Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
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High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a kind of fat in your blood that is naturally formed in your body and is used to produce bile acids, vitamin D, and a number of hormones needed by the body to function normally. Hyperlipoproteinemia, commonly known as having “high cholesterol,” is a condition that affects approximately 1 in every 6 adults (16%) in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). High cholesterol is a medical condition in which the amount of cholesterol in one’s bloodstream exceeds a normal or recommended level and is actually a disorder of the body's ability to properly breakdown and digest, or metabolize, lipoproteins (chains of fat and protein molecules). These lipoproteins in the form of cholesterol, and/or triglycerides, accumulate in the blood, deposit on the inside lining of arteries and this greatly increases one's risk of cardiovascular disease. While high cholesterol can be treated by a variety of western medical approaches, such as statin drugs, there are often unwanted side effects and unclear benefits.

Traditional Chinese medicine has been used over 3,000 years for the treatment of a variety of medical problems, including high cholesterol and related cardiac problems. According to Chinese medicine, high cholesterol involves the spleen channel, and usually the liver channel. High cholesterol is diagnosed as dampness and a deficiency of spleen Qi (energy) is the root cause of dampness. The liver channel is responsible for the even flow of your Qi, and if it becomes congested, it can cause dampness to settle in your arteries. Chinese medicine seeks an individualized treatment in order to address and treat the symptoms of individual patients, their patterns of disharmony, and points of deficiency. The practitioner may choose to use a variety of techniques during treatment including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. The treatment for high cholesterol involves draining the body of excess dampness, boosting your spleen channel Qi to help it process dampness properly, and balancing the flow of the liver channel to help ensure the even flow of Qi. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can assist the body to regain its normal healthy functioning. If you would like to pursue this form of Chinese medicine treatment or information, please contact us.
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Wang, Xiaoyan
Phone: (804) 301-1784