UNDERSTANDING HEART PROBLEMS
Your heart is the brain of your circulatory system pumping about 70 beats per minute, 100,000 times per day. This makes the heart a very busy organ under a tremendous amount of mechanical and chemical stress. This super muscle needs a lot of good food and fuel to stay happy and keep you upright. So if the heart does not get what it needs and eventually starts to sputter what can happen?
Heart problems can be placed into three very general categories
- Muscular involvements such as congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy.
- Nerve or electrical problems such as an arrhythmia.
- Coronary circulation—the vessels to the heart become clogged and rob the heart of oxygen.
There are many variables that must be taken into account when deciding what to do once you develop one of these conditions but the first and most important step is to PREVENT if at all possible. If you are genetically susceptible to heart disease please understand that your genes are not set in stone they are turned on and off by your lifestyle (epigenetics).
Medical treatments involve powerful medications to change the strength of heart muscle contractions, thin the blood to reduce the workload of the heart, diuretics to reduce fluid volume in the vessels to reduce the workload on the heart or beta blockers to block the effect of hormones on the heart muscle. Vessels in the heart are surgically repaired or opened and pacemakers are put in to take stress of the heart muscle by initiating the normal electrical pulses of the heart. Some of these therapies certainly can be necessary and are lifesaving at critical moments but it certainly is not all that can be done. There are many complementary or alternative therapies that can be done as a preventative or along with any medical therapy.
According to acupuncture theory an imbalance in the heart energy can cause symptoms such as insomnia and memory problems and can be an indicator of a possible underlying heart problem. Acupuncture can be administered to a patient with heart disease as a complement to ANY medical therapy even if you are on blood thinning medication. Whole food nutrition and herbal therapy can be used safely with acupuncture or medical therapy as long as the practitioner is properly trained.
When I treat a patient with heart disease or any condition the first thing we do is go over all medical diagnoses, treatments and medications as well as current symptoms. The goal is to design a protocol that is specific for you. I will start with a kinesiology or muscle testing exam to determine your weaknesses and priorities. I will build a protocol of diet changes, whole food nutrition concentrates and herbs specifically for your system. Your protocol is based upon holistic principles so I take all of your strengths and weaknesses into account when designing the program. Heart disease is a chronic condition so time and dedication to the program is necessary for success. A series of acupuncture treatments at the same time as the nutrition and lifestyle changes can speed the healing process. The time required to see improvement depends upon the severity of your condition and your overall level of vitality. I do weekly evaluations the first six to twelve weeks so I can alter your program as you progress through the healing process.