By Danisha Bogue, L.Ac. - June 19, 2023
Categories: General

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the heart is not merely an anatomical organ, but a vital center that governs the body, mind, and spirit. Known as the “Emperor” and the seat of consciousness, the heart is responsible for the circulation of blood and the smooth flow of Qi (your vital energy) throughout the body. A healthy heart is crucial for maintaining overall well-being, emotional balance, and mental clarity. 

Balancing Heart Qi

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi flows through meridians (or energy pathways) throughout the body. Maintaining the smooth flow of Qi through the heart meridian is crucial for heart health. Acupuncture can be used to stimulate specific points along the heart meridian, helping to regulate and balance heart Qi. This promotes a healthy heart rhythm and supports overall cardiovascular function. 

Emotional Well-being

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, emotions have a huge impact on heart health. Strong or lasting emotional states can disrupt the balance of Qi and affect the heart. This is why it’s important to cultivate emotional well-being to maintain a healthy heart. Practices such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, and engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation can help balance your emotions, reduce stress, and support your heart health. 

Heart-Healthy Diet

Choosing heart-healthy foods can provide nourishment and support cardiovascular health. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the best foods for the heart are red foods that help make up for the loss of yang (active) energy in the body. Some of the best foods for your heart are:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cherries
  • Red beans
  • Watermelon
  • Apple
  • Strawberries
  • Beef

Herbal Medicine

There are several herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine that have historically been used to improve heart health, such as danshen, hawthorn, and red sage. These herbs help to improve blood circulation, strengthen the heart, and maintain healthy blood pressure levels. The exact formula and dosage will vary depending on your symptoms, the causes of your heart issues, any medications you’re currently taking, and various other health factors. Your practitioner will put together the best formula for you and your specific needs.

Exercise and Movement

Engaging in regular physical activity is essential for maintaining a healthy heart. Exercise doesn’t have to be intense to provide heart saving benefits. Going for walks, swimming, and yoga are all low-impact activities that can help to cultivate Qi, improve circulation, and promote overall well-being. But the best kind of exercise is always going to be the kind that you enjoy doing and will continue to do consistently, whether that’s lifting weights, playing sports, or just dancing around your house!

By embracing Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, we can keep our hearts and whole bodies healthy – without the side effects that can come from Western medication. Remember, a healthy heart is not only essential for physical vitality but also for emotional balance and spiritual harmony. To get started on your path of heart health, make an appointment to set up a treatment plan today!

Be well.



This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.