Therapeutic Services Overview
Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese art of healing, originated almost 6000 years ago with written records of its practice dating from about 500 B.C.;Its principles are based upon the theory of Qi. Qi is the vital energy which pervades and sustains all beings and things manifest and unmanifest in the cosmos of which man is the integral part.Qi circulates throughout the body along a system of intricate pathways called meridians and collaterals. When the Qi flows freely and in abundance, we are in the state of health, while lack of Qi give rise to disease and even death.According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, human body contains 14 regular meridians and collaterals. They pertain to the organs (known as zang-fu) interiorly and extend to the extremities and joints into an organic whole, by which they transport the vital energy, Qi, and blood and regulate yin and yang, keeping the functions and activities of all parts of the body in harmony and balance relatively. When a body contacts diseases, often the channels will appear as reaction points which are also called acupoints.The purpose of treatment is to help the body to heal itself by stimulating and harmonizing the flow of life force or Qi. As a science and an art, methods of treatment in acupuncture may vary from the traditional to the most modern. Treatment is individualized and tailored to meet the patient's needs. The patient is treated with a combination of body, mind and soul and not simply symptoms.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbs are a combination of natural plant, animal and mineral substances used to heal and balance the human body, mind and emotions. Herbs can help balance the organ's yin and yang and invigorate the Qi and blood. Chinese herbs treat both the symptoms and root cause. It is a step-by-step treatment process that works steadily and gradually to heal the patient. Furthermore, the herbs have minimal side effects and do not leave any toxic residue in the body. In combination, acupuncture and Chinese herbs will increase the effectivenessof the treatment and the healing process.
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Treatment of Infertility
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been used to support fertility for several thousand years. Recent clinical studies have shown that they can be helpful in aiding modern reproductive techniques such as In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
These are goals of acupuncture treatment and IVF:
- To improve the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs
- To regulate hormones to produce a larger number of follicles
- To promote uterine relaxation and reduce stress level
- To increase blood flow to the pelvic region in order to optimize receptivity of embryo implants
- To lessen side effects of drugs
- To prevent miscarriages
Acupuncture can be helpful for the following conditions which can attribute to infertility:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Uterine fibroid
- Ovarian cyst
- Luteal phase defect
- Tubal blockage
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
Many reasons can cause infertility according to Chinese Medicine. It can be due to a liver or kidney imbalance, Qi stagnation or Blood deficiency. By inserting needles into the acupuncture points in the body, it can balance internal organ disharmony thus restoring optimal energy and blood flow. When the body's Yin/Yang is returned to balance, it is able to support the process of conception and pregnancy.