HEALTH CONDITIONS TREATED
Fertility (Female & Male)
Fertility is still a relatively young area of research when it comes to Western medicine, but it has been treated by Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years. Acupuncture can be effective as either an alternative to other medical interventions or as a complement to other types of treatment, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles. Acupuncture helps to increase blood flow to the uterus promoting a healthy lining. It can also assist with improving egg quality and rebalancing a woman’s hormone levels (including progesterone, estrogen, HCG, FSH, AMH, and LH). Acupuncture can help reduce stress throughout the process and improve pregnancy outcomes. Male fertility including sperm quality and quantity can also be treated by acupuncture, supplements, and adjustments to lifestyle.
Prenatal, Pregnancy, Postpartum
During the first trimester of pregnancy, acupuncture can help reduce the chance of miscarriage. Acupuncture has also been known to relieve a variety of pregnancy symptoms ranging from fatigue, morning sickness, and constipation to swelling, pain, heartburn, and hemorrhoids. When used between 32 and 36 weeks’ gestation, acupuncture can encourage breech babies to turn prior to delivery. It can even help prepare a woman for labor when the time is appropriate. Postpartum recovery and lactation are also aided by acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Acupuncture, along with lifestyle, nutrition recommendations, and Chinese Herbal Medicine, can help to restore hormonal balance in a woman’s body. Addressing these complex hormones can help regulate and treat irregular or painful, heavy menstrual cycles; ease PMS symptoms; manage menopause symptoms; and increase sexual drive and low libido.
Acute and Chronic Pain
Acupuncture addresses and reduces both acute and chronic pain. Pain comes in so many forms from mild headaches to trauma from an accident. Acupuncture has an beneficial effect of the metabolic components involved in pain relief and lowering inflammation. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, pain can be a result of stagnation and improper circulation. By stimulating specific points (often ones related to the liver, heart, and spleen), acupuncture can restore proper circulation and reduce or eliminate a variety of types of pain.
Digestive and Weight-Related Issues
Digestive issues including, but not limited to, IBS, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s Disease, can be treated with acupuncture, supplements, and nutritional adjustments. Acupuncture can also help to treat gallstones and Cholecystitis, the inflammation of the gallbladder. Eastern medicine recognizes the centrality of the digestive system and its importance to a well-functioning body. As such, many treatment plans will incorporate points to promote proper digestion.
Immunity: Allergies and Respiratory
Allergies are triggered by the immune system’s response to an external factor, such as pollen, pet dander, or chemical irritants. Acupuncture can help to strengthen the immune system and bring fast and lasting relief for those suffering from allergy symptoms including coughing, sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and post nasal drip. Acupuncture, supplements, and cupping can also help coughs, colds, bronchitis, the flu, and chronic respiratory issue like asthma.
Stress and Anxiety
The challenges of everyday life can lead to imbalances in the body’s Qi (vital energy), which result in stress, anxiety, fatigue, and sleep issues. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can complement other therapies or serve as a standalone solution for addressing these issues. The experience of treatment promotes rest and relaxation in the moment, while also offering lasting benefits.