Do you ever suffer from heart related symptoms like chest pain, high blood pressure, palpitations or irregular heartbeat, indigestion, dizziness, shortness of breath or anxiety? Well the good news is there is a natural, effective way to heal cardiac problems. Offered right here at our Edina acupuncture clinic. But first, here’s some fascinating background on this ancient method.
Your organs in Traditional Chinese medicine are more than just the physical organs. Your organs also include their mental, emotional, spiritual, and elemental qualities that align with nature and the seasons. Let’s explore the heart and the unique perspective our Chinese Medicine clinic offers.
Heart belongs to the Fire element. The heart season is summer, and the heart is considered the most yang: hot, bountiful, and abundant. Yang is the heating, motivating part of your body. Yang energy keeps your body warm, holds your organs in place and supplies the fire for digestion. Yin is the cooling, moisturizing part of your body…the blood, the body fluids.
The sense associated with the heart is the tongue. Our Edina acupuncture clinic uses Chinese tongue diagnosis to assess the condition of the Heart. The tongue will be a healthy pink color when this organ is in balance. If there is insufficient blood in the Heart, the tongue may appear pale. If there is blood stagnation, the tongue may be a dark purple color. Cracks or lines down the center of the tongue can indicate a potential Heart function issue.
The tissues associated with the heart are the vessels. Because the face has many blood vessels, the complexion reveals the status of the Heart. Like the tongue, a pale complexion can indicate insufficient blood, and an overly red face can signal excessive heat.
The emotion associated with the heart is joy (or lack of joy). The heart houses what is known by Chinese medicine as the “Shen”, which is the mind and spirit. You can see a person’s shen in a healthy complexion and radiant eyes that are clear and bright. The heart is in charge of circulation and keeps the tissues well nourished. It is also associated with mental clarity, memory, and strength. The heart is also connected to speech. An imbalance in heart energy can result in stuttering, speaking excitedly, or talking excessively.
A Healthy Heart:
A healthy heart energy exudes a sense of joy, enthusiasm, action, warmth, charisma, and fun. These people are the “life of the party,” and love to have a good time with friends and to be the center of attention. When the heart is balanced, sleep is sound and one is well-rested.
An Unbalanced Heart:
On the other hand, when there can be an overabundance of fire this can result in restlessness, anxiety, sweating, excitability, and symptoms such as palpitations, irregular heartbeat, insomnia, disturbing dreams, mouth sores, thirst, red face, constipation, and dryness. This person might shrink if they are not in the limelight and might constantly seek attention or need activities that produce a lot of excitement. He or she might have trouble being introspective and won’t like to be alone.
“Overjoy” is an imbalance of heart energy and is likened to manic behavior. A dominant fire may also be extremely sensitive to heat. A lack of the fire element, on the other hand, can result in a lusterless complexion, low energy, inertia, depression, feeling cold, low libido and the personality may lack warmth. This type may seem cold, frigid, lack drive, and may be prone to addictions.
How To Help Your Heart Stay In Balance?
Studies show red foods have been shown to help the heart biochemically; foods such as hawthorn berries, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, tomatoes, watermelon, peppers, and goji berries keep your heart happy with lycopene and anthocyanin, antioxidants, and beneficial vitamins. Other helpful foods include garlic, cilantro, basil, magnesium (found in leafy greens, and nuts), and green tea. Also try jujube dates, reishi mushrooms, and seaweed. Calming activities such as walking, tai qi, or qigong help calm your shen.
What To Do Next
It is best not to self-diagnose. Make sure to seek the guidance of a medical professional to confirm these foods are right for you. You don’t want to assume you have too much of one element and end up eating the wrong foods. A thorough diagnostic evaluation is the best way to get a proper diagnosis.
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“I have had high blood pressure for nearly three years. An internal medicine (IM) physician prescribed 10 mg of an ace inhibitor which gave me an extreme dry cough. Next was a calcium channel blocker with side effects of swollen feet, ankles, and legs. I began my investigation of alternative healing and found Steven Sonmore and acupuncture. The night before my initial evaluation and treatment by Steven, my blood pressure spiked up to 150/128. My entire internal system was racing, my chest /breathing felt heavy and I felt terrible. Steven’s diagnose and first treatment, hit the bulls eye. During this treatment, I began to feel a calm that was missing for a long time. After the treatment, I felt so uplifted, happy, and calm. I had my second treatment and a day later my blood pressure was 115/69. Fantastic results. I also take the Chinese herbs Steven recommends. My energy level is very good. I have not felt this good in three years. Happy and healthy.” Joanne Bean
Together we can treat your condition with acupuncture, Chinese herbs and nutritional counseling and lifestyle adaptations. Call now at 952-831-8080 or fill out our contact form to schedule your appointment for optimal heart health.