Treating Heart Arrhythmias with Acupuncture
Cardiac (heart) arrhythmias are when the electrical impulses in your heart are not properly coordinated and result in your heart beating too fast, too slow, or at an irregular heartbeat. Most heart arrhythmias may be harmless and most people do experience them for a brief moment sometime. However, some arrhythmias may cause other problematic symptoms that can sometimes be life threatening. (It is important to be evaluated by a doctor to determine the nature of any arrhythmia.) Chinese medicine and acupuncture can offer effective treatment for the many different types of heart arrhythmias.
Causes of arrhythmias may include:
- Improper or excessive use of supplements
- Drug use
- Excessive caffeine use
- Excessive alcohol
- Heart disease
- With another medical condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure
- Stress or anxiety
The types of cardiac arrhythmias include:
- Tachycardia – a rapid heartbeat
- Bradycardia – a slow heart beat
- Heart palpitations
Western treatment may include medications, pacemakers, or surgery.
It is important to note that treatment of heart arrhythmias tend to be more successful as a co-managed condition, between the use of acupuncture treatments and the use of western treatments, compared to using just one treatment approach alone.
The Chinese medicine diagnosis of arrhythmias may include a combination of many different possible patterns. In general, heart arrhythmias are either due to not enough Qi (energy) or too much Qi causing the heart to beat irregularly. There are many acupuncture points which can help either supplement the heart’s Qi or help reduce it to help balance your condition. There are also many Chinese herbal formulas which can help treat the imbalance as well.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a heart arrhythmia, palpitations, or an abnormal heartbeat, contact Healthy Life Acupuncture Clinic today to schedule an appointment and begin your path to wellness!