Fertility & IVF support
The average length of time that most couples take to conceive is around 6 months and figures suggest that around one in four couples suffer from some degree of infertility. The most frequent cause of unexplained infertility or hormonal imbalance is energy stagnation or blocked qi, which affects blood flow in the pelvic area. Many years of emotional stress, depression, frustration, overwork, improper diet and lifestyle often play a major role in energy congestion. Many factors affecting fertility such as recurrent miscarriage, PCOS, endometriosis and irregular menstrual cycles can all be treated with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR IVF (& IUI, ICSI)
Renae has treated many women with acupuncture throughout their IVF process with amazing results. The whole treatment process gives your body the best opportunity to release quality eggs, develop a lush womb lining and feel as relaxed as possible, in order to give your embryo the best opportunity to implant and grow. Acupuncture treatment for IVF and assisted reproduction ranges from preconception care, to treatments before and after embryo transfer, to a course of treatment leading up to an IVF cycle and continuing afterwards to support pregnancy.
FERTILITY SPIKE FROM ACUPUNCTURE
Women having IVF treatment can boost their chances of falling pregnant by 65 precent simply by having acupuncture. A review combining the results of seven previous studies has found that Acupuncture also increases the chances of having an ongoing pregnancy (beyond 12 weeks gestation) by 87 percent and nearly doubles the chance of a successful live birth, increasing that by 91 precent. In all of the studies, together involving 1366 women, acupuncture was given within 24 hours of the embryo being implanted in the women’s wombs. From the results of the studies it has been suggested that thew acupuncture may help by stimulating fertility hormones, increasing blood flow to the uterus and reducing stress.
(Source: The Australian, Adam Cresswell, health editor, Feb 09, 2008.)
Acupuncture is an ideal form of treatment in pregnancy as it offers women drug-free relief for a vast array of problems that can arise during pregnancy and childbirth such as: threatened miscarriage, morning sickness, fatigue & exhaustion, heartburn, constipation, urinary tract infections, anaemia, cramps, insomnia, fluid retention, anxiety and high blood pressure.
Congratulations, what a special time for you. You are literally growing a human being, which takes huge amounts of energy, blood and nutrients. It is no surprise that you are feeling lots of changes both mentally and physically. First trimester can be very hard… You’re not looking pregnant yet but are most likely absolutely exhausted, having disturbed sleep from really weird dreams, feel like you are constantly hung over and the thought of food makes you feel nauseous. If you are experiencing any of the above, you would really benefit from some treatment. Acupuncture can help with morning sickness, extreme tiredness & exhaustion and threatened miscarriage at this early stage of pregnancy.
Second trimester is when people start to comment on the 'glow' you are radiating, you have more energy and can start to show off the growing bump. Most women generally feel pretty good through this phase but there are still some common ailments that tend to arise such as stubborn colds & flus, pelvic pain, anxiety, headaches, heartburn & reflux, constipation & insomnia. Monthly acupuncture treatments through this trimester can help keep your health in check, so that when the third trimester rolls around you are ready for it with increased energy.
You are finally on the home stretch! Your probably feeling enormous, starting to feel tired again, wanting to slow down and start nesting. This is the time to start thinking about some acupuncture preparation for birth treatments. An ideal time to start is around 34 weeks to help ripen and soften the cervix, get bub into the best position for labour, get those feel good hormones flowing, relax muscles and calm those nerves. This enhances the prospects of an efficient labour and enables a smooth transition into motherhood by being as balanced as you can be before the birth by having plenty of energy, sleeping well and feeling calm.
Studies have shown that acupuncture is successful in turning breech babies to their optimal position for birth, using a Chinese technique called 'moxibustion' or 'moxa'. This can be helpful for those wishing for a natural birth, or a birth with as little intervention as possible. The technique involves the burning of a Chinese herb (mugwort) to warm an acupuncture point on the outside of the little toe. It is carried out once-twice a day for up to ten days, until the baby has turned into the optimal position. This can happen quite quickly or take several days of treatment for the baby to turn. The optimal time to perform this treatment is at 33-35 weeks gestation, but babies have been known to turn in the later weeks too.
Acupuncture for induction is gentle, safe and effective. You may need one treatment, you may need a few. It depends on your body, your baby and what is going on for you at that time.
After childbirth, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are very helpful in restoring and replenishing the new mother’s blood and energy. Acupuncture on day 10-14 post-birth can energise women and aid their recovery. It can help with persistent uterine bleeding, mastitis, perineal discomfort, night sweats, postnatal depression.
Womens Health & Menopause
There is overwhelming evidence that Chinese medicine plays a significant role in treating infertility, gynaecological problems and balancing hormones therefore women of all ages can benefit from acupuncture care.
THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
Contrary to popular belief menstrual pain is not a natural part of the menstruation process, it can be comfortable and regular so that it doesn't interfere with day to day activities. For young women just beginning to menstruate, acupuncture can help relieve associated cramping and PMS. It also greatly benefits those with chronic menstrual problems such as the pain and heavy bleeding associated with fibroids and endometriosis. It is entirely possible to eliminate all pain and discomfort as acupuncture has a regulatory affect on women’s hormones and changes in the menstrual cycle can sometimes be noted within one or two cycles. Acupuncture can treat: heavy menstruation, scant menstruation, menstruation which is either too early, too late or which occurs at no fixed schedule, amenorrhea, PMS, lower abdominal pain, endometriosis, fibroids & painful sore breasts.
Menopause, also known as the 'change of life', marks the end of the monthly cycle of menstruation in a woman's life. It is a natural occurrence and marks the end of the reproductive years, just as the first menstrual period during puberty marked the start. You will know that the menopause has taken place if you have not had any bleeding for 12 months. As you approach menopause, the production of ‘female’ hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) by the ovaries starts to slow down. Hormone levels tend to fluctuate and you may notice changes in your menstrual cycle such as: irregular cycles, lighter bleeding or unpredictable and heavy bleeding. Eventually, your hormone levels will fall to a point where menstruation (periods) will cease altogether and the menopause is reached. Some of the symptoms that women experience include: hot flushes, night sweats,aches and pains, crawling or itching sensations under the skin, forgetfulness, headaches, irritability, lack of self-esteem, reduced sex drive (libido), tiredness, difficulty sleeping – wakefulness or waking hot and sweaty, urinary frequency, vaginal dryness, discomfort with sexual intercourse. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine works well at reducing and alleviating the symptoms women experience during menopause to make this time of transition much more comfortable.
ACUPUNCTURE & HERBAL MEDICINE WORK FOR PMS
Results from a korean systemic review and meta-analysis support the effectiveness of acupuncture and herbal medicine as a treatment for premenstrual syndrome. In the case of acupuncture, a reduction of up to 77.8% in symptoms was seen after as few as two to four treatment sessions.
(Effects and treatment methods of acupuncture and herbal medicine for premenstrual syndrome/premenstrual dysphoric disorder: systemic review. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Jan 10;14:11)
ACUPUNCTURE REDUCES MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS
An analysis from Taiwanese authors confirms that acupuncture can improve symptoms in women experiencing menopause. 12 studies were analysed and the results of the analysis showed that acupuncture significantly reduced the frequency and severity of hot flushes. In addition, acupuncture was also shown to improve psychological, somatic, urogenital and vasomotor symptoms.
(Effects of Acupuncture on menopause related symptoms and quality of life in women on natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Menopause. 2014 Jul 7.
Digestive disorders can present with a range of obvious digestive problems such as bloating, wind, cramping, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, a feeling of incompletion or difficulty passing stool, acid reflux (heartburn), food sensitivities/allergies etc. They can also lead to systemic imbalances that begin to show up with signs like fatigue, joint pain, systemic inflammation, anemia, colds and flues, low immunity, allergies and skin disorders. Most people suffering with IBS and other digestive disorders are told that they just have to live with their complaints and that they cant really be helped....This is where acupuncture fits in.
Digestive disorders are normally an overall health imbalance. They are quite often the result of high stress and bad dietary habits that overtime develop into chronic digestive disorders. Acupuncture points on the body are well known to reduce abdominal pain, bloating and intestinal inflammation, regulate stomach acid secretion, stop chronic diarrhoea or in the case of chronic constipation, increase bowel movements. It can basically regulate the overall digestive function and with the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes, can break the cycle of inflammation and repair the damage in the Gut.
Acupuncture can successfully treat: acid reflux, heartburn, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, IBS, nausea & food sensitivities.
In todays fast paced stressed out world, insomnia and sleep disorders are on the rise. So many people face sleepless nights and fear the side effects of sleep medication, which is where acupuncture can help.
TCM recognises importance of sleep for physical, psychological and spiritual well being. It sees insomnia as an imbalance of the heart functions. Stress stagnates qi, this stagnation travels as fire to the heart which is the home of the mind and spirit. The damage done by this heat/fire results in insomnia and sleep disorders.
As with all things TCM, acupuncture for sleep doesn't just treat the symptom, but attacks the disharmony in the body that is causing the condition. Normally those using acupuncture for insomnia not only get a better nights rest but also an overall improvement of physical and mental health.
Along with insomnia, acupuncture can also be used to treat excessive night sweating, recurrent nightmares, frequent waking and waking exhausted.
8 TIPS TO HELP YOU HAVE A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP
1. Regular acupuncture treatment and herbal medicine
2. Avoid screen time for 1-2 hours before bed.
3. Avoid substances that affect sleep such as coffee, sugar and alcohol.
4. Eat a dinner of protein, complex carbohydrates and lots of vegetables to help stabilise blood sugar levels. Many people wake through the night because of low blood sugars.
5. Eat dinner by 7pm or 2-3 hours before sleep to allow for digestion.
6. Exercise daily.
7. At least 20 minutes exposure to daylight outside. Morning is best as it helps to reset the sleep, mood and energy cycles.
8. Have a regular bedtime...Our bodies love routine.
Allergies & Immunity
Nothing is more relevant to health than a well-functioning immune system. A compromised immune system is a major component of most chronic diseases. Poor nutrition and stress can all weaken our immunity and once compromised can result in frequent colds, flues and recurring infections.
Acupuncture can regulate immune function and treat the underlying cause of the disease by decreasing symptoms, speeding up healing of infections and normalising the bodies immune response. It works by stimulating specific portions of the autonomic nervous system through selected acupuncture points, which in turn causes a response in the immune system.
The most effective treatment for the immune system is prevention. Treatment to boost qi (energy) and blood before sickness occurs is more effective than after illness has set in. Regular preventative acupuncture maintenance treatments are ideal for people experiencing immune disorders.
Acupuncture can successfully treat: hay-fever, allergies, eczema, psoriasis, frequent colds & flu's, recurring virus & lingering pathogen, chronic fatigue syndrome & glandular fever.
Acupuncture is well known for its effectiveness in reducing most types of pain, including pain from sports related injuries due to trauma or overuse involving the musculoskeletal system and its soft tissues.
Acupuncture can be used during any of the phases of the injury healing process. It can be used to decrease swelling, spasms and inflammation, pain management and promoting healing.
Acupuncture plays an important role in the elimination of pain. The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulate the body to produce natural steroids and release endorphins. Steroids reduce inflammation and endorphins inhibit pain. It stimulates the bodies natural healing by increasing circulation to speed up recovery and relaxing muscle.
Acupuncture can successfully treat: headaches & migraines, TMJ pain, neck & shoulder tightness, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, joint pain, strains, sprains, pulled muscles, fibromyalgia, shin splints, menstrual pain & endometriosis.
Stress & Anxiety
All of us experience stress at some point in our lives. Those feelings are a natural and healthy response to events in our lives that may feel beyond our control. When we are healthy and the stress is minimal, we recover and bounce back without too much of an impact on our overall health. When the stress is extreme or lasts a long time, our emotional health and ultimately our physical health begin to suffer. The constant state of stress takes its toll and overtime can develop into anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive issues and headaches.
In TCM, stress, anxiety, depression or any strong emotion interrupts the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. Energy or 'qi' flows through our body through a network of channels or 'roads'.
These intense emotions block the flow of energy in the body almost like a 'traffic jam'. This helps to explain why stress can cause muscle tension, headaches, affect sleep, digestion etc as the blockage of energy feeds through into other channels or other 'roads' and can cause a problem in another part of the body. Through acupuncture these blockages can be addressed as the points help the energy flow smoothly and alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety but the stress and anxiety itself.
Cosmetic acupuncture is a natural and holistic alternative to western cosmetic procedures.
In Chinese medicine we believe that a wrinkle will occur in an area of weakness long before it will occur in a healthy area. Therefore, attention must be paid to the location of early lines and deep wrinkles and the underlying disharmony treated simultaneously with wrinkle treatment.
A diagnostic microsystem called Ruri Face Diagnosis is used, whereby illness in the body can be diagnosed by observation of the marking and ageing of the face. By treating the cause and the symptoms together we are able to achieve better, longer-lasting results.
The needles create a micro-trauma in the skin to create a lot of energy and blood to the area to create a natural healing response.
Collagen production is enhanced, elastin regains elastic quality and with each treatment the skin will appear fresher, tone will even out and look healthier. Treatment can also help reduce acne scarring, creases and wrinkles and general signs of ageing in the skin.
The ideal age to commence cosmetic acupuncture is in the late twenties and early thirties when the first signs of ageing appear. The skins natural renewal process declines after the age of 28, therefore the more time that passes after that age until treatment is sought, the less dramatic the results that can be achieved.