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Acupuncture & Reproductive Fertility

Around 10-15% of couples have difficulty conceiving & seek specialist fertility treatment. One of the commonly used options is in vitro fertilization or IVF which involves the retrieval of a woman’s egg, fertilization of that egg in the laboratory & then the transfer of the fertilized egg into the woman’s uterus through the cervix. This process is a 2-week procedure starting when the woman begins taking hormones via injection to stimulate egg production, then egg retrieval and the last step is the embryo implantation. The process is expensive, lengthy, stressful & costs around $12,400 whether it is successful or not. Success rates for IVF are around 29%. Acupuncture assisted IVF increase the chance for success to around 48%, an increase in odds of clinical pregnancy by 65% in studies. Acupuncture has been used in China for centuries to regulate the female reproductive system. Besides assisting with IVF, it is used: To promote ovulation Manage painful periods Assist with menopause symptoms Regulate irregular menstrual cycles Acupuncture may exert its positive effects on fertility by mediating the release of neurotransmitters which stimulate secretion of gonadotropin (sex hormone produced in the pituitary) releasing hormone. This influences the menstrual cycle & inhibits the biological stress response. Studies have shown that acupuncture results in higher pregnancy rates for embryo transfers. In one study, the acupuncture group successful pregnancy rate was 51% compared to the control group which was 36%. This same successful group also had only an 8% miscarriage rate compared to a 20% miscarriage rate in the control group. Acupuncture was also found to reduce the risk of tubal pregnancy & increase the rate...

How Can Acupuncture Help With Headaches and Migraines

What is a Headache? A headache is simply defined as a pain or discomfort in the head, scalp or neck that can be attributed to various causes, including tension, muscle contraction, vascular problems, withdrawal from certain medications, abscesses or injury. Most people with headaches can feel much better by making lifestyle changes, learning ways to relax, and sometimes by taking medications. Benefits of Acupuncture for Headache and Migraine Relief Did you know that if you suffer from headaches and/or migraines, you can ease your pain without resorting to prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications which often have side effects? For thousands of years, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines have been used to relieve headaches and/or migraines, as well as their underlying causes. Research has proven the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment and has also shown, that compared to standard “western” medical care, acupuncture can provide lasting relief from chronic headache pain. Most people will eventually suffer a headache at some point in their lives. They are one of the most common physical complaints that prompt people to treat themselves or seek professional assistance. Some estimates say that up to 50 million Americans suffer from sever, long-lasting, recurring headaches. While most headaches are not necessarily symptomatic of another condition, they can be very distracting and can effect quality of life. Acupuncture treatment can be very effective for headaches, including tension headaches, cluster headaches, post-traumatic headaches and disease-related headaches that might be due to sinus problems, high blood pressure or sleeping disorders. The greatest advantage of acupuncture over traditional western medicine is that it does virtually no harm, unlike some medications that can...

Expanded VA Healthcare Access Available at Four Gates Oriental Medicine

At Four Gates Oriental Medicine, we are committed to serving our community including our veterans who have served our country proudly. As a small thanks, we would like to announce that eligible veterans can now have access to our healthcare services, including acupuncture, massage therapy and much more. This will help those in need especially when the local VA medical center lacks the needed specialists, has extended wait times or is located too far from the veteran’s home. The expanded VA healthcare access is beneficial to the ongoing support of all veterans as well as our practice and our patients. This gives our a chance to serve a greatly respected population of individuals who have bravely served our country and who deserve an opportunity to access quality healthcare providers when a VA provider is not available. If you would like to learn more about our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope you have a Happy Veterans Day!...

Pregnancy and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a safe, painless and straightforward procedure that has been used to treat various conditions including back pain, depression, headaches and more. The procedure involves the placement of thin sterilized needles to stimulate various acupuncture points throughout the body. But did you know that acupuncture can treat a number of adverse symptoms associated with pregnancy. Here are a some of the benefits of acupuncture treatment during pregnancy: It’s Painless: Not too many people know that although needles are used, acupunture is completely painless. In fact, many people close their eyes to rest and relax while having the procedure performed. The small, thin needles are barely felt as they enter the skin. This is a great alternative to other forms of treatment for pregnancy-related symptoms, which are typically accompanied with unwanted side effects. Helps Reduce Pelvic Pain: Pelvic pain is a common symptom reported by pregnant women. As the womb grows to accommodate the mother’s unborn baby, ligaments are stretched beyond their normal range of motion. This stretching, combined with the increased weight and hormone changes, can result in mild-to-severe pelvic pain. Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat pelvic pain without relying on pharmaceutical drugs that may otherwise harm the unborn baby. Reduces Duration of Labor: Pregnant women will often begin acupuncture sessions in the weeks leading up to their due date to help prepare their bodies for the birthing experience. Research has been conducted and several studies have found acupuncture to improve cervical maturation, and reduce labor times by as much as 20%. Improves Blood Circulation: Of course, acupuncture is also known to improve blood...

What Are Some of the Benefits of Acupuncture?

Have you been considering going to see an acupuncturist? More and more people everyday are talking about the benefits of acupuncture as well as other Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is not only an affordable alternative medicine treatment, but it can be used to treat various health conditions such as back pain, migraines and even digestive problems. What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions that can be defined as the insertion of dry needles into the skin at specific locations called acupuncture points. Here are a few of the benefits of acupuncture treatment: Unlike drugs and surgical procedures, acupuncture does not have any disturbing side effects Since no two people are alike, acupuncture treatment is tailored to your individual needs Acupuncture often effectively treats syndromes and/or symptoms that do not have a clear explanation or treatment protocol within conventional medicine Acupuncture is powerful preventative medicine, especially when combined with solid nutrition, regular exercise, adequate sleep and rest Acupuncture is relatively inexpensive when compared to other modernized forms of health care Acupuncture has been proven to be a great stress reliever Acupuncture has been known to treat the following conditions and illnesses: Addictions Anxiety Arthritis Asthma Chronic fatigue Depression Digestive trouble Emotional Problems Fibromyalgia Headache Indigestion Low back pain Menopause Menstrual Irregularities Migraine Osteoarthritis PAIN PMS Sciatica Shoulder Pain Sinusitis Sleep Disturbances Smoking Cessation Stress Urinary Tract Infections There are many more benefits to acupuncture, but this does not mean you should completely reject and avoid pharmaceutical drugs, surgery and/or other conventional medical treatments. But when...

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