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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter   Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2016-5b

The Heart According to Traditional Chinese Medicine / Acupuncture & Stress

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the heart can be considered the most important organ in the body. All other organs connect to the heart and help the heart function as best it can. According to TCM, regulated blood circulation depends on the heart's energy flow, or Qi. When the heart does not have enough Qi and is deficient in Yang, it can result in poor blood circulation, weak pulse, palpitations and chest pain.

A Heart Yang deficiency is associated with coldness. When Yang is not in balance, circulation slows resulting in extreme coldness and a pale face. A Yin deficiency happens when one is overworked and does not give the body and mind a chance to slow down. Fatigue and anxiety are symptoms of a Yin imbalance. 

Imbalances in the heart can result in many other issues as well. When one is stressed, a domino effect happens in the body. The liver's function decreases when the body is in high stress, therefore it cannot support the heart.

According to TCM, the heart is also the source of consciousness and thinking. When one's blood circulation is in balance, their thought processes and mental activities function well. If the heart's energy is deficient, one can experience anxiety, insomnia and restlessness. 

TCM believes that acupuncture treatment can reduce stress and return the heart to health. When one is consistently stressed, there is an increased level in adrenaline and cortisol due to a raised blood pressure. When these stress hormones increase in the body, one is more susceptible to blood clots and a risk of heart attack. 

Acupuncture works by lowering the body's blood pressure and heart rate, which then can lower cortisol and adrenaline levels. Specific acupuncture points are used on the body to relax the mind and address problems like hypertension and symptoms of heart disease. 

Acupuncture works by addressing the body as a whole. When there is an imbalance in the heart, acupuncture points work to return the body back to its normal energy flow, which improves the function of the organs. 

Sources (click the link for detail article):
  1. 18 Superfoods For Your Heart
  2.  Heart Yin Deficiency
  3.  How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Prevent Heart Disease
6 Healthy Foods for the Heart

Changing the way you eat is one of the best ways to improve heart health. By making an active choice to improve your lifestyle, you can see your heart health improve greatly as well. Below are superfoods to incorporate into your diet. 

Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help decrease the risk of an irregular heartbeat, lower plaque build-up in the arteries and decrease triglycerides, the main type of fat in our bodies. It is recommended by the American Heart Association to eat salmon or other fatty fish at least twice a week. 

Believe it or not, potatoes can be very beneficial for heart health. Potatoes are packed with potassium and fiber, which can help lower blood pressure and risk for heart disease. As long as they are not fried, potatoes can be a great food option. 

You can't go wrong with nuts. Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts and macadamia nuts are rich with fiber and vitamin E, which helps lower cholesterol. Don't be skeptical by the high fat content of nuts, those who eat nuts regularly have been shown to be leaner than those who don't. Walnuts among other nuts also contain high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. 

Green Vegetables
There are many benefits to vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and kale. These vegetables can especially help your heart because of the high amounts of vitamins, minerals and carotenoids, which act as an antioxidant. Including green vegetables into your diet every day not only can improve overall health but give the heart a boost.  

Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fats that can help lower the risk of heart disease and help control cholesterol levels. This fruit is also rich in antioxidants and potassium, making it a superfood that can be easily incorporated into meals. 

Oatmeal is not only practical and affordable, but high in soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol. Choose oatmeal or plain oats with no added sugar. Make sure to be especially careful with instant oatmeal, which a lot of times contains added ingredients. 
Recipe Corner

Heart Healthy Recipe

Texas Caviar


This recipe is filled with vegetables that not only 

taste delicious but are heart healthy as well!





·        30 oz. canned black-eyed peas

·        2 green onions, sliced

·        1 cup fresh or frozen corn, thawed

·        1 small bell pepper diced

·        1 / 2 cup chopped cilantro

·        3 diced jalapenos

·        2 cups of diced tomatoes

·        3 clove minced garlic

·        2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

·        2 tbsp. lime juice

·        1 / 2 tsp. lime zest

·        1 tsp. ground cumin 

·        salt and ground pepper to taste


  1. Combine black-eyed peas, onions, corn, bell pepper, cilantro, jalapenos, tomatoes and garlic into a medium-sized bowl. 
  2. In another bowl, whisk olive oil, lime juice, zest and cumin together. 
  3. Pour over vegetables adding salt and pepper to taste and toss altogether. Served best when chilled for 2-3 hours. Enjoy! 


          American Heart Association

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The information contained within the  newsletter is only used to educate and inform. This newsletter is  not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health  care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult  a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before  starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
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Acupressure points
Rubbing acupuncture
points with your finger for  30 - 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body,  restoring health and well-being. 
Stomach 36 (ST 36):
English:  Leg Three Li
Chinese: Zusanli

On the outside of the leg, approximately
one hand-width below the kneecap, just o the bone.

Strengthens the Spleen, harmonizes the intestines and clears food stagnation, stops vomiting, regulates Qi and Blood, transform sphlegm, enhances immune function, breaks up blood stagnation in the chest.

Heart 7 (HT 7)
English:  Spirit Gate
Chinese: Shen Men
With palm facing up, on the inside of the wrist,on the little finger side of the crease where the hand meets the wrist.
Calms the Shen (Spirit), clears the channels and sedates the regulatory function of internal organs.

Pericardium 6
 (PC  or P 6)
English: Inner Gate
Chinese: Nei Guan
PC 6 is located on the palm side of your wrist, two thumb widths above the wrist crease in the center of the arm. 
Inner gate is important for regulating anything to do with the heart as its other name "Heart Protector" indicate.  PC 6 regulates ch'i as well as blood in the chest.

 Pressing this point helps strengthen the heart. It also relieves the pain or discomfort of the chest.   

Acupuncture Research
  Acupuncture & Heart Health

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world with over 375,000 Americans who die from it each year.

A systematic review of 16 trials found that acupuncture can reduce the risk of heart attack when used as an addition to conventional treatment. 

A study done by the Department of Nuclear Medicine at Peking University Shenzhen Hospital found that specific acupuncture points resulted in  significant improvements in patients suffering from coronary heart disease. 

Researchers found that the 32 patients who received the acupuncture treatment had an improvement in blood flow to the heart. The acupuncture group was compared to another group who only received nitroglycerin. Contact an acupuncturist to learn more how this natural treatment can decrease your risk of heart disease and improve overall health.


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