Natural remedy to boost circulation

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Natural remedy to boost circulation

There are several different reasons for someone to experience poor circulation in their legs including diabetes, peripheral artery disease, and even varicose veins. Poor blood circulation can be a life-threatening condition, so it’s important that you speak to your doctor about treatment before it’s too late. When blood can’t properly circulate, oxygenated blood can’t reach all the areas of the body, leading to harmful consequences.

Symptoms of poor leg circulation

For some, poor leg circulation doesn’t lead to symptoms. For those who do experience symptoms, you may experience leg cramping while in motion that subsides when at rest. Coldness in feet, numbness or tingling in toes, skin wounds that do not heal well, and a higher risk of infection of the feet or legs may also occur.

Acupuncture benefits poor leg circulation

The goal of acupuncture is to move around energy (known as Qi). In Chinese medicine, it is believed that poor blood circulation occurs because there is not enough energy to move it along. By using acupuncture at certain points, you can get the energy moving again, which improves blood circulation.

Because there are a variety of causes of poor blood circulation, there are also different places where acupuncture needles can be placed in order to improve circulation. Some examples of key points to improve circulation include the intestines, liver, spleen, and bladder to move blood and improve blood quality. Points are selected based on a person’s cause for poor leg circulation.

Side effects of acupuncture

Acupuncture is generally a safe procedure with minimal to no side effects. Some reported side effects include itchiness, discomfort from the needle, warmth, numbness, tingling, minor bleeding when the needle is removed, dizziness or lightheadedness, and minor bruising at the insertion site.

As mentioned, poor leg circulation can become deadly, so speaking to your doctor about viable treatment options is highly important to reduce your risk of deadly consequences.

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