High cholesterol or hypercholesterolemia is the accumulation of abnormally high levels of bad cholesterol within the blood. This can lead to inhibited blood flow and the deposit of fatty plaques on the walls of your arteries, leading to atherosclerosis. Over time, this can cause a narrowing of arteries, slowing the flow of blood and sometimes completely obstructing, causing coronary blockage or heart attack. High cholesterol can put you at risk for heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in both men and women in the United States. While Western medicine frequently uses pharmaceutical drugs such as statins, which block the liver’s release of excessive cholesterol, this often leads to side effects such as muscle pain and weakness, elevated liver enzymes and other symptoms. At Tao of Wellness we employ natural approaches to treating high cholesterol, integrating acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, and mind body exercise, among other therapies. Risk factors associated with hypercholesterolemia such as smoking, high blood pressure, excess weight, and diabetes can all be addressed with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In addition, a healthy lifestyle is the ultimate goal so that you can enjoy proper circulation and a long life.
How We Successfully Treat High Cholesterol
It is important to know your levels of cholesterol because there are no outward symptoms to alert you of your condition. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as the “bad” cholesterol, contributes to hypercholesterolemia and can lead to narrowing of the arteries especially with the presence of inflammation. High-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol, helps rid the body of bad cholesterol by cleaning up the excess LDL and sending it to the liver, where it is broken down. Your total cholesterol levels should be less than 200 mg/dl, with your LDL cholesterol levels ideally below 100mg/dl and HDL cholesterol levels above 60 mg/dl to give you protection from heart disease.
Beginning with an initial consultation, one of our Tao of Wellness doctors will evaluate both your current cholesterol levels and the physical and lifestyle factors that may have led your body to its current state of imbalance. Chinese medicine is a holistic practice that considers all aspects of your history in order to determine a customized treatment plan, which may include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional therapy. Our detoxification protocol has been very effective to rid the body of its excessive toxins, including bad cholesterol and inflammatory waste products that get in the way of proper function.
We have successfully helped many individuals work toward reducing their high cholesterol. Excessive cholesterol is viewed in Chinese medicine as a result of impairments within the digestive system and the metabolism. Our team of licensed practitioners brings you time-tested therapies as a way to strengthen your metabolic and digestive systems, naturally lowering your cholesterol back into a healthy range.
Our Customized Therapies for Overcoming High Cholesterol
Acupuncture has been shown in studies to improve the digestion and metabolism of fats, enhance liver function and lower cholesterol. Acupuncture, in conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine and proper nutrition, can be even more powerful to address high cholesterol. Learn more about acupuncture.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
A customized herbal formula will be given to support your healthy digestive, metabolic and circulatory functions. For example, Hawthorn berry and green tea are two of the most well-studied herbs that are found to assist in breaking down excessive cholesterol in the body. Your practitioner will design an herbal combination suited specifically for your condition, including addressing any other health issues complicating your efforts in maintaining healthy cholesterol. Learn more about Chinese herbal medicine.
A proper diet plan can play an essential role in reducing the amount of waste in your blood. Be sure to eat quality whole grains, lean proteins, and a variety of vegetables. Overindulgence in rich, greasy and sweet foods can cause accumulation of bad cholesterol. This contributes to inflammation and makes your digestive system work harder, enabling the deposition of excessive bad cholesterol as plaque onto your arteries. Common kitchen spices including fennel, oregano, basil and tarragon have been found to be beneficial in reducing cholesterol. Even just by losing a few pounds, your digestive and cardiovascular system will be less stressed and perform better. Each patient receives nutritional guidance but a Nutritional Consultation is more comprehensive in providing a customized eating plan for the whole week, complete with meals and snacks consisting of high-fiber, cholesterol-busting foods.
Fiber supplementation is one of the most popular remedies when combating excess cholesterol. Metamucil, psillium, and acacia fiber supplements can be used to literally sweep away wastes from the intestines as well as prevent absorption of excess cholesterol into the blood. This, of course, is only supported by the high-fiber fruits and vegetables eaten each day. When conditions are critical, statin drugs may be used and often require the supplemental use of CoQ10 to avoid the common symptoms of muscle aches and pains. Other supplements include fish oil and niacin. Our expert practitioners will work with you in devising a targeted supplement plan that is right for your unique body and condition. Learn more about nutritional therapy.
Cleansing & Detoxification
Our proprietary protocol utilizes the best of time-tested Chinese medical therapies, together with modern far-infrared heat therapy to provide a whole-body cleanse. Environmental toxins impede circulation and gets in the way of optimal health and proper function of the bodily systems. Just like our homes, our bodies require periodic cleaning. The body’s natural filtering mechanisms including the liver, kidneys, lymphatic and circulatory systems often retain toxins, uric acid, old medications, inflammatory waste products, and blockages such as cholesterol. A short-term cleanse may be just what’s needed to kick-start a patient’s body into reducing excess cholesterol. This protocol consists of acupuncture, skin brushing, cupping, tuina lymphatic bodywork, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, far-infrared heat therapy, mind body exercise, and InfiniChi energy healing. Learn more about the cleanse and detox protocol.
High Cholesterol Patient Success Stories
Cholesterol Dropped Over 50%
Tricia is 48 years old and arrived at our office with a total cholesterol reading of 405, over double the normal limit. She showed signs of insulin resistance and had gained weight around her belly. Tricia was also experiencing menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, and an irregular menstrual cycle. She was initially put on statin drugs by her cardiologist for two months. Tricia’s cholesterol began to drop but her liver enzymes became elevated, a side effect of the statin drugs and a sign of liver inflammation, so she was taken off the statin. Her treatment consisted of high-fiber, low-cholesterol diet, daily cardiovascular exercise, and acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapies to strengthen Tricia’s digestive, metabolic and hormonal functions. We continued her treatment course for another three months without the statin medication and Tricia’s cholesterol dropped to 178, well under the maximum of 200. As a bonus, her period came back and she lost 23 pounds over the course of 3-4 months.
Detox program lowered cholesterol by 50 points in a month
Nancy is a 55 year-old philanthropist who traverses the globe regularly. As a result of her extensive travels and inconsistent diet she is often tired, feels bloated and overweight and her total cholesterol had shot up to 230 and her LDL was at 160, which was abnormally high for her historically. She refused to take medication and turned to Tao of Wellness to help her lower her cholesterol. Her doctor was pressuring her into taking statin drug and gave her a month to lower her LDL naturally so she opted for our Cleansing and Detox program that involved diet and nutrition, acupuncture and herbal therapies and regularly exercise. At the end of one month she returned to her internist and her blood test results showed total cholesterol had dropped a whopping 50 points and her LDL had gone from 160 to 125, within normal rage. Additionally, Nancy lost 10 lbs within that month and has managed to keep the weight off and her cholesterol normal.
Natural Healthcare for High Cholesterol
Tao of Wellness was established in 1976 as a resource to address high cholesterol. We strive to support you in mind and body, and invite you to make an appointment for your health and wellbeing. It would be our pleasure to serve you.