The link below is to a great article written by a cardiologist, Dr. Joel Kahn. After learning from one of his patients that her racing heart had seen 95% improvement after starting an acupuncture regimen (and after numerous attempts to adjust her Western pharmaceuticals and supplements without success), he researched the numerous benefits of acupuncture on the heart, an “energy” organ (and a pretty gosh darn important one!). What he found was evidence enough to recommend acupuncture from then on to his patients for a wide array of disorders affecting their hearts.
I tell my patients that there is no one-size-fits-all medicine. While there are some that can benefit from purely Western interventions, others can’t handle the side effects of those methods. The same is true of Eastern methods and TCM (although, honestly, I rarely hear of anyone having unpleasant side effects from a 6-week course of acupuncture–better sleep, digestion, lowered stress, more energy–these are the usual “side” effects that can occur. Sign me up!). Each individual needs to find their own way, what works for them. With certain heart issues that are being treated by Western medicines, acupuncture serves as an adjunct therapy that can help those medicines work better, possibly to the point of reducing them or eliminating them altogether. This is NOT something I recommend to patients without talking to their doctors first, and then coming up with a plan to see how acupuncture can help with their current issues, adjusting as necessary (once again, with doctor guidance).
Effective doctors and acupuncturists want what’s best for their patients–the least amount of intervention with the greatest results. Follow the link to read more about Dr. Kahn’s experiences with acupuncture: