What can acupuncture treat? Get relief & help with these 6 conditions.
Acupuncture For Headaches
Migraines and headaches STINK. They can really make functioning difficult or impossible. If you frequently get headaches or migraines, you may want to consider being evaluated from another perspective if standard medications are not working and other serious conditions have been ruled out. Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine have very different ways of classifying and addressing headaches. The Western perspective uses the pain location and symptoms to classify and treat headaches. The thing is, the treatments for all of them are generally the same. A Western Physician will tell you to ‘avoid your triggers’ assuming you have identified what they are, and prescribe painkillers, anti-inflammatories, anti-nausea meds and triptans (like Imitrex). These methods of treatment don’t standardly prevent headaches by fixing the problem.
The question is, and the one Traditional Chinese Medicine tackles and corrects, What has become out of balance within your body and environment that the collective response to a certain stimuli is a migraine or headache?
Headaches and migraines ARE symptoms and the diagnosis is the pathological TCM pattern that needs to be balanced. Some example TCM patterns that acupuncture for migraines and headaches look to correct:
- Blood Stagnation
- Blood Stasis
- Qi or Blood Deficiency
- Excess Liver Yang
- Stagnation of Liver Qi
Using comprehensive observation techniques, tongue and pulse diagnosis and evaluation of your diet, lifestyle and environment, Chinese herbs and acupuncture for migraines and headaches can be a powerful source of treatment of the underlying issue. If your migraine is being caused by an excess heat pattern for example, along with the proper acupuncture treatment, a diet consisting of cooling foods may be recommended. But, if you have a pattern of Qi Deficiency, your treatment and dietary recommendations would be different. It is crucial to be evaluated by a professional in Traditional Chinese Medicine to receive the correct TCM diagnosis and recommendations for your individualized case.
Acupuncture For Pain
Did you know studies show acupuncture reduced pain by about 50% without the use of pharmaceuticals or over-the-counter medications? Acupuncture is commonly accepted as a complementary therapy by physicians and quickly becoming mainstream; so much so that it is even covered on some insurance plans. Over-the-counter and prescribed pain medications, such as opioids, can also cause many issues such as addiction and opioid induced constipation. Since there is evidence that acupuncture is a reasonable method of pain reduction and management, many physicians are now exploring and recommending acupuncture as a first line of pain management instead of pharmaceuticals. The military, professional athletes and Olympians have adopted the practice to reduce and manage pain and improve recovery times. Acupuncture may be just the thing you need for pain relief whether you have tech neck or lower back pain. Here are just a few conditions you can use acupuncture for pain relief:
- Acute and Chronic Pain from Injury
- Pelvic Pain
- Knee Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Back Pain
- Joint Pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- Neck Pain
- Growing Pains
- Nerve Pain
Acupuncture For PCOS, Endometriosis, Chronic Pelvic Pain & Vulvodynia
Did you have any idea that TCM and Acupuncture could successfully address women’s health issues? And rest easy, the needles don’t go in or around the vagina. Our team has over 50+ years of experience, specializing in female health conditions, using not just needles but also internal and external Chinese herbs, lifestyle recommendations and food as medicine. Here are some helpful links for specific conditions:
Acupuncture For Seasonal Allergies
The weather has been a little confusing to the plants and trees. You may have even noticed some early budding. We are in for a heck of a spring allergy season. So what can you do if you expect to have spring allergy symptoms? Start getting acupuncture for allergies now!
Our immune system can become stressed when we come into contact with pathogens and allergens. In Eastern Medicine our immune systems are related to Qi, the body’s energy, life force or defense mechanism. When there is an imbalance/stress of our body’s Qi, we develop symptoms like allergies. Also according to Eastern Medicine, seasonal allergies are created by the element wind affecting the body which also consequently weakens the immune system. This is why most seasonal allergies occur in the windy seasons of Spring and Fall. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which includes acupuncture, is a wonderful and natural way to lessen symptoms of seasonal allergies. When allergy treatment is started early enough prior to the allergy season, you can prepare and strengthen your body and as a result possibly avoid symptoms all together. If you would like relief and looking for a non-pharmaceutical solution, check out these cool articles & studies about acupuncture and seasonal allergy symptoms:
Acupuncture For Stress Relief
You can’t control or prevent stress but you can address how you respond to it and you can help create an environment around and within yourself to better process it. One of the proactive steps you can take to address stress in your body and mind is to get acupuncture. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years and stress relief is one of the most commonly accepted outcomes of this modality by Western Medicine and very commonly sought out by patients for relief. Acupuncture has shown to lower stress hormones, release endorphins and have positive effects on blood pressure. Additionally, acupuncture can improve sleep quality.
Acupuncture For Fertility
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with acupuncture for fertility prepares women to become pregnant because it works on the principle of cycles and homeostasis—just like your body. We look at fertility in 90 day phases and take into account all aspects of your health, within yourself and your environment.
Egg and sperm meet in a number of ways, but all known participants contributing to conception should also contribute to fertility health! For example, if you are using your sperm for insemination, if you are using your egg to be inseminated or if you will be carrying the pregnancy. Egg or sperm quality today is the reflection of health three months ago. Your diet, nutritional status, blood oxygen, hormonal levels, even your emotions and stress three months ago impact your current fertility state. We will teach you to breathe differently, eat differently, express your emotions honestly, and rid your body of the negative effects of stress. Acupuncture can help direct your body’s attention to your reproductive organs, which in most cases have been starved of circulation in both sperm and egg based factors. We have seen clinically in practice that TCM contributes to:
- Increased egg quality
- Improved blood flow to the reproductive organs
- Decrease of blockages (cysts, polyps) that prevent the process of the egg and sperm meeting to create an embryo
- Improved uterine lining allowing for implantation to occur
- Increased blood flow for placenta growth and health
- Restores energetic balance in body/mind to create fertile ground to allow for a healthy pregnancy and birth
- Improves sperm morphology, motility & count
The effectiveness of TCM and Acupuncture for fertility is also backed by studies. Acupuncture can help natural conception rates but also improves outcomes of IVF and IUI.
Interested in getting acupuncture and want to make sure you are seeing experienced practitioners? Garden Acupuncture is located on Union Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Our team has over 50+ years of combined experience! Didn’t see a condition you need help with here? Acupuncture for weight loss, acupuncture for sleep improvement/insomnia and acupuncture for digestive issues are other conditions we specialize in. Check out and explore our website! https://gardenacu.com/
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