Poor circulation occurs when blood vessels are constricted or slightly obstructed. This could be due to tension in the connective tissue around the blood vessels which causes diminished blood flow.

One of the main benefits of acupuncture is that it gets the blood and energy in the body moving when it becomes stuck. Chinese medicine calls the phenomenon of being stuck “stagnation.” Stagnation occurs when there is not enough energy, or qi, to move the blood through the blood vessels properly. Selection of certain acupuncture points can get the blood moving again.


Causes for poor circulation may include coronary heart disease, Raynaud’s disease, hypothyroidism, frostbite, working with vibrating equipment, side effects of medications, underlying diseases that affect blood flow to the skin (female smokers are prone to this), and stress.

Poor blood circulation in the legs can be caused by several different conditions. Each condition would be treated with its own distinct set of points, but they typically have several points in common

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