High blood pressure can be decreased by using electro-acupuncture or electric stimulation.

One of the most unique ways for lowering high blood pressure is acupuncture, a Chinese medicine type of treatment that has been practiced in East Asia for thousands of years.  High blood pressure is a condition wherein blood begins to exert pressure on the heart chambers, veins, and the arterial walls.  Over a certain length of time, the strong rush of blood over the blood vessels begins to damage the lining of these blood vessels as well as result in arteriosclerosis, which is a state wherein the arteries begin to harden.

High Blood Pressure Symptoms

The symptoms of high blood pressure are usually acute in nature. These symptoms include emotional instability, short temper, depression, intestinal problems, insomnia, nose bleeding, breathing difficulties, restlessness, severe headaches, nervousness, flushed face and sudden dizziness. High blood pressure is usually diagnosed when a person’s normal blood frequently rises. Muscle weakness, weakened eye vision, and frequent urination are other physical symptoms of high blood pressure.

Electro-acupuncture treatments

High blood pressure can be decreased by using electro-acupuncture or electric stimulation. A study that experimented on the effects of acupuncture added with electric stimulation to the needles in the lowering of high blood pressure was conducted for the first time. Without the electric stimulation, acupuncture needling on the inside of the forearm right above the wrist, were ineffective; once low frequency electric stimulation was added the acupuncture treatment started to effectively lower blood pressure.

A comprehensive study on acupuncture reveals that the needling process stimulates brain cells resulting in the releasing of neurotransmitters that often increase the activities of the heart.  The needling of the leg , forearm or wrist helps cure high blood pressure. The needling of these body parts help release opioid chemicals in the brain and lessens excitatory reactions of the cardiovascular systems. The heart then eventually lowers its activity which then results in less consumption of oxygen by the body. This lowers blood pressure as well as leads to the healing of other cardiovascular conditions such as hypertensions and myocardial ischemia.

Other acupuncture procedures that lessen high blood pressure

You can avail of herbal formulas such as Shan, Hsia, Prunella (Hsia, Ku Cao), and Gastrodia Rhizome (Tyan Ma) to cure your high blood pressure. To get better results, the juices of these herbs should be injected into the blood.

One safer, natural and unique type of acupuncture therapy to cure high blood pressure can involve the pressure exertion on the part between your index finger and thumb skin on the back of your hand.

Rhinitis is Wei qi deficiency based on Chinese medicine theory.

What is Rhinitis?

Rhinitis is one of the most common respiratory conditions that can be suffered by basically people all over the world. It can either be a seasonal or recurrent condition with symptoms and signs that may include discomfort of the ala nasi, pharynx, and conjunctiva, sneezing, watery nasal discharge and nasal congestion. The causes of rhinitis may include extreme sensitivity of the nasal mucosa to certain foods, fumes, saliva, animal dander, fungal spores, dust mites, and pollen.

What is Hay fever?

Rhinitis caused by seasonal changes (seasonal rhinitis) is often termed as hay fever. Seasonal rhinitis is an extreme reaction to pollens and grasses that manifest a restricted seasonal dispersion. Seasonal rhinitis may show no symptoms during the times the condition is not easily triggered. Its main symptoms include itchy, sensitive eyes, extreme watery nasal discharge and sneezing.

Perennial rhinitis, on the other hand, can occur 24/7 or all throughout the year.  It is an extreme reaction to certain fumes, cold air, fungal spores, dust and animal dander. Symptoms and signs can recur or be intermittent in nature. Typical the symptoms and signs are less pronounced, and may involve minor itch, congestion or discomfort of the eyes and nose, with episodic aggravations.

Rhinitis according to Chinese medicine

Rhinitis is Wei qi deficiency based on Chinese medicine theory.  Wei qi works just underneath the dermis and is a type of defense system of the body.  Its foundation comes from kidney yang and is conveyed up to the surface (the surface is the mucus membranes of the throat and nose) by the lungs.  In instances where wei qi is weak, enhanced sensitivity to inhaled substances occurs since the wei qi cannot repulse a pathogenic invasion.

Rhinitis manifests itself uniquely in each person even if the condition seems to look all similar in different people. The weakness in a person’s organ could change the presentation, length and symptomology of the person.  People with rhinitis could have less nasal discharge than congestion, or their condition could have had a late onset, meaning they easily get rhinitis when they are adults.

How does a Chinese medicine practitioner treat hay fever?

A Chinese medicine practitioner/doctor treats rhinitis step by step. The primary step is to endeavor controlling the acute phase of the condition.  Next, he/she will observe the root underlying cause and resolve it. This treatment phase can differ significantly in length of time and may involve the use of herbal prescriptions and acupuncture combined with lifestyle and food recommendations. While several individuals may get well within two or three months, some people may show some improvement only after 4 months.  If you are seriously considering getting Chinese medical therapy, then you need to know this.  After all, if you have seasonal hay fever, then getting treatment before the anticipated time of year can greatly lessen the severity of the symptoms when the season of rhinitis commences. Acting ahead of time can even mean not suffering from any symptoms at all.


Kine Fischler is a licensed acupuncture physician and the clinical director of Willow Tree Wellness Clinic in Portland, OR.