A Whole Body Approach to a Healthy Heart

January 31st, 2013 · 5 Comments · Heart Health

images[7]In the fast-paced, fix-it-quick world we live in, it’s no wonder we have a hard time slowing down and addressing our health with a whole body approach, especially concerning heart health. Many of us are open to the idea of trying a pharmaceutical medication to benefit our system hoping it will improve heart function or lower cholesterol and prove more effective than a holistic approach but more often than not, this isn’t the outcome. Tried one prescription medication and it didn’t work? Here’s another. That one isn’t working either? Try this instead… and remember there are always options of surgery/another medication/a prescription cocktail. Rather than looking for a quick fix, maybe it’s time to consider a full body approach to a healthy heart and a healthier you.

A whole body approach to heart health is a fairly new concept and one that isn’t focused solely on your heart. While the function and health of your heart will greatly benefit from this approach, the idea is that your entire body reaps the benefits and you become a healthier you. Concern for physical health is generally the most important thing to all of us but it’s also important to step back and consider how emotional, mental, and spiritual causes can worsen conditions and, in some cases, present new ones.

If you’re under the care of a physician for heart conditions you’ve likely been instructed to avoid stressful situations, try to keep your anger under control, maybe they’ve even recommended meditation to manage your stress. There’s a great reason for that: anger and stress increase the risk of a heart attack by 230% says Mimi Guarneri, Founder and Medical Director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.  Ninety-one percent of patients at Dr. Guarneri’s center who were given the tools to manage stress (participants learned how to exercise and how to practice yoga as well as meditation) saw a reduction in chest pain and, more importantly, felt empowered about their health. This example is a simple one and only skims the surface of how whole body healing can benefit the health of your heart and beyond. The participants in Guarneri’s study were taught how to approach whole body health and were able to take control of their wellbeing from all angles. Beyond incorporating a proper diet and exercise into your life, here are some treatments you may want to consider for whole body wellness compiled from Natural Solutions:

Acupuncture: According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture balances the opposing forces of yin and yang, frees energy to flow normally, and restores health to body and mind. Thin, carefully placed, and virtually painless needles are used in this procedure.

Advanced Liped Testing: This test provides a profile of your major biological risk factors and helps you and your health care professional determine treatment goals.

Biofeedback: This teaches you to enhance your physical and emotional awareness, decrease pain and anxiety, and controls the way your body performs. Electrodes on the skin and a computerized monitoring device are used to provide “feedback” about the body’s functions.

Cold Laser Therapy: Also known as low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy is a treatment that has been shown to help decrease pain and musculoskeletal discomfort by improving blood flow and oxygenation and decreasing inflammation. This treatment utilizes specific wavelengths of light to penetrate tissue noninvasively and painlessly.

Electro-stimulation Therapy: Used to manage chronic pain, increase local blood circulation and production of pain-relieving endorphins, and relax muscle spasms, electro stimulation therapy uses various electrical frequencies delivered through the skin to alter the pathways involved in the production of pain.

Enhanced External Counter pulsation (EECP): Specifically designed for patients with angina and congestive heart failure, this procedure creates a natural bypass around blocked and narrowed portions of the arteries. EECP eliminates chest pain, increases exercise tolerance, and lets you use less medication. This is a noninvasive, outpatient treatment.

Guided Imagery: This reduces stress and anxiety, decreases pain, and enhances healing and overall wellbeing through a noninvasive technique that focuses and directs the imagination through visualization with the help of a professional guided imagery therapist.

Healing Touch: Registered nurses manipulate and balance the electromagnetic fields surrounding the human body and restore and balance energy in this therapy which decreases pain and relieves associated anxiety. Typically healing touch is used as an adjunct to surgery and other medical procedures to assist in pain reduction, relaxation, and healing.

Hypnosis: This treatment is used to help people heal from insomnia, acute and chronic pain, addictions, depression, and anxiety. Certified practitioners will guide you into a relaxed state of consciousness where your attention is focused away from the present reality and towards certain images, thoughts, perceptions, feelings, sensations, and behaviors.

Music Therapy: This therapy improves mood, induces relaxation, alleviates stress, and stimulates healing by listening to, or creating your own, music.

Therapeutic Yoga: Sessions of this type of yoga guide you through a specialized program of postures, breathing practices, and meditations. This practice can be a very effect complement to your care.

TheraSound Musical Body: This therapy releases tension, focuses awareness, and restores vitality with the help of vibrating musical mats.

There is no reason to limit your health to what can be addressed by taking a prescription medication. Learning to care for your body as a whole will positively affect every organ system, your mood, your perception of yourself and your life. It’s easy for a cardiologist to give someone medication in hopes of lowering cholesterol or improving the function of the heart. Teaching someone how to eat, how to deal with emotional issues that affect the heart (depression, stress, anger) and how to look at the deeper spiritual issues, like what’s one’s purpose, those are all equally important in the treatment of heart disease. Herbs can play an incredible role in the health of your heart and Hanna’s Master Formula CircuFlow has been changing lives for decades. Read a testimonial of CircuFlow here! Hanna addressed whole body health in her book The Seven Spiritual Causes of Ill Health where she reveals how spiritual and emotional states have a profound impact on our health.

Learn more about whole body health as well as heart health in some of our recent posts:

Cholesterol and the Side Effects of Statins

5 Easy Heart Health Habits

Avoid Stress for Heart Health

Healthy Hearts and Valentines

Powerful Adaptogens – Herbs for Whole Body Health

Benefits of Meditation


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