Healing Power of Acupuncture
As a system of whole body health, acupuncture can treat any form of imbalance. Because acupuncture is a part of holistic health, the idea to address conditions from its root. Therefore it can address anything from physical to mental to emotional conditions. Western medicine believes that acupuncture works by stimulating the central nervous system to release specific chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain that can alter biochemicals in a way that can relieve pain, stimulate healing and promote physical, mental and emotional health.Acupuncture can potentially treat any form of health concern as well as strengthen the immune system, calm the nervous system, support the endocrine system and work to increase overall vitality. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine are frequently used as effective preventative medical treatments. Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
What Is Qi?
Blockage of the flow of Qi can be detrimental to a person’s health and leads to various signs and symptoms or health concerns. Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, flows throughout the body. Qi animates the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians. There are fourteen main meridians inside the body. The diagram to the left shows the meridian pathways in the body. Each of these is connected to specific organs and glands. Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that provides nourishment to the land, plants and people. Similarly, where meridian pathways flow, they bring life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle in the body.
How Is Qi Disrupted?
An obstruction to the flow of Qi is like a dam. When Qi becomes backed up in one part of the body, the flow becomes restricted in other parts. This blockage of the flow of Qi can be detrimental to a person’s health, cutting off vital nourishment to the body, organs and glands. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents, or excessive activity are among the many things that can influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Normally, when a blockage or imbalance occurs, the body easily bounces back, returning to a state of health and well-being. However, when this disruption is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, illness, pain, or disease can set in.
What Does An Acupuncturist Do?
During the initial exam a full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. An appropriate physical exam is conducted, including pulse and tongue diagnosis. Gathering this information enables the practitioner to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of Qi that may have contributed to a person’s health problems. The practitioner can then create a well-structured treatment plan. Once the imbalances of Qi are detected, an acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints along meridian pathways. This safe and painless insertion of the needles can unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can freely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, as well as the body’s ability to heal itself—ultimately leading to optimal health and well-being.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used for thousands of years as a means of ensuring fertility and promoting a healthy, successful pregnancy and childbirth. Acupuncture and the appropriate use of herbs and natural gifts can restore and ‘anti-age’ a woman’s hormonal system, thereby enhancing the quality of the follicles and the uterus. Sperm count, as well as the morphology and motility of sperm have been improved with the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine. German and Swedish studies have proven that acupuncture improves the results of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments by at least 40%. It is scientifically known that it takes ninety days for the development of a follicle into an egg. Therefore, it is suggested that the women or couples prepare their bodies for at least 90 days with optimal nutrition, lifestyle management and the use of acupuncture to encourage optimal results in egg quality and uterine lining. Traditional Chinese herbs also significantly improve the body’s health and reproductive cycles and may be added for a comprehensive treatment plan if one so chooses. Many well known infertility specialist doctors such as Dr. Zouves from Daly City, California advocate traditional Chinese Medicine as an integral part of the fertility success protocol.
Natural Conception And Chinese Reproductive Medicine
- Regulates menstrual cycles
- Treats Endometriosis, fibroids and Ovarian disease or dysfunction
- Improves egg quality and circulation to the reproductive organs
- Determines ovulation and the best time to conceive
- Secures pregnancy
Chinese Reproductive Medicine’s Role In Assisted Fertility Treatments ( IUI Or IVF):
- Follicle quantity and quality improvement
- Promotes healthy uterine lining
- Fertility cycle stress (physical & emotional) reduction
- Strengthens immune system (or regulate if auto-immune conditions appear such as elevated NK assay levels)
- Increases rate of implantation success
- Decreases chance of miscarriage
- Semen quality and quantity improvement