April Bui Acupuncture
Memorial / Spring Branch
Chinese Medicine Terminology
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. Although Chinese medicine concept can be abstract, this helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
Chinese Medicine Diagnosis:
According to Chinese medicine, high blood pressure results from one or more of the following imbalances:
• Qi stagnation of liver, heart
• Yin deficiency of liver, heart, kidney
• Blood deficiency
• Heat, excess or deficient type
• Ascending liver yang
The excessive loss of blood is a common cause of high blood pressure. Thus women who have a history of chronically heavy periods are prime candidates for high blood pressure.
In treating high blood pressure, we use acupuncture and herbs to achieve these healing effects:
• Open the energy system and regulate qi and blood flow.
• Especially regulate liver and heart channels.
• Unblock qi and blood stagnation.
• Nourish yin and blood.
• Fortify spleen, kidneys, and liver.
• Clear heat and subdue liver yang.
• Stop heavy bleeding in the case of heavy menstruation.
Exercise, proper diet, stress reduction, eliminating alcohol and smoking is necessary to control blood pressure the natural way. Daily meditation is a very effective practice to lower blood pressure.
The initial course of treatment is six to twelve weekly sessions and followed by a maintenance program. With firm commitment to the treatment and making the right changes in one's life, people at borderline have a good chance of not relying on medications.
For people with very high blood pressure, we do not recommend that they get off medications while taking this treatment, but our goal is to see their medications decrease in dosage or even better to have some medications eliminated eventually.