Monday, May 5, 2014

Acupuncture at Champlain OB/GYN:

What to Expect

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses sterile, single use, hair-thin, flexible needles that are hardly felt when inserted. Using gentle stimulation to move qi, a unique sensation called de qi is felt. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling both mentally and physically relaxed, often with uplifted spirits. 

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 5 to 10 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventive treatments, treatments for general well-being, or seasonal "tune ups" may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes. Acupuncture is safer than taking Tylenol and is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. Nieve is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is licensed by New York and Vermont state. As required by law, Nieve uses pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

Acupuncture for Menstruation

For many women, their menstrual cycles can be irregular, painful, and even debilitating.  Pain, of any kind, is your body's way of telling you there is an imbalance. Acupuncture, herbs, and dietary changes, can help you return your cycles back to health as well as provide pain relief. The following are some of the conditions/symptoms that acupuncture effectively treats:
  • Dysmenorrhea (pain during period)
  • PCOS
  • Amenorrhea
  • Bloating, gas
  • Painful breast swelling
  • irritability, emotional instability

Acupuncture for Fertility

Many women have spent most of their adult lives trying to avoid pregnancy, now when they want to get pregnant, they are finding it more difficult than they ever imagined. Acupuncture, combined with herbs, nutrition and lifestyle guidance can balance conditions that may impede conception. Clinical studies show that Acupuncture enhances fertility by more than 50% and can increase the efficacy of assisted reproductive therapies such as IUI and IVF by 40-60%.
Below are a number of ways Chinese Medicine can help to enhance fertility and increase the efficacy of IUI/IVF:
• Improve the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs
• Regulate hormones to produce a larger number of follicles
• Increase blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the lining of the uterus
• Enhance relaxation and decrease stress
• Prevent the uterus from contracting (this is a holding treatment typically done post-transfer)
• Lessen the side effects of drugs used in IVF
• Strengthen the immune system
• Improve quality and quantity of semen to create stronger embryos
• Decrease chances of miscarriage

Acupuncture for Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time filled with magic and wonderment and when we are less inclined to take medication.  Acupuncture during pregnancy is an extremely safe therapy throughout all stages of pregnancy and an effective natural method to treat a range of symptoms, including the following:
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Sciatica
  • Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety/restlessness
  • Headaches

Acupuncture for Birth

Acupuncture is a powerful yet safe way to assist the birthing process. By stimulating and regulating hormones, such as oxytocin, acupuncture can be used to:
  • encourage labor
  • dilate the cervix
  • stimulate,  strengthen and regulate contractions
  • increase blood flow to the uterus 
  • encourage baby to descend
  • turn breech or malpositions
  • ease pain

Acupuncture for Postpartum  

Postpartum is often overlooked and under appreciated. Plenty of time should be given for rest and recovery. Birth is exhausting and can leave a new mother blood deficient. Acupuncture, herbs, proper dietary changes, and of course plenty of rest can restore lost nutrients and blood.

Other Conditions Commonly Treated with Acupuncture also available at Champlain OB/GYN

  • Pain and Athletic Injuries
  • Facial pain - TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Old injuries and Painful scars
  • Stress, Fatigue, and emotional Disorders
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Stress-lines on the face
  • Early signs of aging
  • Insomnia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pregnancy related conditions
  • Gynecological Disorders
  • Fertility Support
  • Menstrual Cramps/PMS
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Digestive Issues
  • IBS
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Chronic constipation
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Respiratory Illnesses
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Common Cold
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Addiction
  • Nicotine
  • Substance Abuse Support
Author:  Nieve Shere M.S. LAc. ;  Shere Family Acupuncture at Champlain OB/GYN


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