Acupuncture is effective as an adjunctive therapy to medication for treating hypertension, a Chinese systematic review concludes. Twenty-three RCTs involving 1788 patients were included. Compared with sham acupuncture plus medication, meta-analysis revealed that acupuncture as an adjunct to medication was more effective for reducing blood pressure than medication alone. Acupuncture alone showed no significant effect on blood pressure after intervention.
Is Acupuncture Effective for Hypertension? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS One. 2015 Jul 24;10(7):e0127019.