Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of needles into the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. As a healing technique it has been utilized for more than 2500 years.
Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture has a long history in health maintenance and in disease prevention and treatment, particularly for chronic disease. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery. Relief is often obtained with acupuncture when traditional medical therapy has failed.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is based on a paradigm of balance in nature. The concept of this paradigm is the belief of the existence of energy, called Qi.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture are an important and often underestimated part of health services. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) traditional medicine strategy 2014-2023 aims to promote the safe and effective use of traditional medicines by regulating, researching and integrating products, practitioners and practice into health systems, where appropriate.
TCM Acupuncture can be used successfully for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Premature Ovarian Failure
- Unexplained INFERTILITY
- Advanced Maternal Age
- To optimize the results from IVF
- Recurrent Miscarriages
- Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
- Breech presentation
- As a routine pre-birth treatment
- To induce labor
- During labor and delivery
- As a routine post-natal treatment
- Insufficient lactation
- Post-partum depression
- Urinary Incontinence – stress, urge and mixed
- Pelvic organ prolapse (cystocele, rectocele, urethrocele, etc.)
- Chronic pelvic pain disorders – IBS, IC, vaginismus, vulvodynia, vestibulidynia, dyspareunia
ACUPUNCTURE FOR INFERTILITY
Infertility is defined as inability to become pregnant after one year of trying as well having recurrent miscarriages or stillbirths. In women who are older than age 35, infertility may be diagnosed with a shorter timeframe of 6 months of trying to conceive.
According to NIH (National Institute of Health) infertility is fairly common. After one year of having unprotected sex, about 15 percent of couples are unable to get pregnant. About a third of the time, infertility can be traced to the woman. In another third of cases, it is because of the man. The rest of the time, it is because of both partners or no cause can be found.
Our clinical experience shows that Acupuncture combined with Pelvic Health Physiotherapy increases the success rate of our infertility treatments and/or optimizes the results from IVF.
Acupuncture and dry needling for myofascial pain release
Muscle pain is one of the most common causes of pain in the human body. There is evidence that it is commonly a primary dysfunction (Mense 2010) and not necessary secondary to other diagnosis. Currently, there is a growing level of evidence, systemic reviews of randomized controlled trials (RCTs), for the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain associated with the following conditions:
- Tension-type headache
- Migraine headache
- Cervicogenic headache
- Frozen shoulder
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Tennis/Golfer’s elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Non-specific low back pain
- Lumbar and cervical radiculopathy
- Pelvic pain syndromes
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Piriformis syndrome
- Foot and heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis and many more