Treating Hypertension through Acupuncture

Hypertension (HTN or HT), also known as high blood pressure (HBP) is very common, and needs a lifelong management program once fully diagnosed. All adults should know their blood pressure; regular monitoring can reduce the risk of having heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and blood vessel problems, according to the criteria suggested by the World Health Organisation. Adults with systolic pressure greater than 140 mmHg and/or diastolic pressure greater than 90 mmHg can be diagnosed with hypertension.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and lifestyle changes can prove effective in bringing down the blood pressure, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can help control the blood pressure more efficiently.

The skin is the largest organ of the body, which acts as the first line of defense against germ attacks and injuries. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are collaterals of the twelve meridians run through the body surface, on which locate many tiny areas (known as acupoints) for qi (vital energy) spreading and gathering. Stimulating these superficial points can regulate the activities of the meridians and communicate with the internal organs, and thus enhancing bodily functioning.

How does Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnose hypertension?

Hypertension is similar to dizziness and vertigo in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is usually thought to be caused by emotional factors, constitutional deficiencies, diet and stress that lead to an imbalance of yin and yang in the liver, spleen and kidney. Eventually this can result in hyperactivity of liver fire, or phlegm disturbing the upper, or frequent weakness of kidney yin and the failure of yin to control yang.

How does TCM usually treat hypertension?

It is essential to differentiate hypertension which is caused by excess from that which is caused by deficiency. TCM usually treats hypertension with body acupuncture, ear acupuncture, and herbs, but depending on the cause, the acupuncture points selected, techniques, and herbs will be different. The treatment for the excess type is to calm the liver to stop wind, eliminate fire and resolve phlegm. For hypertension caused by deficiency the approach is to replenish qi and blood, while nourishing the liver and kidney.

Working with you to understand you and your body, is just one of the many ways Traditional Chinese Medicine is different but complimentary to Western Medicine. Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London.

Make an appointment for an acupuncture treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here.


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