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Acupuncture & Bad Blood Circulation in the Legs

author image Kristen Ball, DC, FIAMA
Kristen Ball is a doctor of chiropractic medicine. She is also an acupuncturist trained in medical acupuncture and Chinese acupuncture. She specializes in natural health care and has been in private practice since December of 2003. Dr. Ball currently writes two weekly articles in a local newspaper. One pertaining to health care and one pertaining to environmental issues.
Acupuncture & Bad Blood Circulation in the Legs
Someone is receiving acupuncture treatment for their back. Photo Credit XiXinXing/XiXinXing/Getty Images

According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the more common reasons for poor leg circulation include diabetes, peripheral artery disease and varicose veins. Any condition that causes poor leg circulation falls under the category of peripheral vascular disease. The consequences of poor circulation can be life threatening. This is why it is important that it be treated. One of the ways it can be effectively treated is using acupuncture, which is low risk.

Symptoms of Poor Leg Circulation

It is possible to have poor circulation in the legs and not experience symptoms. If symptoms do occur, ePodiatry states that they commonly include cramping in the legs and calves when walking long distances and the cramping goes away with rest, coldness in the feet, numbness or tingling in the feet or toes, changes in the color of the skin of the legs to red, blue or pale, skin breakdown where wounds do not heal as quickly as they should and wounds on the legs and feet that are more prone to infection.

How Acupuncture Benefits Poor Circulation

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.

Acupuncture Points Commonly Used for Poor Leg Circulation

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. Some of these points are large intestine 4, liver 3 and spleen 12 to get the blood moving again and bladder 17 and spleen 10 to improve the quality of the blood. This is not a complete list of the points that can be used for poor circulation in the legs. Other points would be selected based on the individual patient's condition after a proper history and examination has been conducted.

Common Side Effects of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is generally a safe therapy. The most common side effects include discomfort with insertion of the needle, itching at or around the insertion site during or after treatment, a warmth, numbness or tingling at the insertion site, minor bleeding when the needle is removed, dizziness or a lightheaded feeling during or after the treatment, fainting and bruising at the insertion site. Patients being treated for poor circulation in the legs may experience some dull, aching pain or warmth, numbness or tingling in the legs and feet as the blood circulation begins to improve.


Any of the diseases that can cause poor circulation in the legs can be life threatening and should be monitored by a physician.

If you are experiencing wounds that will not heal you should seek immediate medical attention as they can lead to amputation or even death.

Acupuncture should only be done by a trained professional.

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