Acupuncture is surely highly effective for hypertension, but it should be known that acupuncture can both decrease and increase blood pressure, depending on the treatment. So, while it is perfectly safe to have acupuncture treatments in conjunction with hypertension medication, the acupuncturist should be made aware of hypertension before the treatment commences.
This is a great question that usually people take medicine to control their hypertension with for the rest of their lives. I do see people getting better or who don't need to take medicine after long-term acupuncture treatments. The difference is acupuncture tries to treat the root of the health issue. By doing so, the body recovers.
My answer for you is YES, it is safe to get treatment with medication, but for the long-term, you might recheck with your doctor to adjust your medicine.
If you are taking herbs, this needs to be more discussed due to the same effect in the body. Please check with an herbalist about that.
Hope you are feeling better sooner.
Huan Wen Jonathan Fang
Thank you for your question. Acupuncture can be done in lieu of medication, and often times it is actually working to balance what the medication if for. Thus, it is often a great idea to do alongside medicines and should not have any adverse effect when done correctly.
Also, when done correctly (and this is an important aspect), acupuncture can be very beneficial to help lower hypertension, as well as get to the root cause.
Best to you,
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
As an added suggestion, it has been found that doing particular types of deep breathing exercises on a daily basis can help lower blood pressure. It may be helpful to find someone skilled, trained, and certified in breathing exercises that can help with your overall health.
It's alright to do acupuncture treatment with any medication.
Scott Sang In LeeChun Am Acupuncture천암 한의원
I do quite a bit of work with hypertensive patients and I prefer to make sure their doctor is aware we're adding acupuncture. This way the drug dose can be adjusted as necessary while acupuncture treatment progresses.
As long as your doctor is aware you're using acupuncture, your acupuncturist is aware of the prescription drugs you're taking and everyone is monitoring your blood pressure, you should be just fine.
Acupuncture treatment can actually help to maintain the blood pressure by balancing the body. In Chinese medicine, we consider hypertension is imbalance between yin and yang of liver and kidney. Acupuncture can balance it by stimulate certain points, also release the stress or emotional reasons that may elevated the blood press.
Yours in Health!