Greetings!

With hearts everywhere, this Valentine's is a great reminder that the best thing you can do for those you love is to stay healthy, especially taking care of your heart.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America for several reasons including: lifestyle factors, an aging population, the obesity epidemic, medical advancements (people are living longer), and genetics.

My grandmother died of a heart attack and heart issues run in my family so I wanted to share some simple things you can do to prevent heart disease, including acupuncture.

Acupuncture has been shown to improve heart health in multiple ways. Not only does it lower blood pressure and cholesterol, but it also reduces stress and anxiety. This helps us sleep better and feel calmer throughout the day.  Acupuncture has been shown to help with a number of cardiovascular conditions, including high blood pressure, arrhythmia, angina, and even chest pain due to blocked arteries.

In addition to acupuncture, there are a few other things that can help you achieve or maintain good heart health:

  1. Eat a healthy diet consisting of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, less processed foods, no trans fats, organic when possible.
  2. Get plenty of exercise - 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week. Add a few more minutes throughout the day if you sit a lot.
  3. Don't smoke, or drink too much alcohol or sugars - drink plenty of water.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight.
  5. Reduce inflammation
  6. Meditate and reduce stress. 6 slow, deep breaths can feel incredibly calming.

A specific type of meditation I recommend is HeartMath, a biofeedback form of meditation (see below).

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for centuries to treat various health conditions. Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system and can help to reduce pain, improve mobility, and reduce inflammation, as well as relieve muscular spasms.

If you or someone you care about is suffering from pain, fatigue or other health issues, please contact us today at 619-325-0771!


Dr. Chantelle DeShazer, L.Ac. Ph.D. MTOM
Acupressure
Try this famous acupressure point, Pericardium 6, to relieve tightness in the chest, calm anxiety and relieve nausea. Press with gentle, yet firm pressure for 2-3 minutes while taking deep breaths.
Lower Risk For Heart Disease
by Dr. Josh Axe
In the majority of people, the real cause of heart disease may be inflammation. Foods to avoid to prevent CHD that promote inflammation include:

  • Corn and soybean oils
  • Pasteurized, conventional dairy
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Conventional meat
  • Sugars of all kinds
  • Trans fats

Click here for the Full Article
HeartMath Biofeedback
HeartMath is an easy-to-learn technique that helps balance your emotions by reducing stress hormones like cortisol while increasing feelings of calmness and relaxation throughout your body. The HeartMath Institute has developed a method for helping people learn how to calm their nerves through meditation techniques that incorporate heart rate variability (HRV) readings from the finger sensors on their phones or other devices that measure HRV data; this method has been proven effective at helping people deal with anxiety-related conditions like panic attacks or phobias without having to take medications that might cause side effects like drowsiness or nausea.

Go to this link to learn more about the 2-minute HeartMath Coherence Technique.
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Try our new Relax & Recharge sessions. Come in for a 40-minute Red Light and Far Infrared Mat session while enjoying meditative, relaxing music and aromatherapy. This is also a great gift for your friends and family!

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Meridian Acupuncture & Wellness Center Inc
2831 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 218, San Diego CA 92108