Angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, blood pressure, hypertension, and diabetic angiopathy X. Q. Zhou and J. X. Liu33 help illustrate the role of auricular acupuncture in the area of cardiology. They demonstrated that ear Shenmen and the Heart point played a significant role with just one treatment by reducing the frequency and duration of the symptoms of angina pectoris.
C. Feng et al.34 point out that “transcranium doppler ultrasound examination revealed increased blood flow rates in the brain with significant differences before and after treatment when ear Shenmen was treated with electromagnetic therapy.”
Auricular acupoints also can treat hypertension. R. X. Zhou, Y. H. Zhang, and associates35 illustrated that “a transient antihypertensive effect with semen vaccaria could be achieved for up to 1 month by using 5 to 6 of the following ear points replaced twice a week over a 3 month period: Shenmen, Sympathetic, Liver, Heart, Spleen, Kidney, Erjian (Ear apex), Lung, Helix 6, Subcortex, and the Hypertension groove. The most effective time to press was found to be before noon. The treatment worked better for females and Type A — Taiyang- or Fire-type patients.”
H. Q. Huang and S. Z. Liang36 found “blood pressure was lowered with needling the Heart point. The short-term hypotensive rate was 100% and the forward effective rate was 63.3%.” P. I. Gaponiuk and M. V. Leonova37 discovered that “certain patients with hypertension were able to discontinue drugs and other patients were able to reduce their drug intake.”
In the area of diabetes M. N. Solun and A. L. Liaifer38 report, “In patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus with functional stage of lower limb diabetic angiopathy, body and auricular points were successful. These points enhanced blood outflow and regulation of the lower limb, vascular peripheral resistance, and improved elastotonic properties of arteries of average caliber.”
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