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Study Finds Electro-Acupuncture and Aerobic Exercise Improves Cardiovascular Function

By: Vanessa Vogel Batt L.Ac. MSOM

A study in the September 2015 issue of the Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology demonstrates the value of using acupuncture, in combination with exercise, for patients diagnosed with coronary heart disease.

For the trial, 108 patients with a diagnosis of coronary heart disease, were divided into four random groups. The first was the control group, in which no treatment was given. Patients in the second received only acupuncture treatments, and those in the third solely engaged in aerobic exercise. Finally, the fourth group of participants were given a combination of acupuncture and exercise.

The treatments occurred five times a week for a total of 12 weeks. The aerobic exercise regime consisted of a 30-minute workout. After every session, the patients had their heart rate variability (HHV), heart rate recovery (HRR), oxidative stress levels, and physical ability checked and rated.

At the conclusion of the trial, the patients who received a combination of acupuncture and aerobic training showed statistically significant improvements in comparison to all the other groups.  Researchers concluded that patients with coronary heart disease could enjoy outstanding benefits from using electro-acupuncture and exercise therapy.

Contact an acupuncturist today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about acupuncture and Oriental medicine for cardiovascular health 

Source: Wang L., Zhang N., Pan H., et al. (2015). A Combination of Electro-Acupuncture and Aerobic Exercise Improves Cardiovascular Function in Patients with Coronary Heart Disease. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Cardiology. Retrieved from

About the Author: Vanessa Vogel Batt, L.Ac., MSTOM, studied at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and practiced acupuncture and Oriental medicine in New York for several years. Vanessa enjoys traveling the world, and has published articles on acupuncture and Oriental medicine and related health topics for websites and publications in both the U.S. and abroad.

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