Acupuncture and High Blood Pressure – Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast

Acupuncture and High Blood Pressure

Posted: 15 Jan, 2012

Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast – Acupuncture


Randomized Trial of Acupuncture to Lower Blood Pressure


Frank A. Flachskampf, MD et al.


Background— Arterial hypertension is a prime cause of morbidity and mortality in the general population. Pharmacological treatment has limitations resulting from drug side effects, costs, and patient compliance. Thus, we investigated whether traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture is able to lower blood pressure.

160 outpatients were selected for the study (78 men) aged 58±8 years; with uncomplicated arterial hypertension in a single-blind fashion to a 6-week course including 22 sessions of active acupuncture or sham acupuncture. Seventy-eight percent were receiving antihypertensive medication, which remained unchanged.

Primary outcome parameters were mean 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure levels after the treatment course and 3 and 6 months later. One hundred forty patients finished the treatment course, 72 with real Acupuncture treatment and 68 with sham Acupuncture treatment.

There was a significant (P<0.001) difference in post treatment blood pressures adjusted for baseline values between the real Acupuncture and sham Acupuncture groups at the end of treatment. In the real Acupuncture group, mean 24-hour ambulatory systolic and diastolic blood pressures decreased significantly after treatment by 5.4 mm Hg (95% CI, 3.2 to 7.6) and 3.0 mm Hg (95% CI, 1.5 to 4.6), respectively. At 3 and 6 months, mean systolic and diastolic blood pressures returned to pre treatment levels in the active treatment group.

Conclusions Acupuncture according to traditional Chinese medicine, but not sham acupuncture, after 6 weeks of treatment significantly lowered mean 24-hour ambulatory blood pressures; the effect disappeared after cessation of acupuncture treatment.







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