By Edward Scarlett Special to The Pineapple About 70 million American adults (29%) have high blood pressure More than 360,000 American deaths in 2013 included high blood pressure as a primary or contributing cause. High blood pressure increases your risk for dangerous health conditions such as; first heart attack, first stroke, chronic heart failure, kidney trouble, and trouble with memory or understanding. Uncontrolled high blood pressure may also affect your ability to think, remember and learn. There are two types of high blood pressure. Primary (essential) hypertension For most adults, there is no identifiable cause of high blood pressure. Secondary hypertension Some people have high blood pressure caused by an underlying condition. Obstructive sleep apnea, kidney problems, adrenal gland tumors, thyroid problems, certain defects in blood vessels you’re born with (congenital) High blood pressure has many risk factors, including: Age, race, family history, being overweight or obese, not being physically active, using tobacco, too much salt (sodium) in your diet, too little potassium in your diet, drinking too much alcohol, stress. Certain chronic conditions, and irregular cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone produced from cholesterol in the two adrenal glands located on top of each kidney. It is normally released in response to events and circumstances such as waking up in the morning, exercising, and acute stress. Considering the many stressors in our lives, an issue with cortisol levels can effect many roles in the body’s effort to carry out its processes. Medications Used to Control High Blood Pressure Diuretics (water pills). Your doctor may first suggest diuretics — also called water pills. Diuretics work by flushing excess water and sodium from the body Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. These allow blood vessels to widen by preventing the formation of a hormone called angiotensin. Angiotensin II receptor blockers. These help blood vessels relax by blocking the action of angiotensin Beta-blockers. These work by blocking certain nerve and hormonal signals to the heart and blood vessels, thus lowering blood pressure. Calcium channel blockers. These prevent calcium from going into heart and blood vessel muscle cells, thus causing the cells to relax Renin inhibitors. Renin is an enzyme produced by your kidneys that starts a chain of chemical steps that increases blood pressure And now for some good news. I have been using acupuncture as a painless, holistic, non-invasive method of controlling high blood pressure for many years now. Studies from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have concluded that their data strongly shows that acupuncture SHOULD be included in the hypertension guidelines and widely used for blood pressure regulation. The study consisted of 34 patients who have been using 1 to 3 medications without success for at least two years. The patients also experienced unpleasant side effects from their medications. After 15 sessions of acupuncture the average diastolic pressure was reduced from 163 to 129 and the diastolic from 94 to 79. The NIH concluded that acupuncture should be Included in hypertension treatment guidelines and widely used for blood pressure regulation. Dr. Edward Scarlett is an expert in multiple Acupuncture and Body Work techniques. He has studied biological and functional medicine in the U.S. and Germany. Dr. Scarlett is certified in injection therapy as well, and utilizes nutrition, detoxification, along with Electoral Dermal Screening of the body and advanced lab screenings to customize a program for each patient. For information visit www.Aliveandwellacupuncture.com. email:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-272-7816.