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Cardiovascular

Good Cholesterol

High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is the "good" cholesterol. HDL and triglycerides (TG) are most responsive to exercise. While TG level is an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD), increasing your HDL level is like getting free brownie points. A HDL >40 mg/dl is desirable, but a HDL >60 mg/dL counts as a “negative” risk factor. Meaning it removes one CHD risk factor from the total count (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2003). 

The ATP III Cholesterol Guideline recommendations for low HDL  

Heart Health Time


Chinese medicine accounts for diurnal fluctuation in blood pressure, with something called the Horary Clock, which is the circadian cycle of Qi through the organ systems. The highest blood pressure occurs at mid-day;  noon-time is indeed associated with the Heart according the Horary Clock. 
 

"There are acupuncture protocols where the actual time of a treatment may be enhanced by coordination with the flow of Qi according to the Horary Clock. [Since] this is not always practical, organs opposite each other on the Horary clock will balance each other regardless of the time treated [i].

Hypertension



Essential or primary hypertension occurs for no known reason and accounts for 95% of hypertension in adults [i]. 
 



HEALTH PROMOTION & DISEASE PREVENTION
Health promotion is a very important aspect of care. It involves knowing the following about hypertension (HTN):

  • What is normal vs. abnormal blood pressure?
  • What are the sequela of uncontrolled blood pressure? 
  • Why is hypertension called the "Silent Killer"?

To answer these questions, I often refer to a comprehensive 

Acupuncture for Stroke Rehab

Scalp acupuncture can assists with recovery from cerebral vascular accident (CVA, stroke), by assisting MANY process that connect the central & peripheral nervous systems [i]. Scalp acupuncture, along with body acupuncture, herbs and physical therapies can improve quality of life by ameliorating such things as hemiplegia, aphasias, weakness, spasticity, and pain etc. The role of Acupuncture vs Western Medicine in stroke rehab is really a matter of semantics, and have the same ends in mind [ii]:

Type 2 Diabetes

Chinese medicine has a great deal to offer those with Type 2 Diabetes (DMII). Much can be done with simple food-as-medicine for obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and insulin resistance/ elevated blood sugar levels. This combination is called Metabolic Syndrome- which is often comorbid with DMII.  

Chinese herbs can lessen the risk for or reverse complications associated with the disease [e.g. peripheral neuropathy and nephropathy]. Herbs can decrease medication dose [and side effects] and/or the need for more than one drug to manage the disease and/or insulin-dependance.
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