Are you looking for a way to improve your heart health? Acupuncture may be the perfect solution for you. It is an ancient Chinese practice that involves inserting thin, sterilized needles into specific points on the body. An emerging body of evidence suggests acupuncture can help manage heart disease risk factors, including high blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Studies have also found that acupuncture might help treat angina or chest pain when there’s insufficient blood flow to the heart muscle.
Acupuncture is a 4,000-year-old practice that has its roots in Asian medicine.
Acupuncture is a 4,000-year-old practice that has its roots in Asian medicine. The word “acupuncture” comes from the Latin acus (needle) and punctura (puncture).
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that acupuncture may help treat certain health conditions, but more research is needed to know if it works. There are many different types of acupuncture: Chinese traditional acupuncture, Japanese style acupuncture, Korean style acupuncture and some other forms as well. In Chinese traditional acupuncture, there are about two dozen sites on the body where needles are inserted; these points correspond to different organs or systems in our bodies. These points can be found by looking at any publicly available map of our bodies, such as one showing all muscles.
In acupuncture therapy, thin sterilized needles are inserted
at specific points on the body.
The location of these points varies depending on the patient’s condition and symptoms, but they typically fall along 12 channels (called meridians) that run through major organs and connective tissue.
The insertion of these needles may feel like a light pinch or tingle as they go into place; this is due to mild pressure from withdrawing blood from beneath the skin. Once placed in an appropriate area, a trained professional will manually manipulate them or use electrical stimulation to move qi through your body.
Acupuncture is often used to relieve pain and encourage the healing of various ailments.
Acupuncture is often used to relieve pain and encourage the healing of various ailments. It can be used for many ailments, not just pain. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that has been around for thousands of years. In this procedure, needles are inserted into specific points on your body (known as acupuncture points) to stimulate energy flow through your body and promote healing.
A growing body of evidence suggests acupuncture can help manage heart disease risk factors.
Acupuncture may help treat heart failure, high blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia).
In addition, acupuncture has been shown to improve the symptoms of chest pain (angina) in people with coronary artery disease. Evidence suggests that acupuncture might help patients recover more quickly from a heart attack or bypass surgery. It’s possible that acupuncture could prevent heart disease by reducing your risk of experiencing chest pain or having a stroke. Many clinical trials are underway to investigate the potential benefits of acupuncture for preventing and managing diabetes-related complications such as chronic kidney disease and eye diseases related to diabetes.
If you’re interested in receiving acupuncture treatment, talk with your health care provider first to find out if it’s right for you.