Dr. Mindy Boxer – Studies Show Acupuncture Helps Reduce High Blood Pressure

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Those suffering from Hypertension, or High Blood Pressure, are at risk for a host of other health issues including suffering a stroke or heart attack. And for some people, the prescription drugs used to treat high blood pressure either aren’t effective enough or bring on undesirable side effects. In recent years, studies have shown that Acupuncture can be an effective and drug free alternative to combating High Blood Pressure. 

High Blood Pressure is not something you want to ignore. If your blood pressure is too high for a long period of time, it can cause serious damage to your blood vessels. These damaged blood vessels can lead to some serious health issues including heart failure, vision loss, kidney disease, or stroke, just to name a few. The really dangerous thing is that many people with high blood pressure don’t exhibit any symptoms so it’s important to get your blood pressure checked regularly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately, 75 million people in the United States, or 29% of the population, suffer from Hypertension or High Blood Pressure.

Of particular note is a 2015 study conducted at the University of California, Irvine and published in the journal Medical Acupuncture1 which found that Acupuncture was beneficial in treating patients with mild to moderate Hypertension. Study participants had their blood pressure reduced for up to 6 weeks with the use of Electro-Acupuncture.

Electro-Acupuncture works by applying low intensity electrical pulses through needles inserted into specific points on the body. Researchers said that, “findings suggest that with regular use, Electro-Acupuncture could help people manage their blood pressure and reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke in the longer term.” According to the study, 70% of treated patients experienced a noticeable drop in blood pressure.

“By using Western scientific rigor to validate an ancient Eastern therapy, we feel we have integrated Chinese and Western medicine and provided a beneficial guideline for treating a disease that affects millions in the U.S.,” said senior author and UCI professor of medicine and cardiologist John Longhurst.

The Electro-Acupuncture treatment group also showed other health benefits such as a 41% on average drop in blood concentration of norepinephrine (or noradrenaline) which is a hormone that constricts blood vessels and increases blood pressure as well as blood sugar. And this is good news as High Blood Pressure costs the U.S. approximately $50 billion a year in health care costs, medications, and absence from work.

“Because Electro-Acupuncture decreases both peak and average systolic blood pressure over 24 hours, this therapy may decrease the risk for stroke, peripheral artery disease, heart failure and myocardial infarction in hypertensive patients,” said Dr. Longhurst.

The bottom line is the risks are too great! If you haven’t been checked for High Blood Pressure, now might be a good time to do it. And if you are interested in a drug-free option to address hypertension, call me today and make an appointment.


Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
At age 15, Dr. Boxer began her lifelong practice of Yoga & Meditation, read many Nutrition books, began Juicing her Vegetables, and explored and all Raw Diet.  Recognizing the importance of Nutrition in overall health, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 in Nutrition and Human Behavior, providing her with a solid foundation to counsel and educate patients on how to attain health and vitality.
Her informative Lectures and appetizing Cooking Classes were the perfect forum to educate the community about the effects of food on Mood and Behavior, as well as in innovative ways to balance Body Chemistry in order to achieve overall well being.
Sensing a need to expand her training and understanding of the human body as a whole system, Dr. Boxer continued her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine,  and in 1993 earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Medical Board of the State of California in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
These diverse disciplines give Dr. Boxer a unique view of the human body and how to keep it functioning in an optimal manner. Her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Functional Nutrition have a profound effect on Hormonal balance, Rejuvenation, and Immune system enhancement.

Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.
Proper Nutrition, Herbs, Acupuncture, and Homeopathic remedies are the tools Dr. Boxer utilizes to allow the body to heal itself and find its way back to balance. She is dedicated to helping her patients find “Radiant Health and Well-Being.”

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