I’m always looking around for non-medical methods to reduce blood pressure. You might be interested in three of my previous articles on the subject – Hypertension Basics, using CoEnzyme Q10 and Aged Garlic Extract.
This article is about the use of acupressure, which as per this research, has a positive effect on hypertensive individuals. My personal strategy is to work with conventional medicine for immediate addressing of the situation, and then working with dietary and alternate means for long term reduction of both blood pressure and medication. It is not a good idea in my opinion to allow your hypertensive condition to continue as it is while you experiment with alternate treatments.
Eighty hypertensive individuals participated in this randomised, clinical trial, of which forty (40) were subjected to the correct acupressure point and another forty (40) were subjected to an incorrect acupressure point. The paper states that this technique resulted in the immediate lowering of blood pressure 0, 15 and 30 minutes after application. The trial concluded that, “Acupressure on the Taichong acupoint can lower BP in hypertensive patients and may be included in the nursing care plan for hypertension. However, additional studies are needed to determine the optimal dosage, frequency, and long-term effects of this therapy.“
I thought the outcome to be quite interesting and well worth a shot. Here’s all you need to know.
- Pressure point: Tai chong
- Technique: Hold pressure for 5 seconds, release for 1 second, repeat
- Pressure: Equivalent to ~3 kilos
- Duration: 30 times over 3 minutes
- Frequency: Not clear from the research paper. I plan to include this in my wife’s daily protocol, twice a day, morning and evening
If you plan to try this, please do leave a comment with your results. I’d love to know how it helped, if it did, what you did and more!
- Effectiveness of Acupressure on the Taichong Acupoint in Lowering Blood Pressure in Patients with Hypertension: A Randomized Clinical Trial.