High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack and the number one risk factor for congestive heart failure. Acupuncture has a very specific effect in lowering high blood pressure by reducing ischemia, the lack of oxygen to the heart caused when blood vessels are blocked.
Smoking is extremely detrimental to the heart. It just flat out causes coronary heart disease through the act of atherosclerosis, a buildup of fatty substances in the arteries. About 20% of all deaths from heart disease in the United States are directly related to cigarette smoking. But how does one quit? With the help of acupuncture! Acupuncture is extremely effective at reducing cravings and alleviating withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety and difficulty concentrating. Don't wait, quit today.
Being overweight is a double whammy on your health. It places you at risk for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and insulin resistance, a precursor of type 2 diabetes. These dangers are the very factors that heighten your risk of cardiovascular disease. Scary stuff. Acupuncture isn't your magic weight loss pill, but it is an excellent tool to help one lose weight. It works by energizing the body, maximizing the absorption of nutrients, regulating your bowels, controlling overeating, suppressing the appetite, and reducing anxiety which can cause emotional eating.
Chronic stress wreaks havoc on your body by exposing you to detrimental elevated levels of adrenaline and cortisol, a risk factor for heart disease. It also makes other risk factors worse. For example, if you are under stress, your blood pressure goes up, you may overeat, you may exercise less, and you may be more likely to smoke. Bad, bad and more bad! Acupuncture has been a proven fighter against stress time and time again. Not only will it ease one's emotions, but it will also ease physical stress and keep future stress at a minimum.
Lack of sleep has been associated with worsening of blood pressure and cholesterol, all risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Your heart will be healthier if you get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep each night. But what if you have insomnia, can't fall asleep or wake up early in the morning hours feeling unrested? Acupuncture helps. As a natural sleep aid that rebalances the body, acupuncture eliminates sleeping disorders of all types, which allows you to get the full 8 hours of restorative sleep your body needs.