Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a medical condition affecting blood flow. POTS is severe dizziness triggered by standing up or exertion. Common symptoms include lightheadedness, fainting, anxiety and racing heart. The Raleigh Acupuncture POTS treatment eases symptoms by restoring balance to the body. Results are long lasting.
POTS symptoms are uncomfortable and frightening. Patients with POTS usually suffer from two or more of the following symptoms. Not all patients with POTS will have all of these symptoms.
High/low blood pressure
Racing heart rate
Anxiety and fear
Dizziness/lightheadedness especially in standing up, prolonged standing in one position, or long walks
Fainting or near-fainting
Abdominal pain and bloating, nausea
Temperature deregulation (hot or cold)
Nervous, jittery feeling
Forgetfulness and trouble focusing (brain fog)
Headaches and body pain/aches (may feel flu-like); neck pain
Insomnia and frequent waking from sleep, chest pain and racing heart rate during sleep, excessive sweating
Shakiness/tremors especially with adrenaline surges
Discoloration of feet and hands
Excessive or lack of sweating
Diarrhea and/or constipation
Who is at risk for POTS?
Most POTS patients are women between the ages of 13 and 50 years old. Approximately 450,000 people suffer from POTS in the United States. Patients can develop POTS after a viral illness, medical illness, pregnancy, or trauma such as head injury. POTS may develop following mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr). Also people with certain autoimmune conditions like Sjogren’s syndrome and celiac disease seem to be at higher risk.
Mainstream Treatment for POTS
There are currently no Western medical cures for POTS. In fact, the condition is not well understood. Doctors often do not recognize the condition and misdiagnose their patients with generalized anxiety or unexplained dizziness. Patients are prescribed medicines for vertigo or anxiety. Others will be put on antidepressants or pain medications.
Raleigh Acupuncture POTS Treatment
Acupuncture is an effective treatment to reduce the symptoms and underlying imbalances responsible for POTS. This condition typically presents as Spleen deficiency, from a Chinese medical perspective. Strengthening spleen function for the dizziness and heart function for the accompanying anxiety typically brings relief to the patient. These benefits are long lasting.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are very effective at treating conditions like POTS, which are not fully understood in Western medicine. That’s because our treatments always focus on reestablishing balance in the body. Imbalance is the root of most disease. Acupuncture restores balance. So no matter what the condition, symptoms are most often eased with acupuncture.
Our treatment plans are guided by the patient’s specific symptoms. These symptoms guide us to the underlying organ imbalances. Acupuncture then works at the organ level to restore balance. This process brings relief of symptoms. Results from the Raleigh Acupuncture POTS treatment are long lasting because we treat at the source. Once corrected, the balance is maintained through less frequent follow-up treatment, usually once a month for chronic conditions.
What To Expect
The Raleigh Acupuncture POTS Treatments is safe and relaxing. Needles are sterile, single-use and hair thin. You will hardly feel them. Patients feel wonderful during treatment, often falling asleep in their session.
Try the Raleigh Acupuncture POTS treatment if you have been diagnosed with POTS. Also come in if you have not been diagnosed, but have symptoms similar to those listed above. Chances are acupuncture will bring you relief.
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Additional POTS Information
Information about POTS published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can be found HERE.