Using Ultrasound to Lower Blood Pressure?

According to a study out of Tohuku University in Japan, blood pressure can significantly drop by applying 20 minutes of ultrasound to the forearm of type 2 diabetes patients with treatment-resistant hypertension. High blood pressure is estimated to cause 7.5 million deaths worldwide and can be difficult to control in some patients with type 2 diabetes.

This study included 212 patients with type 2 diabetes that were suffering from treatment-resistant hypertension. Each of these participants was divided into one of four groups: either the 800 kHZ of low frequency, low-intensity ultrasound irradiation to the forearm for 20 minutes group or the 500 kHZ of low-intensity irradiation for 20 minutes group. The other two groups were used as controls, receiving a placebo procedure.

The results of the study were that the participants in both ultrasound procedures had significantly reduced blood pressure and pulse rates compared to the control groups. No adverse effects were seen as a result of the ultrasound procedures.

One researcher notes, “We do not have specific treatments for resistant hypertension. The cost of anti-hypertensive agents for patients is high. Ultrasound has the advantage of being cheap and non-invasive.”

So if you have high blood pressure, consider this alternative treatment that could save you money.


raziRazi Berry, Founder and Publisher of Naturopathic Doctor News & Review (ndnr.com) and NaturalPath (thenatpath.com), has spent the last decade as a natural medicine advocate and marketing whiz. She has galvanized and supported the naturopathic community, bringing a higher quality of healthcare to millions of North Americans through her publications. A self-proclaimed health-food junkie and mother of two; she loves all things nature, is obsessed with organic gardening, growing fruit trees (not easy in Phoenix), laughing until she snorts, and homeschooling. She is a little bit crunchy and yes, that is her real name.

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