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Cardiovascular Conditions Treated with Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture is a viable complementary therapy for cardiac conditions, particularly hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure. Additionally, such vascular conditions as lymphedema, post-traumatic edema, and Raynaud's disease respond quite well to needle and electroacupuncture.

 

Recent studies indicate that acupuncture works by downregulating the sympathetic nervous systems, modulating the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, improving vascular endothelium, lowering (bad) cholesterol, and reducing oxidative stress.

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References

Middlekauff, H. R., Hui, K., Yu, J. L., Hamilton, M. A., Fonarow, G. C., Moriguchi, J., Maclellan, W. R., & Hage, A. (2002). Acupuncture inhibits sympathetic activation during mental stress in advanced heart failure patients. Journal of cardiac failure, 8(6), 399–406. https://doi.org/10.1054/jcaf.2002.129656 Ni, Y. M., & Frishman, W. H. (2018). Acupuncture and Cardiovascular Disease: Focus on Heart Failure. Cardiology in review, 26(2), 93–98. https://doi.org/10.1097/CRD.0000000000000179 Zhou, J., Zhao, L., Meng, L., Liang, H., Zhou, T., Ye, S., Qi, Z., Huang, X., Zhou, P., & Fu, W. (2020). Acupuncture treatment for carotid atherosclerotic plaques: study protocol for a pilot randomized, single blinded, controlled clinical trial. Trials, 21(1), 768. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-020-04709-0

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