High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition that affects about one third of adults and can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. One can have elevated blood pressure for years before exhibiting symptoms such as anxiety, headaches, palpitations, dizziness, or tinnitus (ringing in the ear). This is why hypertension has been called the silent killer. Western Medicine combats hypertension with drug medications to control the blood pressure instead of curing the condition. It is important to identify the underlying cause and resolve it at the source while at the same time relieve the symptoms and signs of hypertension. At Tao of Wellness we seek comprehensive measures, integrating Western medical care when necessary, along with acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, nutritional therapy, meditation, and the avoidance of high-risk behaviors. In this fashion, we can help you focus on both the blood pressure and the underlying factors of your hypertension to give you back a life of true health.
How We Successfully Treat High Blood Pressure
Your blood pressure is the force of the flowing blood against the walls of the arteries. When the body is under stress, whether emotional or physical, it puts your heart in a position of working much harder than it should. Sustained overwork of the heart can cause damage to the blood vessels. Advanced age, African-Americans, women, emotional stress, pregnancy, obesity, smoking, excessive salt intake and a family history of hypertension are all risk factors. Blood pressure is measured in two numbers. The first number is systolic pressure which represents the pressure generated when the heart contracts and pumps the blood through the artery. The second number is diastolic pressure, which represents the pressure in the vessels when the heart is at rest between heartbeats. Ideal blood pressure would be below 120/80. If you have a reading of 140/90 on three separate occasions, a diagnosis of hypertension can be made.
At Tao of Wellness we have helped many individuals with high blood pressure and its associated symptoms with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Beginning with an initial evaluation, one of our experienced doctors will investigate all aspects of your history to uncover the underlying causes of your problem. A customized treatment plan will be devised that seeks to not only treat your hypertension but also the underlying causes of your unique blood pressure problem. If you’re also dealing with headaches, fatigue, muscle tremors, or chest pain your treatment plan will include therapies designed to address your circulatory and nervous systems, while teaching you to relax your mind and body therefore helping to restore balance and optimal health. Your high blood pressure treatment may include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, and meditation.
Our Customized Therapies for Overcoming Hypertension
Many studies have illustrated the efficacy of acupuncture for hypertension. In fact, it is one of the most researched aspects of acupuncture, showing that it significantly reduces hypertension and can have long lasting effects. Many of our patients have noticed a 10-20 point drop in their systolic pressure (the upper number) after just one acupuncture treatment. Of course results vary from patient to patient depending on severity and cause of hypertension. Acupuncture helps relieve the symptoms of hypertension such as headache, dizziness and shortness of breath, leaving you calmer, less inflamed, and with less stress on your nervous system. Your heart will be less stressed too. Learn more about acupuncture.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
A customized herbal formula may be given to support your body during the healing process. Chinese herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years to help patients with hypertension to subdue symptoms and support your body’s natural circulatory functions. Scutellaria, gardenia and salvia are just a few of the herbs that may be chosen to address your blood pressure. Our expert practitioners will work with you closely to formulate an herbal combination suited to your particular blood pressure condition. Learn more about Chinese herbal medicine.
A proper diet plan can play a big role in reducing the amount of pressure on your heart and blood vessels. Every patient receives nutritional guidance but a Nutritional Consultation goes much further. Our doctors are certified in Chinese clinical nutrition and will provide you a customized eating plan, complete with meals and snacks geared toward reversing your unique blood pressure condition. Eating quality whole grains, lean proteins, a large variety of vegetables, and limiting salt intake are a few ways you can help heal yourself. Overindulgence in rich, greasy and sweet foods can affect your metabolism to the point that excessive cholesterol is deposited into your arteries, causing inflammation in the arterial walls, narrowing the channel through which your blood can travel, and rapidly elevating your blood pressure. Anti-inflammatory foods such as cucumber, dark leafy greens, and high-fiber fruits like prunes and apples are recommended to regulate your internal temperature and prevent symptoms of hypertension. And by losing excessive weight your cardiovascular system will become stronger.
There are a host of supplements available to consumers to help reduce blood pressure. It’s always advised that you work with an acupuncturist or other health care professional to ensure your regimen is right for you. Fish oil has been found to thin the blood, thus reducing the pressure on the vessels. CoQ10, besides helping to reduce side effects of the statin drugs for high cholesterol, has been found to lower blood pressure naturally. Our Tao of Wellness doctors will work with you in creating a customized supplement plan that’s right for you. Learn more about Nutritional Counseling.
Mind Body Exercise
Exercise is key to developing a strong cardiovascular system. No matter the type of exercise you choose to follow, you will be advised a safe program designed to strengthen your heart and calm your mind. At Tao of Wellness, we often recommend the fluid, meditative practices of tai chi and qi gong. These gentle movement systems relax the body, while also gently and effectively working the muscles and cardiovascular system. They are beneficial for any age, fitness level, or physical ability. Often, they are a combination of postures and dance-like movements with breathing, meditations and visualizations. A relaxed nervous system is paramount to an equally calm heart and healthy blood pressure. Learn more about tai chi and qi gong.
Natural Healthcare for High Blood Pressure
Tao of Wellness was established in 1976 as a resource to address high blood pressure. We strive to support you in mind and body, and invite you to make an appointment for your health and wellbeing. It would be our pleasure to serve you.