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Blood Flow and Bellevue Acupuncture

July 16, 2012

The body is one amazing organism with a myriad of physiological systems working in harmony with each other.  These systems have unique functions and are interconnected and interdependent on one another that any dysfunction on one system affects one or more systems.  Although all physiological systems are important in their own right, the circulatory system plays a vital and unique role in carrying aliments and oxygen in the cellular level.  Furthermore, this system takes away toxins and waste products from the body.  Hence, a problem in this system substantially affects all the body systems.

Acupuncture is a very effective treatment for dysfunctions in the circulatory system. Acupuncture believes that the body is interconnected by a network of energy pathways where runs chi or vital life throughout the body.  These energy pathways or channels are called meridians and they connect to certain sites in the skin called acupuncture points.  The meridians likewise, on the other end; connect to the major organs and body parts.    Any blockage or slowing down in the flow of chi causes illness and diseases.  These impediments or stagnation can be attributed to physical, environmental and emotional factors and to poor nutrition.  Acupuncture is the insertion of needles in the acupuncture points to control the movement of chi towards the parts of the body with little or no energy.  With the help of acupuncture, obstructions to chi flow are removed and blood circulation is likewise enhanced to the undernourished areas of the body.

Poor circulation gives rise to an assortment of ailments such as cold feet and hands to arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure. Numerous studies were done to figure out how acupuncture works for circulatory problems.  The studies manifest that acupuncture improves the functional capacity and efficiency of the heart.  They show that a significant number of patients with angina had vast improvement of health after acupuncture.  Heart problems such as palpitations, irregular heartbeats and arrhythmia are rectified with acupuncture.  It is also a potent answer for the relief of arterial spasms, helps relieves symptoms of Reynaud’s disease and treatment of ulcers in sluggish venous blood flow.  Herbal medicines can also be used along side acupuncture for detoxification.

At the onset of treatment, a weak tingling feeling maybe felt as the needles are inserted through the skin.  This sensation is replaced by a pleasurable calm sensation when the effects of the treatment kick in.

Western innovations have set aside the use of needles for certain types of acupuncture.  Instead of needles to activate energy, techniques such as laser, heat, electric pulses and magnetic radiation are utilized with more or less the same output.  These techniques and needle acupuncture all are designed to treat disorders and one can benefit from acupuncture regardless of technique used without experiencing harmful side effects.