Zee Media Bureau
New York: Many people will confess to being scared of needles, but, the alternative medicine of acupuncture that involves thin needles being inserted into various points on your body, adheres to effective healing of many health problems.
Now, a study has suggested that regular electroacupuncture treatment can lower hypertension by increasing the release of a kind of opioid in the brainstem region that controls blood pressure.
Hypertension is a major contributor to health problems like strokes and heart attacks.
The researchers from the University of California - Irvine, conducted the test on rats and noted that reduced blood pressure lasted for at least three days after electroacupuncture by increasing the gene expression of enkephalins, which one of the three major opioid peptides produced by the body.
The study which appeared in the journal Scientific Reports showed that repetitive electroacupuncture evoked a long-lasting action in lowering blood pressure in hypertension, suggesting that this therapy may be suitable for treating clinical hypertension.
(With IANS inputs)