Hypertension (high blood pressure) can be treated with acupuncture and herbs. This is a treatment for those individuals who may not need to take medications on a permanent basis. Monitoring your blood pressure and making a record will reveal times when it is notably high. A pattern may emerge which will help guide diagnosis and treatment. If your blood pressure is dangerously high, Western drugs may be essential for the short term. I encourage my patients to utilize all forms of medicine from which they can obtain relief and there are times when it is absolutely necessary to utilize Western medicine.
Many hypertension syndromes have an imbalance in the liver organ as the root cause. The emotions of anger, resentment, frustration, and irritability are patterns that effect the liver and all can lead to high blood pressure if they continue unmanaged for an extended period of time. The kidneys are also involved in hypertension patterns, relating to cause and management.
Acupuncture treatment for high blood pressure is usually weekly, and treatment may be needed for several months depending on the pattern that is identified as the root of the problem. At the initial stage more frequent treatment may be needed, depending on how high the blood pressure is.