How is hypertension dangerous?
Hypertension is the term used to describe elevated blood pressure; as mentioned above, this is a chronic condition. Hypertension can damage arteries, possibly leading to arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Arteriosclerosis may block the healthy flow of blood to the heart as well as the brain, kidneys, arms, and legs, thereby putting the body at serious risk for heart attack, kidney failure, stroke, damage to the eyes, and aneurysm.
While hypertension is usually asymptomatic, blood pressure readings are easy to obtain; this affords patients the ability to monitor their blood pressure very closely. In other words, patients suffering from hypertension have the ability to take control of their health—and Sea Girt Spine and Rehabilitation can help. With programs of acupuncture and chiropractic, Jersey Shore hypertension patients can find solutions to high blood pressure and reduce or even eliminate the use of medications.
Why is it a poor decision to rely on medications alone?
Many medications have unwanted and unhealthy side effects; blood pressure medications are no exception. Beta-blockers, for example, can cause patients to experience dizziness, fatigue, cold appendages, slow heartbeat, and impotence. Those are the short-term effects. New studies show that the long-term use of beta-blockers may actually increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. These drugs have also increased the risk of diabetes and have actually caused countless cases of diabetes. The United Kingdom withdrew beta-blockers from the market in 2006, but many doctors throughout the world—including the United States—still regularly prescribe beta blockers for patients with hypertension.
How can acupuncture help lower blood pressure?
Working together with positive lifestyle changes—quitting smoking, increasing activity, and losing weight—acupuncture is an excellent method of reducing blood pressure.
As the Western medical world seeks an understanding of exactly how Eastern practices (such as acupuncture) work, numerous studies have proven that acupuncture is an effective method of treating hypertension. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) studied hypertension and found it to be a “…disease, symptom or condition for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment.” In their report on the subject, the WHO reports that “the hypo tensive effect of acupuncture is much more potent that that of placebos and is comparable with that of certain conventional hypotensive agents.”*
Acupuncture is also helpful for patients seeking drug-free ways to relax and avoid anxiety. Furthermore, acupuncture can be used in the smoking cessation process—essential in lowering blood pressure.
* Acupuncture: Review And Analysis Of Reports On Controlled Clinical Trials Geneva: World Health Organization