Objective: To investigate the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of hypertension in patients from April 2011 to May 2014.
Method: One hundred and six patients with hypertension were divided into two groups: 53 cases in the control group were on oral administration of nifedipine sustained-release (SR) tablets, and the 53 cases in the observation group were on oral nifedipine SR and acupuncture treatment.
Results: After four weeks of treatment, the two groups of patients had blood pressure readings before and after for comparison. The blood pressures of the observation group - the systolic blood pressure (SBP) and the diastolic blood pressure (DBP) - was significantly lower than that of the control group. The difference was statistically significant (p < 0.05). The systolic and diastolic blood pressures of the observation group were lower than before treatment.
Conclusion: Acupuncture therapy can significantly reduce the blood pressure in patients with hypertension. There were no obvious adverse reactions. Hence, acupuncture can significantly improve the quality of life of hypertensive patients.
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