High blood pressure is often treated with lifestyle recommendations associated with diet, exercise and weight loss in combination with drug therapy. However, some individuals seek out alternative therapies due to an inability to enact healthy lifestyle changes or who continue to experience high blood pressure although they lead a healthy lifestyle. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy which can effectively regulate blood pressure.
Benefits of acupuncture:
- Can be used as a primary or complementary therapy.
- Effects are long lasting.
- Is a modality for both prevention and treatment of hypertension.
- Relaxes blood vessels.
Lowering blood pressure with acupuncture can result in a decrease in blood pressure by as much as 50 percent and can be an excellent complement to other medical treatments, especially for those treating the cardiac system. Acupuncture inhibits cardiovascular activity by stimulated brain cells to release transmitters, which decreases the heart’s activity and results in lower blood pressure.
With its capacity to regulate blood pressure, particularly if blood pressure is high, acupuncture can also reduce the stress response that may increase blood pressure. Acupuncture can effectively treat elevated blood pressure due to increased vascular stiffness and constriction by working through the central nervous system to relax blood vessels.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.