Ask Nurse Colleen: Can acupuncture help to lower high blood pressure?

Question: Anonymous patient: Can acupuncture help to lower, high blood pressure?

Acupuncture in itself, will not help to lower high blood pressure (hypertension). Like a pharmaceutical, such as the statins (Lipitor, Crestor or Zocor), acupuncture is a natural aid to lower levels in the body by affecting function of the liver.

Blood pressure is the measurement of the heart pump, passing through the arteries. As a nurse, for my client with hypertension, along with a balancing, acupuncture treatment, I measure his blood pressure against the walls of the blood vessels using a sphygmomanometer. In people who suffer from hypertension the pressure is abnormally high.

When my client with high blood pressure sees me, I do a review of his health maintenance. We have a little chat on what he is doing to help maintain his body’s vascular system. This includes adherence to his medication, exercise regime and diet review.

According to health statistics, hypertension affects more than half of all Canadians over the age of sixty-five. It is more prevalent in African-Americans and men although the risk for women rises after menopause and soon approaches that of men. A woman’s risk of high blood pressure also increases if she takes oral contraceptives or is pregnant.

As a nurse, I take an individualized approach to your cardiac care along with adding acupuncture to assist with weight loss, diabetes and smoking cessation.

If you want a holistic and successful approach to your health please do not hesitate to call me for a free consultation. As a nurse, your health matters, so to book an appointment with me call 705-499-6837.

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