Acupuncture for Cholesterol
Acupuncture practioners think, "maybe yes and maybe no". High cholesterol has been shown to correlate with coronary problems, and certainly very high cholesterol should be addressed, but the huge cholesterol industry spearheaded by drug companies may have exaggerated the cholesterol problem and caused unnecessary worry. The body needs cholesterol, as all our hormones are made of cholesterol. And people may differ in their need for cholesterol, both "good" and "bad" cholesterol.
Acupuncturists believe that moderation should rule, and that people need to be treated individually, and that other lifestyle factors may play a more important factor than high cholesterol in determining heart and vascular health. Many studies have shown that reducing cholesterol can reduce heart problems is some people but not in everyone. Other studies have shown that cholesterol reducing drugs have actually increased the incidence of heart attack in diabetic patients. Studies have also shown that iron in the body correlates with heart disease in the same way that cholesterol does, but as there is no money to be made by reducing iron intake, you won't find out about this from your doctor or in the press, both of whom are highly influenced by the cholesterol industry.
Acupuncturists and practitioners of Chinese medicine will certainly advise you to avoid too much fatty food. A "rich man's diet", as the ancients put it, has been known for thousands of years to cause "diseases of the rich" such as diabetes, heart diseases, and some cancers. But this does not mean that taking cholesterol-reducing drugs, which, by the way, were created from a Chinese herb, red rice yeast, is good for everyone. These drugs can do harm as well as good.
Acupuncture Can Normalize Abnormal Cholesterol Production
Acupuncture can be used to treat high cholesterol when a reduced cholesterol diet fails to lower cholesterol to acceptable levels. To an acupuncturist, this indicates a possible malfunction of the liver or gallbladder. This does not indicate liver or gallbladder disease in terms of Western medicine. Acupuncture points are selected to normalize liver function and harmonize underlying causes of abnormal hormone secretion. These acupuncture points can vary considerably from person to person.
Acupuncture for Cholesterol Research
A study published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture investigated the effects of acupuncture on losing weight and lowering cholesterol levels. Researchers enrolled 50 subjects with simple obesity. Accumulation of excess energy (calories) when not used is stored as fat resulting in excess weight). The subjects were all overweight and had higher than normal cholesterol levels - this would include serum total cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipid protein.
Results were the acupuncture treatment decreased body weight and cholesterol levels in varying degrees but even after the treatment stopped, there continued to be decreases in all areas.
In conclusion, the researchers determined that acupuncture is effective immediately and it also continues to have a stable long-term effect on weight loss and lowering cholesterol.1
1 Liu Y, et al. Acupuncture as the Main Therapeutic Methods to Treat Simple Obesity. Int J of Clin Acupuncture.2007;16(3):187-189.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINES FOR CHOLESTEROL
Acupuncture Points to treat high cholesterol are often chosen from the Liver or Gall Bladder Channels. Particularly:
Acupuncture Point Yuan Ye • Gall Bladder 22 Armpit Abyss.
Location: On the lateral chest wall, on the midaxillary line, 3 cun inferior to the axillary fold.
Acupuncture Point Zhe Jin • Gall Bladder 23 Sinew Seat. Meeting Point on the Gall Bladder Channel.
Acupuncture Point Ri Yue • Gall Bladder 24 Sun and Moon. Front Mu Point of the Gall Bladder: On the anterior chest midclavicular line at the level of the seventh intercostal space.
Location: On the lateral chest wall, on the 4th intercostal space, 1 cun anterior to GB22.