Healthy blood flow is one of the most crucial parts of the human body. Without proper blood circulation, numerous health issues can arise such as numbness, muscle cramps, throbbing pain to more serious issues like atherosclerosis, which occurs when plaque builds up in blood vessels. It essentially keeps us alive as blood carries fresh oxygen, hormones and nutrients throughout our body. A lack can cause our organs and tissues to weaken and eventually stop functioning. Eastern medicine views acupuncture as a form of treatment that can increase the circulation through what is called “qi.” Qi is central to ensuring a healthy energy flow in the body which can also help regulate blood flow.
Health Issues from Poor Blood Circulation
One of the more serious issues from poor circulation are blood clots. Blood clots restrict blood flow as a result of being stuck in narrow passageways. If left untreated, blood clots have the possibility of causing heart attacks or strokes. Causes of poor blood circulation vary from obesity, diabetes, alcohol, bacterial infections, stress, and more. Symptoms of poor circulation include skin discolouration, swollen legs and feet, swollen veins and arteries, loss of sensation, and more in addition to the symptoms listed above.
Acupuncture and Blood Circulation
Acupuncture is great for promoting the circulation as the acupuncture needles help stimulate nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide regulates localized circulation which is why the greater the nitric oxide, the greater the blood flow in the body. Acupuncture is also able to treat inflammation in the body by targeting swollen tissues. Reducing the swelling can increase circulation to areas in the body that are lacking the proper amount of oxygenated blood. Studies have shown that acupuncture points on the feet and legs can promote blood flow to the upper body including the eyes, upper limbs and abdominal organs. Furthermore, acupuncture points target specific meridian channels that increase the flow of qi. A healthy flow of qi directly affects a health flow of blood. Targeting the body’s meridians can correct unhealthy conditions resulting from blocked blood flow.
Poor circulation can be painful and even dangerous if left untreated. Acupuncture can treat circulatory problems and prepare the body to regulate healthy blood flow on its own. Speak to a TCM practitioner if you are experiencing any circulatory symptoms to create a treatment plan tailored to your body.