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
§ Poor Memory
§ Shortness of Breath
§ Night Sweats
§ Mental Restlessness
§ Slurred Speech
§ Tightness of the chest
§ Cold hands
§ Emotional distress
Introduction to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine:
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine (CM) represent a time-proven holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Developed over thousands of years by clinicians in China, Chinese Medicine involves a medical paradigm based on the concept that the body is composed of forms of energy, electrical and chemical, that flow in specific pathways and generate the physiological processes of the body. The acupuncture chart of the pathways is a schematic of the energy currents in the body which is similar to an electrical schematic of your home’s electrical wiring. In this medical paradigm, pain and illness are the results of disharmony between the energetic pathways and the organ systems. Acupuncture treatment focuses on restoring proper functioning of all the pathways, organs, and essential elements of the body.
THE HEART is considered to be the most important of all the internal organs, sometimes described as the “ruler” or “emperor” of all the other organs.
In Chinese Medicine, each organ is understood to have specific functions and roles in the body. These functions are similar to the Western medical viewpoint, but there are additional roles of the organs in the Chinese medical viewpoint. For example, in Chinese Medicine the heart is not only responsible for circulation but also houses the spirit’s expression of joy.
FUNCTIONS of the Heart in 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 (hardening and clogging of the vessels).
3. Manifests in the complexion- the state of the Heart is reflected on 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.
Treatments for Disorders relating the Heart:
Acupuncture- Ultra-thin sterile stainless steel needles are inserted into specific acpuncture points on the body. There are 9 acupuncture points to choose from along the Heart channel, and the acupuncturist also incorporates points from other channels based on the patient’s needs. A typical acupuncture treatment uses ten to twelve points that are retained for a period of 15-30 minutes while the patient relaxes. Following a series of weekly treatments, relief from chronic conditions may me maintained with monthly follow-up treatments.
Herbal Medicine- Chinese herbal medicine can be used as internal medicine to support the goals of acupuncture treatment and create faster healing. There are specific herbal formulations that address Heart disorders, and can be taken as a tea, a pill, or a tincture. The acupuncturist always takes into account possible interactions with pharmaceuticals or other supplements to ensure safety and avoid drug interactions.
Nutriceuticals- The integration of Chinese and Western medicine approaches to health often creates the most significant improvement in symptoms and long-term health. We incorporate knowledge of modern health principles to bring you the best healthcare possible. The following supplements are very useful to support heart health:
§ Mega-10 by Metagenics: A combination of Omega 7 and Omega 3 fatty acids to support healthy triglycerides and blood lipids.
§ Vasotensin by Metagenics: targeted support for healthy blood pressure.
§ Magnesium and Calcium: regulate the contraction of the heart muscle
§ CoQ-10: increases oxygenation of heart tissue
We carry high-quality nutriceuticals at our center. If you have any questions please stop by. We also have an online store for Metagenics products at www.Acu-Na.com
Diet- Acupuncturists are trained in the use of food as medicine. Your practitioner can recommend foods that are best for you based on your specific health concerns.
Some foods that are beneficial to the Heart include:
Whole Wheat, Brown Rice- calm the mind
Mushrooms- settle the nerves and nurture the Heart
Cucumber, Celery, Lettuce- improve calcium metabolism and strengthen nerve and Heart tissue
Mullberries, Lemons, Schisandra berries- calm the mind, treat insomnia
Jujube seeds, Chia seeds- sedative, nourish the heart
Dill and Basil- calm the nervous system
Chamomile, Valerian- sooth ethe nerves, treat insomnia
Now you know—acupuncture is for more than just pain! Talk to your Acu-Na acupuncturist about how you can support your digestive system using natural medicine and acupuncture for your optimal wellness. Call us at 828-974-7058