A recent study has found that acupuncture is more effective than a common blood pressure medication at reducing blood pressure and controlling the associated symptoms.
ACUPUNCTURE vs. MEDICATION
60 patients with hypertension were randomly divided into two groups. Group 1 received acupuncture. Group 2 received the drug catopril, an antihypertensive and renal protective agent given the trade name Capoten. Common uses for catopril include the treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure and protection of kidney function for diabetics. All acupuncture patients in group 1 received a standardized, protocolized acupuncture point prescription.
ACUPUNCTURE MORE EFFECTIVE & LESS SIDE EFFECTS
Both groups showed significant reductions in blood pressure. However, the acupuncture group showed greater improvement.
Measurements of diastolic blood pressure at 14 days and 21 days into the treatment regime revealed that the acupuncture group showed greater diastolic reductions. The same was true for improvement of symptoms associated with hypertension. The acupuncture group demonstrated clinical superior patient outcomes for reductions in dizziness, aching of the waist and knees, and palpitations.
Moreover, the acupuncture group demonstrated less adverse reactions than the drug group. This last result is not surprising since adverse events associated with catopril intake include light-headedness, fainting, dizziness, abnormal frequency of urination, bodily pain, fever, chills, abnormal bleeding (vagina, mouth, nose, rectum), difficulty concentrating and shortness of breath.
Based on the findings, the researchers concluded that acupuncture is safer and more effective than catopril for the treatment of hypertension.
Acupuncture is proving itself over and over again as a safe treatment option for a wide range of health concerns.
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Reference: Xie, B., and Y. P. Lin. “[Efficacy observation on acupuncture for essential hypertension of yin deficiency due to yang hyperactivity pattern].” Zhongguo zhen jiu= Chinese acupuncture & moxibustion 34, no. 6 (2014): 547-550.