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Observation of the Efficacy of Acupuncture in Patients with Hypertension

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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.

22 Aug, 2016
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