High blood pressure has become an increasingly problematic diagnosis in the United States. The CDC estimates that about 67 million adults, or 1 in every 3 people have high blood pressure.
We treat high blood pressure naturally, using lifestyle programs, acupuncture and dietary therapy at our clinic in Asheville, North Carolina.
Elevated blood pressure poses many health related problems and is a significant issue in many people’s lives. High blood pressure can be a sign that other problems are yet to occur, including heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular problems.
Often a patient with high blood pressure is under significant stress, either from exterior causes like work or family, or from psychological causes such as past trauma. In both cases helping a person attain a stress free lifestyle is very important in lowering blood pressure and keeping it within normal bounds.
Taking a comprehensive natural approach to high blood pressure is extremely important, because once a healthy lifestyle is achieved, future health issues will be avoided. Prevention is the best medicine.
People with low blood pressure can also benefit from acupuncture as it seems to be able to balance pressure, elevating it if it is too low, and lowering it if it is too high. Medical guidelines are only in place to give very general parameters for blood pressure health by the American Heart Association. Blood pressure is meant to rise and fall during different times of day, and white coat syndrome, or blood pressure that increases in the presence of a medical doctor has been well documented.
To get an accurate knowledge of your blood pressure, get a quality home blood pressure measuring device, and then get three readings at three different times of the day over a period of three weeks. If your reading is higher than 140/90 on all three occasions, you might be diagnosed with hypertension. Most experts recommend trying to control hypertension with lifestyle changes for at least 6 months. If after, 6 months, your blood pressure is still high, some doctors will recommend using medication until an ideal pressure is achieved. Always ask your medical doctor about how you are going to get off a drug once you start taking it.
To learn more about how herbal medicine, food therapy and acupuncture can help reduce your blood pressure simply call us at the Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic in Asheville, North Carolina at (828) 254-4405.
© James Whittle M.S. L.Ac.