Preparing Your Body For Potential Motherhood:

How Acupuncture Works to Improve Likelihood of Conception.

Pregnancy is an emotionally taxing process that includes the nitty-gritty financial conversations as well as the “how and where do we want to give birth”? Questions like these are not always easy but are necessary. Bringing new life into this world is a process that is biological and spiritual. Whichever direction you and your partner decide to go, we hope that you will consider acupuncture to prepare your body for pregnancy in a non-invasive and natural way.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, a non-profit that focuses on promoting pregnancy wellness and reproductive awareness, acupuncture can help by focusing on areas that “affect fertility such as an under-functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism) or over-functioning thyroid (hyperthyroidism).” Clinically, acupuncture as well as herbal medicine helps the woman for “improved ovarian and follicular function.” As a result, the treatments help the “increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.” With a thicker, richer lining—aided with acupuncture treatment as as well as herbal medicine—there is a higher chance of implantation after conception.

Acupuncture can also be used to during other treatments that are focused on pregnancy. A study that was done by Stener-Victorin et al from the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fertility Centre, Scandinavia and University of Gothenburg showed that women can be encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre and post embryo transfer. In another research project, led by scientists from The University of South Australia, The University of Adelaide and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, it was found that acupuncture did aid with implantation and pregnancy. There were two groups in the research—one that had sham acupuncture, where the women received acupuncture on points near acupuncture pressure points, and another that had real acupuncture that placed needles on pressure points. The former had a pregnancy rate of 23% while the latter had 31%. While the researchers concluded that the statistical difference is not substantial, they did acknowledge that while “[t]here was no significant difference in the pregnancy rate between groups… smaller treatment effect can not be excluded.” Finally, they stated that their results suggest that acupuncture was safe for women undergoing embryonic transfer. Therefore, if you and your partner are already on a plan for alternative pregnancy opportunities, acupuncture can be used to supplement your primary treatment plan.

It is difficult to express through western science how acupuncture aids in pregnancy, but the idea behind acupuncture helping young and even older couples with pregnancy is more process-orientated focused. We want to make sure that we can provide enough information for couples to make well-rounded decisions. Unfortunately, some of the mainstream conversations that deem acupuncture as ineffective is arguably misleading to couples trying to become pregnant. Your body is a vessel for a life that needs every advantage you can provide. Treatment plans that can better help prepare your body to be better equipped for conception, implantation and keeping the pregnancy should not be dismissed.

If you are worried about risks with acupuncture, please be advised to see if the acupuncturists you are seeing is registered with National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). When receiving treatment from a certified acupuncturist, you there are minimal risks using acupuncture safely. Make sure during your first consultation that you tell your acupuncturists any health risks that you may have (smoking, alcohol, addiction, etc) to ensure that both you and your provider are on the same page moving forward.

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Acupuncture & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Photo by Kyle Brinker

Acupuncture has been found in western scientific research to have longer, lasting benefits for those suffering with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

In her article, Amanda Macmillan wrote about a 2017 study done at Massachusetts General Hospital, 80 people with mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome were recruited to test the effectiveness of acupuncture. The participants had MRI scans that would be later used to compare after the experiment. The researchers separated them into three groups that had “sham” acupuncture (needles did not penetrate the skin on fake acupuncture points) and real acupuncture (these participants received 16 sessions of electro-acupuncture).

After the experiment, the researchers found that while all participants found some improvements with their condition, they determined that participants who had real acupuncture “experienced significant brain remapping.” According to the article, the before-and-after MRI scans “showed that some of the carpal-tunnel related damage to their somatosensory cortexes had been partially repaired”—revealing a strong indication the potential acupuncture has in ameliorating many people’s lives affected by Carpal Tunnel.

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Pushing Back on Critics: Recent Research Supports the Effectiveness of Acupuncture

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We started this blog post back in 2018.

Throughout the year, while researching more of the content western media and news outlets publish about acupuncture, more often times than not, we discovered a trend of authors who qualify acupuncture treatments as placebo or dismiss it as a sham. More disappointingly, these articles are based on an incorrect, ignorant gravity towards western based studies that lacked enough participants and reliable data.

At times, it has been disheartening because of the Orientalist nature of these articles: western science has largely dictated research based on the Scientific Method. What happens, however, when the Scientific Method encounters a field in which a different set of circumstances, culture, and method created a series of medical texts that are not organizable in a western sense?

Despite this barrier, recent scientists and scholars have pushed forward in conducting higher quality clinical studies with more subjects. According to a blog published by Harvard Medical School, the result of this new focus of clinical trials, addressed the long-time paradox why there was little difference found between real and “sham'“ acupuncture:

“A 2012 meta-analysis combined data from roughly 18,000 individual patients in 23 high-quality randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for common pain conditions. This analysis conclusively demonstrated that acupuncture is superior to sham for low back pain, headache, and osteoarthritis, and improvements seen were similar to that of other widely used non-opiate pain relievers.”

What was most appreciative of the article was when the authors, Helene Langevin & Carolyn A. Bernstein, push for MDs (physicians) to not dismiss acupuncture as an option for their patients, rather they stated that “[c]linicians owe it to their patients to learn about alternative, nondrug treatments and to answer patients’ questions and concerns knowledgeably and respectfully.”

In an age where we are experiencing the aftermath of physicians over-prescribing antibiotics and opiates, acupuncture should hold considerable weight in patients’ decisions for their future treatments.

Please read more of the article referenced here.

Acupuncture & Chronic Lower Back Pain: No More Pills

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While medication and quick pain-relieving OTC pills help for a short period of time, it is suggested by doctors in a recent study that folks with lower back pain find other ways to alleviate their pain. One of the major reasons why we have patients turn to our clinic is because they are tired of the harsh impact Western medicine has committed onto their bodies. Acupuncture is an effective option to turn to when OTC is no longer enough to overcome the discomfort of your chronic back pain.

In Fiza Pirani’s article published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, she describes the study published in 2017 that described non-medicine treatments that have proven to be effective to treat chronic back pain. The study suggests “variety of treatment options to consider including yoga, Tai chi, rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction or progressive relaxation.”

Since chronic back pain is the most common ailment that we have been treating at our clinic, we are proud to say that we have guided our patients to return to their daily routines. We are very much aware that each body is different; however, we are confident with the quality of our treatments, as a majority of our patients have seen improvements after their treatments. Learn more about their experiences here.