Combining Eastern and Western Medicine to Reduce Cardiac Discomfort
The incidence of cardiac disease has been on the rise in recent times. While treatments vary from person to person depending on the severity and individual factors such as environmental conditions and genetic predispositions, the symptoms are relatively similar. One of the more common indicators of cardiac disease is frequent chest discomfort, also known as angina. This symptom, which affects millions annually, is caused primarily by reduced blood flow to the heart.
As with most chronic conditions, cardiac diseases are managed by employing a multi-faceted approach to treatment plan aimed at lessening symptoms and, thereby, improving the quality of patients’ lives. Medications are an essential part of this plan, as are diet and exercise and, according to a recent study, acupuncture might also have a lot to offer.
Chronicled by The Philadelphia Inquirer, the study observed over 400 subjects as acupuncture was administered as adjunctive therapy, along with common pharmaceutical medications used to manage the treatment of cardiac disease. Those subjects who were assigned to groups receiving acupuncture treatments in combination with medications experienced fewer episodes of angina. The theory behind their improvement relates to how acupuncture seeming impacts nerves within the body; in this instance, potential restoring a balance within the autonomic nervous system.
While every study has its limitations, the evidence is clear and suggests that further investigation of acupuncture’s potential to help improve the quality of life for cardiac patients should be continually pursued. Further details of the study can be found on The Journal of American Medical Association’s (JAMA) website.
It is essential that treatment plans offer a layered approach to treating the ailments of the patient. Every treatment plan must also be under the supervision of qualified medical personnel and practitioners of alternative medicine.
Inland Acupuncture offers free consultations to those with cardiac conditions to help determine whether treatments may be an appropriate supplement to their current treatment provided by their primary care physician.