Acupuncture for Cholesterol
We don’t quite pay attention to our cholesterol until our doctor’s tell us it’s a concern, or we have a health scare. That’s because there aren’t really symptoms associated with high cholesterol because the only way to trace it is with a blood test. What we do know is that high levels of “bad” cholesterol increase the risk for heart attack and stroke. Conversely, if “good” cholesterol levels are low, we are also at risk for heart disease. So how do we manage cholesterol? First of all, what is cholesterol? What’s good, what’s bad, and how do we maintain healthy levels of cholesterol? Learning you have high cholesterol can be alarming, but there are natural remedies to lower cholesterol levels, including acupuncture for cholesterol.
Kinds of Cholesterol
Cholesterol is kind of like fat, it’s waxy and stored in the cells of the body. Cholesterol is normal, healthy, and just as important as other essential organic molecules in our bodies. Actually, cholesterol is skillful at creating hormones, Vitamin D, and digestion aiding substances. So, when does cholesterol become a problem? There are two types of cholesterol in the body, both of which play vital roles in our heart health.
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL): LDL is considered “bad” cholesterol because levels that go to high out of what is considered a healthy range create a risk for heart attack and stroke.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for lowering cholesterol are an excellent alternative to the western class of drugs called “Statins”, which can cause side effects nearly as threatening as high cholesterol including liver damage and neurological issues, among others.
Acupuncture helps lower high cholesterol by increasing the “qi”, or energy of the body, to move the blood and minimize stagnation. In fact, clinical research has proven that acupuncture treatments are physiologically related to lowering cholesterol and triglycerides.
High-density lipoprotein (HDL): HDL is considered “good” cholesterol. Our bodies need an adequate level of HDL to protect from heart disease by removing “bad” cholesterol from the arteries.
The good news about low HDL levels is that natural remedies for cholesterol include daily lifestyle changes can help raise levels back to healthy. Smoking cessation, weight loss, regular exercise and dietary shifts can raise HDL levels to a healthy range.
Acupuncture is an extremely effective natural alternative to statins, as are natural cholesterol supplements. To fully treat high cholesterol levels, acupuncture works wonders when combined with traditional chinese herbs. Not only do herbs lower cholesterol, but they help to lower blood pressure, boost metabolism, increase digestion and improve energy levels. In one study, 98% of subjects with high cholesterol were within normal range after six weeks of treatment with the Chinese herb Jue Ming Zi, available in our Chinese herb store.
Our natural, gentle and effective herbal formula, "Clearestrerol" is made of several herbs known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure including Jue Ming Zi, Shan Zha and Jiao Gu Lan.
It’s important to check your blood to ensure that your cholesterol levels are within healthy range. If cholesterol is a concern, schedule an appointment with Robert Youngs Acupuncture located in Beverly Hills, Century City, Los Angeles. We accept all PPO health insurance plans for acupuncture and cupping.