Most people experience significant pain at some point in their lives - whether from an injury, illness or an unknown cause. Pain is a warning signal, an alarm that goes off when your body is trying to tell you something is wrong and out of balance.
What can you do?
No one should have to live with pain, but which treatment is appropriate for you? Sometimes, people suffering from pain take medication to dull the pain. Taking medication is understandable when pain is constant and unbearable. It may be helpful to dull the symptoms for a short period of time, but it will not get to the root of the problem and correct it. It is like hitting the snooze button on an alarm.
Unless the cause of the pain is treated, that provides nourishment and life to the land, plants, and people around it. Likewise, meridians transport life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, tissue, muscle, organ, and gland in the body.
Qi needs to flow freely throughout the body. Think of water flowing through a garden hose. A blocked hose will not provide an adequate supply of water to a plant. Eventually, the plant will be unable to thrive, grow and blossom.
Similarly, a blockage in the flow of Qi anywhere in the body will inhibit the amount of nourishment that reaches our cells, tissues, muscles, organs, and glans. Under normal circumstances, your body can easily return to good health and vitality.
If the disruption of Qi is prolonged or excessive, or if your body is in a weakened state, the flow of Qi becomes restricted, and a variety of symptoms, including pain, may arise.
What does acupuncture do?
By inserting fine, sterile needles at specific points, an acupuncturist can break up blockages that have hampered the smooth flow of Qi. Once done, Qi can travel freely throughout the body, promoting pain-free health, well-being, and vitality.
Not only can acupuncture treat signs and symptoms of pain and discomfort, but it can also get to the root of the problem. When the initial cause of the pain is corrected, your body can begin to heel on deeper levels.
Your acupuncturist may also suggest adjunct therapies to enhance treatment and speed healing, such as massage, stretching, yoga, herbal supplements, and dietary changes.
With what types of pain can acupuncture help me?
● Joint Pain(Neck/Shoulder/Back etc).● Migraines and headaches.● Fibromyalgia.● Arthritis/Sciatica/Neuropathy.
"I can not see a better solution to long-term chronic pain. There is no question in my mind that acupuncture is safer than surgery or drugs."
- Dr. Bruce Pomeranz, Neuroscientist, University of Toronto.
As a woman, it's important to actively care for your health through all the phases of life. Not only is nurturing your well-being a part of living in harmony with nature's cycles, but it can also improve your quality of life.
Most women face a wide variety of health concerns as they age, from PMS, fertility, and childbirth issues, to menopause and beyond. Whatever your concerns are, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offer a safe, natural, and effective way to support your physical and emotional health.
A Whole-body Approach to Healing
Acupuncture and TCM take a holistic or whole-body approach to health. According to these theories, Qi (pronounced "chee") is the vital energy that animates the body and flows through pathways called meridians to nourish all of the body's organs.
When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, the cells, tissues, muscles, and organs will receive an inadequate amount of your body's vital energy. When this occurs, physical symptoms relating to various medical concerns may result.
TCM tells us that specific meridian and organ systems, in this case, the kidney, spleen, and liver, are related to gynecological health. When one or more of these systems are affected, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms before or during your period.
Fertility issues can also be related to these organs. Your practitioner will work to find the underlying imbalances and devise a treatment plan that will help your body regain its natural balance.
Your menstrual period can provide a great deal of information about your overall health. Unfortunately, many women suffer from a wide variety of symptoms every month.
Premenstrual syndrome, known as PMS, can cause cramps, bloating, fatigue, breast pain, mood swings, and changes in appetite during the onset of menstruation. But you do not have to dread your period every month.
Acupuncture, combined with herbal medicine, dietary changes, and exercise, can help you regain hormonal balance and achieve symptomatic relief.
Fibroids & Endometriosis
Changes in your period can have several causes, some of which may be serious. Talk to your healthcare provider if you start experiencing intense pain or heavy bleeding.
Uterine fibroids are one of the more common causes of menstrual problems for women in their 30s and 40s. Fibroids are non-cancerous lumps that can grow on the uterus and, in some cases, can cause long-heavy periods, pain during sex, and a feeling of fullness or pressure in the stomach.
Endometriosis also affects many women in their 30s and 40s. It occurs when uterine cells start to grow outside the uterus and can cause low back pain during menstruation, pain during sex, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.
Western treatments for both these conditions often include medications or surgery. While more research is needed, several studies have shown that acupuncture can significantly relieve the painful periods often associated with these and other conditions.
Fertility, Pregnancy & Childbirth
Facing fertility issues can be stressful for the body, mind, and spirit. But there is hope. Many couples who seek fertility treatments can conceive. Incorporating acupuncture and TCM into your overall treatment plan can help.
Acupuncture has been shown to increase the chance of getting pregnant when used in conjunction with Vitro Fertilization, and TCM can be very effective in addressing the underlying emotional causes of infertility.
Pregnancy comes with its unique challenges. Since so much is demanded of your body at this time, caring for your health is fundamental for the well-being of both you and your child. Acupuncture and TCM are safe and effective for many of the symptoms that often accompany pregnancy, including anxiety, stress, back pain, sciatica, constipation, edema, fatigue, heartburn, hemorrhoids, and morning sickness.
Recent studies have shown that the use of acupuncture during labor may reduce the need for pain medications and help the mother stay more relaxed. After childbirth, acupuncture and TCM can help new moms take much-needed time to recover, rebalance, and rejuvenate.
Acupuncture is a safe, natural & effective solution for women's health.
The treatment of infertility with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back 2,000 years. These ancient, time-tested techniques improve fertility rates and support a woman's whole body, allowing for unlimited potential for health, healing, and childbearing.
Studies reported by The American Pregnancy Association suggest that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional medical interventions. However, conception sometimes occurs without traditional medical interventions when acupuncture and herbal medicines are used alone.
An Acupuncturist's Approach to Fertility
According to the theories of acupuncture and TCM, infertility is caused by an imbalance of the body's energy flow called Qi (pronounced "chee") and blood affecting the healthy functioning of one or more of the organ systems.
When the body's energy and blood flow are circulating freely throughout the body, every cell, tissue, and organ is properly nourished and can function well. Acupuncture and TCM can raise the fertility potential of women by improving the quality, quantity, and balance of energy and blood flow.
One study found that acupuncture may improve the quality of life in patients undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). It was also found that women receiving acupuncture reported significantly less abdominal pain, nausea, and stress two hours after oocyte retrieval (egg collection) compared to women receiving conventional analgesia.
Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York reviewed recent studies and concluded that acupuncture helps to:
● Increase blood flow to the uterus, which improves the chances of an ovum implanting on the uterine wall.
● Reduce anxiety and stress.
Kidney Organ System
Kidneys control the release of an ovum, and they also control the body's growth and development. Healthy kidneys are required to have a healthy body, mind, and pregnancy. If an imbalance exists within the kidneys, this can result in infertility. TCM and acupuncture can nourish and support overall kidney health.
Spleen Organ System
A woman's body requires an adequate blood supply to sustain a normal menstrual cycle, a growing fetus, and a healthy pregnancy. Complications within the spleen can result in an inadequate supply and imbalance of blood.
Acupuncture and TCM can improve blood circulation to promote a healthy flow of blood to the uterus.
Liver Organ System
To conceive and have a healthy pregnancy, it is relevant to have a free flow of energy and blood throughout the body. The liver is in charge of facilitating this function. When it is out of balance, areas of the body will not receive adequate energy and blood flow. This imbalance can lead to depression, anxiety, stress, and an increased possibility of infertility.
Acupuncture and TCM provide a safe, effective, drug-free, and natural approach to treating infertility and enjoying a healthy pregnancy. Here are a few reasons to try acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine:● An acupuncturist does not treat just signs and symptoms, but instead activates the body's natural healing potential by treating the root causes that have led to the problem or disease.● Acupuncture and TCM are completely natural. Drugs are never used.● Acupuncture and TCM can be used to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-being, therefore can increase the effectiveness of other procedures.
Also, consider acupuncture during your pregnancy and birth. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture has been found useful for relieving labor pain, nausea, and vomiting and significantly reducing the duration of labor.
Acupuncture and TCM can raise the fertility potential of women by improving the quality, quantity, and balance of energy and blood flow.
As a parent, you want nothing more than for your child to be healthy. Regular checkups with your family doctor are an important part of maintaining good physical health. These visits allow your doctor to detect and correct minor problems before they become major health concerns.
You may not think of acupuncture as an important piece of your child's health care. However, it can be an essential alternative therapy to help regain and maintain your child's health. An acupuncturist can check the overall quality and balance of your child's Life Energy, called Qi (pronounced "chee").
What is Qi?
Qi is the Life Energy that animates the body and protects it from illness. It flows through a series of pathways called Meridians and provides nourishment for every cell, tissue, organ, and gland.
Think of Qi as water flowing through a garden hose, providing nourishment for flowers to grow and thrive. If the amount of water were to become restricted, eventually the flowers would wilt and wither.
Likewise, for a child to thrive and remain healthy, every part of his or her body requires an adequate and balanced supply of Qi flowing through it.
What affects Qi?
In today's world, children are exposed to many stressors. Over time, they build up and can cause problems. Here are a few that can affect a child's health:
● Accidents/falls: Children often fall and hurt themselves. Physical trauma blocks the free movement of Qi. Eventually, this can lead to less- than-adequate nourishment for the body and organ systems.● Environment: Exposure to environmental and chemical hazards can have a direct impact on a child's health. This may make them susceptible to things like colds, allergies, asthma, and digestive troubles.● Diet: A diet lacking in proper nutrition can affect organ function and eventually overall health and well-being. Acupuncture helps strengthen and support out-of-balance organs.● Emotions: Children may experience unpleasant situations that affect them emotionally. They can internalize the stress from these situations, and over time, this stress can manifest into various signs and symptoms.
If not properly detected and cared for, stressors can lead to an inadequate supply of Qi necessary to nourish and support health. Eventually, your child may have symptoms, and signs of illness, disease, and pain may appear.
How does acupuncture work?
Your acupuncturist will begin by taking a full health history. This may include asking questions, assessing the pulses, looking at the tongue, and/or abdominal palpation. These are effective diagnostic tools that enable your acupuncturist to obtain a clear picture of your child's overall health.
If signs of weakness, imbalance, or blockage are found, your acupuncturist may use a variety of non-invasive and gentle treatment methods to restore the balance and flow of Qi, thereby facilitating your child's natural ability to heal. Some of these techniques may include acupressure, herbs, tuina, pediatric massage, acupuncture, moxibustion, or cupping.
An acupuncture checkup could be valuable in determining the present and future health and well-being of your child. Caring for your child's health with acupuncture is safe, natural, drug-free, and effective. It's the perfect way to allow your child to grow and thrive.
"I recommend acupuncture be used as an adjunctive therapy for children. Acupuncture is safe and effective. For patients who have no interest in taking additional medications or who are already receiving maximal medical treatment, acupuncture is a viable alternative."
- Dr. K. Kemper, Pediatrician at Brenner Children's Hospital
Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine practice, has gained recognition for its potential benefits in supporting cancer and stroke patients. It is believed to promote relaxation, stimulate the release of endorphins, improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation, and enhance overall well-being.
Can acupuncture help with stroke recovery?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. While there is limited scientific evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture for stroke recovery, some studies suggest that it may have potential benefits.
Research indicates that acupuncture may help with certain stroke-related symptoms such as motor function, speech problems, and muscle stiffness. It is believed that acupuncture may stimulate the release of certain neurotransmitters, increase blood flow, and promote tissue healing.
Can acupuncture treat cancer or help manage cancer symptoms?
Acupuncture is often used as a complementary therapy for cancer treatment. It may be used to help manage cancer-related symptoms and side effects of cancer treatments, such as nausea, vomiting, pain, fatigue, and anxiety. However, it is not considered a cure for cancer.
Several studies have explored the effects of acupuncture on cancer-related symptoms, and while some suggest potential benefits, the overall evidence is mixed. Acupuncture may help alleviate certain symptoms and improve quality of life for cancer patients, but it should not replace standard cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery.
If you're considering acupuncture as a complementary therapy for cancer, it's important to discuss it with your healthcare team. They can provide guidance based on your specific condition and treatment plan, as well as ensure that it is safe and appropriate for you.
While further research is needed to fully understand its mechanisms, acupuncture shows promise as a supportive modality in the management of cancer and stroke.
Acupuncture has been studied for its potential effects on the immune system, and while the research is still limited, there is some evidence to suggest that acupuncture may have immunomodulatory effects.
Studies have shown that acupuncture can influence various components of the immune system, including immune cells, cytokines, and other immune-regulating factors. Acupuncture may modulate the production and activity of immune cells, such as T cells, B cells, and natural killer (NK) cells. It may also affect the release of cytokines, which are signaling molecules involved in immune responses.
Can acupuncture help with autoimmune conditions?
Acupuncture is sometimes used as a complementary therapy for autoimmune conditions. It is believed to have a regulatory effect on the immune system, potentially helping to rebalance immune responses in autoimmune disorders.
While there is anecdotal evidence and some preliminary research to support its use, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional to determine if acupuncture is appropriate and safe for your specific autoimmune condition.
Can acupuncture help prevent illnesses or infections?
While acupuncture is often used to support overall health and well-being, it is not a method of preventing illnesses or infections directly. Acupuncture may help regulate immune function and support overall immune health