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FAQ: Natural Therapies & Holistic Treatment for A-Fib

Complementary & Natural Therapies

Complementary & Natural Therapies

FAQ: Natural Therapies & Holistic Treatment

Many A-Fib patients have questions about treatment alternatives such as naturopathic doctors, complementary or integrated medicine as well as mind/body practices (such as chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga and meditation).

1. How do I find a doctor with a more “holistic” approach? I want nutritional counseling and a more integrated approach to my A-Fib treatment plan?

2. I’ve read that yoga and acupuncture are considered ‘Complementary Medicine’. What is that? How does it relate to conventional medicine?

3. “A dietitian friend referred me to a Naturopathic doctor. What is naturopathic medicine? Are they ‘real’ physicians?

4. What is the ‘vagal maneuver’? I’ve heard it might help me during an A-Fib episode. What is it and how is it done? Is it safe?

5. Have any A-Fib.com readers reported success working with a Naturopathic doctor? Anyone controlling their A-Fib with supplements?

6. Is a whole food or organic diet helpful for patients with Atrial Fibrillation? Is there any research recommending one or the other?

7. Do A-Fib patients find chiropractic adjustment useful? If so, what are their results? In the past, I’ve found it helpful for other ailments. Could it help with my A-Fib symptoms?

8. I do Yoga. It relaxes me and helps with my stress level. Is there any evidence on Yoga helping with other A-Fib symptoms?

9. “What’s the research on acupuncture and Atrial Fibrillation? I’m willing to try it if it will help ease or reduce my A-Fib episodes.”

10. “Have there been any tests comparing natural blood thinners to the new anticoagulants (NOACs) in terms of efficacy and speed of onset?

“Most people use non-mainstream approaches along with conventional treatments. The boundaries between complementary and conventional medicine overlap and change with time.” ∼ US National Institutes of Health

Last updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 

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FAQs Natural Therapies: Finding Doctor with a Holistic Approach

 FAQs Natural Therapies: Holistic Approach 

Complementary & Natural Therapies

1. “How do I find a doctor with a more “holistic” approach? I want nutritional counseling and a more integrated approach to my A-Fib treatment plan.”

You may want to search for physicians who practice Complementary or Integrative medicine, Naturopathic doctors and Registered Nutrition and Dietetic professionals. Professional associations are useful places to start your search. We offer links to online search tools for the U.S., Canada, Australia and the UK.

U.S. organizations with online search tools:

• American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) promotes Complementary and Integrative Medicine and is the premier source for patients looking for an integrative medicine provider. The Physician+Link is accessed by over 30,000 unique visitors each month. Use the ‘Physician + Link’ online search tool or call 1-800-532-3688 for help in locating a physician near you.

• The Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine  promotes the integration of conventional with complementary and alternative medicine. Besides licensed medical doctors who practice holistic medicine, there are also naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, chiropractors and massage therapists. Use their “Find a Provider” online search to find a provider in your area.

•  American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) association members are graduates of naturopathic medical schools accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education) with programs leading to the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D. or N.M.D.) or Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.) degree. Use the AANP search tools to find an NP doctor near you.

•  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals and is committed to improving the nation’s health through research, education and advocacy.  Use their ’Find a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist‘ online referral service.

Online search tools for Canada, Australia and the UK:

•  Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) is the national association for qualified naturopathic doctors across Canada. For a naturopathic doctor in Canada, use their Find A Naturopathic Doctor online referral service.

•  Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) represents the doctors and other health care professionals who practice integrative medicine in Australia and New Zealand. (The AIMA directory is currently off-line.) They provide a link to the “Find a Doctor‘ service by the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACEM).

• Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners and has been approved as an Accredited Voluntary Register. ⇒ Use the ‘Search the Register‘ button at the top of their home page, or use this link.

Also see How To Find A Complementary Health Practitioner on the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)’s website. You’ll find information and resources about professional standards, training, and other requirements for complementary health practitioners. NCCAM is the US government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine.

Last updated: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 

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Acupuncture Helps A-Fib: Specific Acupuncture Sites Identified

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Acupunture pressure sites for A-Fib

by Steve S. Ryan, PhD

Hans Larson, in his 2010 October The AFIB Report, states that Italian researchers found acupuncture effective in preventing A-Fib in persistent A-Fib patients who had just undergone successful cardioversion. The acupuncture points used in the Italian clinical trial were:

1. Neiguan (PC-6)

2. Shenmen (HT-7)

3. Xinshu (BL-15)

Acupuncture at the Neiguan and Xinshu points help modulate and stabilize the autonomic nervous system. Stimulation of the Shenmen point has a calming and sedative effect on cardiac excitability. Patients received 10 weekly acupuncture sessions. The article also includes two stories of patients whose A-Fib was eliminated primarily by acupuncture:

Editor’s Comment: As Hans Larson points out, now that we know the exact points to be stimulated, why not use acupuncture for Paroxysmal A-Fib as well?

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