Cupping Therapy: What You Should Know

You may remember cupping therapy from the 2016 Summer Olympics, when decorated swimmer Michael Phelps and many of his fellow athletes appeared with the signature red circles on their skin. Cupping is an ancient Chinese treatment that is starting to gain popularity in the United States. It can be thought of as a sort of reverse massage, in which the muscle tissues are pulled up rather than pushed down. Here is what you should know.

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Understanding Chinese Herbal Medicine

If you choose to go for acupuncture, you might be surprised if your acupuncturist offers you Chinese herbal remedies. However, both acupuncture and herbal medicine are components of Traditional Chinese Medicine, also known as TCM. Many acupuncturists use different elements of this holistic, ancient system of healing to develop highly individualized treatment plans. Here is what you should know.

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Common Formulations of Chinese Medicinal Herbs

Chinese medicinal herbs have provided a holistic and natural approach to treating illnesses for thousands of years. As more Americans turn to more natural ways to treat illnesses without chemicals or other toxins, Chinese medicinal herbs have become more popular. There are nearly 6,000 different types of herbs, minerals, and animal substances used in Chinese herbology. Here is an overview of some of the most popular formulations. Please note that herbal preparations are not right for everyone, and can interact negatively with both prescription and over the counter medications. Always check with your doctor before you add herbal remedies, especially if you have an underlying health condition or take any medications.

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A Newbie’s Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM, refers to the health care practices that have evolved over thousands of years of practice in China and throughout the East. Today, TCM has made great strides in the Western world, including the United States, where it is generally thought of as a complementary practice. TCM includes not only acupuncture, but also herbal remedies, lifestyle and nutritional changes, and a holistic approach to treating both the mind and body. Here is a basic overview of TCM.

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Acupuncture as an Essential Health Benefit

Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was implemented, people have become more aware of what different health insurance plans include, since those who used to have only one option, or none at all, now have more choices. Acupuncture enthusiasts were pleased to learn that as part of the Affordable Care Act, some states, including California, opted to include acupuncture as an essential health benefit.

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Acupuncture for Insomnia: What You Should Know

You probably already know that acupuncture can provide you with relief for a wide range of disorders or conditions, but did you know that it can also help you sleep? Here are some ways that acupuncture can help relieve insomnia.

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How Acupuncture Relieves Stress

Stress is ubiquitous in modern life. From buzzing alarm clocks to rushed dinners on the way to evening activities, it can be tough to simply relax and recharge. Fortunately, acupuncture can help. Grounded in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture takes a holistic approach to wellness, helping to bring the body and mind into optimal alignment.

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Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology: A Powerful, Natural Fertility Boost

Infertility affects a surprising 10.9% of women aged 15 to 44, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Increasing numbers of Western doctors are suggesting that their fertility patients try acupuncture in tandem with IVF and other Western treatments. However, acupuncture is just one component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). If your acupuncturist also offers you Chinese herbal medications, you may be slightly confused. Here is what you should know.

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3 Ways Acupuncture Can Boost Male Fertility

When couples are unable to conceive, women often undergo fertility treatments. However, many couples fail to consider whether the male partner may also be struggling with fertility issues. Fertility acupuncture is a holistic discipline that takes into account the health and well-being of both partners. Here are 3 ways that acupuncture can boost male fertility.

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When Is Fertility Acupuncture NOT Appropriate?

Infertility is quite common, affecting nearly 11% of all women ages 15 to 44. There are numerous treatments available, but increasingly, Western doctors are sending their patients for fertility acupuncture. This ancient Chinese treatment can be used alone or in tandem with Western methods such as IVF, and can dramatically increase the chances of success. Yet, like any medical procedure, it is not right for everyone. Here’s what you should know.

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How Acupuncture Can Support a Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy and childbirth may be natural and beautiful, but they can also be challenging. Early miscarriages, joint pain, morning sickness, and labor difficulties are just a few of the complications that many women face. While Western medicine traditionally relies on medications and surgical interventions, an increasing body of research shows that the ancient art of acupuncture can be a valuable resource, whether used alone or in tandem with Western methodologies. Here is a look at how acupuncture can support a healthy pregnancy.

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Fertility Acupuncture

Infertility is a surprisingly common, but emotionally devastating, issue that affects women of all ages. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), 10.9% of all women, and 6% of married women, between the ages of 15 and 44 are unable to get pregnant within the first year of trying. Many different treatments are available, but increasingly, Western doctors are referring women for the ancient Chinese art of fertility acupuncture. Of course, this suggestion is met with skepticism by many women who see it as alternative medicine or even bunk. Here is a skeptic’s guide to fertility acupuncture.

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5 Things to Know About the Safety of Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Many women turn to acupuncture as a natural way to overcome infertility issues and get pregnant. Once they’re pregnant, some women don’t realize that they are able to continue with their acupuncture appointments well into pregnancy. Here are five things women should know about the safety of acupuncture during pregnancy.

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Acupuncture, Acupressure, Moxibustion: Understanding Your Pregnancy Options

You might already be aware that fertility acupuncture can help boost your chances of becoming pregnant. What many people are less aware of, though, is how acupuncture and related procedures can help to support a healthy pregnancy. It even provides options for coping with labor difficulties, including breech babies. Always speak to your personal physician before you begin any alternative pregnancy treatments. With your doctor’s permission, here’s how we can assist you through all stages of pregnancy.
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Acupuncture for Labor Difficulties

In the majority of pregnancies, labor begins on its own when the time is right. A skilled doctor or midwife assists as necessary, but nature largely takes its course. Sometimes, though, the decision is made to induce labor. Complications can also arise when a baby is in the breech, or feet-first, position. In many cases, acupuncture can replace Western medical solutions for these issues. Always make these decisions in consultation with both your acupuncturist and your Western physician, as acupuncture is not necessarily the right choice in all situations.
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How Acupuncture Can Help Prevent Early Miscarriage

The benefits of incorporating acupuncture into a holistic treatment plan for boosting fertility are well-known. Many Western physicians refer patients who are undergoing IVF (in vitro fertilization) to acupuncturists to help improve the chances for successful fertilization. What is less well-known in the West, though, is the strong role that acupuncture can play in promoting and supporting a healthy pregnancy. In fact, acupuncture can dramatically reduce the risks for early miscarriage.

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Special Considerations for Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Acupuncture is an ancient Eastern remedy that has developed a tremendous following in the Western world. Repeated scientific research has shown that acupuncture can play an important role in alleviating pain and treating a wide range of illnesses. In addition, acupuncture is often used to help boost the success of IVF and to support a healthy pregnancy. Here is what you should know about pregnancy and acupuncture.

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4 Common Myths About Fertility Acupuncture Debunked

Whether used alone or in tandem with IVF treatments, fertility acupuncture can gently increase your chances for successful conception. Each patient is treated holistically, with an individualized treatment plan that promotes optimum wellness throughout her body. However, many people in the Western world are still uninformed about fertility acupuncture. Here is the truth behind 6 common myths. Continue reading

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5 Lifestyle Modifications That Boost Fertility Acupuncture’s Success

Alone or in tandem with IVF treatments, fertility acupuncture is a wonderful way to gently boost your chances for a successful pregnancy. However, Eastern medicine treats each patient holistically, ensuring optimum wellness throughout the body. Therefore, treatments are highly individualized to each woman’s needs.

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How does Chinese herbal medicine support acupuncture?

If you are new to acupuncture, you might have some questions about how it all works, especially if your practitioner has offered you Chinese herbal remedies as part of your treatment plan. In fact, acupuncture is one part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM. For the best results, many acupuncturists also use the other elements of TCM to create a personalized treatment plan. Here is what you should know. Continue reading

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Acupuncture and IVF: A Multi-Pronged Approach to Fertility Treatment

Infertility issues are heartbreaking, and are all too common. Yet with proper intervention, many couples can achieve their dreams of pregnancy. Both fertility acupuncture and IVF (in vitro fertilization) have been repeatedly shown to increase the chances for a successful pregnancy. Increasingly, however, they are being used together for even better results. If you are considering blending fertility acupuncture with IVF treatments, here is what you can expect. Continue reading

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