How Traditional Chinese Medicine Improves Circulation

Looking to stay extra warm this winter? We all know that keeping your head and feet properly covered maintains our internal temperature, but what about when we feel like we just can’t seem to warm up, get our blood flow moving, or have a circulatory disorder that’s hindering your winter activities?

Symptoms of Poor Circulation

Symptoms of poor blood flow are easy to spot. They often include having cold extremities, headaches, dizziness, or muscle cramps. There are many ways to help aid in your circulatory blood flow including Acupuncture, changing your diet, and herbal remedies. Acupuncture can be helpful to increase local blood circulation because it raises levels of nitric oxide around the area that the needles are entered, thus enhancing peripheral blood flow. Not only does it help with blood flow, it can help with disorders such as Raynaud’s, high blood pressure, and hypertension.

Acupuncture and Circulation

Controlling your diet, adding fitness into your daily routines such as yoga poses, and even acupuncture treatments with specific points can improve your circulation. The point ST 36 functions to regulate qi and blood flow, order the stomach and spleen and strengthen weak and deficient conditions. It is located in the lower leg and is great for combatting gastrointestinal pain, mastitis, asthma, exhaustion, abdominal distention, diarrhea or constipation, indigestion, and more.

Increase Blood Flow with These Foods

When it comes to what is being put into your body, Watermelon and Oranges are two fruits that are helpful in increasing blood flow and circulation in your body. Watermelon contains high amounts of lycopene, which is commonly taken to improve circulation and prevent heart disease. Oranges are also consumed for similar reasons; they are high in vitamin C and are a natural blood thinner and also strengthens capillary walls. Both of these fruits can be helpful in aiding fruitful circulation.

Herbal Remedies to Improve Circulation

If you have already taken to acupuncture treatment there are some herbal remedies that you can use to help circulate your blood such as Cayenne, Butcher’s Broom, Green Tea and Hawthorn Berry. You can use any of these herbs in the form of capsules, tea, or liquid supplements. If you’re interested in incorporating herbs into your wellness plan, it’s best to consult with us before getting started. We can determine the best options for you. Call the office today if you have questions!

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