In America alone, one in 3 people have high blood pressure (32% of adults), and only 54% of them have their problem under control. And this problem can raise its head very unexpectedly, so it is crucial to know at least some quick fixes — like acupressure points — to lower your blood pressure.
High blood pressure, along with severe discomfort, can also put you at risk of heart disease and strokes. So what are you supposed to do when you’re not feeling well and there’s nothing on hand to help? We are ready to show you some tricks.
The point between your big toe and second toe is called Liver 3 (LV 3) and shouldn’t be neglected in hypertension treatments. Apply pressure to it for one minute to help your body with a range of problems from blood pressure to menstrual pains and anxiety. In general, your feet have a variety of pressure points, which, when massaged, can bring a great improvement to your health.
LI 4 (Large Intestine 4) is an easily reachable point on your hand. You can apply pressure with the thumb of your other hand for some time, or treat it with a pulsating movement. Stimulating this spot treats chronic pain and boosts immunity, along with relieving high blood pressure.
PC 6 (Pericardium 6 or “Inner Gate”) is a pressure point on your inner forearm. To find it, go approximately 3 finger widths from your wrist, and aim for the middle. It helps your heart and settles your blood pressure by regulating your circulatory system. It can also treat nausea, headaches, and motion sickness.
GB 20 (Gallbladder 20 or the “Wind Pool”) are actually 2 points on your neck on both sides of the vertebra and right under the base of your skull. To “activate” these points, you need to apply medium pressure for about one minute at a time. Keep your hands steady, and don’t involve any other motion. When doing it to yourself, use your thumbs. This can also release neck tension and treat fevers and eye problems.
GV 20 (Governing Vessel 20 or “Hundred Convergences”) is a pressure point on the top of your head. You can find it in the middle of your head by imagining a line going from ear to ear. You can massage or press this point to lower blood pressure, treat dizziness, or just to feel more rested.
Blood pressure remedies
Along with all the quick fixes, there are also things you can do to take your blood pressure under control naturally.
- Power walking not only makes your heart “work out,” but it also releases endorphins, which affect your overall state of health.
- The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) includes a lot of fruits and vegetables with whole grains. It also suggests that you avoid processed foods, foods with saturated fats, and fatty dairy and meat products.
- The 3 deadly sins of high blood pressure are nicotine, alcohol, and stress. All of these things put unnecessary pressure on your heart and vessel system, and will increase your risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
- Swap salt for spices. Increased salt intake makes your body hold on to fluid and results in a spike in blood pressure. You can even lose extra calcium through the frequent urination caused by fluid retention. By decreasing your salt intake, you won’t lose that extra calcium and you’ll help your bones to stay strong. Try using spices and herbs to flavor your food instead.
With a ridiculous number of people suffering from high blood pressure, it is only logical to try to prevent it in any way possible. What are your ways of staying healthy? If we did not mention them, please share them in the comments!