Acupuncture for High Blood Pressure

Acupuncture for High Blood Pressure.

High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease has become the most important preventable risk factor for premature deaths worldwide. It increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Cardiovascular symptoms can include high, low or unstable blood pressure, dizziness and vertigo, irregular heartbeat, palpitations, chest pain (angina) or tightness and shortness of breath. More than 90% of high blood pressure cases are categorised as "primary hypertension" which means there is no clear diagnosable cause according to western medicine.

Is Acupuncture Effective for High Blood Pressure?

Don't just take our word for it. The following clinical trials have scientifically examined the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for high blood pressure.

Only reputable papers recently published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years are listed below.



Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine for Essential Hypertension: A Clinical Evidence Map
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The conclusion of this systematic review and primary studies highlight TCM's advantages as adjunctive therapy for improving hypertension. Similarly, the development trend of Chinese Medicine and nondrug therapy for the prevention and treatment of hypertension is relatively good, which reflects the diverse TCM prevention and treatment measures for hypertension.

2020, Dec 19 • Yan Zhang, Biqing Wang, Chunxiao Ju, Lu Liu, Ying Zhu, Jun Mei, Yue Liu, Fengqin Xu, Full Article

International Journal of Hypertension
The Mechanism of Acupuncture in Treating Essential Hypertension: A Narrative Review
International Journal of Hypertension

Acupuncture can significantly improve cardiac hypertrophy and the thickness of the aortic wall in order to prevent new vascular remodeling .The latest clinical study unveils the cardioprotective effects of acupuncture through improving wave reflection (augmentation index, AIx) and arterial stiffness in hypertensive patient. Therefore, acupuncture is highly essential in treating hypertension

2019, Mar 7 • Juan Li ,1 Mingsheng Sun ,2 Jing Ye,2 Yuxi Li ,2 Rongjiang Jin ,1 Hui Zheng ,2 and Fanrong Liang 2 Full Article

PLOS One
Is Acupuncture Effective for Hypertension? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
PLOS One Public Library of Science

Our meta-analysis suggested that acupuncture plus western medicine had a more significant effect on both systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure change magnitude than sham acupuncture plus medication, which indicated that acupuncture has an add-on effect for western medicine.

2015, Jul 24 • Zhao XF, Hu HT, Li JS, Shang HC, Zheng HZ, Niu JF, et al Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Acupuncture for Essential Hypertension: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Sham-Controlled Clinical Trials
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The study is consistent with acupuncture significantly lowers blood pressure in patients taking antihypertensive medications. Results from this meta-analysis of randomized sham-controlled trials provide evidence that acupuncture helped (lowered) BP in patients taking antihypertensive medications.

2014, Mar 4 • Li DZ, Zhou Y, Yang YN, Ma YT, Li XM, Yu J, et al. Full Article


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Acupuncture is comparable with morphine preparations in its effectiveness against chronic pain, but without the adverse effects of morphine, such as dependency. Acupuncture : review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials
World Health Organization, Geneva 2002