Your Heart According to Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture & Stress
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, your heart can be considered the most important organ in your body. All other organs connect to your heart and help your heart function as best it can.
According to TCM, (TradItional Chinese Medicine) good blood circulation depends on your heart’s energy flow, or Qi. When your heart does not have enough Qi, it is deficient in Yang, this 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, your circulation slows, resulting in extreme coldness and a pale face.
You become Yin deficiency when you are overworked and as this doesn’t give your body and mind opportunities 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 you are stressed, a domino effect happens in your body. Your liver’s function decreases when your body is in high stress, therefore your liver can’t support your heart.
According to TCM, your heart is also the source of consciousness and thinking. Your heart houses your mind.
When your blood circulation is in balance, your thought processes and mental activities function well.
If your heart’s energy is deficient, you can experience anxiety, insomnia and restlessness.
Your acupuncture treatment will reduce stress and return your heart Qi to health. When you are consistently stressed, there is an increased level in adrenaline and cortisol due to a raised blood pressure. When these stress hormones increase in your body, you are more susceptible to blood clots and a risk of heart attack.
Acupuncture works by lowering your body’s blood pressure and heart rate, which then can lower cortisol and adrenaline levels. Specific acupuncture points are used to relax your mind and address problems like hypertension and symptoms of heart disease.
Acupuncture works by addressing your body as a whole. When there is an imbalance in your heart, acupuncture points are chosen to return your body back to its normal energy flow, which in turn improves the function of your organs.