6 ways to lower high blood pressure
Acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine leading the way
High blood pressure or hypertension is defined very generally by modern medicine as follows:
130-140/90 – moderately highly
greater than 140/90 – high
Of course, even by modern medicine guidelines, much depends on age and the individual body constitution, and the circumstances in which the blood pressure was taken, the well-known ‘white coat hypertension.’
If you were diagnosed with hypertension, here are 6 things you can do to reduce it or return you to a state of ‘normaliy.’
How does inserting needles into a body lower hypertension? Indeed, with the ‘pain’ would it not increase the blood pressure?! Well, Chinese Medicine has an alternative view of the human body. Whether one believes that the acupuncture activate nerves therapeutically or whether is it qi / energy that is manipulated to effect good outcomes, it does work.
- Chinese herbs
Herbal remedies were in use long before modern drugs existed. They have kept humanity in existence through various plagues and epidemics. Even today, many modern drugs are based on or derived from herbs such as digoxin from the flower, Foxglove, and Tamiflu from star aniseed.
At the most basic level, mindful breathing, mindful activities, it calms one. That in itself will lower the blood pressure. Imagine how much more meditation would do if practiced properly.
Nothing replaces sleep. In sleep, the body repairs itself, gets rid of substances it doesn’t need, restores and replenishes. Chinese Medicine recommends sleeping before 11pm as an optimum way of enhancing rest.
Any food, greasy, fat, that contributes to increasing cholesterol is of course, to be reduced significantly. Spicy food is seen as very yang, that is, it invigorates the body’s metabolism vigorously. Reduce. Depending on the individual reasons for hypertension ala Chinese Medicine principles, dietary changes will also include types of food to consume.
Moderate exercises can be very helpful. Walking at a steady pace is simple and free. It keeps the body moving and flexible and has positive effects on the mental-emotional dimension as well. It is best to take further advice on this from a professional.