Lower Blood Pressure with 3 Acupressure Points

Lower Blood Pressure with 3 Acupressure Points

Acupressure for Blood Pressure: A Natural Approach

In a recent systematic review conducted in 2023, researchers made an exciting discovery: acupuncture can effectively reduce blood pressure in individuals with hypertension. To naturally regulate blood pressure, the review specifically recommended 3 acupressure points. 

However, it is important to note that these 3 acupressure points should be used as a complement to your existing treatment plan. Consult with your medical professional for guidance and continue following their advice.

How does acupressure work in regulating blood pressure?

During an acupressure session, various reactions occur within our bodies. Our nerves, chemicals, and hormones work together, triggering the release of endorphins. Endorphins are natural “feel-good” chemicals that have a remarkable effect on our blood vessels, muscular system, and nervous system. They help these systems relax, leading to a decrease in blood pressure.

Regular acupressure treatments allow our bodies to gradually adapt to this stimulation, resulting in a reduction in blood pressure over time. Now, let’s move on to a simple acupressure technique that you can try at home.

How to Apply Acupressure at home

Apply pressure to the acupressure point for 3 minutes, hold it for 5 seconds, and then release for 1 second. Repeat this pattern of holding and releasing approximately 30 times. For optimal results, perform this technique 2-3 times per day. Feel free to do it more often if it proves helpful.

Let’s explore the 3 acupressure points that can assist in regulating blood pressure:

Liver 3 (Taichong or Great Rushing

Located on the top of the foot between the big toe and the second toe, this acupressure point is believed to have various beneficial effects on the body. To find Liver 3, place your thumb between the bones of your big toe and second toe, slightly towards the top of your foot. Activating this point is said to promote the smooth flow of energy in the body, relieve stress and tension, and improve overall liver function. Some people also find it helpful for relieving headaches, menstrual cramps, and reducing anxiety.

Heart 7 (Shenmen or Spirit Gate)

Situated on the inside of the wrist, in line with the little finger, this important acupressure point can have diverse effects on the body. To locate Heart 7, flex your hand slightly and look for a small depression on the palm side of your wrist. It is generally found in line with the ulnar bone, the bone on the pinky finger side of your forearm. Heart 7 is believed to be associated with the heart meridian and is known for its calming and balancing properties. It is often used to reduce anxiety, promote relaxation, and improve sleep. Additionally, it may help with symptoms such as palpitations, chest tightness, and emotional imbalances.

Kidney 3 (Taixi or Supreme Stream)

Positioned on the inner ankle, between the inner ankle bone (medial malleolus) and the Achilles tendon, this acupressure point is believed to have various positive effects on the body. To locate Kidney 3, place your thumb on the inner ankle bone and slide it down toward the foot until you reach a small hollow area. Kidney 3 is associated with the kidney meridian and is believed to help nourish and strengthen the kidneys. It is often used to support kidney function, boost energy levels, and promote overall vitality. Moreover, it may be helpful in managing symptoms such as lower back pain, fatigue, and menstrual irregularities.

These 3 acupressure points have a calming effect on the nervous system, which is beneficial when aiming to lower blood pressure. I encourage you to give them a try and see if they can help in reducing your blood pressure. Our Burnaby Physiotherapists are here to help, contact EastWest Physiotherapy if you have any questions.

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