How Acupuncture and Herbs Improve Blood Flow and Restore Health

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How Acupuncture and Herbs Improve Blood Flow and Restore Health

As a licensed acupuncturist in Jupiter, FL, I’ve noticed that many people in Juno Beach, Tequesta, and throughout Palm Beach County have misconceptions about how Chinese medicine, particularly acupuncture and herbal remedies, works to heal the body.

These misunderstandings stem from centuries of mistranslations of ancient Chinese medical texts, leading to confusion about the true mechanisms behind these powerful healing modalities.

One common misconception is that acupuncture aims to balance “Qi,” or energy, in the body, allowing it to flow more freely through invisible energy channels called “meridians.”

However, this is not accurate.

The word “Qi” has been mistranslated; it actually means “air” or “vital air,” referring to oxygen in Chinese medical terms. Similarly, “meridians” is a French mistranslation of the Chinese term “Jing Mai,” which refers to the body’s circulatory system, not invisible energy channels.

So, what does acupuncture really do?

In simple terms, it improves the flow of oxygen (Qi) and nutrients through the blood vessels to nourish every cell in the body. Chinese medicine has always been based on real anatomy, not intangible, mystical energies. Ancient Chinese physicians recognized the crucial role of blood and oxygen distribution in maintaining health, noting that obstructions in blood flow can lead to disease and pain.

The Importance of Blood Flow

Every organ and cell in your body relies on blood flow to function properly. Your bloodstream carries essential nutrients from food, hormones, natural anti-inflammatories, pain-relieving compounds (analgesics), and, most importantly, oxygen.

When blood flow is optimal, your body functions as it should.

However, when blood flow to any area of the body is compromised, that region cannot function at its best, leading to various health issues.

Imagine tying a rubber band tightly around your finger. The restricted blood flow would cause the finger to function poorly, and if left in place long enough, you could even lose the finger entirely.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs work to remove these metaphorical “rubber bands” in your body, restoring blood flow to affected areas and promoting healing.

Blood Flow and Aging

As we age, our blood flow naturally decreases, a condition known as “blood stasis” in Chinese medicine. This is the primary cause of pain and disease according to Chinese medical theory.

In our youth, we bounce back quickly from injuries, and bruises heal rapidly. However, as we grow older, recovery takes longer, and bruises persist. This is largely due to the decline in blood flow that comes with age. Older individuals often have purple hands and feet or severe bruising from minor injuries, indicating poor circulation.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs: Restoring Blood Flow

The goal of acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments is to increase blood and oxygen flow throughout the body.

Acupuncture achieves this by stimulating specific points that have been mapped out over thousands of years of practice.

Chinese herbs contain special compounds that can remove blockages in blood vessels, soften arteries, and increase overall blood volume.

Pulse Diagnosis: Assessing Blood Flow

Jupiter acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners use a technique called pulse diagnosis to evaluate blood flow in the body. By feeling the subtleties of your radial artery pulse, we can detect patterns of health imbalances and assess the overall function of your organ systems. This allows us to prescribe targeted acupuncture treatments and herbal formulas to improve blood flow where it is needed most.

As blood flow is restored, so too is your health.

If you’re looking for a natural way to improve your well-being in Juno Beach, Tequesta, or anywhere in Palm Beach County, consider exploring the time-tested wisdom of Chinese medicine. By restoring proper blood flow, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help your body heal itself, allowing you to experience optimal health and vitality.

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Dr. Lori Sibbers

Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (DACM)
Licensed Palm Beach County Acupuncturist
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