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