What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture, rooted in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is an ancient therapy dating centuries. During acupuncture treatment, very thin (sterile) needles are inserted into the skin or muscles at specific points to stimulate small wells of energy. This energy, Qi (pronounced Chee) flows through various channels/meridians in the body representing organ systems. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, dysfunction occurs when this flow of energy is blocked. Acupuncture therefore acts to stimulate a smooth flow of this energy, decreasing symptoms and improving the balance of various systems in the body.
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What can it treat?
Acupuncture is used as part of Naturopathic treatment to help resolve various health concerns such as:
- Muscle & joint pain
- Digestive issues
- Hormone imbalances
- Scar healing
- Blood sugar deregulation
Acupuncture is also effective for :
Male/female infertility, PMS, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and decreased libido.
One of the most studied applications for acupuncture is in helping to improve conception rates, whether naturally or with Assisted Reproductive Therapy. Numerous studies have shown an increase on conception rates when acupuncture is used with Intrauterine Insemination or In Vitro Fertilization.
Another area where acupuncture has been used quite successfully is for Facial Rejuvenation Acupunctured which can help increase tone of the skin while decreasing wrinkles and scars over time.
What are the needles like?
Acupuncture needles are inserted from a 0.5-2inches. They are disposable, hypoallergenic, pre-sterilized, individually packaged and discarded after a single use. There is minimal pain associated with insertion of the needles, and usually a slight pricking or heaviness is felt.
How many treatments are necessary?
Usually a series of 6 to 10 treatments is recommended, depending on the protocol. Fertility treatments may vary as the follow a women’s menstrual cycle.