Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the force at which blood flows against the artery walls as blood pumps away from the heart is high. Typically, an individual is considered to have hypertension when his/her systolic blood pressure (the pressure when the heart is beating) is regularly above 140, or his/her diastolic blood pressure (the pressure when the heart is resting) is regularly above 90. When there is no apparent cause of high blood pressure, it is called essential hypertension. Secondary hypertension occurs when a specific condition, habit or factor is the cause. Some of these include a high salt diet, excessive alcohol use, diabetes, obesity, anxiety and certain medications.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for hypertension.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of hypertension (high blood pressure):
The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.
The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for hypertension (high blood pressure) that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.
The following Tam Healing/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating hypertension (high blood pressure). For a complete list from our store with more details see our hypertension (high blood pressure) formula section.
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The following (5) acupuncture points may be useful for hypertension (high blood pressure). A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.
Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
The following (6) chinese herbs may be useful for hypertension (high blood pressure). In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.
Classic formula for yin deficiency of the kidney and liver - vertigo, tinnitus, poor hearing, night sweats, heat in the five palms (hands, feet, a/or chest), spontaneous seminal emissions (a/or nocturnal), weak low back, light headedness.
The Pulse will be rapid and thin and the Tongue will be red with little (or no) coating.