Acupuncturist Questions High cholesterol

Can accupuncture help in bringing down my cholesterol?

My bad cholesterol is pretty high, so I'm starting a new diet this week. But, do you think acupuncture can also help me with my cholesterol?

55 Answers

Acupuncture and herbal medicine are more effective when used together.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help you with your cholesterol. You’d need to find an experienced acupuncturist for yourself.

Dr. Hui (Grace) Gao LAc., TCMD
Acupuncture is helpful in correcting many types of imbalances of the human body, including high cholesterol.
I would recommend a combination of acupuncture and herbal supplements prescribed by a licensed practitioner, who can also guide you through nutritional support factors.
Acupuncture alone will not help. You must be taking herbal medications and be willing to make some lifestyle changes.
There are some more effective natural ways to reduce cholesterol
There are extensive sources online.
I can not say I have any experience with this nor seeing patients' results after treatment. I would personally use not just acupuncture in treating this but also some herbal remedies, such as Life Extension's Pomegranate extract and large doses of garlic were I treating myself for such an issue. But you really should consult a professional to get advice in person tailored to your personal needs and situation.
Yes, Chinese Medicine has herbs to help keep your cholesterol down when added to a healthy diet.
Yes, we would assess the pattern which is at the root of your high cholesterol and guide you according to the Eastern perspective. This is commonly treated with Acupuncture and is best paired with a diet and exercise practices for optimal results.
Honestly, there are many reasons for cholesterol levels to be out of balance. Ie diet, stress, hormonal shifts, etc. Acupuncture can help with these motivating factors. Moreover, I find that Chinese herbs, supplements, diet changes and lifestyle changes are vital to balancing your cholesterol. A good acupuncturist is educated on nutrition as well, so it's definitely beneficial to give it a shot.
It very well might. By regulating the digestive system, acupuncture can remove toxins from the body and normalize circulation of blood, and hormones as well. This includes a decrease in cholesterol and glucose levels. Also, an acupuncture doctor should suggest diet modification and possible some herbal remedy to support this process. I would suggest you to give it a try.
It is Chinese herbal medicine doing the job. We will also consult your diet. Additionally, you don't have to take the herbal medicine forever.
I would love to hear more about the diet you are starting to adopt. Acupuncture can be helpful with regards to cholesterol, but I believe herbal remedies and/or nutritional supplementation according to the latest research can also be of tremendous benefit. If you would like to undergo treatment, we can retest your cholesterol at a later date using functional lab diagnostics, which may give us some additional indicators and insight regarding your levels.
It needs to combine herbal therapy, food therapy, and acupuncture therapy together to reduce cholesterol.
Can have some help

Acupuncture is a modality that may benefit you to improve the over all function and balance of your digestive system which may indirectly help you in many ways. In your case, we would have to focus not only on cholesterol, we would also have to focus on your diet, health, stress, sleep and daily exercises. It may take some time to get it corrected, but in the long run, it is very beneficial for you.

Good luck,

Danny Khound, LOM
Good afternoon,

Thank you for your inquiry concerning your cholesterol. It is our pleasure to help you attain your optimal health.
Acupuncture brings the body back into balance, thus enabling it to heal itself. Each person is an individual, thus the effect for each is different. There are many variables from age to physical condition which determine how fast the treatment balances the body.
I believe that Chinese Herbs can help you to lower your cholesterol together with elimination of consumption of alcohol and a renewed commitment to regular exercise. If your Total Cholesterol or your LDL (bad cholesterol) are not lowered, then you may genetically-speaking have much higher Risk Factors for Heart Disease and/or a Stroke (CVA) in which case you may require Rx. Pharmaceutical therapies to manage your Ratio of LDL/HDL and Total Cholesterol. Acupuncture is Ah-Mazing at achieving Stress Reduction and stress, in my opinion, contributes to elevated cholesterol, as well!
First off, I'd encourage you to look into the current research around dietary fat, cholesterol and heart disease. This subject is a tangled mess and it's always a good idea to read through the available information to form your own opinion.

That being said, diet modification combined with exercise are often more effective in reducing LDL cholesterol. What acupuncture can do is help reduce the body inflammation which is likely the source of your elevated LDL levels.
Acupuncture can lower your cholesterol level by relieving stagnated liver system along with the diet. Depending on your constitutional type, diet can be differ person to person. However, avoiding highly processed food can be the first choice of diet change.

In my practice in Florida, I am able to order lab work. So, I evaluate blood work for cardiovascular risk based on recent literature on the subject. While ldl and hdl are factors in the evaluation, it's also important to measure other factors such as CRP and homocysteine, for example. With more information, important changes can be made to improve overall
cardiovascular health. So, to finally answer your question, acupuncture probably won't help your cholesterol, but an acupuncturist who orders, evaluates and helps you to modify lab work with herbs and nutrition will be a help.
Acupuncture cannot help reduce your cholesterol, however, there are some studies that have shown that stress increases cholesterol, then I believe that acupuncture could be beneficial and complement other treatments. Generally, high cholesterol is due to a poor nutrition. A diet and an exercise plan should be the main focus. Acupuncturists are trained to
provide nutritional counseling so they might have some insight on how to prepare the right diet for you. Acupuncturists are also trained in herbal medicine and some herbal formulas are know to reduce cholesterol. The combination of the right diet, exercises and possibly herbal formula should provide optimum results.

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Yes. Cholesterol can be lowered with acupuncture, along with the herbal medicine.


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Thank you for your question.

Diet and exercise are the key to cholesterol management. In some cases people do need medications that a physician is best able to determine.

If you have a stressful life acupuncture can help with this and balance overall well being.

Kind regards,

Dr. B
We have acupuncture treatments for speeding up the metabolism and treating "phlegm" or fatty issues, but what I find most effective for cholesterol is herbal formula supplements. The main ingredient, hawthorn, is very effective in helping with moving and digesting cholesterol in the body.

Live happy,

Yes, acupuncture can help circulation, metabolism and energy flow to decrease your LDL level.
Yes, acupuncture can help.


Amy Gendron, AP
No, I don't think so.

Glad to here you are taking care of your health. You can do it!
Yes, acupuncture can assist in bringing down levels of LDL cholesterol (in addition to exercise and diet modifications, of course). I usually try and invigorate the blood, but some people need different treatment approaches. There are currently about five of my clients taking Chinese herbs with great results to lower their cholesterol. One other person is taking the herbs as well, but needed to go back on statins. He is also a heavy drinker so there are many factors. One size doesn’t fit all, but it may work for you.

Best of luck,

David G. Hanley, Dipl. OM
Acupuncture is very beneficial for regulating digestion and stress. It will be excellent supportive therapy to help give you success with your new diet (both mentally helping your confidence and physically allowing your body to assimilate food better, thus giving you more energy and a healthier body- for example lowering cholesterol).

So, will it alone lower cholesterol- most likely not. However, it would be a great therapy to add to your new lifestyle to very much help you be successful in your goals. Thank you for your question.
A good Acupuncturist could help you to balance your system, improve your metabolism and boost your immune system so that could help lower your cholesterol.
Yes, we have had experience helping clients reduce bad cholesterol, lower blood pressure and blood sugar as well with acupuncture.
Exercise is the best way. Acupuncture plus herbs can help control of the cholesterol.
Diet, Exericise, & stress reduction still seem to work as the best non-invasive treatments. Acupuncture can assist with stress reduction.
It won't help too much.
Yes acupuncture can help lower cholesterol by bringing the body back to homeostasis.
Acupuncture helps regulate the body's digestive system and can help with stress levels, which can assist you in your goals. Acupuncture can also help alleviate conditions that increase because of high cholesterol (such as blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes). Your medications are going to be an important start, a practitioner may also suggest herbal remedies and most important of all will be dietary adjustments you'd need to make along with an healthy exercise program.

If you choose to see an acupuncturist, be aware they will be working on more than just the cholesterol when treating you and you should inform them of which medications you are on so that they can adjust herbs properly and consult about food choices more wisely.

Acupuncture will not be the one answer, but it certainly can be one of the tools.
Acupuncture can help to bring down your cholesterol. An acupuncturist will give you a treatment plan after they see you. It will include diet, acupuncture, even natural herbs. It will help to detoxify the liver.
Acupuncture can help the circulation of blood and Qi, which will definitely have a positive effect with your new diet change to lower bad cholesterol.
It can. We can also support you with the changes in your diet, any cravings you're having, digestive upset from it, etc.
I believe diet is the number one thing that is going to help with cholesterol. However, acupuncture can help to determine which organ system is needing more "help." For example, sometimes I see people with "Spleen" meridian system symptoms. If cholesterol is high with these patients, I recommend watching sugars in the diet including breads and pastas. If the condition seems to be more in the "Liver" meridian system symptoms, then the dietary foods would include the sugars and higher fat foods and greasy foods. With the dietary recommendations, I would suggest the acupuncture to help with the functions of these organ systems.
It's great that you are being proactive in managing your LDL cholesterol with nutrition. That's definitely a step in the right direction. Including acupuncture as part of the solution is a good thing. Chinese medicine considers diet and emotions plays a significant role in the elevation of cholesterol. Acupuncture in combination with proper diet and exercise can help to lower the LDL. Consult a licensed acupuncture physician in your area to formulate a holistic program to reduce your LDL cholesterol.

Good luck!

Acupuncture is excellent in moving circulation, clearing inflammation, and specifically works on the liver which we need to do for cholesterol. Yes acupuncture would be a good support as you are working on diet changes with supplements/herbs.

When you say your bad cholesterol is high, I think you mean your LDL number is high. You mentioned you are on the diet. What kind of diet is it? Cholesterol (HDL and LDL) all have their function. The ratio is very important. Acupuncture and herbal supplements can balance your cholesterol.
Hope this information helps.

Thank you,

Huan Wen Fang
Studies have shown several acupuncture points are of benefit to lowering cholesterol. A combination of exercises and diet suggestion with acupuncture treatments will lower the level.


Dr. Abe Shahabelmolki
Acupuncture can very well help regulate your cholesterol. Your body will rebalance and homeostasis will allow all internal organ systems to function at a higher level as a direct result of acupuncture treatment.
If my Chinese medicine diagnosis for the underlying causes provides that Chinese herbs would facilitate the healing, I may prescribe herbs along with acupuncture treatment. I have specific formulas for cholesterol regulation.
I have successfully treated many such cases in the 14 years I have been practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Thanks for your interest. Mari
Acupuncture could improve your digestion, and other factors with lifestyle changes would get everything under control.
Acupuncture is not suitable for cholesterol problems. You should look into your diet.
I've found that treating the whole person, spirit, mind, and body, provides the best results. Acupuncture can be very effective in helping the body restore balance.
Dietary changes are the number one thing to do. I hope that what you have selected is right for you. There are many schools of thought when it comes to food choices. We believe everyone has their own unique constitution and foods can affect people differently. I have my own experience with this and can give some insight. Acupuncture alone will help rebalance the body, but food and herbs will keep things on track day-to-day.
Yes. In Chinese medicine, we can improve the function of the liver to control your cholesterol. Also, I would advise you to change your diet to improve this condition.
Yes, our clinic has helped patients lower their cholesterol.
Diet is certainly the main cause and cure of high cholesterol. But increasing Vit C can help heal the arteries walls so cholesterol doesn't accumulate. Acupuncture can balance your systems so they work more efficiently and effectively, so I would definitely seek out an acupuncturist in your area. They can also help you with diet.