Acupuncture and Blood Pressure
There is a team of researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) who have been studying acupuncture's impact on hypertension for over 20 years.
They tested many points and found that were very effective in lowering high blood pressure in about 70% of people. Then they tested these same points on people with the opposite problem - low blood pressure - and found the same points that were effective in lowering high blood pressure actually raised low blood pressure.
Then they tested the same points on subjects with normal blood pressure and found this did not make the blood pressure go up or down.
They found that doing acupuncture on these points stimulated what are known as "peripheral" nerves to the "limbic" system of the brain where the pituitary gland and other master glands of the brain are.
They then found that in the case of high blood pressure the body produced body chemistry that lowered blood pressure. In the case of low blood pressure, the same signals stimulated the body to produce the opposite chemistry that brought up blood pressure.
Acupuncture made the brain see an imbalance in the body chemistry so it could make better decisions about how to use the body's resources to address this imbalance.
You might call this "the squeaky wheel gets the grease" explanation of acupuncture. Acupuncture doesn't make the body produce this chemistry or that, Acupuncture makes a squeak that helps the brain see an imbalance. The body then heals itself.
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