Combined Treatments for High Blood Pressure
According to the American Heart Association, about 1 in every 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure. The long-term effects of this condition are wide ranging. If left untreated, substantial damage can occur through the entire circulatory system, but may also cause significant damage to the central nervous system in the form of a stroke or an aneurysm. Damage to the eyes and the kidneys are not uncommon as well. People who suffer from high blood pressure are usually put on one or more medications. These medications are not without side-effects which can include depression, weight gain, irregular heartbeat, or low blood pressure.
Two recent studies illuminate how acupuncture can effectively treat high blood pressure. In one study, acupuncture was compared with a common high blood pressure medication (nifedipine). This study found that after 30 minutes the drug and acupuncture were equally as effective at reducing blood pressure. While the medication sometimes caused blood pressure to drop too low, acupuncture showed no such adverse reactions – allowing the body to self-regulate.
A second study highlights the benefits of combining acupuncture with medication (in this case felodipine). This integrative approach significantly improved patient outcomes and provides evidence that can offer both patients and medical professionals a wider range of treatment alternatives for high blood pressure.
Acupuncture has demonstrated that it helps the nervous system realign itself so that it may begin operating in a normal, balance state once again. This is accomplished through the stimulation of various points on the body that help to curtail a faulty fight or flight response within the nervous system. The result is a calmer, more stable sense of well-being as the production of stress hormones is gradually reduced along the treatment regimen.
It is important to work with your primary care physician in developing your overall approach to treating any medical condition. A combined treatment plan consisting of medications and acupuncture is what researchers have focused on as being an advantageous option in achieving the best health outcomes for patients.
A consultation for acupuncture will consist of meeting with the practitioner for a review of your medical history, current treatments, and your lifestyle. The practitioner will tailor a series of treatments specific to your circumstances that could run over a course of weeks or even months. It is important to remember that recovery from most health conditions occurs over the long-term.
If you are interested in learning more about acupuncture and the benefits it can provide in the treatment of high blood pressure, feel free to call us for a free consultation.