Heart & Blood

Heart & Blood

Heart and Blood Related Conditions Can Be Treated Effectively by Traditional Chinese Remedies & Treatments

Diabetes

Chinese medicine describes diabetes as a chronic condition of severe dehydration– the drying up of internal secretions affecting the Kidney, Spleen, and Lung Networks.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can often help to resolve Type II diabetes, enabling the patient to live a healthy life without oral anti-diabetic drugs.

Those diabetics who are insulin-dependent (Type I), can stabilize their blood sugar and often reduce the dosage of insulin that they require.

Peripheral neuropathy, a problem that sometimes develops over time in Type I diabetes, is often relieved with acupuncture. Of course, properly managing the patient’s diet is essential in achieving an optimal outcome, whatever the stage or severity of the condition.

Heart problems

Chinese medicine classifies heart conditions in basically three categories: heart rhythm irregularities (palpitations, missed beats, extra beats), heart weakness (enlarged, very slow rate, low blood pressure, shortness of breath), and heart strain (high blood pressure, very rapid rate, chest pain). Of course two or more of these syndromes can combine to form a very complex condition.

Disturbances of the Heart network are considered to be due to deficiencies of Qi and Blood, stagnation of Qi and Blood, emotional and mental strain (anxiety, worry, “stress”), overwork, and chronic fatigue.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine are usually combined and, since heart problems usually develop over a long period of time, treatment will often continue for several months.

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High blood pressure

Chinese medicine understands high blood pressure (hypertension) as the result of a disorder of the organ networks of the Liver and Kidney which, in turn, causes the heart to work too hard.

The Liver governs the distribution and viscosity (thickness) of blood, and the volume of the blood in the vessels. If the blood is too thick and/or the volume is too great, the heart must work harder to move the blood through the arteries.

The Kidney governs the relationship between Yin and Yang (cold and heat, dampness and dryness, contraction and expansion, downward and upward movement of fluids) and, therefore, affects the body as a whole, including the Liver and the Heart.

By balancing Yin and Yang, Blood and Qi, acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas synchronize the relationship between the Liver and the Kidney, which relaxes the nerves and blood vessels and relieves the strain on the heart.

High cholesterol or hyperlipidemia

Elevated cholesterol is a common term for hyperlipidemia, a condition in which there is relative excess of certain fats in the blood (LDL, low-density lipoprotein and VLDL, very low-density lipoprotein) and a relative deficiency of other fats (HDL, high-density lipoprotein).

This imbalance is considered to be an important risk factor in the development of atherosclerotic cardio-vascular and cerebro-vascular disease: blockage of the arteries in the heart and brain due to the formation and accumulation of fatty deposits (plaque) on the inner lining of the vessels.

According to Chinese medicine, these fatty accumulations are due to excess Heat and Phlegm that injures the vessels: Heat causes the fluid portion of the blood to dry up and therefore to thicken the blood, and Phlegm causes the thickened blood to become sticky and form clots, a condition known as “blood stagnation and ecchymosis.”

Acupuncture and herbal formulas help to eliminate the Blood stagnation, eliminate the Phlegm and correct the lipid imbalances, thus reducing the risk of disease.

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