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Cardiovascular and endocrine effects of acupuncture in hypertensive patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9310203     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It has been reported that acupuncture can decrease blood pressure in patients with hypertension, possibly by an endocrine mechanism. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of acupuncture on arterial blood pressure and the secretion of renin, vasopressin and cortisol in hypertensive patients. Acupuncture was performed in fifty untreated essential hypertensive patients resting in the supine position. Thirty min after acupuncture there were decreases in systolic pressure from 169 +/- 2 to 151 +/- 2 mm Hg, diastolic pressure from 107 +/- 1 to 96 +/- 1 mm Hg, and heart rate from 77 +/- 2 to 72 +/- 2 bpm (P < 0.01). Plasma renin activity decreased from 1.7 +/- 0.4 to 1.1 +/- 0.2 ng/ml/2h (P < 0.01), but there were no significant changes in plasma vasopressin or cortisol concentrations. These results confirm that acupuncture decreases blood pressure in hypertensive patients, and suggest that the decrease results, at least in part, from a decrease in renin secretion.
Y J Chiu; A Chi; I A Reid
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical and experimental hypertension (New York, N.Y. : 1993)     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1064-1963     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Exp. Hypertens.     Publication Date:  1997 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-10-28     Completed Date:  1997-10-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9305929     Medline TA:  Clin Exp Hypertens     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1047-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Chiu General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Acupuncture Therapy*
Blood Pressure / physiology*
Heart Rate
Hydrocortisone / blood
Hypertension / blood,  physiopathology*,  therapy
Middle Aged
Renin / blood
Supine Position
Vasopressins / blood
Reg. No./Substance:
11000-17-2/Vasopressins; 50-23-7/Hydrocortisone; EC

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