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Acupuncture for Cardiovascular Health

Nearly half of all U.S. adults have some type of cardiovascular disease, a percentage that reflects recently updated guidelines for treating high blood pressure, according to a recent report from The American Heart Association.

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) can lead to heart attack, heart failure and stroke. Other health issues involving the circulatory system are common and may affect many areas of daily life. Acupuncture has been shown to benefit circulatory system function and may be beneficial for milder forms of coronary artery disease (CAD) and hypertension.

If you are unsure if acupuncture can help with your specific cardiovascular concerns, call our office at (385)242-0649 or email info{at} to answer any questions you may have.

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High Blood Pressure

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Research has shown that acupuncture can effectively lower mild to moderate levels of hypertension. Acupuncture can be used in addition to prescription blood pressure medication to enhance and support desired results. Patients who are medically unable to use blood pressure medication (due to allergic response or other health issues) may use acupuncture as a means of lowering blood pressure. Flow Acupuncture recommends using acupuncture in addition to care from your primary care physician or cardiologist and regular home monitoring of blood pressure (daily) is encouraged to ensure desired results.

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Improved Circulation

Insertion of tiny acupuncture needles into the skin causes a trauma response that immediately mobilizes red blood cells. This response encourages circulation to various areas of the body (for a more specific effect) while also promoting better blood circulation throughout the entire body. Patients with impaired circulation, cold hands and feet, swelling, or other issues may find benefit and relief from regular acupuncture treatments.


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Raynaud's Syndrome

Raynaud’s Phenomenon is a condition affecting an estimated 20% of adults worldwide. Symptoms of Raynaud’s include cold, burning, discolored (often white or blue), or numb fingers/toes due to spasm and constriction of blood vessels. The cause of Raynaud’s is unknown and effective treatments aren’t widely established. Mentioned above, acupuncture can help promote circulation to hands and feet, and may reduce the frequency and severity of Raynaud’s symptoms.

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Angina or Heart Palpitations

Heart palpitations (a fluttering in your heart) and angina (chest pain) can be extremely unsettling, especially the first few times it occurs! If you have been experiencing these symptoms with no known cause (after your doctor comprehensively rules-out any serious or cardiac causes) acupuncture can help! These symptoms may be caused by mild coronary artery disease or may be caused by your body’s own ‘fight or flight’ stress response that is being inappropriately triggered. Acupuncture can help reduce feelings of pressure, restriction, and fluttering in the chest from unknown causes or CAD and reduce stress caused by them!

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