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Non-prescription treatments may help lower blood pressure

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
A person using a blood pressure monitor is seen in this undated file image.

A person using a blood pressure monitor is seen in this undated file image. (KABC Photo)

Treating high blood pressure doesn't just have to be about popping pills.

Alternative treatments may help the millions of Americans who currently take medication to keep high blood pressure under control.

A new report in the journal Hypertension finds that some alternative treatments can be helpful.

Scientists looked at yoga, acupuncture, exercise and relaxation. They found yoga and accupuncture did not help, but aerobic exercise, resistance or strength training and even isometric hand-grip exercises can help reduce blood pressure.

One important caution authors warn that their effects are modest and they are "not" replacements for such standard treatments as medications, weight loss and quitting smoking.

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