High blood pressure is sometimes called a “silent killer” and is feared by many. According to the 2017 American Heart Association guidelines, when blood pressure is measured during a calm, non-agitated state and reads high more than three times in two consecutive weeks, one is considered to be suffering from high blood pressure (hypertension).
Once diagnosed, simply lowering blood pressure is not the only goal. What is equally important is to find the cause of it. When the cause is resolved, the “silent killer” will become your “assistant” to alert you about your state of health.
There are several causes of high blood pressure. Anger, nervousness, fear, stiff shoulders, and cold weather are contributing factors.
1. Ways to Resolve Hypertension Due to Angry or Tense Environment
Some people are more easily agitated than others; even while watching television, their emotions can run high, causing outward expressions of anger, such as turning red, having a bulging neck, and having a short temper. This phenomenon arises when the sympathetic nerves become hyperactive, causing the peripheral blood vessels to constrict. In this state, the blood does not send oxygen directly to all parts of the body, which causes high blood pressure.
I once had a patient in her 50s, who was slightly obese and whose blood pressure readings were consistently around 200. After trying six different types of Western medicine blood pressure-lowering drugs to no avail, she came to see me. to receive treatment. After the treatments, her blood pressure dropped to 140 or 150. She was so happy that she told people everywhere: “Dr. Hu cured my blood pressure problem.”
I told her at the time, “Your high blood pressure was not cured by me, but by yourself.” I eat? “The medicine I prescribed you is a medicine to calm the emotions. So you are also adjusting your emotions and you become happier every day. Once you achieve the state of ‘don’t be angry, feel good’, high blood pressure will go away on its own.”
2 teas to calm emotions and lower blood pressure
The following two teas can help calm your emotions, achieving a calm and happy state of mind.
Put 10 pieces of chrysanthemum in a cup and brew with hot water. Whether it’s yellow, white, or wild mums, they’re all fine. Drink the tea once the mums are fully soaked, expanded, and exuding a fragrance. To make the drink more attractive and raise the desire to drink more, add a little licorice or goji berries.
Licorice jujube decoction
This was one of the remedies for the patient mentioned above.
In a pot of 1500 cc (about 3.2 pints) of water, boil four maces (about 0.52 oz) of licorice, 1 tael (about 1.33 oz) of wheat and 12 red dates and reduce until 1000 remain. cc (approximately 2.1 pints). Drink daily as a tea.
Note: It is better to choose “floating wheat”, that is, wheat that has been stored for a longer time.
Daily exercise to raise the happiness index
Exercise will soften the blood vessels, and once the peripheral blood vessels expand, blood will be able to pass through efficiently, removing cholesterol in the blood vessels at the same time. Once the blood flow in the large blood vessels becomes normal, the blood pressure will drop. Also, during exercise, the brain produces hormones called endorphins, the so-called “happiness hormones,” which make people feel happier and naturally lower blood pressure.
How do busy people at home and work find time to exercise? The benefits of exercising every day can add up. For example, while riding the bus to work, get off one stop early and walk the rest of the distance. Or when you go to lunch, spend five or six minutes walking up and down some stairs. When the workday is over and after dinner, go for a walk. This way, by the end of the day, you’ve racked up about 30 minutes of exercise, and the more ways you can find the better.
You can also “ground” negative energy in the body by wearing soft cloth shoes, just socks, or by going barefoot and walking on grass or dirt. In this way, in addition to getting some exercise, the blood supply to the brain is also increased. With enough oxygen, your blood pressure will naturally drop.
2. Touch 3 acupuncture points to relieve hypertension with stiff neck
Having a stiff neck and shoulders is another condition that can contribute to hypertension.
For example, many office workers spend their days in front of a computer screen in a “turtleneck” posture and have to sit for many hours. When they get home, they either lie back on the couch, not moving, or lean their heads toward their phones, further contributing to neck and shoulder stiffness, which in turn can lead to high blood pressure.
I have another patient who went to a hospital for tests, and every time they took his blood pressure in almost 200. He always felt uncomfortable after taking all the blood pressure-lowering medicines that the doctor prescribed, whether they were to lower cholesterol or dilation of blood vessels. Later, I helped him stretch his carotid artery and his high blood pressure problem disappeared.
There is an acupuncture point for neck and shoulder stiffness, the Chize acupoint (LU 5). Gently press the Chize point on your left and right hands every day for 3 to 5 minutes, and shake and rock your neck as you press. In this way, the blood circulation in the neck will improve, and the blood in the carotid artery will flow to the brain. When the blood supply is sufficient, the blood pressure will naturally drop.
In addition to Chize, two other points can improve blood circulation. One is Zusanli (ST 36) and the other is Sanyinjiao (SP 6).
In addition, people who cannot accurately press acupuncture points can also use the tapping method. By touching the upper part of the acupoint and also the lower part, they can sometimes touch the exact location of the acupoint, and the effect is also very good.
Note: Pregnant women should avoid massaging or touching the Sanyinjiao point.
3. Cold Type Hypertension: Keep Your Body Warm
Cold weather can also cause your blood pressure to rise.
During cold seasons, in order to preserve heat in the body, the blood vessels around the body will shrink, that is, they will become thinner and shrink in size. This reduces blood flow around the body and much of the blood remains within the large blood vessels, causing blood pressure to remain high.
To do? Wear layers of warm clothing and drink hot beverages. This will help narrowed blood vessels to return to their normal width, blood will be delivered evenly to all other blood vessels, and blood pressure will drop without the use of antihypertensive drugs.
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