Acupuncture is a whole system of medicine and has been recognized by the World Health Organization for over 45 health conditions. Each person is unique and treatments will be based upon your unique constitution and symptoms at all times. Acupuncture points will change based on the day of treatment to best support each patient at that time. Treatments focus on the imbalance of the individual treating the root causes which strengthens the body overall while treating presenting symptoms. Cumulative treatments create a healthier individual who is able to stay well or have a significant decrease in symptoms. Acupuncture in Del Ray is happy to support patients holistically and treat several health concerns at one time.
Acupuncture can be used to strengthen, support and balance overall health and well-being providing a safe, effective, drug-free and natural approach to treating infertility.
This ancient and time tested modality improves fertility and supports a women's whole body creating the potential for health, healing and childbearing.
In the issue of Fertility and Sterility, April 2002, a report on a study showed that acupuncture when used in conjunction with Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) can improve the chances of a successful pregnancy.
At the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, studies in 2002 also showed that acupuncture increases blood flow to the uterus, reduces anxiety and stress, normalizes hormones and regulates the menstrual cycle. Reducing stress in women going through ART helps their body to relax so hormones can be regulated. A balanced endocrine system works optimally to regulate ovulation, especially in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
As early as 1996 the Human Reproduction Journal reported on a study using ultrasound to evaluate blood flow to the uterus during acupuncture treatments. The study showed that acupuncture increased the blood flow to the uterus. A relaxed uterus with the increased blood flow allowed for the successful implantation of an embryo within the uterine lining.
Acupuncture is also a good choice for those women who want to conceive naturally. When the Qi, the vital energy, and blood are circulating freely, all organs and tissue are nourished, and a woman's health and fertility are enhanced. Acupuncture raises the fertility potential for women by changing the quality and balance of the flow of Qi and Blood within the body. An acupuncturist will treat the root causes of imbalance and improve the body's natural healing potential
Acupuncture and Pregnancy
Regular balancing acupuncture treatments during pregnancy can improve health of the mother as well as the baby, potentially preventing complications and influencing the development of the baby.
Because pregnancy is a time of dramatic physical and emotional changes in a woman, using acupuncture supports and cares for the well-being of a pregnant woman in a safe and natural way without using medications. Acupuncture can help to balance the vital energy, or Qi, in the body by using the correct points to ensure optimal health of the pregnant woman and her baby. Most women would prefer not to take medications during pregnancy and using acupuncture to help with the symptoms of colds or allergies is a safe and effective way for women to feel better.
Acupuncture can help with back pain, fatigue, morning sickness, emotional instability, heartburn, and constipation. During the first trimester, acupuncture can help alleviate morning sickness, vomiting, fatigue and headaches. By the second trimester acupuncture can help with heartburn, hemorrhoids, stress, sleep problems, edema, and elevated blood pressure. During the third trimester, acupuncture can help with pain in the back, hips and joints. Acupuncture also prepares the body for labor and delivery.
Breech presentation can be treated with acupuncture. Treatment for breech presentation needs to be done by the 34th week because after that the baby is too large to move and change position. This is a simple treatment of applying a special kind of heat (moxibustion) to the little toe.
Lisa recommends that women come once a week starting at the 37th week for treatments to help with effacement and dilation, and then on or near the due date she will treat for labor induction.
She has found when her clients come for regular acupuncture during pregnancy, labor and delivery happen much more easily, with less pain and discomfort. The baby also recovers more quickly from the trauma of birth.
After the baby has arrived, it is important for a mother to recuperate from the birth of her child. Acupuncture can help with healing, regaining strength, and boosting the immune system. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can naturally support those who have issues with postpartum depression, postoperative healing (after a C-section), mastitis and/or insufficient lactation.
Acupuncture provides a safe and gentle way to nurture and care for women’s health and their babies throughout pregnancy and beyond
Cupping is a technique in which a cup is placed on the skin and suction is obtained by creating a vacuum with a mechanical pump or a flame. The cups either remain stationary or are moved around with the aid of a liniment or lubricant. In Chinese Medicine, this therapy is traditionally used to warm and regulate qi and blood, invigorate blood, reduce stagnation, dispel cold dampness, and to expel pathogens. In other words, it can be used to treat respiratory illnesses, joint pain, muscle soreness and tension, headaches, digestion, anxiety, stress and fatigue by promoting circulation of blood and lymph and effectively soothing the nervous system.
Chinese herbs are also used at Acupuncture in Del Ray, LLC to assist clients in achieving optimal health. When used in combination with acupuncture they can help the healing process of the body. It is often said that the acupuncture helps to move the qi within the body while herbs help to regulate the physical body.
The Chinese Materia Medica is made up of thousands of individual herbs which are found in nature. They include many plant products including; roots, twigs, leaves, flowers, bulbs and other parts of vegetation as well as minerals and animal parts. Chinese herbal medicine is used to make custom formulas to treat the root imbalance of a person as well as the symptoms. There are many forms that can be taken including raw herbs cooked as a tea, granular powders, tea pills and capsules or tinctures. There are several lines of pediatric specific formulas on the market that are glycerin or liquid based tinctures and are easy on the palate.
As a diplomate in Oriental Medicine, Lisa is board certified in Acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbal medicine, Tui Na and Food Therapy. The study of herbal medicine is rigorous with a focus on understanding the individual properties of the herbs, which part of the body they effect and how they work within a formula to aid the whole person. She has spent hundreds of clinical hours treating patients using herbs alone with great results. In conjunction with acupuncture, Chinese herbs are most effective in providing lasting results and improved health and vitality.
Traditional Chinese medicine also includes the study of food therapy. Food much like herbs, are medicine. Who, what, where, when and how are important to how your body responds in nourishing our organs, tissues, cells and systems. All foods effect the body based on their individual properties including taste, color and temperature. Each food has a personality and individuals who favor specific types of foods can speak volumes to their practitioners. Food therapy will be a part of the overall recommendations during the first treatment that patients will receive. There are specific types of food for each season of the year and certain foods that should be avoided to improve imbalances within the body.
Acupuncture provides a safe and gentle way to nurture and care for women's health and their babies throughout pregnancy and beyond. According to the 2008 report published by the National Center for Health and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health more than 3 million adults and 150,000 children have used acupuncture for ailments like headaches, back and neck pain, anxiety and ADHD.
The latest study on this subject was conducted at the Harvard-affiliated Children's Hospital in Boston by Yuan-Chi Lin, MD, an anesthesiologist who specializes in pain management in children. Dr. Lin's study included 243 youngsters ranging in age from six months to 18 years who were being treated for headaches, stomachaches, back pain and other chronic complaints that often caused them to miss school. When the study began, the young patients rated their pain as an "8" on a scale of 1 to 10. (One of Dr. Lin's methods of demonstrating to the kids that the needles won't hurt is by inserting them first in the children's parents.) When the year-long study was over, the average pain rating among the youngsters was a "three." The kids also reported missing less school, sleeping better, and being more able to participate in extracurricular activities as a result of treatment.
Acupuncture is a growing modality for treating children. At Acupuncture in Delray, we provide the following Children Services:
Tui Na means “push-pull” in Mandarin. This therapy can be used to strengthen the immune system and also to treat illness in children as well as adults. A series of massage techniques are done on the meridians of the body primarily on the hands and arms, legs and bellies of infants and children.
The treatments can promote digestion, treat colic, improve sleep, regulate emotions and promote growth in children. It can also be used to help treat colds, coughs, diarrhea/constipation, ear infections, headaches, bed wetting, insomnia and night crying (terrors). Tui na treatments can be supplemented by parental massage done at home on a regular basis.