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How Acupuncture Helps the Circulatory System

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 02:00 PM

Acupuncture helps improve the circulatory system by stimulating energy pathways in the body. This healing treatment began thousands of years ago in China and is still used in modern medicine.

Acupuncture practitioners insert needles in various parts of the body to stimulate nerve fibers. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the action causes the release of hormones to the brain that may increase pain threshold, helping patients who suffer from back or neck pain and migraine headaches.

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Along with the treatment for anxiety, insomnia, high cholesterol, and immune function, acupuncture may also improve blood circulation.

The techniques used for acupuncture improve the circulatory system by stimulating responses in the body to dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow, explains Seattle Acupuncture Associates.

The application of acupuncture relaxes blood vessels and decreases muscular stress to help reduce high blood pressure, the Seattle clinic notes. Blood pressure is normalized immediately after treatment and also maintains its healthy levels up to a year after the treatment has stopped, according to research. The body is retrained to keep low blood pressure, even when faced with stress.

Acupuncture also may improve the circulatory system for older patients who experience poor circulation in the legs. The treatment restores oxygen to tissues and removes lactic acid that builds up with decreased circulation. Acupuncture might also treat underlying vascular disease by improving circulation.

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Poor circulation in the lower extremities occurs more often than in the upper extremities because the legs and feet are farther away from the pumping action of the heart, says Dr. Ben Kim, a Toronto chiropractor and acupuncturist.

The thighs, legs, and feet can use extra help through acupuncture for an improved circulatory system that supplies cells throughout the body with oxygen and nutrients, Kim says. Acupressure, which uses pressure on specific locations, also improves blood circulation.

Healthy blood circulation in the lower extremities may help prevent varicose veins, type 2 diabetes, and restless leg syndrome. An improved circulatory system helps to promote wound and injury healing as well. People should talk to their doctor before undergoing acupuncture treatment.

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