This research is designed to study the effects of needle acupuncture on blood pressure and
HRV by stimulating certain acupuncture points and meridians.
Outcome measurements include blood pressure and heart rate variability.
- Male or female suffering from mild hypertension (systolic BP between 130-165 mmHg,
diastolic BP between 90-120 mmHg).
- Individuals with heart, kidney, thyroid disorders, diabetes, chronic disease or
illness, neurological diseases, skin or bleeding disorders,
- Currently taking prescription or OTC medications and/or herb/supplements that effect
BP or autonomic tone will not be recruited into the study.
- In addition, individuals who have a pacemaker and/or are pregnant will not be
recruited in the study. A health history questionnaire was used to screen subjects.