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Acupressure vs. high blood pressure: This holistic route is 100 percent drug-free


(NaturalNews) The need for a good and safe solution to the problem of high blood pressure has never been greater. According to the CDC, as many as 70 million adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure, which is roughly one out of every three. This is a startling statistic, because high blood pressure dramatically increases a person's risk for two of the three leading causes of death in our country: heart disease and stroke.

High blood pressure can be caused by a number of issues, including smoking, obesity, a poor diet, stress and a lack of sleep. While high blood pressure can often be regulated by adopting a healthy diet and exercising regularly, doctors are alarmingly quick to prescribe medication to deal with the problem. These medications often carry a number of downright scary side effects, which is why many people prefer to try to treat the issue naturally.

Ancient Chinese techniques can yield impressive results

If you've already improved your diet and exercise regimen, and are looking for other ways to lower your blood pressure, you might want to consider a holistic solution suggested by Lu Hun Sen, a doctor for Moscow's Spartak soccer club. This ancient Chinese acupressure technique can help regulate your blood pressure without the need for any type of drugs or chemicals.

Acupressure is a self-applied therapy that tends to bring about relief quickly and effectively, and it gets even more effective with regular use. It is based on the theory that invisible energy known as qi in Chinese, carries a tremendous healing power. When pressure is applied at special "acupoints" that are connected to various glands, it is believed that qi flow can be boosted.

Finding the pressure points

Acupressure entails massaging key points on the body to help stimulate blood flow. The first line stretches from behind the cartilage in your ear to the middle of your neckline bone. Gently touching this line with your fingertips ten times on both sides of your body is sufficient. Take care not to squeeze or rub it, and remember to keep a light touch.

The other point starts half an inch away from your ear at earlobe height, and stretches out toward your nose. Press on both sides of this line for about a minute. Your touch should be gentle and just strong enough that you can start to feel the pressure. Healthy Food House reports that this method is quite effective if it is practiced on a regular basis.

Modern Reflexology suggests a number of other useful acupressure points for high blood pressure. One is the "Large Intestine 4," which is used for chronic pain in addition to high blood pressure. It's found on the webbing that is between the thumb and forefinger. Pressing here can calm and balance blood flow in the body while also boosting immunity.

Another effective point is known as "Gall Bladder 20." This point is situated on the back of the neck at the base of the skull in a depression on both sides of the vertebra. The thumbs can be used to apply a medium amount of pressure for a minute or longer while also taking deep breaths. This not only evens out high blood pressure, but also helps with balance and headaches.

The many pressure points found on the body can be used to heal a host of problems. Acupressure has been shown by scientific studies to be useful for a number of other issues, including labor pain, post-operative nausea and headaches, among others.

Those who are interested in learning more about remedies such as this one might want to look into the Natural Medicine, Healing and Wellness Summit.

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