Reflexology And Its Effects On High Blood Pressure (HBP)
High blood pressure or HBP is the leading cause behind strokes and heart attacks among grown men. HBP can occur due to many reasons, liver or kidney problems, stress, anxiety, smoking, and irregular lifestyle being a few of them. Most of the medicines and drugs available in the market focus on mollifying the symptoms while leaving the root causes alone and unaffected. Reflexology experts, on the other hand, focus on eliminating the root causes themselves, thereby, nullifying the chances of HBP recurring.
Reflexology is a Chinese asymptomatic remedial technique akin to acupuncture. Unlike acupuncture, Reflexology, however, relies less on needles and more on massaging the specific pressure points under the feet and on the palm. Reflexology can eradicate the root causes of some of the most dangerous diseases plaguing the world such as high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, heart diseases and not to mention its effects on kidney and liver diseases as well.
In the next few pointers, we shall be discussing in details the positive effects of reflexology on high blood pressure.
How Reflexology Helps In Lowering HBP?
Procedurally, reflexology targets some prominent symptoms and problematic areas in an hbp patient in order to cure him. Some pointers below shall help elaborating the process of reflexology on hbp.
- Targeting the problem areas: Reflexology divides the body into problem areas based on the diseases needs to be treated. In case of HBP, the body is divided into areas where the “Reflexes” or points for Solar Plexus, Diaphragm, Kidneys, Pituitary gland and Adrenalin Glands reside. Once these reflexes are isolated, the goal is to work on them either one-by-one or simultaneously. In this process, HBP falls below 140/90mg levels and does not fluctuate.
- Cures the breathlessness in HBP patients: One major symptom of HBP is shortness of breath. People suffering from HBP find climbing stairs or performing any sort of physical activity heavily taxing. To ease this condition, the pressure point for Diaphragm below the foot is massaged and stimulated in an effective way. This helps the diaphragm ease pressure in the chest cavity and improves breathing.
- Eliminating stress and anxiety: The point for solar plexus resides just below the ball of foot right in the middle. Massaging this point helps a person relax and minimalizes the effects of stress and anxiety. Most people report a deep sense of calmness and relaxation after a session of Reflexology focussing on the solar plexus. This reduces the chance of hypertension to a great extent.
- Helps releasing the hormone, Adrenaline: The reflexes for pituitary and kidneys are the most important as these organs play a major role in regulating blood pressure inside a human body. As Chinese reflexology experts believe, the body has 12 channels through which life energy or Qi flows. Massaging the Adrenalin gland point releases this energy and improves circulation. Thus, stimulation of the Adrenalin reflex along with the Kidney and Pituitary reflexes can work wonders in terms of lowering HBP.
To accentuate the results derived from the reflexology techniques mentioned above, massaging the heart reflex at the base of the palm is also very helpful as it improves blood flow throughout the body and relaxes the arteries thus bringing HBP down.
Experts’ Take On Reflexology:
According to a study conducted on a group of people suffering from HPB, the part of the group that received Reflexology treatment, showed significant improvement after some 20 sessions over a period of 10 weeks. This group of people were also able to reduce their medicine intake and still maintain a healthy blood pressure level.
While coming to the end, reflexology is a very effective remedial technique that can be practiced at home but provide almost life changing results. Reflexology can help reduce blood pressure in an easy and natural way if a healthy lifestyle is maintained therewith.
Written By Utsava Dutta