High blood pressure, or Hypertension, is a common condition in which the force of blood pushes against the walls of the arteries in the heart. The condition is measured in terms of the pressure on your arteries both when the heart pumps blood and when it relaxes between beats. High blood pressure is a chronic condition, which may have adverse effect on the heart leading to stroke or coronary diseases and affect the kidney or liver.
Risk Factors For High Blood Pressure
- High salt intake
- Excessive weight
- Lack of physical activity
- Family history of high blood pressure
- Absence of potassium in diet
- Too much alcohol consumption
- Chronic kidney problem
- Thyroid disorders
- Sleep Apnea
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique, which uses fine-needle piercing to treat various ailments. The principle of this method is that it stimulates the flow of energy present in the body. The needles, when inserted correctly, restore the balance of the body, thus providing relief from acute or chronic health problems.
How Acupuncture Can Help To Treat Blood Pressure?
Acupuncture has been known to be an effective therapy to control both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure values. In addition, most of the associated symptoms with high blood pressure, such as frequent headaches, irritability, tiredness, vision problems etc. can also be eased with this traditional Chinese therapy.
Acupuncture points that can be used to treat high blood pressure are usually present all over the body, at the tops of the ear, above the knee or between the second and third toe. The therapy aims at restoring the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions of the autonomous nervous system. This, in turn, helps to relax the blood vessels and increase their elasticity which ultimately lowers blood pressure. In addition, acupuncture therapy also works upon improving the strength and normalizing the functioning of the heart, thereby, increasing its efficacy as well as ability to handle stress.
Acupuncture treatment for high blood pressure mainly works on the principle of affecting and balancing the life force or innate energy (qi) of the liver and kidney. It also regulates the release of certain chemicals that may be the cause of an increase in blood pressure.
We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, provide acupuncture treatment for high blood pressure. To schedule an appointment with our acupuncturist, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit our clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.