Acupuncture for Circulation Problems
There are many causes of circulation problems including lifestyle factors such as smoking, a lack of exercise or being overweight. Additionally, circulation problems can also be caused by diseases such as atherosclerosis, a condition characterized by the hardening or narrowing of the arteries which can ultimately lead to heart attacks, strokes and other serious complications. Poor circulation in legs, feet and even hands is not uncommon as a result of these factors, and there are many treatment options available including medical treatment, natural healing options and alternative treatments like acupuncture for circulation.
One of the main benefits of acupuncture is that it gets the blood and energy in the body moving when it becomes stuck. Chinese medicine calls the phenomenon of being stuck stagnation. Stagnation occurs when there is not enough energy, or qi, to move the blood through the blood vessels properly. Selection of certain acupuncture points can get the blood moving again.
Proper circulation of the blood is very important to the overall health of yours cells in repair and regeneration. With better circulation the cells receive an ample supply of oxygen and nutrients as well as more efficient removal of waste products. This can prevent varicose veins, promote better healing, promote healthier muscles/tissues and regulate body temperature throughout the extremities.
Symptoms of Poor Circulation of the Legs:
- coldness of the feet
- colour changes in the skin- pale, blue, red
- cramping of legs and calves especially when walking long distances
- tingling and numbness in the feet or toes
- slower healing