Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. You can have high blood pressure (hypertension) for years without any symptoms. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.
The World Health Organization has found that acupuncture and herbal formulas are comparable to certain drugs that are prescribed for high blood pressure but without the side effects. Acupuncture points are selected to “calm” the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system to help relax the overall body, heart valves and lower their pressure at contraction and relaxation.
Healthy eating to lower your blood pressure.
The DASH diet, developed by researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is based on a large-scale research study that identified the foods that affect blood pressure. The most important parts of the DASH are generous amounts of fruits and vegetables and low-fat or fat-free dairy products that provide adequate calcium. The diet is also relatively low in fat and sodium. DASH researchers have shown that diets rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium, and low in sodium (2,400 mg or less), play an important role in high blood pressure treatment. People with high blood pressure should incorporate the components of the DASH diet into their daily routine.
In addition, make sure you do the following to lower high blood pressure:
(1) Weil Lifestyle. (2012). Health Centers. Retrieved June 13, 2012 from http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00686/high-blood-pressure-treatment
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