High Blood Pressure
On this page you can find a brief discussion about high blood pressure according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition in terms of Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.
Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principles, concepts, language, and treatment methods from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. This also helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
- Qi - means energy. Qi is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in this realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.
- Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
- Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.
- Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.
- Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.
- Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.
- Meridian – another term for energy channel.
According to Chinese medicine, high blood pressure results from one or more of the following imbalances:
- Qi stagnation of liver, heart
- Yin deficiency of liver, heart, kidney
- Blood deficiency
- Heat, excess or deficient type
- Ascending liver yang
In treating high blood pressure, we use acupuncture and herbs to achieve these healing effects:
- Open the energy system and regulate qi and blood flow.
- Especially regulate liver and heart channels.
- Remove qi and blood stagnation.
- Nourish yin and blood.
- Clear heat and subdue liver yang.
Exercise, proper diet, stress reduction, eliminating alcohol and smoking is necessary to control blood pressure the natural way. Daily meditation is a very effective practice to lower blood pressure.
The initial course of treatment is six to twelve weekly sessions and followed by a maintenance program. With firm commitment to the treatment and make the right changes in one's life, people at borderline have a good chance of not relying on medications. For people with very high blood pressure, we do not recommend that they get off medications while taking this treatment, but our goal is to see their medications decrease in dosage or even better to have some eliminated eventually.
An in-depth assessment and individually tailored treatment recommendation are conducted in person as there may be pre/existing factors of one's health that influence the condition of interest.