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The Benefits Related to Acupuncture for the Treatment of Infertility

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A lot of individuals who are experiencing infertility are seeking out ways that will help them overcome their condition without resorting to uncomfortable, highly invasive and very expensive therapies. Acupuncture treatments for infertility have shown to not only to be effective but are also much easier for the patient to undergo than almost all treatment modalities for infertility.

Practiced for thousands of years, acupuncture is a unique Chinese treatment that can treat several and different kinds of disorders and illnesses. Throughout the course of history, it has shown to be very safe and effective when it is performed by a person properly trained in its use. Acupuncture is able to balance the body’s neurohormones and affect the central nervous system in a positive way.

Acupuncture is quite an effective treatment for infertility because it boosts the circulation of blood to the reproductive system, especially, to the reproductive organs. The result is an improvement in the health of these organs. Acupuncture infertility treatments are very potent when it comes to resolving women’s irregular cycles than it would be for resolving structural problems such as fallopian tube blockages and other fertility-related issues that result from structural issues. Oftentimes your doctor will advise you on why and how acupuncture can benefit you if you talk to him about your problems concerning infertility.

Acupuncture infertility treatments not only are effective for women but for men, as well. It also produces the same effect on men by boosting the flow of blood into the male reproductive system.

A lot of individuals deem acupuncture to be a very safe treatment procedure for infertility as compared to other infertility treatments. It actually does not use any type of medications and it is 100% safe when administered by a licensed and qualified practitioner. Acupuncture is an attractive option as a standalone infertility treatment but it is especially effective when it is used as an adjunct to other infertility therapies. It lowers the risk of experiencing a dangerous drug interaction and it augments the effectiveness of other treatment programs when used in conjunction with these programs.

You need to talk to a licensed and qualified acupuncturist who preferably specializes in infertility treatment for any concerns you might have regarding discomfort and safety related to the treatment. They will be able to tell you that acupuncture procedures are much less uncomfortable than they might seem due to the kinds of needles utilized. Needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin generating less pain than one can experience when injected with a hypodermic needle.

The needles used for any type of acupuncture treatment are sterile, disposable single-use needles. This effectively rules out any risk of disease transmission or infection or transmission via the needles themselves. Incorrect needle insertion and other risk factors are virtually eliminated when treatment is done by a licensed practitioner.

It’s easy for people to underestimate acupuncture for the treatment of infertility. This wonderful modality can be used not only as the sole treatment for infertility but also as a complementary therapy for reproductive-assisted procedures such as in vitro fertilization. One can also experience extra health benefits such as an overall improvement in one’s health with acupuncture.

Vital Gate Acupuncture
107 W 82nd St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-4244

Written by Valerie

October 22nd, 2015 at 2:47 am

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The Benefits of Acupuncture and TCM for Low Back Pain Sufferers

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In the United States, doctors have mostly received patients who complain about low back pain. This condition is probably the number one reason why people miss work. The Mayo Clinic has stated that almost all people living in the United States will experience at least one form of low back pain at least in once in their lives.

People may experience back pain from a number of possible causes. The pain might be due to a disease, deformity, body structure, or trauma. Diseases such as osteoporosis or ankylosing spondylosis will definitely generate painful symptoms. Structural deformities that can cause pain include vertebral abnormalities, stenosis, herniated discs, and possibly, even certain chronic conditions. Trauma often involves injuries and pain.

The Symptoms and Signs of Back Pain

The symptoms and signs of back pain are oftentimes varied although the common symptom is pain felt in the lumbar region of the back. The back pain is often felt in the muscles pain and is localized. Pain radiating down the legs might be felt. Other types of pain that have been reported to doctors include numbness, spasmodic pain, throbbing pain, dull pain, and stabbing pain. There is back pain that can travel all the way down to the toes causing them to numb. Potentially debilitating back pain can make it difficult for a person to walk. Frequently, especially if a person has arthritis, back pain can get worse during changes in the weather.

Treatment Choices

Treatment options for low back pain are varied and many, if not all of them, involve medications, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory meds, to be exact. A lot of times, the spinal cord of the patient will be in such bad shape that surgery may be the only available option. There are a couple of excellent alternative treatments for treating low back pain that is much better than any other Western treatments available. They are Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is actually an integral component of Chinese medicine or traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for low back pain in Vancouver. According to the belief held by TCM practitioners, the human body possesses a vital energy known as Qi that flows all over the body via energy conduits known as meridians. Whenever Qi flow slows down due to blockages in the meridians, the body gets out of balance and develops sickness and pain. When the body suffers from low back pain, it is always often due to a stagnation of blood and Qi that may be exacerbated by other factors such external pathogens (cold and wind infiltration), Qi deficiency, and blood and Qi stagnation all of which can cause pain. TCM practitioners believe that one of the meridians and major organs to be affected is the kidney meridian. Acupuncture is needed to restore balance in the body to allow Qi to flow better and to strengthen the self-healing mechanisms of the body.

Regardless if your low back pain is chronic or acute, acupuncture will still be a viable treatment for it. When you suffer from acute back pain, acupuncture will be able to resolve the condition with just a few treatments. The number of treatments may be more and may take longer for chronic back pain cases, and more often than not, patients will also need to undergo preventative or maintenance treatments. Low back pain caused by arthritis, stenosis, herniated disc, and sciatica can be treated with acupuncture treatment.

Written by Valerie

October 22nd, 2015 at 12:13 am

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TCM Can Provide a Cure for Orthostatic Hypotension

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I had a 40 year old patient who was suffering from a condition known as Orthostatic Hypotension. She had to don therapeutic pressure stockings everyday that helped lessen the symptoms of her disorder. Because she felt extreme discomfort wearing those stockings, she asked me if Chinese medicine and acupuncture in Bellingham can help with her condition so she may not need to wear those stockings anymore. I examined her and saw that she was suffering from serious fatigue after delivering her 4th baby twelve years ago. After giving birth, she had to go back to work immediately so she wasn’t able to get adequate recovery time. One day, she woke up and started to feel a fainting sensation all of a sudden. She began to have this problem regularly and only by wearing the prescription pressure stockings was she able to get on with her daily life activities. She began to experience other signs and symptoms including weak blood flow to the legs, dark color developing under her eyes, nocturnal polyuria, poor concentration, and afternoon tiredness. I used traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diagnostic tools to help ascertain the cause of my patient’s condition which I eventually found out were kidney qi deficiency, central qi deficiency, and blood stagnation. My treatment plan for her was once-a-week treatment of acupuncture and a prescription of Chinese herbal medicine taken twice a month-and-a-half. Over time, the patient was able to gradually reduce her use of pressure stockings. The treatment extended for a couple of months until the patient showed a significant improvement of her symptoms and had no more need to wear the stockings.

Hypotension that is orthostatic means that the brain’s arterial blood pressure has dropped dramatically. This occurs when the body suddenly takes on a vertical stance. Because of gravity, the blood is forced to accumulate in the lower stomach veins and in the legs. As the heart pumps all the blood that circulates throughout the body, orthostatic hypotension tends to lower the amount of blood returning to the heart. As a result, the pumping action is lessened which results in a lower blood pressure in the body. Because of the brain’s sensitivity to a drop in the body’s blood pressure, it begins to function ineffectively. Assuming a horizontal position (lying down) is one way of treating this condition as blood flow to the heart gets better which then helps pump more blood to the brain.

A lot of people have experienced the feeling of lightheadedness that comes all of a sudden that almost causes them to faint. They tend to feel this when they try to stand up after sitting or lying down for a long time. They may also experience this feeling after having stood up for a long time. This sensation is what is known as vasovagal syncope, orthostatic hypotension, or simply low blood pressure.

According to TCM theory, orthostatic hypotension can be the result of various causes. These causes may include neuralgia, significant loss of body fluids or blood, post febrile disease, mental or physical overexertion, etc. They may result in a malfunction of the internal organs and the inability of the blood vessels and heart to maintain a normal blood pressure.

Although orthostatic hypotension is not considered a serious condition the patient can nonetheless still fall and thus can suffer injuries. It can have a significant negative impact on the patient’s life. One can try traditional Chinese Medicine modalities such as herbal medicine, dietary modifications and acupuncture to cure the problem and restore balance to the function of the brain and the other internal organs of the body.

Written by Valerie

October 12th, 2015 at 2:20 am

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TCM Can Help Resolve the Root Cause and Symptoms of Heart Palpitations

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Studies done regarding acupuncture’s efficacy in addressing atrial fibrillation have produced some encouraging proofs that Portland acupuncture can indeed help resolve heart palpitations. However, it needs to be mentioned that the constant and frequent use of a specific acupoint to resolve a condition would be highly irregular in traditional Chinese medicine practice as it can lead to a problem even if studies have demonstrated positive outcomes and much more so when inconclusive results are obtained.

The several studies that have already been done can never be accepted by western medical experts as they can never meet the prerequisites that western medicine requires: that is, favorable outcomes produced by randomized double blind control trial, which in fact, is very seldom applied in gauging effectiveness.

For thousands of years, man has suffered from heart palpitations and for thousands of years TCM or traditional Chinese medicine has been used to treat these kinds of conditions. Throughout those years, TCM has identified some well defined syndromes uniquely and solely understood by TCM practitioners. In TCM, a symptom cannot be immediately associated with a pattern. It is firstly seen as an indication of an underlying disharmony, and thus needs to be addressed by balancing the system as a whole. TCM treatment is often, at least, two-pronged, one is to resolve the symptoms of the imbalance and the other is to address the imbalance causing the condition itself. Another goal of TCM treatment is to maintain the results of the treatment in order for the patient to enjoy the benefits for a long time. It is very important to look for a qualified, licensed, and experienced practitioner in order to get the best treatment results as well as to avoid unwanted injuries and side effects that you may experience from an unqualified and inexperienced practitioner.

It is also important to note that a lot of patients suffering from Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia have been prescribed drugs designed to address this condition. These drugs come with serious side effects that can be debilitating and severe and can be dangerous especially when driving. If the number of palpitations decrease with treatment the patient should see again his/her doctor for proper advice on the best way to taper off on certain medications.

Written by Valerie

October 12th, 2015 at 1:39 am

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