Summers in Wilmington, NC are something special. Between beautiful beaches and a bustling downtown, it’s natural for your spirits to soar, especially as the temperature begins to rise. One thing that shouldn’t be too high, however, is your blood pressure.
Blood pressure refers to the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure stays high or rises over time it can damage the organs, increasing a person’s risk for heart attacks and stroke. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 people in the United States suffer from high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Women especially need to be concerned and vigilant about their blood pressure, as heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the United States.
While genetics play a part in hypertension, other factors can also contribute to the problem. Stress, diet, age, and certain lifestyle choices, such as smoking and a lack of exercise, can all put undue pressure on the heart. While many people treat high blood pressure with various medications, most of these drugs are only effective if taken every day, usually for a lifetime, and can cause serious side effects such as dizziness, depression, and fatigue. It’s not surprising, then, that many have sought natural alternatives to help keep their blood pressure in check. One method that has offered the greatest amount of relief is the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture.
Acupuncture helps to lower high blood pressure and relieve hypertension with the aid of small needles inserted along the body’s meridians. Because stress is a triggering factor for high blood pressure, acupuncture can be very effective in relaxing a person, giving their heart a chance to rest. Even more impressive is a recent study that shows how acupuncture can block the release of adrenaline, which causes hearts to pound and blood pressure to soar. Scientists and researchers hope to prove, after a few more studies and tests, that acupuncture can not only treat high blood pressure, but help patients maintain normal blood pressure for a year without the help of medication – otherwise known as a cure.
If you’ve been plagued with high blood pressure and hypertension, there’s no reason to wait for the final results from all those studies and tests. Visit Acupuncture Associates and see for yourself how acupuncture can help keep your heart strong and steady. Then, when the temperatures soar and the sun is high in the sky, you’ll have no problem keeping your cool.