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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) - A Chinese Medicine Perspective

What is Hypertension

According to the Mayo Clinic [1], “high blood pressure (hypertension) is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.

Blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. A blood pressure reading is given in millimetres of mercury (mm Hg). It has two numbers [1].

  • Top number (systolic pressure). The first, or upper, number measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats.
  • Bottom number (diastolic pressure). The second, or lower, number measures the pressure in your arteries between beats.

You can have high blood pressure for years without any symptoms. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily detected. And once you know you have high blood pressure, you can work with your doctor to control it.

Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels.
A few people with high blood pressure may have headaches, shortness of breath or nosebleeds, but these signs and symptoms aren’t specific and usually don’t occur until high blood pressure has reached a severe or life-threatening stage” [1].

How Does Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) view Hypertension

Acupuncture as a non-pharmacological intervention has been used to treat a wide variety of condition to regulate cardiovascular diseases, and acupuncture therapy is used on patients with mild or borderline hypertension who want to avoid treatment cost, adverse effects, and complications [2]. Scientific evidence shows that acupuncture is effective in treating hypertension, and it may have the same effects as common medication [3,4,5].
 
From a TCM perspective, hypertension may fall into a number of disease patterns including Liver, Kidney, Spleen and Heart. It is important to identify the specific pattern in patients to identify the cause of the hypertension [6]. However, as hypertension is usually totally asymptomatic it is sometimes very difficult to work out how to fit the patient’s patterns (or lack of them) into Chinese medicine.
 
Thanks to modern monitoring equipment such as blood pressure measuring devices, the ‘symptom’ of high blood pressure can easily be asserted. It is important in modern Chinese medicine clinic that practitioners take their patient’s blood pressure in order to establish whether or not there is asymptomatic hypertension that forms part of the patient’s overall condition. Using blood pressure measurements together with traditional Chinese medicine diagnostic techniques, it becomes easier to establish underlying disease patterns and thus develop appropriate treatment strategies.
 
At Kurrajong Natural Medicine Centre our highly qualified and experienced practitioners will identify the underlying TCM pattern and develop the correct treatment strategy for patients. Simply call (02) 4573 0784

What You Can Do to Help Yourself

  1. Eat a healthy diet of fresh, unprocessed food and have 3 regular meals a day.
  2. Exercising 3-4 times per week for 30min (min.) will help to promote a healthy cardio-vascular system.
  3. Drinking at least 2 litres of water/fresh juice daily will keep hydration levels in the body at an optimal level.
  4. Avoid alcohol, rich, fatty or fried foods
  5. Stop smoking
  6. Have regular blood pressure checks, especially if you are overweight, lacking in regular exercise and have high cholesterol levels in your blood.

References

1. Mayo Clinic (2021) High blood pressure (hypertension). URL: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/symptoms-causes/syc-20373410 last visited: 10th July 2021

2.Wang, J., Xiong, X., & Liu, W. (2013). Acupuncture for essential hypertension. International journal of cardiology, 169(5), 317–326. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2013.09.001

3. Tan, X., Pan, Y., Su, W., Gong, S., Zhu, H., Chen, H., & Lu, S. (2019). Acupuncture therapy for essential hypertension: a network meta-analysis. Annals of translational medicine, 7(12), 266. https://doi.org/10.21037/atm.2019.05.59]

4. Fan, H., Yang, J. W., Wang, L. Q., Huang, J., Lin, L. L., Wang, Y., Zhang, N., & Liu, C. Z. (2020). The Hypotensive Role of Acupuncture in Hypertension: Clinical Study and Mechanistic Study. Frontiers in aging neuroscience, 12, 138. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2020.00138

5. Zheng, H., Li, J., Li, Y., Zhao, L., Wu, X., Chen, J., Li, X., Huang, Y. L., Chang, X. R., Liu, M., Cui, J., Wang, R. H., Du, X., Shi, J., Guo, T. P., & Liang, F. R. (2019). Acupuncture for patients with mild hypertension: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of clinical hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.), 21(3), 412–420. https://doi.org/10.1111/jch.13490

6. Marciocia, G. (1994) The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The Treatment of Disease with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, Edinburgh: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.

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