How to Treat High Blood Pressure with Acupressure Therapy?
One of the effective ways to treat of hypertension or high blood pressure is acupressure. Natural Alternative medicine practitioners believe that best treatment for hypertension is by enlivening the mental or body system, which are responsible for this high blood pressure.
High blood pressure increases your chance (or risk) for getting heart disease and/or kidney disease, and for having a stroke. It is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs or symptoms. Once high blood pressure develops, it usually lasts a lifetime. You can prevent and control high blood pressure by adapting the safe and natural therapy (which is called) 'acupressure'
Acupressure points to treat high blood pressure:
Using these acupressure points can quickly adjust your blood pressure without the side effects using medication and drugs. There are many acupressure points which can be treated to take control of hypertension, but I start with two acupressure points which are related to release the tension and depression (the main cuase of hypertension).
Two common and effective acupoints are: GV 20 and H 9
GV 20: This point is called ‘BAIHUI” (100 meeting point). This is a very useful point for hypertension patients.
Location: GV 20 is at the top of the head at the center of an imaginary line from ear to ear. Pressing and massaging the points will help to refresh and center the spirit and strengthen the memory, concentration and depression.
One needs to press and release the point using your thumb 15 times in the morning and 15 times in the evening. This point is also useful for headache, vertigo, ringing in the ears, nasal obstruction, difficulty with speech, stress, depression.
H-9 is at root of the nail on the little finger (left or right).
Activate this point any time when discomfort is felt on the chest.
More acupressure points to treat high blood pressure:
'Acupressure Online' suggests few more acupressure points to get relief from high blood pressure conditions:
P6: Inner Gate (Pericardium 6) This point can be effective for relieving nausea and anxiety. It is the point used by those motion sickness wrist bands.
Location: On the inner forearm, about three fingers’ width from the wrist crease.
St36- or Leg Three Miles is used to boost overall immunity and vitality. ST 36 is known as one of the most important points to tonify Qi and Blood and promote general wellness.
Location: On the front of the leg, one hand width (four fingers) below the kneecap, on the outside, in the depression between the shinbone and the leg muscle.
K3 - Bigger Stream (K 3) on the inside of the ankle helps balance the kidney meridian and strengthens the immune system.
Location: This point is situated one finger from the protruding ankle towards the heel. One needs to press and release the point using your thumb 15 times in the morning and 15 times in the evening. This point is useful for strengthening the immune system. As per my mentor, this point is also useful for managing ankle pain, toothache, asthma, long-term kidney disorders, sore throat, and lower back pain.
TW15 - Relieve nervous tension and relax the shoulders (usually GB 21 is also treated with it). Pressure point TW15, (along with GB20) also works to relieve meridian blockages that cause memory and concentration issues.
Location: On top of the shoulder blade on the back. To locate it, go directly up from the nipple, around the top of the trapezoid muscle, then down to the top of the shoulder blade. Stroke upward over the pressure point for one minute.
Is acupressure therapy for the treatment of high blood pressure is safe?
Acupressure is generally reported as safe when performed by an experienced practitioner. No serious complications have been published, despite millions of treatments every year. Self-administered acupressure is believed to be safe with proper training.
In traditional Oriental medicine, hypertension is said to be intimately connected with blockages in the Liver meridian. The following points are useful for managing acupressure:
Working on these points can help you get better quicker. You do not have to use all of these points. Using just one or two of them whenever you have a free hand can be effective. It's important to drink plenty of warm water after the massage, helps to clear away toxic substances in our body.
Caution: If blood pressure exceeds 200/100, do not do acupressure at all.
*'YouTube" video: Treating High Blood Pressure with Acupressure Points
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