Acupuncture and Heart Health: A Chinese Medical Perspective

Based on evidence from controlled clinical research trials, The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed the use of acupuncture for over 70 categories of disorders, including Cardiac disorders such as Hypertension, Hypotension, High Cholesterol, Shortness of Breath, and Stroke.


In Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture is used to treat many different disorders that relate to the Heart, including:


▪     Heart Palpitations

▪     High/Low Blood Pressure

▪     Anxiety, Depression

▪     Insomnia

▪     Poor Memory

▪     Shortness of Breath

▪     Night Sweats

▪     Mental Restlessness

▪     Slurred Speech

▪     Tightness of the chest

▪     Cold hands

▪     Emotional distress



Acupuncture focuses on restoring proper functioning of all the pathways, organs, and essential elements of the body.


THE HEART is considered the most important of all internal organs, sometimes described as the “ruler” or “emperor” of all other organs.


FUNCTIONS of the Heart in Chinese Medicine (CM)

  1. Governs the Blood- the Heart is responsible for the circulation of blood, just as it is in Western medicine.
  2. Controls the Blood vessels- if the Heart energy is strong, the vessels are healthy, and the pulse is regular. If the Heart is weak, the vessels can be slack, and the pulse is irregular. If the Heart energy is stagnant, the vessels are hard and there may be arteriosclerosis.
  3. Manifests in the complexion- the state of the Heart is reflected in the complexion of the skin. If the heart is strong and the blood is healthy, the complexion is lustrous. If the blood is deficient, the skin is pale or dull white. If the blood is stagnant, the face is purplish or dull.
  4. Houses the Mind (Spirit)- CM holds that the Heart is the residence of the Mind, which refers to the complex of mental faculties including consciousness, emotions, memory, thinking, and sleep.
  5. Relates to the emotion of Joy- In CM, every organ is associated with an emotion. The emotion of the Heart is joy, which can refer to a healthy state of vibrance and happiness, or if it is imbalanced, can refer to mania or excessive excitement.
  6. Controls sweat- Imbalances in the Heart can lead to spontaneous sweating or night sweats.
  7. Opens into the tongue- The Heart affects the speech, and imbalances can cause stuttering or aphasia.

Lifestyle The heart is about endless possibilities and joy. To begin your heart health journey, it is beneficial to consider your daily lifestyle choices and whether they provide you with a sense of joy and optimism.


Diet- Chinese medicine practitioners are trained in the use of food for therapeutic goals.  Your practitioner can recommend foods that are best for you based on your specific health concerns. The following foods are beneficial for heart health:

  • Whole Wheat, Brown Rice- calm the mind.
  • Mushrooms- settle the nerves and nurture the Heart.
  • Lettuce and spinach- open the chest and relieve constraint.
  • Mulberries, Lemons, Schisandra berries- calm the mind, nourish the blood, improve sleep.
  • Jujube seeds, Chia seeds- nourish the heart and calm the mind.
  • Dill and Basil- calm the nervous system.
  • Chamomile, Valerian- soothe the nerves and treat insomnia.
  • In general, it is best to avoid saturated and trans fast as well as hydrogenated oils. Olive oil is best!


There are many herbs and supplements to support healthy heart function. We carry high-quality nutraceuticals at our center.  If you have any questions, please stop by.  We also have an online store for Metagenics products at


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