New Hypertension Treatment Methods

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There are several new methods for treatment of hypertension. As most people know, high volumes of emotional and physical stress can contribute and elevate blood pressure. Although it is unclear whether or not psychlogical intervention aimed at reducing blood pressure is effective, recent studies show that anciet relaxation methods can be effective. Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong, which include controlled breathing and limited physical activity, are some of the methods proven to help lower blood pressure. Those with mild hypertention who practiced these healing techniques o­nce a day for two to three months, reported decrease in their stress level, anxiety level and blood pressure.

A recent study showed that a daily practice of slow breathing, which consisted of 15 minutes a day for eight weeks, showed a significant reduction in blood pressure. Before these methods of treating blood pressure are recommended, the results need to be confirmed in a more reliable and better-designed study. Whatever the outcome of further studies, these gentle practices, which impose minimal risk, prove to be a worthwhile activity to incorporate into any lifestyle. It is very important that older people not used to being active consult with their physician before beginning any type of excercise regimen including Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qigong.

Another new method of treatment for hypertension is herbal therapies. The effects of herbs such as, Stephania tetrandra (tetrandrine), Rauwolfia serpentina (snakeroot), or Panax notoginseng (ginseng) have not been extensively studied and it is very important that you inform your doctor if you use these herbs or plan to use them. Some herbs should not be used because they have been found to increase blood pressure.