 1,392 results

“acupuncture pregnancy” 849 results

“acupuncture migraine” 403 results

“acupuncture anxiety” 548 results

“acupuncture depression” 793 results

And one example:

JAMA, journal of the AMA, a meta analysis (comparing research studies) of 17,922 patients, regarding back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, and shoulder pain, found that “acupuncture was superior to both sham and no-acupuncture control for each pain condition – – Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option”

[ Oct 2012:   http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1357513 ]

Definition “Research”: Webster’s 2nd Edition, c.1934 (1910)

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From http://www.merriam-webster.com March, 2016:

Full Definition of research

  1. 1:  careful or diligent search

  2. 2:  studious inquiry or examination; especially :  investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws

  3. 3:  the collecting of information about a particular subject

What conditions does acupuncture treat?

“Since at least 200 BC, the application and effects of acupuncture and herbs have been documented. It is only recently, however, that systematic exploration of Chinese Medicine using the scientific method has become more recognized and accepted in the West.

Chinese and Western scientists have proven that acupuncture does indeed increase levels of endogenous morphine-like substances. Clinical studies of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of illnesses have led to acupuncture’s acceptance beyond pain control.

The following is the World Health Organization’s now famous list of diseases that lend themselves to treatment by acupuncture. The inclusion of herbal remedies in a scope of practice may broaden the range of disorders that may be successfully treated.” 

http://www.pacificcollege.edu/resources/about-medicine/treatable-disorders ]

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Acute and chronic colitis

Acute and chronic gastritis

Acute bacillary dysentery

Acute duodenal ulcer (without complication)

Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)

Constipation

Gastric hyperacidity

Gastroptosis

Diarrhea

Hiccough

Irritable bowel and colitis

Paralytic ileus

Spasms of esophagus and cardia

Gynecological Disorders

Benign amenorrhea

Benign irregular menstruation

Dysmenorrhea

Infertility (Not WHO recognized. Clinical experience proves effective.)

Menopause syndrome

PMS

Cardiovascular Disorders

Essential hypertension

Neurological Disorders

Cervicobrachial syndrome

Disc problems

Facial palsy (early stage, within three to six months)

Headache and migraine

Intercostal neuralgia

Meniere’s Disease

Neurogenic bladder dysfunction

Nocturnal enuresis

Paresis following stroke

Peripheral neuropathies

Trigeminal neuralgia

Musculo-skeletal Disorders

Arthritis

Fibromyalgia

“Frozen shoulder”, “tennis elbow”

Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendonitis, contractures

Low back pain

Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness

Osteoarthritis

Sciatica

Work and sports related injuries

Respiratory System Disorders

Acute bronchitis

Acute rhinitis

Acute sinusitis

Acute tonsillitis

Bronchial asthma

Common cold

Disorders of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth

Acute and chronic pharyngitis

Acute conjunctivitis

Cataract (without complications)

Central retinitis

Gingivitis

Myopia (in children)

Toothaches, post extraction pain

Psychological Disorders

Anxiety

Depression

Hypersomnia

Insomnia

OCD

PTSD

Somatization disorder

Other Disorders

Appetite suppression

Withdrawal from street and pharmacological drugs