Effect of acupuncture-point stimulation on diastolic blood pressure in hypertensive subjects: A preliminary study

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Abstract

Electrical stimulation of four specific acupuncture points (Liver 3, Stomach 36, Large Intestine 11, and the Groove for Lowering Blood Pressure) was examined in order to determine the effect of this stimulation on diastolic blood pressure in 10 subjects with diastolic hypertension. Subjects were randomly divided into two groups: (1) an Acu-ES group, which received electrical stimulation applied to the four antihypertensive acupuncture points, and (2) a Sham-ES group, which received electrical stimulation applied to non-acupuncture-point areas. A repeated-measures analysis of variance revealed a significant, immediate poststimulation reduction of diastolic blood pressure for the Acu-Es group versus the Sham-ES group. Further studies are needed to determine whether there are other acupuncture points, stimulation characteristics, or modalities that can enhance this treatment effect and whether the treatment effect can last for a clinically significant period of time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-529
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical therapy
Volume71
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

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Keywords

  • Acupuncture/acupressure
  • Blood pressure
  • Electrotherapy, electrical stimulation
  • Hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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