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ACUPUNCTURE & THE HEART

Do you experience tightness in the chest?
Are you exhausted by midday?
Do you feel pain down your left arm?
Do you experience shortness of breath?

You could be experiencing the early symptoms of Heart Disease.

Acupuncture has been shown to help in the prevention and treatment of heart disease.

Maintaining a healthy heart involves getting your blood pressure checked regularly, taking regular exercise and eating a healthy diet.

Symptoms of Heart Disease

Terms, diagnosis, and devices associated with heart disease in the West, such as heart disease monitor, target heart rate, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease, are not part of an acupuncturist’s view of heart problems.

What is called a “heart attack” in the West is known to Eastern medicine as Heart Blood Stagnation. What your GP knows as arteriosclerosis might be called phlegm obstructing the channels to your acupuncturist.

Though any responsible acupuncturist would recommend seeing a cardiologist for suspected heart problems, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be helpful in the treatment of heart problems, especially in the early stages.

The idea of a heart healthy diet is relatively new in the West, but acupuncturists and Chinese doctors have been prescribing heart healthy diets for thousands of years. A heart monitor is a vital diagnostic tool to a cardiologist, but acupuncturists trained in examining the pulse can detect heart irregularities often before symptoms such as heart pain appear.

Many acupuncture practitioners believe that early treatment with Chinese medicine can often prevent heart bypass surgeries, angioplasty and other dangerous and invasive procedures.

Research:

Study suggests that acupuncture can regulate and improve HRV in coronary heart disease patients.
Source: Heilongjiang College of TCM, Harbin.

A clinical study in animal models demonstrated that electro-acupuncture could decrease the elevated ST segments in ECGs and reduce the infarct areas induced by coronary ligation.
Source: Journal Traditional Chinese Medicine. 2004 Mar;24(1):16

Dr Holly Middlekauff, of the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine has found that acupuncture can improve the prospects of people with severe heart failure.
Source: Acupuncture America

Discontinuation of chemotherapy substituted for a course of acupuncture and electroacupuncture in 124 patients with coronary heart disease, essential hypertension and neurocirculatory dystonia resulted in a positive response of cerebral and peripheral hemodynamics, myocardial contractility and diastolic function. Myocardial hypertrophy regressed, exercise tolerance enhanced. Reflex activation of stress-limiting systems arresting excess adrenergic action on circulation is probably responsible for these phenomena.
Source: Acupuncture America

Effect of acupuncture on heart rate variability in coronary heart disease patients.
Source: Mendeley

Acupuncture and Heart Rate Variability
Source: BMJ

 
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