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Acupuncture Heart Points

Love is in the air, hearts are everywhere Valentine’s Day is upon us. As an acupuncturist there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about the heart. Life is a beautiful gift and there are many things to be thankful for, but the pressures of keeping up and performing in life can be daunting. These pressures mount. Before you know it you’re having trouble sleeping, trouble breathing, heart palpitations and an irregular heartbeat. You’re constantly irritated and all the joy of life seems to have been sucked out of you.

These pressures and the symptoms they create are real and very common.  Left unchecked they can lead to more serious and more complicated health problems. I love working with my patients “hearts” because it is a very safe, effective and relaxing way to help bring a sense of calmness and focus to the spirit so that the body and mind can perform optimally. 

Acupuncture has been practiced for more than 2,500 hundred years. Practitioners and scholars of this medicine realized the importance of the heart, and likened it to what was of the pivotal most importance in their society—the emperor. The heart was held in such high regards that it was considered to be inappropriate to use the heart channel in treatment.  Just as it would be inappropriate to directly go to the emperor it was believed that an acupuncturist should not go directly to the heart channel. 

Today heart points are often used, especially when it relates to the emotional being of a person. The heart’s physiological function is to move blood around the body. Its spiritual function is to move the consciousness; to have a clear perception of the environment of what is able to be seen and what is not. When patients come in and they are so clouded from “adult obligations” that they seem to have misplaced their joy, their creativity and their zeal for life, my acupuncturist mind immediately thinks about treating their heart. 

There are many more aspects of health that can be addressed by the heart channel such as: insomnia, night sweating, bed wetting, acne and mouth sores. It is used to treat emotional problems in adults and developmental disorders in children. The scope of acupuncture is broad and its limits know very few boundaries when it comes to the matters of our hearts.Jessica Goldthorpe, LAc

Jessica Goldthorpe, LAc, is with Envision Personalized Health located at 4620 Alvarado Canyon Rd., Ste. 14 in San Diego. For more information or for a free consultation, call 619-229-9695 or visit

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