3 Ways your Acupuncturist Can Help With Hypertension
November 10, 2015
November 10, 2015
Lowering Blood Pressure WIth Traditional Chinese Medicine
High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension is all too common these days among the aging population. According to a recent American CDC study nearly half of all americans (47%) have uncontrolled high blood pressure which puts them at risk for heart attack and heart disease.
Although we highly recommend seeing your doctor first for hypertension, acupuncturists can also be able to help control high blood pressure as well. Here are 3 ways an acupuncturist can help:
1) Herbal recommendations:
Often times, your Chinese Medicine practitioner will recommend herbs for you to take for hypertension. A common herbal formula would be Tianma Gouteng Yin Formula. However, due to the many different syndrome differentiations & categories hypertension can be under in Chinese Medicine, It is highly suggested to go and see a trained professional for herbal recommendations.
2) Dietary Changes:
Often times hypertension is a result of poor lifestyle habits and choices accumulated over a number of years/decades. Your practitioner may recommend certain foods to eat more or less of according to your own individual constitution.
Aside from regular acupuncture treatments, there is also a technique called bleeding ear apex your practitioner may use. Bleeding the tip of ear (extra point er jian) sometimes may lower BP instantly.
The tip of the ear is sterilized and then a slight prick with a lancet is done and lets out a few small drops of blood (sounds much worse than it really is) and then the BP is checked again afterward.
Although mostly used in acute situations, this technique comes in quite handy. When I was working at the hospital in China we would often get patients with high BP, so we would often use this technique. If it still was high afterward we would send them directly to the emergency department downstairs. Video demonstration below:
Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area and lectures at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule andappointment.
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