Fertility is a complicated part of being a woman, and acupuncture and herbal medicine are gentle methods that can guide you through the process. Since fertility is an issue that affects both men and women, we also treat men who are experiencing fertility problems. It can be frustrating trying to conceive, only to find out that things are not happening as quickly as you wish. Acupuncture has been known to help enhance fertility by restoring the body to a balanced state. Patients are encouraged to try acupuncture treatments before investing time and money into an in vitro program. In addition, acupuncture can be used as an adjunct treatment to IVF/IUF or other fertility treatments. In fact, recent studies have discovered that acupuncture, when used in conjunction with IVF, can increase a woman’s chance of successfully conceiving and carrying a baby up by 50% than those who didn’t use acupuncture. In our clinic, the successful rate has been highly satisfying for treating infertility.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, “When there is obstruction, there is pain” is the common pathology that is triggered by the different causes of pain. Acupuncture, among the oldest healing practices in the world, is part of traditional Chinese medicine. To relieve pain, acupuncture practitioners stimulate specific points from affected meridians — pathway where Qi (vital energy) travels through. In response to the stimulations to acupuncture points, the body releases endorphins and activates an immune response. The application of acupuncture for pain relief provides a drug-free method to minimize pain. A special analysis of acupuncture data from an earlier NHIS found that pain or musculoskeletal complaints accounted for 7 of the top 10 conditions for which people use acupuncture. Back pain was the most common, followed by joint pain, neck pain, severe headache or migraine, and abdominal pain.
In TCM, stress, anxiety, depression or any strong emotion can interrupt the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. According to TCM theory, energy flows through our body through a network of “pathways”, similar to a highway system. Stress, irritability/anger, or any intense emotion acts like a traffic jam, interrupting the free flow of energy in the body. Stagnation is the term used in TCM to describe the condition. Stagnation can cause tension in the muscle in addition to pain or headache. It can also cause malfunction of the organs/systems. Stagnation can easily be addressed through stimulating specific acupuncture points chosen based on the body condition. It has been reported that acupuncture works to alleviate stress by releasing endorphins – the natural pain reliever. Futhermore, acupuncture improves circulation, thus, it facilitates detoxification process. The calming nature of acupuncture slows down heart rate, relaxes the muscles and lowers blood pressure, all of those being factors that contribute to depression and anxiety.
Knowing what type of insomnia you are experiencing can help us provide the most effective treatment for you. Here is a list of pattern:
- I have difficultly falling asleep
- I wake up early and can’t go back to sleep
- I have excessive dreaming during sleep
-I can’t sleep at all
- I wake up often during the night
Based on the causes, an acupuncturist will choose specific acupuncture points to address the root causes of insomnia. In addition, when you receive an acupuncture treatment, your nervous system begins to calm down. The acupuncture needles, once inserted to the selected acupuncture points, will unravel your subconscious stresses, balancing your energy, and releasing the causes of your insomnia. Frequently, patients even fall asleep on the treatment table. We have been told that after acupuncture treatments, patients sleep the best the first night after an acupuncture treatment; however, each person responds to the treatment differently. Overall, the treatments improve the quality of sleep. It normally takes several acupuncture treatments per week, for several weeks to fully resolve chronic insomnia. We usually re-evaluate after eight acupuncture sessions.
Tai Chi combines meditation and deep breathing techniques with a series of continuous movements, called "forms”. It originated as a martial art, but it is now practiced mainly for its self-healing effects, which includes reducing stress, promoting balance and flexibility, boosting immune systems and even easing pain.
Acupuncture for weight loss became popular is 2003 when CNN reported on successful acupuncture weight loss clinics in China. An increase in obesity in China led to the practice of acupuncture for weight loss because Chinese medicinal theory says that overweight people have imbalanced digestive systems.
Acupuncture treatments, when combined with diet and exercise, can produce desired weight loss results. In a study from The Journal of Medical Acupuncture, patients who participated in acupuncture lost three times the weight of those who did not. Depending on the symptoms of the patient, acupuncturists choose different acupuncture points to enable the body to restore normal functions. For example, craving for sweets, water retention and impulsive eating will be treated with different selection of acupuncture points. Problems such as sugar or hormonal imbalances can also be addressed.
Acupuncture can help you lose weight by strengthening your digestive system. Doing this helps control your appetite and therefore weight loss is achieved. Some theories suggest that acupuncture improves metabolism causing the body to burn calories at a faster rate. In addition to acupuncture, many herbal formulas will be used according to the individual’s body condition. The herbs are there to promote the transformation and transportation functions of the organs. Auricular acupuncture will also be applied to control hunger and thirst and to harmonize the endocrine system.
We also provide food therapy to accomplish the goal of weight loss. We evaluate the food log from the patients and we recommend what food should be increased and what food to reduce.
Acupressure & Tui Na
This is a stimulation or massage of the acupuncture points using the fingers, thumbs or an instrument like a stick or scrapping board. Acupressure may be used on acupuncture points, which can promote healing or symptoms relief.
Specialization of this method are hand, foot and scalp acupuncture.
Cupping & Moxa
Cupping is a therapy in which a jar is attached to the skin surface to cause local congestion through the negative pressure created by introducing heat in the form of an ignited material. This treatment method is safe and effective and the therapeutic effect is good. It is very often that patients will make a comment about how relaxing cupping treatment is. Also, lots of patients appreciate how the modality can relieve the tension of the body.
Facial Rejuvenation (cosmetic acupuncture)
Cosmetic Acupuncture is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. It is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles into the acupuncture points on the face. This superficial insertion will increase the local circulation to the face and stimulate collagen production, which will fill out the lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been found to be effective at treating the pain and inflammation associated with all types of arthritis. The selection of acupuncture points and herbs depend on the type of arthritis the patient has. In TCM the causes could be wind, cold, damp or damp-heat. Once the root causes are identified, a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, Tui Na (Soft tissue therapeutic work), Gua Sha (scraping technique), Chinese herbs, food/nutritional therapy, and exercises will be applied to achieve therapeutic goals. The primary goal is to restore normal function by helping the body to be in a balanced state.
Clinically we have seen many seasonal allergy patients respond exceptionally well with acupuncture treatments. Most patients find acupuncture treatments effective in reducing symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, watery itchy eyes, nasal congestion and low energy. We also prepare individualized herbal formula to help patients to prevent the allergy from coming back.
The use of acupuncture as an alternative approach to smoking cessation has been gradually increasing in public awareness. One unique way of treatment for smoking is known as Auricular acupuncture, meaning the needle or pellet is placed at the outer ear and is normally left there for a couple of days in order to promote continuous cessation. One of the most important reasons to choose acupuncture as the means to quit is that it is all natural. The patch, pills, and gums are products that claim to help smokers wean away from their addiction more easily, however, these products are more or less replacing one addiction with another. Acupuncture is often a preferred treatment for drug addicts because of its ability to reduce cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating. The acupuncture treatments focus on jitters, cravings, irritability and restlessness; all symptoms that people commonly experience when trying to quit. Furthermore, acupuncture aids in relaxation during the process of quitting, and detoxifying the body of all the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes.
As adolescents and young adults, it is common for women to experience irregular or painful menstrual cycles and PMS. As women age, the cycles seem to constantly evolve, and with the hormonal changes that come along at various life stages, there can be entirely new sets of menstrual issues. These issues can be prevented or addressed with acupuncture. Acupuncture offers natural ways to prevent intensely painful cramps and uncontrollable mood swings. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and lifestyle modifications are a safe and effective way to regulate this system of the female body through all stages of life, from adolescence through menopause and beyond.
For many women the peri-menopausal time can be one of increasing discomfort. Menopause is a natural process when the hormonal shifts might amplify other imbalances your body may have. It is common to hear about hot flashes, night sweats, decreased sex drive, insomnia, or fatigue as part of the menopausal process. These issues respond very well to Traditional Chinese Medicine. With the help of acupuncture and herbs, we have seen my patients shed the discomforts of peri-menopause and menopause, consequently finding a new sense of self, empowering them to head into the next phase of their lives with smooth transition.