National High Blood Pressure Education Month
Posted on May 5, 2021
High blood pressure or hypertension is a common heart condition, that increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other heart diseases. It can be controlled and treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Some people have a genetic propensity for high blood pressure. In these cases, medication is necessary.
Lifestyle and self-care play an important role in treating your high blood pressure. If you successfully control your blood pressure with a healthy lifestyle, you might avoid, delay or reduce the need for medication.
Lifestyle and Self-care Ideas
Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline
Weight loss is one of the most effective lifestyle changes for controlling blood pressure. Losing even a small amount of weight if you’re overweight can help reduce your blood pressure.
Besides shedding pounds, you should also keep an eye on your waistline. Carrying too much weight around your waist can put you at greater risk of high blood pressure. Men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 40 inches. Women are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 35 inches.
Regular physical activity — such as 150 minutes a week, or about 30 minutes most days of the week — can lower high blood pressure. It’s important to be consistent because if you stop exercising, your blood pressure can rise again.
Some examples of aerobic exercise you may try to lower blood pressure include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing. You can also try high-intensity interval training, which involves alternating short bursts of intense activity with subsequent recovery periods of lighter activity. Strength training also can help reduce blood pressure. Aim to include strength training exercises at least two days a week.
Eat a healthy diet
Eating a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins and skimps on saturated fat and cholesterol can lower high blood pressure. There is a widely accepted eating plan known as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet that is effective and easy to follow.
Consider boosting potassium. Potassium can lessen the effects of sodium on blood pressure. The best source of potassium is food, such as bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew, apricots, grapefruit, cooked spinach, cooked broccoli, potatoes, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, peas and cucumbers.
Monitor your blood pressure at home
Home monitoring can help you keep tabs on your blood pressure and make certain your lifestyle changes are working. Blood pressure monitors are available widely and without a prescription.
Acupressure points for reducing High Blood Pressure
Liver 3 is located in between the two toes, towards the origin of the toes. Massaging or pressing this point can help in various ways – relieving anxiety, menstrual cramps, and reducing blood pressure. Moderate or stronger pressure on this point is okay. When you start to feel an ache in the point, release. Do both feet.
Nei Guan “Inner Pass” (Pericardium 6)
This is an important acupressure point for high BP. The point is located in the middle of the wrist, a little towards your elbow. This point can help relieve anxiety, lower blood pressure, and reduce motion sickness and asthma symptoms. Gently massage in a circular motion. Do both wrists.
Many of you may already massage this point to relieve stress-induced headaches and constipation. To access it, gently pinch the web between the index finger and thumb of your left hand with your right thumb and right index finger. Rotate the right thumb in a circular motion, applying just enough pressure to feel resistance without pain. Do both hands.
Baihui “Hundred Convergences” (Governing Vessel 20)
This pressure point is on the top of your head. You can find it in the middle of your head by imagining a line going from ear to ear. You can gently massage or press this point to lower blood pressure and reduce vertigo or dizziness.
Acupressure Point Pictures Source: A Manual of Acupuncture by Peter Deadman and Mazin Al-Khafaji, with Kevin Baker.
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