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Dr. Hui (Grace) Gao LAc., TCMD
A problem will be using moxibustion which is the use of warming up the body with a product obtained from mugwort plant. But by inform the acupuncturist by your conditions, she will know what she can't use in your case.
Acupuncture can be containdicated if are taking blood thinners.
General side effects of acupuncture: feeling blissfully relaxed, stress rolling off like drops of rain, feeling calmer, sleeping better, symptoms getting better or going away....
Perhaps you wanted to know what the risks are? What I have seen actually happen (rarely) in my practice would be the following: pain/discomfort at needle insertion, bruising. Other things that can potentially happen if the practitioner makes a mistake or is poorly trained is infection (very uncommon) and puncturing an organ (such as pneumothorax, or puncturing the lung cavity). Pneumothorax has happened from physical therapists performing "dry needling," but never from a fully trained acupuncturist, to the best of my knowledge and recollection. Other risks could be Chinese herbs having an interaction with medication, as Chinese herbs are often used in conjunction with acupuncture. Hope that doesn't sound scarier than it really is and that you try this very safe and effective, ancient medicine.
There are no side effects with acupuncture treatment unless you go to someone who is untrained or unlicensed. There would have to be gross negligence to cause any side effects.
The only time there *might* be an issue is if you have a fear of needles or anxiety about acupuncture in general. Make sure you've discussed any concerns with your acupuncturist prior to treatment. So long as your blood pressure is currently controlled, and your acupuncturist is aware of your hypertensive status and is checking your blood pressure before treatment, you should be just fine. Since acupuncture can lower blood pressure, when your treatment is over and the needles have been removed, get up slowly and allow yourself time to adjust.
In terms of side effects, you might see some lowering of your blood pressure over time. This, in combination with any pharmaceuticals you may be taking, could lead to some hypotension (lower than normal blood pressure). You'll be most likely to notice lowered blood pressure when going from seated or laying to standing (orthostatic hypotension). This type of hypotension is often associated with some dizziness, so move slowly and make sure there's something nearby you can grab for support if
necessary. It's also a good idea to make sure your primary care physician is aware you're getting acupuncture so they can work with you to adjust medication dosage when appropriate.
Best of luck!
Jeff Rippey, L.Ac.
Thank you for asking this question, I do believe there are more people that have the same question as you do. Acupuncture treatment is helpful for lowering blood pressure, which is also published in a medical journal in 2014. Acupuncture treatment can support the body losing weight and at the same time lower your blood pressure. I believe it is a great way to treat both at the same time.
Hope I answered your question.
The acupuncture should not have negative effects on your BP medications, though as you get the treatments and as you lose weight, your BP may naturally decrease. So, stay in touch with your primary MD who is prescribing the medications so that the BP can be monitored and proper dosages can be maintained. Most acupuncturists will not treat you unless your BP is in a normal range, so get that under control first.
Thank you for reaching out. Acupuncture actually helps lower blood pressure. You should give it a try, combined with herbal medication acupuncture is very helpful for both lowering blood pressure and weight loss.
I hope I was able to answer your question. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Aleksandra Dianova, L.Ac.
High blood pressure has several stages, depending on which stage you are. Early stage of hypertension should get help from alternative acupuncture treatment.
I hope this helps.
Stephen Dell-Jones, DOM, MS
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
The simple answer is NO! Acupuncture can actually help to lower your blood pressure. Please mention that you have hypertension, and your acupuncturist will help you. He/She will probably ask you if you have high or low blood pressure.
Scott Sang In LeeChun Am Acupuncture천암 한의원
In fact, acupuncture can help with high blood pressure (HBP)! There are a handful of points, but there are two ear points that may not conflict with your weight loss treatment. Your acupuncturist can tell you if they can add them into your treatment, so be sure to let them know about the HBP so they can take it into consideration.