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Acupuncture for Pericarditis

Pericarditis is a condition caused by of the pericardium, a protective sac around the heart. The cause is not always known, but sometimes pericarditis follows a heart attack or an illness caused by a virus or bacteria. It can also arise as a side-effect of medications, sometimes persisting for many months after discontinuing the medication. It may also be caused by autoimmune disease.

Patients with pericarditis may experience sudden, sharp chest pain, with fever and shortness of breath. They may also experience persistent fatigue or difficulty returning to activities they previously did without effort.

Some cases of pericarditis are mild and do not require intensive treatment. However, moderate and severe pericarditis are treated more intensively with anti-inflammatory medications and sometimes surgery.

Patients with pericarditis must have regular appointments with a cardiologist. If your treatments are working, then you will begin to feel better. If they are not working, please do not hesitate to contact your cardiologist to ask for a sooner follow-up appointment. Because every case is different, it may be a good idea to ask your cardiologist how soon it will be until you start to feel better.

Our clinic provides compassionate and effective treatment within the field of acupuncture. We have helped people with heart conditions that involve the potential for heart failure. For most patients who are not in the hospital or on bed rest, it is typically easy to use our services alongside the treatments provided by a cardiologist.

For individuals with pericarditis, Dr. Windsor usually only provides acupuncture if the condition does not involve fluid effusion (fluid entering the pericardium). Also, the acupuncture needles are not placed in any close proximity to the heart or pericardium, because the treatment approach is systemic (whole body) rather than local.

Acupuncture research at Harvard Medical School and many other institutions around the world have determined that acupuncture has profound effects on the body's physiology. These include a wide range of molecular and cellular effects on the immune system, nervous system, endocrine system, and growth-regulatory systems.

Essentially, acupuncture helps the body to increase its natural healing response. During acupuncture treatment for pericarditis, between 2 and 8 hair-thin needles will be placed on very specific points on the abdomen, arms, or legs. If you are considering acupuncture treatment for this condition, you should see an acupuncturist with a high level of knowledge and skill, and with many years of experience.

As an acupuncturist and holistic health practitioner, Dr. Windsor uses the latest research to find solutions for patients with pericarditis. During treatment for pericarditis, it may be necessary to address another underlying reason for the occurrence of symptoms. We will create an integrated treatment strategy for your unique concerns and conditions. We welcome the opportunity to partner with you, and with your cardiologist and other medical providers, in order to help you maximize the recovery of heart function.

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About Maryland Holistics

Maryland Holistics LLC is the private practice of Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac., L.Ac. Our serene, professional office is located in Ellicott City, MD. Maryland Holistics has provided care to thousands of satisfied customers since opening in 2009. Dr. Windsor is a preferred provider in the CareFirst, Blue Cross Blue Shield, GEHA, and United Healthcare networks.

3525 Ellicott Mills Dr., Ste E
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: 301-588-5858
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