High blood pressure is a considerable problem. Statistics show that about one-third of adults in the US are living with high blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) causes significant stress on the cardiovascular system, thus increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Fortunately, about two-thirds of those living with high blood pressure live with mild to moderate hypertension. In mild to moderate hypertension, lifestyle intervention and alternative therapies may help considerably.
Unfortunately, studies also show that most living with hypertension in the US are not controlling it adequately. It is estimated that only about one-fourth of all patients have adequate control over their high blood pressure.
Health risks posed by hypertension are even higher if a person has high cholesterol, too. High cholesterol may quickly worsen the condition, cause atherosclerosis. It causes plaque formation and considerably increases the risk of a heart attack.
PEMF – as an alternative therapy for hypertension and high cholesterol
Since people do not like to take medications regularly for these conditions, there is definitely a need to find a treatment that people can use regularly.
People do not want to use medications due to their perceived ill effects on health. And, on the other hand, alternate therapies like PEMF do not have any side effects. But does PEMF work?
It appears that PEMF may be quite good for hypertension in mild to moderate cases. There are many clinical studies that confirm the benefits. Although its effect would be slow and not considerable, but its prolonged use may help significantly.
In one clinical study, 23 people underwent PEMF therapy for 12 weeks. Researchers found that PEMF could help reduce hypertension. Even more, interestingly, it could even help reduce resting blood pressure. Moreover, the study found that the benefit was more pronounced in those living with hypertension. Further, they discovered that PEMF worked by boosting endothelial NO, thus improving vascular health.
Older adults are more prone to hypertension due to the stiffening of arteries. In another study, researchers prescribed PEMF to 54 older adults with an average age of about 60 years. They found that although 12 weeks of PEMF had minimal effect on blood pressure, it reduced peripheral resistance and appeared quite good for circulation.
Similar results were shown in a controlled clinical trial when researchers gave PEMF to 15 people and sham therapy to another 15. They found that PEMF helped considerably by reducing blood pressure and improving NO levels. It appears that PEMF is quite suitable for improving endothelial function and vascular health.
At present, it is less clear if PEMF can help lower cholesterol. However, its prolonged use may boost metabolism, cellular energy intake. Further, it may help improve cholesterol due to its effect on the gall bladder and intestinal health.
PEMF can have additional benefits in these conditions, like it may help lower systemic inflammation, help reduce mental stress, promote general wellbeing.
So, what do we understand from various clinical findings?
It is pretty clear that PEMF can help lower blood pressure. In addition, it may help reduce resting blood pressure and also stress-induced increase in blood pressure. However, it is worth understanding that any such benefit would be mild.
But then, most studies have certain limitations as they were used only for about 12 weeks. PEMF is quite good for prolonged use. It is quite possible that benefits would be more pronounced when used for a longer period, like six months or a year.
Further, PEMF appears to be particularly good for improving endothelial function and boosting NO levels. Thus, it may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular events. Therefore, there is undoubtedly a need for more clinical studies regarding the long-term health benefits of heart and vascular health, its impact on cardiovascular mortality.
Regretfully, at present, its impact on cholesterol levels is less clear. Nevertheless, it is quite possible that it may help normalize it through various mechanisms of action. Additionally, it may help lower the risk of plaque formation due to improved endothelial function.
Both hypertension and cholesterol are lifelong problems. Once diagnosed with these conditions, a person needs to take medications daily for the rest of their life. However, many adults do not like taking medicines daily and prefer non-pharmacological methods.
PEMF is one such non-pharmacological and safe way of lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Its impact would be incredibly high on prolonged use. Moreover, one may considerably increase the levels of benefits by using other lifestyle interventions concurrently.