By TNT Bureau
Feb 11, 2016: Some people have blind faith on acupuncture. Scientists have also investigated this form of alternative therapy, and found that acupuncture works, and can lower high blood pressure. So, can a few pins and needles cure the deadly health problem like high blood pressure? Let?s find out.
Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. It stimulates specific points on the body, which is done by inserting thin needles through the skin, to cause a change in the physical functions of the body.
John C. Longhurst, MD, PhD, had investigated the mechanisms of acupuncture. His team tested cats with heart disease, and found that acupuncture helped the cats by reducing ischemia, that is, lack of oxygen to the heart, caused when blood vessels are blocked. That proved that acupuncture worked.
How it happens
In the study of acupuncture, the invisible pathways connecting one body part to another are called meridians, which are located over major nerve pathways that could be accessed when a needle is put in. When the pathways are stimulated, they sends impulses to the brain, activating different areas. Some lead to pain, which explains why acupuncture can control pain, while others regulate the cardiovascular system.