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Researchers found that patients with hypertension achieved significant short-term reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure following the administration of acupuncture.
They conducted a systematic review to estimate the effect of acupuncture on blood pressure in hypertensive patients. Diastolic and systolic blood pressure were reduced. Considering the limitation of the four positive noninferiority studies and the results of the meta-analysis of the three sham-controlled studies, the notion that acupuncture may lower high blood pressure is inconclusive. More rigorous trials are warranted.
-- Am J Hypertens. 2009 Jan;22(1):122-8. Epub 2008 Nov 13. Acupuncture for lowering blood pressure: systematic review and meta-analysis.Lee H, Kim SY, Park J, Kim YJ, Lee H, Park HJ.
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