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TCM Can Help Resolve the Root Cause and Symptoms of Heart Palpitations

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Studies done regarding acupuncture’s efficacy in addressing atrial fibrillation have produced some encouraging proofs that Portland acupuncture can indeed help resolve heart palpitations. However, it needs to be mentioned that the constant and frequent use of a specific acupoint to resolve a condition would be highly irregular in traditional Chinese medicine practice as it can lead to a problem even if studies have demonstrated positive outcomes and much more so when inconclusive results are obtained.

The several studies that have already been done can never be accepted by western medical experts as they can never meet the prerequisites that western medicine requires: that is, favorable outcomes produced by randomized double blind control trial, which in fact, is very seldom applied in gauging effectiveness.

For thousands of years, man has suffered from heart palpitations and for thousands of years TCM or traditional Chinese medicine has been used to treat these kinds of conditions. Throughout those years, TCM has identified some well defined syndromes uniquely and solely understood by TCM practitioners. In TCM, a symptom cannot be immediately associated with a pattern. It is firstly seen as an indication of an underlying disharmony, and thus needs to be addressed by balancing the system as a whole. TCM treatment is often, at least, two-pronged, one is to resolve the symptoms of the imbalance and the other is to address the imbalance causing the condition itself. Another goal of TCM treatment is to maintain the results of the treatment in order for the patient to enjoy the benefits for a long time. It is very important to look for a qualified, licensed, and experienced practitioner in order to get the best treatment results as well as to avoid unwanted injuries and side effects that you may experience from an unqualified and inexperienced practitioner.

It is also important to note that a lot of patients suffering from Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia have been prescribed drugs designed to address this condition. These drugs come with serious side effects that can be debilitating and severe and can be dangerous especially when driving. If the number of palpitations decrease with treatment the patient should see again his/her doctor for proper advice on the best way to taper off on certain medications.

Written by Valerie

October 12th, 2015 at 1:39 am

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Certain Recommendations to Treat Heart Palpitations

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Heart palpitations usually mean the feeling of skipping, irregular beating, pounding or racing heartbeats. Palpitations can be felt in the chest or neck and may or may not be a sign or symptoms of a condition such as heart disease. So, if you suffer from heart palpitations, you need to have it diagnosed right away to make sure that you do not have any serious underlying heart condition. If your palpitations are due to a medical condition, then treating it is different from that of palpitations associated with non-disease conditions.

Western Conventional Treatments for Heart Palpitations

If a heart condition is causing your palpitations, then surgery or drugs may be recommended to resolve the condition. It is important to consult with your doctor if you have palpitations and suffer from a serious illness at the same time. Palpitations accompanied by fainting, confusion, chest pain, dizziness, sweating, or breathing difficulty are signs of an underlying serious condition. In extreme instances, the person may be implanted with a pacemaker in order to provide the heart with a regular rhythm.

Managing Extreme Emotions and Stress

Usually, heart palpitations are not indications of a severe underlying problem and can be properly managed through techniques that help tone down strong emotions and high levels of stress. Indulging in relaxation and/or deep breathing techniques such as tai chi or yoga can help alleviate the intensity and number of heart palpitations. Keeping a journal or diary of any situations or emotions that transpire with the palpitations can help determine their triggers.

Avoid Drug and Diet Triggers

Certain drugs (street and medical), beverages and food can bring about trigger palpitations. Moreover, certain diet pills, and herbal remedies can all cause the racing of the heart. You need to talk to a pharmacist or a doctor to know the side effects of certain diet, nutritional, herbal, over-the-counter, and prescription products to see if they are safe for you to use.

Adequate Rest

Doctors recommend getting enough quality sleep to help resolve and prevent palpitations. Taking a hot bath, reading and doing other calming activities before retiring and going to bed as well as rising from bed at the same time each day can lead to good adequate sleep each night. If you regularly perform strenuous exercise, you may need to cut back on it if it’s causing palpitations.

Consider Acupuncture Treatment for Palpitations

Some researchers believe that acupuncture can help to slow down heart palpitations. Acupuncturists treat certain acupoints that help regulate the electrical activity of the heart. Applying Acupressure or acupuncture treatment on these points can help slow down or stabilize your heart rate. You need to make sure that the acupuncturist or acupressure practitioner you’re consulting with is a licensed and qualified practitioner t avoid unwanted side effects, injuries or infections.


Nelya de Brun, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33463
(561) 932-3905

Written by Valerie

December 8th, 2014 at 2:13 am

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