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Solihull Acupuncture treatments for High Blood Pressure

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Acupuncture for Blood Pressure in Solihull Birmingham.

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The most common question asked of an acupuncturist is can acupuncture treat certain conditions. The language used in response to this type of question takes us immediately into what is fast becoming litigation nightmare.

You may be aware of Mr Simon Singh verses The British Chiropractors Association court case. Mr Simon Singh disagreed with comments from Chiropractors reporting that certain conditions could be treated via chiropractor techniques. This was on the basis that there was insufficient scientific evidence.

Implying that scientific evidence is the only means of judging the efficacy of all forms of treatment. The normal double blind trials may not be suitable in all cases. Therefore proof as such will have to come from research, which all takes time and money.

Results must count for something! Whatever our back grounds or beliefs we are all in agreement that patients need protecting against false claims and unregulated therapists.

Solihull acupuncturist Chris Byrne of Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Hall Green Birmingham looks at acupuncture treatments for blood pressure and his comments are noted below.

“As an acupuncturist I am regulated by The British Acupuncture Council, but not all acupuncturists are, so please ensure that your therapist has a governing body with a strict code of practice.

In my experience, patients go to their GP with the expectation of getting a quick fix. (In the case of blood pressure problems, high or low.) The patient has no great expectation of having to make any major alterations to their life style. None of us are good at making changes, but faced with being on medication for the rest of their life suddenly they are not happy.

In the first three months of 2010, I had to refer three patients back to their GP due to hypertension. So why refer the patients? Why not just treat the patient?   

The answer is that the patients need protecting in the first instance against damage to blood vessels. There are many reasons why hypertension presents itself and we do not have all the answers.

These particular patients could not make the necessary changes and had not come to see me knowing they had problems in this area. Patient safety is paramount and once on medication this then becomes a matter between the patient and their GP.

 No complementary practitioner worth their salt should tell you to stop any medication, it’s not their role.

As an acupuncturist I spend time with the patient, trying to understand what is going on in their little world, I take a family history, and I also need to understand life style and diet. 

I then work out the best approach to treatment, this approach has to be realistic and achievable. It’s amazing what is revealed within the consultation! The patient starts to understand themselves. If they are honest patients can usually see why they are in this state and know changes are needed. 

I expect patients to make changes to their life style, diet and address stressful situations as all contribute to hypertension.

For acupuncture to be effective, I would treat the sympathetic nervous system directly. In addition I would use a selection of body points, the selection of which is specifically for that individual patient.

I would also incorporate a programme teaching the use of simple but very effective breathing techniques. These techniques must be used daily to be effective .During this period the patient should continue their medication. Medication may be stopped if and when their GP advises.

 It is my opinion that patients will feel within a very short period of time the benefits of this approach. It is normal to give six treatments. If by then no change has occurred my approach may not be for this patient.

As a practitioner I would not be happy to continue treating the patients without seeing some sort of positive feed back, and would therefore need to acknowledge my limitations.

At Atlas we put the patient first, we treat both the symptoms and the cause if it is possible to establish.  Acupuncture treatments in Solihull and Birmingham can be accessed by telephoning 0121 745 8792.