Ms. Pin, 66 years old, suffered from high blood pressure, insomnia, tachycardia, and atrial fibrillation. She took western medication for her atrial fibrillation and insomnia but was then introduced to the clinic by other doctors. Ms. Pin then received acupuncture treatment once a week in combination with taking Chinese herbal medication. After two weeks, her blood pressure and heart rate decreased significantly. The heart palpitations and insomnia symptoms improved significantly. Heart rate decreased may indicate that ventricular atrial fibrillation is related to tachycardia. As long as the acupuncture treatment is adhered to, atrial fibrillation can be alleviated.
Atrial fibrillation increases with age and affects 10% of the population over 75 years of age. The frequency of atrial excitement during atrial fibrillation is 300-600 beats/min. The heartbeat is often fast and irregular and can even reach 100-160 beats/min. Those suffering from atrial fibrillation not only have a heart rate much faster than a normal people’s heartbeat, but also lose some of the heart’s systolic capacity. Common causes of atrial fibrillation include hypertension, coronary heart disease, cardiac surgery, valvular disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, pulmonary embolism, and hyperthyroidism. With alcohol, mental stress, water and electrolytes disorders, and serious infections also being causes.
In atrial fibrillation, the atrium loses its contractile function and the blood is easily stagnated in the atrium leading to a blood clot. Furthermore, the thrombosis can be dislodged and accompany the blood to all parts of the body leading to cerebral embolism (brain stroke) and/or limb arterial embolism, which can lead to amputations. The advantages of acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment are to improve myocardial ischemia and counteract the hardening of the arteries, by gradually dissolving the thrombus, managing the hypertension, and improving the therapeutic effects of Western medication.