What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing, having a time honoured history of over 3500 years. The aim of treatment is to restore the balance of our body's Yin and Yang which are the equal and opposite qualities of the body's motivating energy, known as Qi (Chi). The Qi flows throughtout the entire body, but is concentrated in channels beneath the skin, particularly on the acupoints. Aupuncture involves inserting "hair fine needles" into these acupoints, carefully selected according to each patient's individual condition and general constitution. Millions of people worldwide have benefited from this safe and reliable method of treatment.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture channels connect both the internal organs and the exterior body. By inserting into acupuncture points on these channels gateways are provided for the Qi to flow thus to rectifying and harmonizing the body's energy balance as well as expelling pathogenic factors. Much research has shown that acupuncture can stimulate our immune system, production of red and white blood cell, improve circulation, affect gastric acid secretion, stabilise heart beat rhythm, and also stimulate the release of varieties of hormones that help our body to cope with injuries and stress.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture is a painless and often enjoyable experience. The needles used in acupuncture treatment are hair-fine with very sharp point, unlike the hypodermic needle of modern medicine which most people had experienced before.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is widely regarded as a safe and reliable therapeutic treatment in today's clinic. Patients must ensure that their practitioner has a licence to practice and is qualified, and have a valid Professional Indemnity Insurance.
How does acupuncture help with fertility problems?
Acupuncture is one of the most recognized non-invasive fertility aid. Its holistic approach helps to optimize the chance of getting pregnant whether you are trying naturally or through IVF treatment by correcting any basic underlying problems(yin&yang imbalance or hormonal imbalance).
Fertility focused acupuncture treatment has been found to help increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, balance hormone levels, regulate the menstrual cycle and help improve the lining of the uterus and quality of eggs released. Additionally, conditions such as polycystic ovaries and endometriosis have also been shown to improve with acupuncture.
Many factors may cause infertility such as stress, irregular hormone levels and disrupted menstrual cycles. As a holistic therapy, acupuncture helps to identify underlying health issues which may cause disruption to the body’s natural balance, resulting in symptoms such as infertility.
During treatment, the most fundamental method -- BBT charting may also be discussed to determine whether ovulation is occurring, possible thyroid problems, luteal phase is long enough(minimum of 10 days), in danger of a miscarriage etc. All of which help to establish a treatment strategy based on individual's circumstances.