{Research Update}: Acupuncture and Heart Health

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Acupuncture treatment can help lower the risk of stroke, heart failure and peripheral artery disease, in addition to improving whole body health.

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 speci c 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.

Acupuncture & Blood Pressure

A new study has shown that acupuncture may help patients with high blood pressure lower their risk of stroke and heart disease. The study was done at the University of California Irvine and published in the Medical Acupuncture journal. Researchers found that electroacupuncture, a type of acupuncture, reduced blood pressure for up to 6 weeks for patients with hypertension. The study found that 70 percent of the patients who received the acupuncture treatment reported a significant decrease in blood pressure. High blood pressure is extremely common amongst Americans, almost 30 percent of American adults have high blood pressure. The study also found the treatment helped regulate blood sugar and the hormone that regulates electrolytes. Senior author and cardiologist John Longhurst concluded that the acupuncture treatment can help lower the risk of stroke, heart failure and peripheral artery disease.

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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc is a licensed naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist practicing in Seattle, WA. She specializes in migraine treatment and digestive disorders. Her clinic provides people with a starting point to take control of their health and digestion. Visit her website at startingpointacupuncture.com.

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  • Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
    Bastyr University
  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
    Bastyr University
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry
    Northern Arizona University
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