Acupuncture and women’s health

Women of all ages can benefit from acupuncture care. For young women just beginning to menstruate, acupuncture can help relieve cramps and PMS. The menstrual cycle can be comfortable and regular so that it won't interfere with normal activities. Your mother may tell you that her period was difficult until she had her first baby. But you don't have to wait that long. PMS symptoms usually begin to disappear quickly with treatment.
Chronic menstrual problems respond well to more long term care. Acupuncture combined with herbal medicine restrains heavy bleeding associated with fibroids and endometriosis and relieves pain.
For women who are trying to become pregnant, acupuncture can help solve problems of infertility. After childbirth, acupuncture and herbal medicine are very helpful in restoring and replenishing the new mother's energy.
For women in menopause, hot flashes (power surges) and night sweats can be greatly reduced to make this time of transition much more comfortable. Treatment focuses on stopping excessive sweating and restoring restfulness.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to correct imbalances women experience through all stages of life. Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to address the following conditions:

  • Menstrual Irregularities and Pain

  • P.M.S.

  • Endometriosis and Fibroids

  • P.C.O.S

  • Infertility

  • Menopausal signs and symptoms such as hot flashes and Insomnia

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Migraines

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Acupuncture for Pregnancy

For over 3000 years Traditional Chinese Medicine has promoted specialized treatment for women in pregnancy care and postpartum recovery. Today this care is becoming increasingly popular and used by acupuncturists, and acupuncture is available in specialized prenatal clinics and maternity hospitals. Pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery are viewed in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a window of opportunity to enhance the woman's wellbeing. Conversely if adequate care is not taken the resulting problems may continue long after the birth. Value is therefore placed on promoting preventive care to strengthen the mother and baby as well as dealing with problems as they occur during pregnancy. Acupuncture can be used in a variety of ways to promote fetal and maternal health:

  • Nausea during pregnancy

  • Muscular – Skeletal Pain (Back Pain, Sciatica, Pubic Pain, Pelvic Pain)

  • Breech and Posterior Babies

We recommend that acupuncture and moxibustion may be offered to women from 33 weeks gestation. This follows research from Italy that demonstrated moxibustion can have a significant effect in helping to turn breech babies. Ideally treatment is at 34 –35 weeks, but can still be useful when used later in the pregnancy. Techniques can also help babies that are not in the optimal position prior to birth, such as those in a posterior position.

  • Hypertension

  • Labor Preparation

Three to four weeks prior to the due date a treatment to prepare the pelvis and cervix can be commenced. This is followed by one treatment per week until labor begins. Research from Germany indicated the potential for a more efficient active stage of labor. A New Zealand study with midwives indicated a reduction in women requiring medical intervention, including medical induction and caesarean section.* It also shortens the length of labor and decreases the intensity of pain by relaxing muscles, softening the cervix, increasing the blood flow to the uterus, strengthening the uterus and the baby, and relieving tension and stress.
Loss of pregnancy – you have to face a great deal of grief, anger and anxiety about the next pregnancy as well as a surgical scar. Acupuncture can help you physically, mentally and strengthen you to recover from your unwanted experience.

*T. Harper et al, Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 19(8): 465-70, 2006 Aug).
*Babies in abnormal positions; breech presentation (Dr I. Neri et al, The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine vol 15, Issue 4 April 2004, pp 247 - 252)

Acupuncture for Menopause

Menopause is a transitional period marking the cessation of ovulation in a woman's body. This time of change may last a few months to several years. Symptoms vary from mild to severe, and are brought on as our bodies try to adapt to decreasing amounts of estrogen. Symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, memory loss, vaginal dryness, headaches, joint pain, and weight gain.
According to Chinese Medical theory, menopause occurs when a woman's body begins to preserve blood and energy in order to sustain her vitality and allow for the maximum available nourishment for her body, especially her kidneys. The kidney is the organ Chinese Medicine sees as the root of life and longevity. Therefore, the body, in its wisdom, reserves the flow of a channel in the center of the body which sends blood and energy down to the uterus. Instead, blood and essence from the kidneys are conserved and cycled through the body to nourish the woman's spirit and extend her longevity. Thus, in the Chinese Medicine, menopause is seen as true change in life from mother to enlightened and wise being.
Acupuncture points to treat the emotional and physical effects of menopause are located all over the body. During the acupuncture treatment, tiny needles will be placed along your legs, arms, shoulders, and perhaps even your little toe!
There seems to be little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles. They are so thin that several acupuncture needles can go into the middle of a hypodermic needle. Occasionally, there is a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin, but once the needles are in place, most people relax and even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment.
The mental and emotional symptoms that you are experiencing will help create a clear picture on which your practitioners can create a treatment plan specifically for you. The basic foundation for Oriental medicine is that there is a life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi (pronounced Chee).
This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.
The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. Typical treatments last from five to 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one or two times a week. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments.
Acupuncture can reduce unwanted symptoms of menopause – hot flushing, sweating, insomnia, tight chest, palpitation, irritability, and headache.

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Acupuncture for Stress and Anxiety

According to Chinese medicine, stress may be a factor in the development of many diseases. Treatment of stress includes acupuncture and herbs to help balance the body’s energies and relieve the tension that constricts the functioning of a particular part of the body. You will be surprised how much you feel relaxed during the session. You may even fall asleep like our other clients. Acupuncture influences your hormonal system and rebalances your brain and heart. It will clean up debris in your mind and make you refocus on yourself.
It also gives you more energy as it lifts up the burden from your Liver and calms the sympathetic nervous system, which used to put your body in ‘fight and flight’ situation all the time.

Cosmetic acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture facelift is a non-surgery, painless and safe procedure for rejuvenation. We use disposable acupuncture needles for all treatments. There is no recovery time, no wound, or pain concerned. It is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles into the acupuncture points on the face. This superficial insertion will increase the local circulation to the face and stimulate collagen production, which will fill out the lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat many conditions and illnesses. The effectiveness of acupuncture has been related to the manipulation of the energy points on the body to balance and to remove blockages in the meridians (channels of blood and energy), in order to achieve health and to prevent diseases.
"A 1996 report in the international journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects include: The skin becomes delicate, improvement of elasticity of facial muscles, ruddier complexion, and overall rejuvenation." A good result starts from first treatment, and then it accumulates after every treatment.

What are the benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Cosmetic Acupuncture may help to eliminate fine lines and makes the deeper lines look softer. It can also help to minimize dark circles, puffy eyes, double chin, sagging skin, and dropping eyelids. Other benefits include:

  • Relaxes muscle tone

  • Increases circulation, therefore oxygenates the skin

  • Increases collagen production

  • Tightens the pores, and brightens the eyes

  • Keeps acne skin under control

  • Nourishes the skin, giving you a healthy complexion with a natural glow

  • Moisturizes the skin from inside, and gives rosy cheeks to people with dull, tired looking skin

Who would benefit from this procedure?

Anyone who wants to delay the process of aging and wants to look and feel younger.

Can I do Cosmetic Acupuncture if I had Botox?

Yes, Cosmetic Acupuncture will maintain the effectiveness of Botox, so it will save you a couple injections per year.

What is the course of treatment?

The course of the treatment is between 10-12 sessions. This will be done 1-2 times a week for best results. Each individual will respond different to the treatment depending on their age and lifestyle. Visible results will be noticeable after 6 -7 sessions. Maintenance maybe needs once every month.

Why choose Cosmetic Acupuncture for rejuvenation?

Acupuncture doesn’t cause abrasion, it does not burn, and it does not introduce any product in your face and has no side effects. It is a completely natural method that can restore radiance to your face by addressing the root causes of skin aging, such as muscle imbalance and diminished cellular exchange, blood flow and energy.

Make an appointment today for your Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment at Clinique Sinosanté and allow your face to regain its natural beauty! 514-6389338

Acupuncture for Pain

Acupuncture is recognized by several health care professionals as an excellent treatment to relieve and treat pain. Numerous clinical studies show the great efficiency of acupuncture in the treatment of pain and even the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes its efficiency in the treatment of several types of pain. Recent advances in technology have helped unlock the biological mysteries of this 2,000-year-old medical practice. Researchers are closer to understanding how an acupuncture needle can subtly adjust the body's tissues, nerves, and hormones.*
From our clinical experience and knowledge of Chinese Medicine, many joints affected with pain (arthritis) can be helped by Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. In ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine, arthritis (joint pain) was named Bi Syndrome. Arthritis not only causes joint pain, but chronic or long-term arthritis can also cause disfigurement of the joints. It is very beneficial if arthritis can be treated in the early stages, and it can help to prevent the disfigurement of the joints.

List of painful conditions successfully treated:

  • Sports injuries

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Migraine and headache

  • Trigger points

  • Sports injuries and accidents

  • Low back pain

  • Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

  • Tendinitis

  • Arthritis

  • Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder (frozen shoulder)

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Joint and muscle pain

  • Neuralgia, neuropathic pain

  • Sciatica

  • Bursitis

  • Inflammatory pain

  • Improvement of athletic performances

*http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(83)90925-X/abstract
 http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/features/acupuncture-pain-killer
 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/29/acupuncture-reduces-chronic-pain.aspx

We will do all that is necessary, using acupuncture, Tuina massage, Chinese herbs to treat and relieve your pain or injury quickly and efficiently.

Acupuncture for cancer

While standard medical care for cancer is effective, the treatments are aggressive and cause numerous unwanted side effects as well as a lowered immune system. Acupuncture has received much attention as an adjunctive therapy in cancer treatments for its use in pain relief, reducing side effects, accelerating recovery and improving Immune Function.
Acupuncture can be used to address many of the concerns that come up during and after chemotherapy, radiation, biological therapy and surgery. Acupuncture has demonstrated benefit to cancer patients in the following areas:

  • Pain Management: Acupuncture is very effective for managing pain related to tumors, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and inflammation. Cancer itself is a painful disease and the treatments for cancer cause pain, swelling and inflammation. Additionally, many of the treatments for management of cancer pain cause side effects such as constipation, confusion, and nausea, difficulty urinating and respiratory depression. Patients who receive acupuncture may be able to use lower doses of pain medications.

  • Immune System Modulation: Many cancers and many cancer treatments cause a suppression of the bone marrow, the source of blood cells that are the army of the immune system. Acupuncture increases blood cell production and enhances Natural Killer Cells and Lymphocytes which leads to increased immune response and decreased risk of infection.

  • Inflammation: Increased inflammation is a part of the physiology of cancer. Many of the treatments for cancer such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery also cause painful inflammation. Acupuncture reduces the pain and swelling related to inflammation.

  • Nausea and Vomiting: Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the intensity and frequency of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.

  • Dry, Painful Mouth and Throat: Cancer patients receiving radiation to the head and neck experience dry mouth due to the reduction in saliva production. Additionally, radiation treatments lead to pain and swelling in the mouth and throat making it very difficult to swallow. These patients often lose their sense of taste as well. Acupuncture has been shown to decrease these side effects allowing the patient to be able to swallow, eat and drink normally, protect the health of the teeth and gums and reduce the incidence of infections, pain and swelling in the mouth and throat during radiation therapy.

  • Sleep: Cancer patients suffer sleep disruption and insomnia due to post-surgical discomfort, anxiety and depression and physical pain. By relieving these symptoms the cancer patient is able to get the deep sleep and rest required for recovery and healing.

  • Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients: Many women undergoing hormonal treatment for breast cancer experience hot flashes that disrupt sleep and activities of daily living. Acupuncture has been shown to decrease the frequency and intensity of hot flashes for breast cancer patients. Although these studies on management of hot flashes with acupuncture were done in women breast cancer patients, men with prostate cancer also experience hot flashes during hormonal treatment and would benefit from acupuncture.

Research on the use of acupuncture in the cancer care setting is ongoing. Investigations include the benefits of acupuncture to treat many cancer related symptoms including loss of appetite, diarrhea, weight loss, cough, bone pain, chest pain, dizziness, fatigue and anxiety and depression in cancer patients.*

Other Treatments:

Diabetes and its complications: Increased thirst and hunger, excessive urination, Weakness and fatigue, blurred vision, numbness or tingling in hands and feet, loss of sensitivity...

General disorders: fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, headaches, migraines, depression...

Digestive disorders: slow digestion, bloating, reflux, ulcers, loss of appetite, diarrhea, colitis, heartburn stomach, constipation...

Respiratory disorders: asthma, allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, coughs, colds, flu, cough...

Circulatory disorders: numbness, edema, palpitation, hyper / hypotension, varicose, anemia, cold limbs...

Urinary system: difficulty urinating, recurrent cystitis, incontinence, frequent urination, enuresis, prostate problem, urinary infection...

Locomotor System: hemiplegic, some paralysis, atrophy and some muscular dystrophies

Acupuncture provides valuable assistance in the following cases: arteriosclerosis, cholesterol, obesity hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, anemia, mononucleosis, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, ataxia, myelitis, fibroids, and can help solve the problems of intoxication: smoking, drugs, alcohol...

Contact me to find out if acupuncture is appropriate for your particular condition. 514-638-9338

References

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