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A Korean study has shown that acupuncture can improve endothelial dysfunction in patients with hypertension. The pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial randomly assigned 15 patients with essential hypertension to...

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Korean authors have carried out a systematic review of acupuncture for the treatment of essential hypertension. Twenty trials were included, of which only three were considered relatively rigorous. Acupuncture achieved significant...

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A systematic review of the literature on the effect of tai chi exercise on blood pressure (BP) suggests that it may reduce BP and serve as a practical, non-pharmacological adjunct to conventional hypertension management. Of the 26...

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The Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California has received a $2 million, five-year federal grant to continue studying how acupuncture can help treat cardiovascular illnesses such as heart...

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The effects of acupuncture as an add-on to conventional antihypertensive management methods (medication and/or lifestyle modification) were investigated.

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In a trial of 192 subjects with hypertension (between 140/90 and 179/109 mmHg), given up to twelve acupuncture treatments over six to eight weeks, no difference in effect was found between standardised (formula) acupuncture, individualised acupuncture and invasive sham acupuncture (needling non-points).

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A rigorous, randomised, single-blind, Western trial comparing acupuncture with sham needling suggests that acupuncture may decrease blood pressure in hypertensive patients by a similar amount to that achieved using pharmaceutical therapy.

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A kampo (traditional Japanese herbal medicine) made from four herbs: Huang Lian (Coptidis Rhizoma), Huang Qin (Scutellariae Radix), Zhi Zi (Gardeniae Fructus) and Huang Bai (Cortex Phellodendri) was found to be significantly more effective than placebo in controlling hypertension symptoms in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

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