Heart Disease

Heart Disease

Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is a general term referring to conditions that involve the narrowing of blood vessels around the heart. Fatty plaques can build up in your bloodstream over time and can put you at risk of heart attacks, and along with stroke, are the two leading causes of death in both men and women in the United States. Other heart conditions include coronary artery disease, irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias), heart infections, and congenital heart defects. At Tao of Wellness, our primary goal is to help you address your current condition, minimize your risk factors, and help you achieve a healthy lifestyle to prevent future complications. Tao of Wellness is a group of doctors of acupuncture and Chinese medicine who practice heart-healing therapies including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, meditation, among others.

How We Successfully Treat Heart Disease

Some risk factors for heart disease include family history, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, obesity, intense stress and physical inactivity. As an integrative medical clinic, practitioners at Tao of Wellness work collaboratively with other healthcare practitioners as a team to address health issues that often coexist alongside heart disease. Our patients get the best of both worlds when the medicines of East and West are combined.

We have helped many individuals with heart disease in the last 40 years. The nerves and muscles of the heart can be strengthened to provide a stronger cardiovascular system, the metabolic system optimized to reduce the accumulation of plaque congestion in the arteries, and the free flow of blood can be restored through reduction of physical and emotional stressors. Our doctors are committed to utilizing the range of natural therapies of Chinese medicine to help heal your heart.

Your visit to Tao of Wellness begins with an initial consultation. We will look at your current condition in addition to all the physical and emotional factors that may have helped create your particular heart disorder. You may also be experiencing shortness of breath, respiratory conditions, anxiety, insomnia, palpitations, fainting, or chest pain. As a truly holistic system, Chinese medicine requires that we devise a treatment plan only after evaluating all the other aspects of your history, uncovering the unique underlying causes. Your treatment protocol will likely include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, and meditation as methods to improve blood circulation, relax the nervous system, and reduce inflammatory products from inside and outside the blood vessels.

Our Customized Therapies for Overcoming Heart Disease

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is the essential Chinese medical physical therapy. It has been found to increase nitric oxide production to relax and dilate muscles of the blood vessel, allowing more oxygen and nutrient delivery, and aid in strengthening the heart muscles by eliminating plaque and other inflammatory waste products. Learn more about acupuncture.

Chinese Herbal Medicine
A customized herbal formula will be constructed to target your individual heart disease concerns. Herbs have many therapeutic functions and are organized into dozens of categories based on these functions. Numerous traditional herbal combinations as well as many individual herbs are available to choose from that have been used for heart health. For example, the herb astragalus has been found to restore the strength of injured heart muscle and blood vessel tissue. Red sage root helps relieve chest pain and promote circulation and healing of blood vessels. Our practitioner will address both your heart disease and the underlying causes simultaneously by designing an herbal formula that is aimed at healing your unique body. Learn more about Chinese herbal medicine.

Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Consultations
A proper diet plan can play a big role in reducing the amount of pressure on your heart and its blood vessels. Eating whole grains, fibrous vegetables, and nuts and seeds containing manganese and chromium like hazelnuts, pine nuts, and brazil nuts can help prevent hardening of the arteries, or arteriosclerosis. Overindulgence in rich, greasy and sweet foods can contribute to inflammation and tax your digestive system. Each patient receives nutritional guidance but a Nutritional Consultation will more comprehensively provide a customized eating plan complete with meals and snacks that have been put together for your body’s specific needs. Learn more about Nutritional Counseling.

Nutritional Supplements
The plaques that can build up in the vessels of the heart are indicative of any number of inflammatory processes. Omega fatty acids inherent to fish oil supplements are well studied for their anti-inflammatory properties, enhancing blood flow and making plaques less likely to stick to the blood vessel walls. CoQ10, niacin, and the anti-inflammatory enzymes papain and bromelain in our Inflammation Fighter supplement can all be beneficial for the right patient as well. Our expert practitioners will work with you in devising a targeted supplement plan that is right for your unique body and specific heart condition. Learn more about nutritional therapy.

Mind Body Exercise
Exercise is essential to promote a strong cardiovascular system. A lifestyle without regular movement will lead to a slowing of the movement of blood as well as reduced oxygen and nutrient delivery to sustain your tissues. Moderate cardiovascular exercise 30 minutes daily is recommended for a healthy cardiovascular system. Our practitioners will help you choose a safe exercise regimen while strengthening your heart. At Tao of Wellness we recommend the fluid, meditative arts of tai chi and qi gong. These gentle movement systems relax the body and mind, while also providing a gentle and effective workout of the muscles. They are beneficial for any age, fitness level, or physical ability. Learn more about tai chi and qi gong.

Natural Healthcare for Heart Disease

Tao of Wellness was established in 1976 as a resource to address heart disease. We strive to support you in mind and body, and invite you to make an appointment for your health and wellbeing. It would be our pleasure to serve you.

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