Among the cardiovascular disorders treated at the Acupuncture & Massage For Your Health are:
- Dizziness & Vertigo
- High Blood Pressure
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Low Blood Pressure
The number one cause of death in the United States is cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, the gold standard for finding coronary occlusions is an angiogram, which no insurance company will cover unless the patient fails a treadmill test and/or has a pretty bad case of angina. Because of this, many people are walking around with heart disease without realizing it.They usually have, from time to time, an uneasy feeling or sudden discomfort in the chest, which is fortunately short lived. If the patient tells their doctor, they will usually be given an EKG, which is pretty useless in spotting coronary blockages and will only tell the doctor if they have already had a heart attack or if they have some form of irregular heartbeat. At this point in time, cardiac testing is still too crude or problematic to pick up heart disease in its earliest stages.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the heart is the most important organ and a great deal of attention is given to its health and function. A good pulse diagnostician can often pick up coronary spasms or occlusions before they are revealed in a treadmill test. The problem with treadmill tests is that issues are usually spotted when the patient’s coronary arteries are already at least 50% blocked. The test is usually inconclusive if the patient’s coronary arteries are 30% blocked.
The patient may be told there is nothing wrong when, in fact, there is a problem. Again, an angiogram is the only sure way to know there is a problem in the early stages; but this is a somewhat risky procedure and the doctor has to have good reasons for ordering it. The only preventative procedure for mild undetected heart problems is taking an aspirin, which from a Chinese medical point of view is too simplistic.
Our approach is to widen the coronary arteries, clean them out, and increase blood flow to the heart. We do not have double blind studies to prove this is what we are doing, but we do have scores of anecdotal evidence to suggest that is exactly what we did. In two cases of proven coronary blockages, patients undergoing treatment in this clinic actually had their stint surgeries canceled on the operating table when it was discovered that their 80% blockage in both coronary arteries was now a 30% blockage. This result was achieved in only 6 and 8 weeks of treatment respectively.