By TNT Bureau
Apr 4, 2017: 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.
An area above the spinal cord in the brain stem regulates the release of adrenaline, a chemical that makes our hearts pound, as a result of which, blood pressure shoots. The study found that acupuncture prevented this from happening, making the heartbeat normal, and blood pressure lower.
Other scientific studies have also suggested that acupuncture has specific effect on the control of blood pressure.
Another study showed that acupuncture significantly lower blood pressure when used in combination with medications for hypertension. The study researched the effects of acupuncture on blood pressure of hypertensive patients who have already been exposed to antihypertensive drug therapy for at least 24 months. During the study, the patients were needled the acupuncture points like Ki 3 (Taixi), Liv 3 (Taichong), Sp 9 (Yinlingquan), L.I. 4 (Hegu), Ht 7 (Shenmen), St 36 (Zusanli), Sp 6 (Sanyinjiao), Ki 7 (Fulio), Lu 9.
After being treated with acupuncture for one month in every two days for a total of 15 sessions, the study found significant reductions in both systolic and diastolic blood pressures of these patients. The study strongly suggested that acupuncture should be included in treatment for hypertension and blood pressure.