High Blood PressureHBP can cause a variety of setbacks including kidney failure, stroke, heart failure, coronary heart disease and more. According to the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) CDC, hypertension afflicts approximately 1 in 3 adults in the United States alone (about 70 million) and African American men are at the highest risk. Surprisingly, 1 in 5 people that have high blood pressure do not know it. Conventional treatment consists of a long list of prescribed anti-hypertensive medications which include diuretics, beta-blockers, vasodilators and more. These can often become lifelong commitments that, over time, may adversely affect other parts of the body. Integrative Med Solutions (IMS) approaches high blood pressure from many different perspectives that not only addresses the acute problem but also what may be the underlying cause to prevent it.

Acupuncture: Keeping the Lines Clear

Blocked arteries also block essential life force energy (qi). In conjunction with naturopathic medicine, acupuncture is used to attempt to open up these vital life lines without the potential toxicity of conventional therapies. The American Heart Association (AHA) cites a study entitled, ‘Randomized Trial of Acupuncture to Lower Blood Pressure’ conducted by an international consortium of medical doctors. Here is part of the conclusion:

“Thus, acupuncture appears to be an effective and safe therapeutic modality for the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension in otherwise healthy patients in the age range of 45 to 75 years.”

Licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Lisanti of IMS will assess your individual high blood pressure history and address specific points to attempt to reduce this condition. Some points treated include: ST9, ST36, GV4 and GV15.

Clinical Nutrition: Eat to Lower Your Blood Pressure

IMS can help you improve your quality of life simply through mindful eating. When it comes to high blood pressure all it takes is some basic adjustments to lower your blood pressure and ease the strain on your heart. Dr. Lisanti will determine the best food protocol for your individual challenge to place you on a path of better health. Lowering such things as sodium, fat and sugar and re-educating yourself on how to make more optimal choices can work wonders on your future health and longevity.

Botanical Medicine: Nature’s High Blood Pressure Remedies

Taking advantage of nature’s medicine chest could enable you to decrease or even eliminate conventional therapy for high blood pressure. Herbs and plant compounds have been used for years to remedy scores of conditions and diseases. Being sure to avoid any contraindications, here are a few botanical medicine therapies that Dr. Lisanti may safely prescribe depending on your history and current condition:

  • Garlic – The Clinical Research Center of New Orleans conducted a pilot study using allicin, a substance in garlic that contains antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-hypertension and lipid lowering properties. The result was that, “Sitting blood pressure fell with a significant decrease in diastolic blood pressure only five to 14 hours after the dose.”
  • Oregano – Carvacrol is compound in oregano that researchers at Eskisehir Osmangazi University in Turkey found to reduce heart rate as well as arterial pressure.
  • Cardamom – This herb was cited in a study published in the Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics as effectively reducing high blood pressure.

There are many avenues that acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can address. When it comes to your high blood pressure some other remedies IMS may use include homeopathy, nutraceutical supplementation and detoxification. At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you.  In many cases, insurance covers portions of the acupuncture treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health.  To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or click here to schedule an online appointment.

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