HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Acupuncture found to lower elevations in blood pressure

Irvine, Calif., March 28, 2005 -- Acupuncture treatments using low levels of electrical stimulation can lower elevations in blood pressure by as much as 50 percent, researchers at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UC Irvine have found.

In tests on rats, the researchers found that electroacupuncture treatments provided temporary relief from the conditions that raise blood pressure during hypertensive states. Such treatments, they believe, potentially can become part of a therapeutic regimen for long-term care of hypertension and other cardiovascular ailments in people.

"This study suggests that acupuncture can be an excellent complement to other medical treatments, especially for those treating the cardiac system," said Dr. John C. Longhurst, director of the Samueli Center and study leader. "The Western world is waiting for a clear scientific basis for using acupuncture, and we hope that this research ultimately will lead to the integration of ancient healing practices into modern medical treatment."

The study appears in the March issue of the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old form of Chinese medicine that involves inserting needles at specific points on the body to help cure disease or relieve pain. In previous studies, Longhurst and his UCI colleagues have identified at the cellular and molecular level how acupuncture excites brain cells to release neurotransmitters that either inhibit or heighten cardiovascular activity.

They have found that when an acupuncture needle is inserted at specific sites on the wrist, inside of the forearm or leg, this triggers the release of opioid chemicals in the brain that reduce excitatory responses in the cardiovascular system. This decreases the heart's activity and its need for oxygen, which in turn can lower blood pressure, and promotes healing for a number of cardiac ailments, such as myocardial ischemia (insufficient blood flow to the heart)
'"/>

Contact: Tom Vasich
tmvasich@uci.edu
949-824-6455
University of California - Irvine
28-Mar-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Acupuncture relieves pelvic pain during pregnancy
2. Acupuncture relieves pain and improves function in knee osteoarthritis
3. Acupuncture better than drugs alone for osteoarthritis of the knee
4. Acupuncture calms nerves, improves heart function
5. Acupuncture is promising treatment for cocaine addiction, Yale researchers find
6. Proteins found in urine of pregnant women could help diagnose preeclampsia
7. Potential drug target for treating cocaine abuse found
8. Similar results found in both older and younger patients undergoing weight-loss surgery
9. Infectious agent linked to mad cow disease found in organs other than the brain
10. Generation gap found in chronic pain
11. A site for sore eyes: New target for allergies found under the eyelid

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/10/2020)... ... January 10, 2020 , ... The 2020 Maine Boatbuilders Show has ... 5,000 lb 3D printed boat by the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the ... more about this amazing boat! The lead developer will also be giving seminars. ...
(Date:1/10/2020)... ... January 10, 2020 , ... WellHaven Pet Health, a family of companion animal ... community coming in February 2020, LEAD WELL with WOMEN. The community will be showcased ... vision of LEAD WELL with WOMEN is to empower women, engage all, connect, and ...
(Date:1/10/2020)... ... 2020 , ... SMG3Rx, a clinical mobility platform powered by ... (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Global Conference & Exhibition taking place on ... event of the year, where professionals throughout the global health ecosystem connect for ...
(Date:1/8/2020)... ... January 08, 2020 , ... Pyxa Solutions, a ... today that the company is rebranding as Red Nucleus R&D, a division of ... for the life sciences industry. , The addition of Red Nucleus R&D ...
(Date:1/8/2020)... ... January 09, 2020 , ... Real World ... Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 • 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST, https://www.centerwatch.com/rweanddata , ... to generate evidence and identify gaps and challenges when conducting trials? The Tufts ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/8/2020)... ... January 08, 2020 , ... ... compliance consulting, is proud to announce the attainment of a national certification as ... certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). , "We are ...
(Date:1/8/2020)... ... 09, 2020 , ... R3 Stem Cell is now offering a Comprehensive ... and procedure videos. The course is incredibly useful and provides a Certificate of Completion ... Stem Cell has been the leader for regenerative training with in person workshops. These ...
(Date:1/7/2020)... ... January 07, 2020 , ... ... and telecom service providers, announced today it has been selected by MetLife Stadium ... infrastructure. , “As part of our ongoing commitment to maintain the highest ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: