Acupuncture for Cardiology and Heart Disease, Part one

As I sit here to write this blog, I am very aware of the fact that the number one cause of death in the United States is heart disease. To be clear, heart disease comes in many flavors. There are atherosclerotic (hardening of your arteries) issues, such has arteries closing and reducing blood flow to your heart, which can cause a heart attack (myocardial infarction). There are clots, which can cause a stroke or a clot in your heart, again causing a heart attack. There are different types of fibulations (weird heart beats you can feel), valve issues and other issues not defined, including emotional issues. And last but not least—and usually because of the former issues—there’s Congestive Heart Failure, where your heart muscle gets weak and cannot push your blood around, thereby causing many health problems. I believe acupuncture can be very beneficial for cardiology and heart disease.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture can help heart disease.

Even though during the times of Chinese medicine’s growth the understanding of what a heart attack or stroke was, was negligible, they still had to understand the heart in theory and understand its actions. Plus, the medicine grew over thousands of years. As Western science began to have a greater understanding of the heart, Chinese medicine also grew.

Chinese medicine includes both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. Today, our diet, or better way to say it, “Way of Eating,” also counts when treating heart disease. When a patient comes to see us for heart disease, we take a detailed intake to understand the unique and specific etiology of this person’s signs and symptoms. Once translated to the language and thoughts of TCM, we can start treating, using acupuncture and TCM herbs.

Now, I can tell you from my own heart disease experience, the stroke I had in 2012, which left me unable to move my left side, was worse than the 6-way bypass I had in 2000. Not being able to move scared me, and it is something I never want to experience again. I believe this fear, combined with my love of health, has lead me to work on and figure out what works for people who also have this disease. I now understand and know there is a lot we can do, and it’s really up to us to make the right choices and follow through to live a life managing our play time more then our table time.

Having worked with patients for over 20 years now, I have found that one of the greatest things a person can do for themselves is take on a very good “Way of Eating” that supports their goals of staying off the operating table. Our chemistry is key to prevent our arteries from closing.

There are several ways of attacking this. Once a complete medical intake is performed, I work with the patient to determine the best “Way of Eating” to support and manage their health. The long-term commitment to this can make for a long and healthy life, off the operating table.

To learn how Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture can help heart disease, stay tuned for Part 2 of this series!

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