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How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. It heals by balancing energy within the body. Most patients barely feel a thing as the hair-thin, sterile, disposable needles are shallowly inserted into very precise acupuncture points along meridians stimulating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms back to health. Much like a highway system, the meridians are interconnected energetic pathways in our body where Qi, or energy, flows. Just as a traffic jam may cause a buildup of cars leading to distressed drivers, a block in our Qi can cause illness and pain. Acupuncture helps to restore the healthy flow of Qi.

 What should I expect?

While some first-time patients may have a fear of needles, it quickly subsides once the patient realizes they barely feel a thing! The needles are hair-thin, and unlike a getting a shot or giving blood, nothing is injected or drawn from the body. In fact, most patients don’t even feel the needle go in!

We use additional relaxing points to remove some of the anxiety around needle phobias and most patients leave the treatment with a sense of relaxation and well-being that can last for hours – and sometimes days.

Other components of Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) include moxibustion, cupping, and Chinese herbal medicine. Moxibustion is the burning of artemesias vulgaris, or mugwort (a plant from the daisy family), directly on an acupuncture point or over an affected area. Moxa is often used in case of chronic diseases. Cupping therapy is another form of alternative medicine to create local suction on the skin to promote healing.

‘Acupuncture’ as a treatment encompasses much more than simply needling: it involves complex interactions, empathy, intention, and attention. Acupuncture is not only used to heal, but as a preventive medicine. It is a great complement to other physical interventions and has few side effects.

Acupuncture benefits

A few ways acupuncture can help you:

  • Affects hormone levels to bring about balance. This is especially evident when treating menopausewomen’s health challenges, and infertility.
  • Reduces inflammation which speeds healing after injury or surgeryreduces pain and may prevent serious diseases like auto-immune diseases that have inflammation as a major component.
  • Releases endorphins. These are the body’s feel good chemicals. They reduce pain and are a great alternative to opiate-like pain medications like hydrocodone andoxycodone.
  • Boosts immune system. It can prevent both recurrence of illnesses and new illness by improving the overall functioning of the body’s immune and organ systems

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Many of our patients are referred to us by reproductive medicine specialists to help implement the success of their IUI or IVF (in vitro fertilization) protocols. Increasing the odds of IVF success is not the only way acupuncture can help.

Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system, according to several studies and medical research.

In addition, our treatments stimulate egg production and provide better blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, creating a stronger chance for an egg to be nourished and carried to term.

“Acupuncture has been used to treat infertility extensively, including ovulatory dysfunction, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET), and male infertility. This review summarizes the recent studies which investigated the role of acupuncture in infertility. In conclusion, most of the existing studies suggest a positive effect of acupuncture in infertility treatment.

Firstly, acupuncture may improve ovulation by modulating the central and peripheral nervous systems, the neuroendocrine and endocrine systems, the ovarian blood flow, and metabolism.

Secondly, acupuncture can improve the outcome of IVF-ET, and the mechanisms may be related to the increased uterine blood flow, inhibited uterine motility, and the anesis of depression, anxiety and stress. Its effect on modulating immune function also suggests helpfulness in improving the outcome of IVF-ET. ”

Reference: “Acupuncture for infertility: is it an effective therapy?”, 2011 May, Chin J Integr Med.

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Acupuncture Atlanta

Acupuncture during labor and delivery? Yes!

I’m in the midst of a post-graduate program, learning the nuts and bolts of acupuncture in the delivery room. The course is being held at Lutheran Medical Hospital in Brooklyn, where they’re also conducting related research that suggests acupuncture, when administered during labor and delivery, provides for a smoother labor and fewer Cesarean sections.

The medical center has also found that acupuncture treatment during pregnancy benefits both baby and mother. Regular balancing treatments throughout pregnancy — and after delivery — have been found to reduce pain.

“Katie Allison delivered an  8-pound, 4-ounce baby girl without any medication. Instead she chose acupuncture. The mother of three was selected at random to receive free acupuncture during labor. Lutheran’s promising new research suggests acupuncture, when administered during labor and delivery, provides for a smoother labor and fewer Cesarean sections…” Read More…

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