5 Steps to a Healthy Heart

heart healthEven though there has been much medical advancement over the past hundreds of years, heart problems still remain the top cause of death for people in the United States and across the globe. Heart problems can include heart attacks, congenital heart disease, coronary heart disease, and congestive heart failure. What most people don’t realize is that heart disease can be managed with ancient techniques like acupuncture and oriental medicine. Oriental medicine calls for making changes to your lifestyle such as reaching a health weight, quitting smoking, improving sleep, reducing stress, and managing your blood pressure. Acupuncture is used to help a person make these changes.

5 Steps to a Healthy Heart with Acupuncture

Step #1: Weight Management
People who are considered obese have a higher chance of developing illnesses like coronary artery disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure which all can lead to a sever heart condition or even heart failure. Even if you seem healthy, the human body is not meant to have too much extra weight if any at all. An overweight body will surely increase your chances of developing heart diseases.

Acupuncture and oriental medicines are great to use for losing weight. Oriental medicine is all about making changes to the lifestyle and diet of a person, which can alone help you reach your desired weight. Acupuncture points can also be targeted to help boost the process of absorbing important nutrients, control appetite, reduce anxiety, and energize the body.

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Anne lost over 100lbs with acupuncture, diet and exercise

Step #2: Quit Smoking/Tobacco
Although smoking and tobacco are known for causing lung cancer, they are also a major cause of coronary artery disease as well. Over fifteen percent of people who die from heart disease have cigarettes to blame. Acupuncture is a widely accepted way of treating smoking habits. While in the withdrawal stage, this treatment will prevent withdrawal symptoms like cravings, restlessness, jitters, and irritability as well as detoxifies the body of the chemicals contained within cigarettes and tobacco.  More info on quitting smoking

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Step #3: Improve Sleep
The quality of sleep you get per night is directly linked to your health. Poor sleep conditions can lead to atherosclerosis, heart attacks, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. People who get less than the recommended amount of sleep are more prone to developing a heart disease. Sleep medicines can have nasty side effects over time, which is why acupuncture is a great method for curing sleep problems like insomnia the natural way. The reason acupuncture works so well for sleep is because it fixes any imbalances in your body that are the cause for sleep disruptions. When these balances are fixed, not only will a person get better sleep, but will achieve a better physical and mental condition overall.

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Step #4: Reduce Stress
Every person faces some sort of stress in life, but continuous unmanaged stress can cause psychological, emotional, and physical problems. These physical problems include high blood pressure, irregular heart beats, chest pains, and heart diseases. There are two theories to how stress increases the risk of heart conditions. The first is that stress could be a direct risk to heart disease and the second states that stress may cause other risks that can lead to heart conditions. There have been many studies on how acupuncture treats mental health conditions like stress and anxiety while oriental medicine provides special tools and techniques to relax one’s mind. These techniques involve Qi gong, herbal medicine, meditation, dietary therapy, and Tui Na.



Step #5: Lower High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is responsible for causing heart diseases by making the heart work harder than it should be. It can increase how much oxygen is needed for the heart which can lead to angina. High blood pressure can cause also cause damage to the blood vessels that travel through the kidneys and brain as well as enlarge the heart.

In order to prevent all of this from happening, it’s important to get your blood pressure back down to a normal level. Acupuncture is used for the relaxation of the body meaning is can help lower the blood pressure. An acupuncturist will target certain points around the forearms, legs, and wrists to stimulate the production of opioids. Opioids are responsible for decreasing heart activity which will lower the blood pressure.

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Call me at (310) 564-4325 or email me to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can assist you with your heart health and help you to live a long, healthy life.

Study Shows Acupuncture Significantly Lowers Blood Pressure

Researchers have found that acupuncture lowers both kinds of blood pressure, diastolic and systolic. Treatments done with acupuncture have been proven to show better results than any type of medication or lifestyle change. In a study, over one hundred patients with mild heart conditions were treated with six weeks of acupuncture performed by experts compared to another group who underwent normal treatments like medication. After the testing was complete, patients who received acupuncture had a noticeable different in both types of blood pressure while those who received normal procedures had no obvious changes.

Women’s Health and Wellness with Acupuncture

acupuncture for womenThe top health problems associated with women today can all be treated or prevented through the use of acupuncture and oriental medicines. Throughout the history of the world, these techniques have been used to keep people of either gender naturally healthy and to prevent any illness or disease. Below are the top five women’s health problems faced today and how acupuncture can help.

Common Health Problem #1: Gynecological-Related Problems

These problems can include endometriosis, menopause, premenstrual syndrome, infertility, or fibroids. Fortunately, gynecological problems are a bit easier to manage with acupuncture and oriental medicines than other problems. By restoring the flow of life energy in the body, these techniques can prevent any gynecological problems of occurring or to treat them.

The most common gynecological problem women face is menopause. Menopause is the period when the ovulation of a woman ceases permanently. During this time all sorts of symptoms can occur due to the dramatic decrease of estrogen in the body. These symptoms include weight gain, joint pain, hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion, migraines, memory loss, and dry skin.

Oriental medicine and acupuncture techniques does not treat the menopause itself, but the symptoms that arise from it using techniques specific to a person like herbal therapy, lifestyle change, dietary change, and exercise. Each person receives their own special treatment plan in order to maximize the recovery process.

Common Health Problem #2: Cardiovascular Disease

This disease is considered the most life-threatening of them all in women. Statistics show that twenty-nine percent of all deaths in women are due to cardiovascular problems. It is true that more men are diagnosed with a cardiovascular problem of some sort, but with women cardiovascular system is not as checked as thoroughly as it should so it is often that the condition is discovered far too late. It’s extremely important that women take the necessary precautions and get their cardiovascular system checked as well as look into implementing oriental medicine and acupuncture to prevent any problems from occurring.

The preventative steps a woman will be advised to take will include eating healthier, exercising more, managing blood pressure, improving sleep, and reducing stress. These steps can all be easier to take with the help of oriental medicine techniques. High blood pressure is the most common cause of cardiovascular problems, and luckily acupuncture is considered especially helpful for lowering the blood pressure and increasing the release of opioids.

Common Health Problem #3: Depression

Up to a quarter of all women face some type of depression during their lifetime. Depressive disorders do not only cause mental problems, but can weaken the immune system as well as ruin social relationships. Symptoms affiliated with depression can include fatigue, insomnia, apathy, or lack of interest in previous hobbies. Eventually, worse symptoms such as sickness and suicidal thoughts can occur if the problem is not taken care of.

To prevent or treat such a disorder, it is important to make sure the entire life energy is flowing well throughout the body. By brining the body, mind, and spirit together as one, the body will feel at its best and treat problems that may be affecting the body. This is exactly what acupuncture and oriental medicine will do and by using these methods you will feel better than ever before.

Common Health Problem #4: Osteoporosis

Over forty million people in the United States alone are affected by osteoporosis in which seventy percent of the people affected are women.  Osteoporosis occurs when there is a decrease in bone mass which induces the chances of fracture occuring. It usually is found in those of an older age, but can be developed early on as well especially to those who put repetitive strain on a specific part of their body. Acupuncture and oriental medicine are both used to prevent join pain and bone problems from happening as well as to upkeep a healthy lifestyle. This is important to start looking into around the age of thirty when the bones in our body stop growing.

Common Health Problem #5: Autoimmune Diseases

Diseases like multiple sclerosis, diabetes, thyroid disease and lupus are all considered autoimmune diseases, which is a condition where the body’s own immune system attacks itself as well as other tissues in your body. The American Autoimmune Release Diseases Association has found that about eight percent of the population is affected by a type of autoimmune disease; women make up eighty percent of that population. Standard medical procedures have trouble treating autoimmune disease, so it is best to look for alternative routes such as oriental medicine and acupuncture. Both of these methods have been proven to manage the symptoms of an autoimmune disease as well as regulate the immune system.

As you can see, oriental medicine and acupuncture are important to both prevent and manage all sorts of conditions. If you have such a condition or just want to improve your life in general, contact me in order to set up an appointment.

Acupuncture and Men’s Health

October 2010
Laurel Binder L.Ac., RNCNP
1322 2nd Street, Suite 36
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Five Top Men’s Health Concerns and How Acupuncture Can Help

Acupuncture techniques have been used on men for thousands of years to treat common problems associated with them. Now more than ever people are becoming interested in these techniques due to the fact it is a natural way for the body to heal as well as one of the most powerful treatments on could get. Restoring life energy in the body can help restore health issues many men face today. Problems include depression, lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, sexual health, and prostate health. Below is a little more insight about these major problems and how acupuncture can help.

Health Issue #1: Depression and Mental Instability
When men are feeling depressed or become mentally unstable, the brain over produces stress hormones which disrupts the balance of our life energy. Depression can lead to suicide, which is the number one cause of death for most men today. In the past, suicide was thought to be more common in women, but statistics have shown that men tend to hide these feelings more than women do.

A depressed state will also ruin eating habits, energy levels, and sleep patterns. It is extremely important to consult with an expert in acupuncture or oriental medicine if you’re feeling even the slightest bit of depression. Acupuncture will restore the body’s balance which will treat depression, insomnia, and anxiety. This treatment has become so popular that the military uses it for veterans and military personnel returning from war to treat any mental of physical problems they may have.

Heath Issue #2: Lung Cancer
This type of cancer is the most common in men due to the large number of men who smoke and use tobacco. In most cases lung cancer results in death. To prevent or treat the symptoms of this cancer, acupuncture is the recommended treatment.

Acupuncture techniques can help treat addiction as well as symptoms caused by smoking withdrawals such as cravings, jitters, restlessness, and irritability. It is also good for detoxifying the body of all of the chemicals from smoking.

Researchers conducted a study on the effects of acupuncture for substance abuse. The results of the study showed that acupuncture was indeed a success for the treatment of cocaine addiction. Compared to the twenty-three percent of people who quit because of group sessions, over fifty percent quit with acupuncture treatments and also has a fewer number of people that get back into smoking again.

Heath Issue #3: Cardiovascular Disease
Heart attacks and strokes are not only the leading cause of death for men, but for the entire world. By making changes to your diet and partaking in acupuncture, these two heath issues can be successfully prevented. Even the slightest lifestyle changes can increase prevention by over eighty percent. These changes can include eating a healthy diet, managing blood pressure, improving the quality of sleep, reducing stress, and quitting tobacco which can all be done with acupuncture techniques.

Lowering the blood pressure can be extremely important for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Certain points on the body are targeted by acupuncturists in order to stimulate the production of opioids which are chemicals that relax the activity of the heart. These points include the legs, forearms, and wrists.

Health Issue #4: Sexual Health
This is not a major life threatening concern, though poor sexual health can indicate certain problems that may be. Statistics show that about forty percent of men over forty and sixty-five percent of men over seventy have poor sexual health. Acupuncture techniques along with oriental medicine can improve a man’s sexual performance. Problems that can be treated with these techniques include male climacteric, low libido, low sperm count, erectile dysfunction, decreased sperm motility, and premature ejaculation.

Health Issue #5: Prostate Health
Older men, which include men as low as their sixties to as high as their eighties, may have an enlarged or inflamed prostate. Painful urination, difficult urination, frequent urination, urinary tract infections, bladder damage, kidney damage, incontinence, bladder stones, and prostate cancer are what can occur is the prostate is untreated. Acupuncture is recommended to prevent such problems, but can also be used to treat the symptoms mentioned above. Studies have shown that the combined use of acupuncture and oriental medicine has shown positive results for those with prostatitis. Not only have their symptoms been cured, but it is also reported that a person’s quality of life improved as well as basic urinary functions.

In This Issue

  • Five Top Men’s Health Concerns and How Acupuncture Can Help
  • Foods Men Should Eat Every Day