And with one in two men and one in three women expected to develop heart conditions in their life, now has never been a better time to take charge of your heart health.
In fact, you may already have high cholesterol levels and like so many others, show no symptoms.
But don’t worry, it’s not too late, acupuncture can help in the early treatment and prevention of heart conditions and heart disease, and can also be used to treat a range of other common conditions including smoking, diabetes and even excess weight and obesity.
Acupuncture needles, applied at specific “meridians” or energy points along the body, work to reduce cholesterol levels and lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure sometimes to levels seen with anti-hypertensive medications, or aggressive and radical lifestyle and dietary changes.
Complimentary to acupuncture, Chinese herbs and herbal formulas can also be used to drop cholesterol and blood pressure levels, including Shan Zha (Fructus Crataegi) or the Hawthorn Berry.
But first, here are some of the dietary causes for “bad” cholesterol:
* Saturated fats, a type of fat found mostly in foods that come from animals;
* Trans fats, found in foods made with hydrogenated oils and fats; and,
* Cholesterol, which comes only from animal products.
Being overweight also raises cholesterol levels and triglycerides – a fatty substance found in the blood and in some food.
But there is more good news: acupuncture can help you lose extra pounds, helping you look and feel healthier, younger and more energetic, while also reducing bad fats and triglycerides.
Instead of feeling lethargic and un-satiated Acupuncture Therapy and Chinese Herbal Medicine Therapy can energize the body, maximizing the absorption of nutrients, while suppressing appetite and reducing anxiety.
And if lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, as well as losing weight are not reasons enough to try acupuncture and Chinese herbs; these safe, effective, alternative treatments can also improve sleep quality which in itself brings bonus health benefits.
Poor sleep has been linked to high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart failure, heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.