Acupuncture Treatments for High Blood Pressure
and Coping With Stress

Holiday Stress Raising your Blood Pressure?

Fighting traffic, crowds at the malls, end of the year deadlines and everything associated with celebrating the holiday season can sometimes lead to stress, tension headaches and increases in blood pressure.

According to the seventh report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC 7), about 30% of people with high blood pressure are unaware of their condition and only 34% have their high blood pressure controlled. High Blood Pressure is also a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked?

So what can we do to treat high blood pressure?

Evidence was presented recently at a symposium at a major Southern California university that I’m excited to share with you. This study showed that six to eight weekly acupuncture treatments are effective in lowering high blood pressure. The evidence is real and very exciting. Acupuncture can lower high blood pressure alone or in combination with drug therapy.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also recommends the following treatments for high blood pressure:

  •  Incorporate behavior modifications including lowering stress (which acupuncture does)
  •  Drug therapy
  •  Increased physical activity and
  •  A low sodium diet

So come into the office for an acupuncture treatment that will relax you and lower your blood pressure (and stress level!) a few notches.

Wishing you health & vitality.

Debra Clydesdale

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