A new study from researchers at the UCI Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine has identified the molecular mechanism behind this benefit of electroacupuncture for hypertension.
The study revealed that regular electroacupunture treatment has the potential to lower hypertension by increasing the release of a kind of opioid in the brainstem region that controls blood pressure. Electroacupuncture is acupuncture using a mild electrical current to run down the needles.
This study is the first evidence published about the molecular activity behind electroacupunture’s benefits, a press release from UCI reported. These findings suggest that the therapy could be appropriate for for treating clinical hypertension.
Back in August, researchers also discovered that acupuncture has the potential to improve symptoms of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is a precursor of dementia, Medical Daily previously reported.