Cardiovascular Symptoms & Conditions
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Circulatory Treatments in Downtown Seattle
It's all about circulation!
Food for your organs & tissues
One of the main mechanisms of how acupuncture works is by increasing circulation! Via sympathetic response stimulation, gasotransmitter function, and other pathways, acupuncture helps get your blood to where it needs to go in order to feed your organs and tissues and increase their ability to function. Check below for some highlighted conditions that acupuncture can effectively treat.
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Acupuncture for A-Fib
Acupuncture can be very effective for treating atrial fibrillation also known as A-Fib.
From a published study in 2012 (view whole article):
"We observed that acupuncture of the Neiguan spot was associated with an antiarrhythmic effect, which was evident in patients with both persistent and paroxysmal AF. These preliminary data, observed in 2 small groups of AF patients, need to be validated in a larger population but strongly suggest that acupuncture may be an effective non-invasive and safe antiarrhythmic tool in the management of these patients."
The study goes on the say that acupuncture was as effective as some medications but with fewer side effects, and had a significant improvement compared to placebo or no treatment.
Acupuncture should be used as an adjunct therapy in the treatment of heart arrhythmias with regular surveillance visits with a cardiologist, but can often help a patient avoid medication or other more invasive options.
See if acupuncture can help with your heart arrhythmia.
Claudication refers to muscle pain due to lack of oxygen that's triggered by activity and relieved by rest. Claudication symptoms include pain, ache, discomfort or fatigue in muscles every time those muscles are used. It often occurs in the calves, thighs, buttocks, and/or feet. It can be an indication of peripheral artery malfunction or disease.
Acupuncture will help to increase the circulation to the affected tissues and help restore normal function of the vessels. It can also help to release the build up of lactic acid in the tissues that leads to the cramping sensation. This is also why acupuncture is very effective for exercise or sports recovery.
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Acupuncture for High Blood Pressure
Acupuncture treatment for hypertension (high blood pressure) has been studied at length. Acupuncture treatments for high blood pressure have been shown to lower both systolic and diastolic pressures - these have been shown with both immediate reduction during/after treatment as well as sustained, ongoing reduction/stabilization with proper treatment plans and/or intervals.
Think about this scenario:
As we get older, our blood vessels don't work as well, so our tissues don't get proper circulation. Blood is the food for our organs and tissues, so when they don't get enough blood flow, they get hungry. When our tissues are hungry, they send a signal to our brain. Our brain then sends a signal to our heart to increase blood pressure so that the tissues can get the food they need. Short term, this is a good thing, but when it happens chronically, and when it continues to worsen, that is when we have a problem and risk cardiac or cardiovascular injury and disease. Because of the risk, your doctor might put you on a medication to reduce your blood pressure. The problem is, that when the blood pressure is reduced, those tissues are going to get hungry again, so they send their signal, and eventually your blood pressure goes up again, despite the medication. So, your doctor will increase your dose, or add another medication. You can see how this can lead to a lot of problems in the long term and why so many people are on several medications to keep their blood pressure in check.
The problem with polypharmacy (taking multiple medications) is that the more medications you take, the higher the chance of drug-drug interactions - this means more side effects, some of which can be catastrophic.
Another problem with the scenario is that the actual problem isn't the blood pressure. The increased blood pressure is both a symptom as well as your body's own treatment. The elevated blood pressure tells you that there's is something wrong, and it is (at least temporarily) getting blood to the hungry tissues.
Now what does this have to do with acupuncture? Well, with acupuncture treatment for high blood pressure, we help to increase circulation to help get your organs and tissues the food they need to function properly to stop the signaling and reduce the need for the elevated blood pressure.
There are also other causes of high blood pressure including stress, hormone imbalance, and other factors as well. Acupuncture can help with those as well - the treatment involves evaluating the cause of the high blood pressure and treating that.
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No one should have to endure the pain and discomfort which comes from cardiovascular conditions that can be treated. If you are experiencing pain, stiffness, weakness, numbness, or other symptoms, consult with your acupuncture specialists in downtown Seattle, at GoodMedizen.