what to expect during acupuncture?

Treatments last about 45 min. After the points are inserted you will rest for the remaining time - during which many people drift off into a highly relaxed state.

Acupuncture uses very fine, solid needles that glide through tissue instead of breaking it like your typical hollow needle does when getting an injection. This makes it painless.
Sometimes you may feel different sensations indicating your Qi moving but it will not hurt.

https://www.gq.com/story/gq-guide-to-acupuncture

understanding oriental medicine and its benefits

Menopause and acupuncture

This article summarizes a recent study that resulted in marked improvement in menopausal symptoms with the use of acupuncture.

Some women suffer moderate to severe menopausal symptoms that impact quality of life. A course of acupuncture treatments - based on individualized TCM diagnosis - can help alleviate these symptoms, and ease the natural transition of the body as it re-balances its hormones.

"For middle-aged woman suffering through menopause, this new study says that acupuncture may ease its symptoms.

Researchers found that a brief course of acupuncture may help to ease troublesome menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, sweating, mood swings, and disturbed sleep as well as skin and hair problems.

The Danish team from Copenhagen said their findings, which are published in the online journal BMJ Open, show that acupuncture offers “a realistic” treatment option for women who can’t, or don’t want to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT)."

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/how-acupuncture-may-ease-s…/

STRESS AND ANXIETY

How does acupuncture help with stress and anxiety? Researchers at Georgetown University used lab studies to demonstrate that acupuncture slows the body’s production of stress hormones. Their findings were published in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Endocrinology

Like blood in the circulatory system, Qi moves throughout the body via pathways called meridians. When factors like injury, stress, poor nutrition, or a change in environment disrupt the flow of Qi, health issues follow, according to the University of Miami Health System.

https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/why-acupuncture-works-anxiety-relief/

CELEBRITIES GETTING CUPPING TREATMENTS

What do Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Michael Phelps have in common? The answer is that they are fans of cupping therapy. Cupping is another modality that your acupuncturist may use during your treatment. It can treat muscle tightness to even fighting cold symptoms. Watch the video to find out more!

https://youtu.be/BnO0LHsitFE

CANCER CARE AND CHINESE MEDICINE

Chinese medicine is a great adjunct therapy in cancer care. it is especially useful to offset some of the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

 

https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/19/health/chinese-modern-medicine-cancer-hong-kong-intl/index.html

 

Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture

The advantage of Chinese medicine

In this clinical study, acupuncture plus herbs was shown to be more effective than hormone treatment for menstrual irregularity. The advantage of Chinese medicine is that it differentiates between different patterns that may be causing the issue and treats accordingly. In this example all the patients had a TCM (traditional chinese medicine) diagnosis of Liver Qi Stagnation and Spleen Deficiency and were treated with corresponding acupuncture points and the base formula of Xiao Yao San, with modifications for each patient. The drug group received cycles of the most common oral contraceptive pill used to regulate the cycle. In the end the acupuncture plus herb group was more effective than the drug group(92% vs. 80%), and with less side effects than the group receiving hormones. 

https://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1941-acupuncture-and-herbs-beat-hormones-for-menstrual-irregularity

Treating insomnia in children using Chinese medicine

In this study, Chinese herbal formulas plus acupuncture was shown to be 94.2% effective in treating insomnia in children ages 3-14 years.  

https://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1948-acupuncture-plus-herbs-alleviate-pediatric-insomnia

Treat Yeast Infection Naturally with Acupuncture 

A yeast infection is excessive discharge that may have an odor, causes itching or burning, and have a vaginal pH greater than 5. 

Acupuncture provides a great boost to the immune system, so it can help to fight off the bacteria living in the body. Medical studies and clinical tests have already been conducted to provide support for acupuncture as an effective, natural treatment for boosting the immune system. The results of the clinical studies undertaken by the medical researchers of the University of Bergen in Norway revealed that acupuncture was highly effective in treating infections of 75% of the women who participated in the clinical studies. 

plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue on the bottom of the foot. Pain occurs when this band of tissue is overloaded or overstretched. This causes small tears in the fibers of the fascia, especially where the fascia meets the heel bone.
A recent review evaluating all clinical trials on acupuncture for plantar fasciitis found that acupuncture is an effective treatment for the condition and that the evidence is comparable to other interventions, such as stretching, night splints and dexamethasone.