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

This article reviews the research from 2000 to 2018 regarding the mechanism of acupuncture for hypertension, and we summarize the current knowledge about using acupuncture for hypertension. We found that the mechanism whereby acupuncture lowers blood pressure is related to the regulation of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, vascular endothelium, oxidative stress, neuroendocrine system, and so on. Besides, there may be cross-talk between multiple systems and multiple targets. We also investigate the influence factors of acupuncture for hypertension. These results may provide evidence and research ideas for the treatment of hypertension via acupuncture. PMID: 30984420 [PubMed]
Source: International Journal of Hypertension - Category: Cardiology Tags: Int J Hypertens Source Type: research

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Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research
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Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
AbstractObjectiveTo compare the antihypertensive effects of tuina at Taichong (LR 3), Neiguan (PC 6) and Qiaogong (Extra) to screen the best tuina protocol for primary hypertension due to liver-fire flaming-up.MethodsA total of 102 patients with primary hypertension due to liver-fire flaming-up were randomly divided into a Taichong (LR 3) group, a Neiguan (PC 6) group and a Qiaogong (Extra) group according to the random number table, with 34 cases in each group. Patients in the three groups received 4-week tuina treatment with the corresponding acupoint respectively. The blood pressure was recorded by benchtop mercury sphy...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Abstract OBJECTIVES:: To investigate the effect of acupuncture at PC6 on cardiac hypertrophy in isoproterenol (ISO)-treated mice. METHODS:: 48 male C57BL/6 mice underwent subcutaneous injection of ISO for 14 days and were randomly divided into four groups (n=12 each) that remained untreated (ISO group), received verum manual acupuncture (MA) treatment at PC6 (ISO+MA(PC6) group), sham MA at location on the tail not corresponding to any traditional acupuncture point (ISO+MA(tail) group), or propranolol (ISO+PR group). An additional 12 mice were given an injection of phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) and fo...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research
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Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Authors: Fan H, Lu F, Yang A, Dong Y, Liu P, Wang Y Abstract Hypertension is a global health concern. Although the pharmacological treatment has obvious antihypertensive effects, there are still some limitations on management of hypertension by drug therapy alone. In recent years, the nonpharmacological therapy of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has gradually become an important mean to help the prevention and treatment of hypertension in some Eastern countries. In this review, the nonpharmacological TCM therapies, including acupuncture, tuina, Tai Chi, and auricular-plaster, are covered along with the mechanism...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Clin Pract Source Type: research
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Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
(Natural News) In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture is often used to relieve pain and other health complaints. According to the results of a study, acupuncture is just as effective as drug therapy when treating high blood pressure (hypertension). The study was conducted by researchers from the Jiaozuo Tongren Hospital in China. Can acupuncture reduce high...
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