Acupressure Points for High Blood Pressure

Acupressure is a well known alternative therapy to treat various diseases. Its practiced from past thousands of years. Millions of people believe in it and use it treat medical conditions in a natural way. Here we will discuss how to treat High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) through Acupressure.

Acupressure Points for High Blood Pressure

There are acupressure points throughout our body. Different point are meant to treat different diseases. Here we have listed a few acupressure point which are know to help in reducing High Blood Pressure.

Gb 20 (Wind Pool)

Location of Gb20 point: This point is at the base of your skull on your neck. When you bend your head forward and then back again, you will be able to identify a depression on both sides of spinal cord. Wind Pool (Gb 20) is in these depressions.

How To Apply Pressure: Use the thumbs to apply the pressure, and hold it for around a minute. Gradually apply and release the pressure with deep breaths.

Benefits of Gb 20: Its beneficial in getting relief from headaches, neck stiffness, pain and colds

Li 11

Location of Li 11 Point: This Point is located on the outer side of the elbow, at the end of elbow crease.

How to Apply Pressure: Applying steady and strong pressure for 1 minute and then do the same on other arm.

Benefits of Li 11: It lowers high blood pressure, reduce heat and inflammation. It is also used to treat menstrual issues and blood circulation problems.

Li 4

Location of Li 4 Point: This point is also known as Union Valley. It is located in the webbing between the forefinger (index finger) and the thumb.

How to Apply Pressure: Apply pressure until you feel a mild discomfort. Press it for 20 to 30 seconds and then release.

Benefits of Li 4: This point balances blood flow throughout the body and clears stagnation. This point is used in various other problems like toothache, eye problem, skin problem, sinus and improving immunity. It should not be used on a pregnant women as it can induce labor prematurely.

ST 36

Location of ST 36 Point: Also known as Leg Three Miles. It is located four finger widths below the lower edge of the kneecap and one finger width towards the outside of shin bone.

How to Apply Pressure: Apply firm pressure on the point for 1 minute.

Benefits of ST 36: This point tonify the blood, treat digestive disorders, general weakness, lower leg pain, asthma, PMS symptoms, depression and insomnia.

LV 3

Location of LV 3 Point: It is situated on the top of the foot, on the web margin of skin between the big toe and the second toe. Hypertension and blockages in the liver meridian are connected to each other and stimulating LV 3 helps in clearing the liver meridian.

How to Apply Pressure: Apply firm pressure on the point for 1 minute.

Benefits of LV 3: It cures hypertension, eye problems, menstrual issues, male impotence, anxiety, irritability, and insomnia.

HT 7

Location of HT 7 Point: It is positioned at the wrist crease, on the radial side of the flexor carpi ulnaris tendon. This acupressure point is also termed as Spirit Gate.

How to Apply Pressure: Apply firm pressure using thumb.

Benefits of HT 7: It is used to treat heart problems like angina, irregular heartbeat, pounding heart, sleeping disorders, anxiety, mania and insomnia.

Alternative Medicines for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Alternative Medicines for High Blood PressureAlternative Medicines are those treatments which are usually known as home remedies or those therapies which are not a part of modern medicines. Such treatments are usually not encouraged by doctors as these treatments don't have any significant research or authorized practitioners behind them. However in some cases these alternative medicines work either because they are really effective or because we believe in them very strongly (or may be both).

A number of people use alternative medicines to get relief from high blood pressure and get benefits at very low cost and in a natural way. Here we have collected some facts about alternative medicines for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension).

Herbs for Reducing High Blood Pressure

Lets begin with some herbs which are found effective in reducing the blood pressure readings.

  • Basil: Its a medicinal herb with various medicinal qualities (according to ayurveda). Its leaves can be added to pastas, soups, salads, and casseroles.
  • Cinnamon: It enhances the flavor of stir-fries, curries, and stews and also reduces the high blood pressure.
  • Cardamom: Its a common spice used in India and South Asia. Its seeds or the powder can be used in soups and stews, and even in baked goods for a special flavor.
  • Hawthorn: Its a trditional chinese medicine and it prevents clot formation and increases blood circulation.
  • Celery Seed: Another chinese traditional medicine. It acts as a diuretic, which itself explains its effect on blood pressure.
  • Cat's Claw: It is a chinese herbal medicine and it reduces blood pressure by acting on calcium channels in your cells.
  • Flaxseed: This herb is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and it lowers the blood pressure significantly.
  • Garlic: It can reduce the blood pressure by making blood vessels to relax and dilate. However its pungent smell is unbearable for some people but this herb have a good reputation in reducing BP.
  • Ginger: It reduces the blood pressure by relaxing the muscles near blood vessels.
There are some therapies as well which are known to help in reducing the hypertension. We will put some light on them after telling about some diet changes which can really help you in the best way to keep your BP under control.

  • Eat more Fruits and Vegetables.
  • Foods rich in magnesium, potassium, and calcium help in maintaining good blood pressure.
  • Avoid sweets and food with high saturated fat.

Some physical activity can also help in maintaining your High Blood Pressure under control.

  • If you are physically active then it reduces your chances of developing High BP as a disease irrespective of your age.
  • Even if you are a patient of High BP still some mild exercises will help you in keeping it under control. (Consult your physician regarding that).
  • Some researches suggest that Yoga, Tai-chi and some breathing exercises can help you in dealing with High Blood Pressure. 
Some Lifestyle Changes can also bring your blood pressure back on track. Some of the changes are:

  • Reducing your Weight
  • Limit Alcohol Intake
  • Quit Smoking

Some people also try to use acupressure and acupuncture to get relief from high blood pressure. There is some suspense on effectiveness of these techniques as no scientific researches are done yet to confirm them.