Women's and Men's
Acupuncture for Infertility;
Infertility may be caused by a number of biological and external factors, such as organ imbalance, weak constitution, and dietary habits in one or both partners. Acupuncture, frequently combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat some but not all causes of infertility. For example, acupuncture and herbs will not work to address tubal adhesions which can occur as a result of pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis. However, in this situation, an individual could still benefit from acupuncture and herbs because of the potential effect of improved ovarian and follicular function. Additionally, acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining. Timing and consistency of treatment (for both male and female infertility) are important to achieve pregnancy.
Researches have shown acupuncture increases the success rate of up to 40% with IVF sessions. This is due to acupuncture stimulating the Qi of the uterine meridian helping the fertilized egg to correctly anchor onto the endometrium of the uterus. Tell us the start date of your hormone injections so we can plan out your personalized treatment schedule.
Acupuncture for Postpartum Depression Symptoms;
Acupuncture can be extremely beneficial in addressing symptoms of postpartum depression. With acupuncture treatment, the body’s natural hormonal balance may be regained in a much shorter amount of time. Many of the emotional symptoms of postpartum depression have been shown to improve with continued acupuncture treatments. It has even been suggested that acupuncture may help to prevent the onset of postpartum depression. Developing postpartum depression does not mean you are a bad person or a bad mother. Medical help is available. Talk to your family doctor or obstetrician to find out more about treatment of postpartum depression. Don’t wait until it’s out of control to seek help. If you feel angry at your baby, or are not able to care for your baby because of frustration or sadness, ask a friend or relative to keep an eye on your child until you are feeling better. While it is recommended that you seek medical care in case of an emergency (such as if you feel like you may harm yourself or your baby) acupuncture is recognized as one of the most successful natural treatments for postpartum depression and depression symptoms in general. If you are experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression, or feel you may be at risk for developing such symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact one of Pulling Down the Moon’s licensed acupuncturists or to schedule a treatment at one of our centers.
Acupuncture for Hot flashes;
Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of heat over all or parts of the body. They may also cause redness on the face and neck, red blotches on the arms, back and chest, and heavy sweating or cold shivers. Many health conditions can cause hot flashes, but they are most common among women going through menopause. The study found that menopausal women who underwent acupuncture experienced a reduction in the severity and frequency of hot flashes for up to 3 months. The most effective treatment for hot flashes is hormone therapy - the use of medication that contains estrogen or progesterone. However, such treatment can increase the risk of other health conditions, including stroke, heart disease and cancer. In this latest study, recently published in the journal Menopause, researchers wanted to see how acupuncture affected the regularity and severity of hot flashes a woman experienced while going through natural menopause.
Jing is part of a man's essential energy. It is responsible for all growth and development in the body, including sexual development, production of semen, and providing the primitive material needed for embryo development. An abundance of Jing is essential to forming a healthy seed. Poor sleep, overwork, physical trauma, emotional disburbance, stress, and other irregularity or excess in life functions deplete Jing. Decline in Jing can lead to sexual dysfunction (including low libido, impotence, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation) and also infertility. The best way to conserve Jing and provide a healthy seed is to seek balance in all of life's activities. This means practicing moderation in diet, work, rest, as well as sexual activity.