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.

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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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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 (hopefully) prevented through the use of a healthy lifestyle with acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine.

Throughout the history of the world, these natural healing techniques have been used to keep people of either gender healthy to fend off many illnesses or diseases.

Below are the top five women’s health problems faced today and how acupuncture can help.

Top 5 Women’s Health Problems

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 (Qi), these techniques can treat many gynecological problems.

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.

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 such as a wellness regimen and getting regular bloodwork and checkups.  Oriental medicine and acupuncture are an excellent addition to anyone’s health and wellness program.

The preventative steps a woman should 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 Traditional Oriental Medicine techniques. High blood pressure is the most common cause of cardiovascular problems, and luckily acupuncture is considered especially helpful for lowering blood pressure and increasing the release of natural opioids (relaxants).

Depression

acupuncture for depressionUp 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, damage work effectiveness 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 (Qi) is flowing correctly throughout the body. By bringing the body, mind, and spirit together as one, the body will function at its best and naturally treat any problems that may be affecting the body by itself.  Acupuncture and oriental medicine helps the body to heal itself, as it is designed to do.  A bonus is you will feel better than ever!

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 occurring. 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.  Exercise is known to reduce osteoporosis and stimulate the building of bone mass and density.  Exercise can also create pain in the joints, tendons, and muscles.  Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture can reduce or prevent pain and stimulate bone maintenance.  It is important to start a wellness and fitness regimen around the age of thirty when the bones in our body stop growing.

Autoimmune Diseases

fibromyalgiaDiseases 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, Traditional Oriental Medicine and acupuncture are well suited to treat the leading women’s health issues.  Contact Laurie in order to set up an acupuncture appointment.

Men’s Health Issues and Acupuncture

acupuncture for men's health issuesAcupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat common men’s health issues. Now more than ever people are becoming interested in this natural healing method.

3 Men’s Health Issues treated with acupuncture include depression, cardiovascular disease, and prostate health. Below is a little more insight about these major health problems and how acupuncture can help.

Men’s Health Issue #1: Depression

Depression is highly prevalent in today’s society. In the past, depression 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 negatively affect eating habits, energy levels, and sleep patterns.  Acupuncture can help to restore the body’s balance which can alleviate depression, insomnia, and anxiety.

Men’s Heath Issue #2: Cardiovascular Disease

quit smokingHeart attacks and strokes are not only the leading cause of death for men, but for the entire world. Evidence here. Take an active hand in improving your health by making changes to your diet and having acupuncture treatments.  Even the smallest lifestyle changes can increase prevention of cardiovascular disease and heart attack by over eighty percent. These changes can include eating a healthy diet, exercise, managing blood pressure, improving the quality of sleep, reducing stress, and quitting tobacco which can all be done with acupuncture techniques.

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

Men’s Health Issue #3: Prostate Health

Older men, which include men in their sixties to their eighties, commonly 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 help prevent and treat such problems.  Studies have shown that the combined use of acupuncture and oriental medicine has shown positive results for those with prostatitis.