Hypertension and Chinese Medicine

Hypertension is not new. In Traditional Chinese Medicine they have had to deal with high blood pressure for thousands of years and have developed many natural way’s to help keep hypertension under control. Liver yang hyperactivity syndrome,
kidney deficiency syndrome, and spleen deficiency syndrome are very common in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Studies have shown that 80% of those with high blood pressure can keep it under control with natural means and even the 20% where it is not entirely effective and still need some medication can reduce the amount of medication needed and thus reduce the potential side effects.

hypertensionHypertension and Chinese Dietary Therapy

Basic recipe for foods that help lower blood pressure in studies done in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Wash & cut up 60g of celery and 60 g of rice to add water and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes. Comsume for 10 day’s as one course of treatment.

Other foods that help lower blood pressure include:

  • waterchestnut
  • spinach
  • chestnut
  • shepard’s purse
  • 
vinegar
  • abalone
  • asparagas
  • 
mushrooms
  • royal jelly
  • 
hawthorn fruit
  • 
bananas
  • persimmons
  • mung beans
  • tomatoes
  • seaweed

 

These can be substituted or added to the above recipe.

 

The beneficial effects of Tai Chi Chuan on blood pressure and lipid profile and anxiety status in a randomized controlled trial.

Taipei Medical University Hospitals and University campus in the Taipei, Taiwan, Randomized controlled study of a Tai Chi Chuan
 J Altern Complement Med. 2003 Oct;9(5):747-54.

A 12-week Tai Chi Chuan exercise training program was practiced regularly with a frequency of 3 times per week. After 12-weeks of Tai Chi training, the treatment group showed significant decrease in systolic blood pressure of 15.6 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure 8.8 mm Hg. The serum total cholesterol level decreased 15.2 mg/dL and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol increased 4.7 mg/dL. By using STAI evaluation (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory; STAI), both trait anxiety and state anxiety were decreased. This study shows that Tai Chi could decrease blood pressure and improve lipid profile changes and improve subjects’ anxiety status. Tai Chi could be used in treating patients with mild hypertension while reducing the use of drugs and reducing medical expenses. We can replace the side effects of blood pressure drugs with side effects like improved balance.


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