by Christine Fung
Acupuncture literally translated means "needle piercing". It is the practice of inserting very fine needles into the body to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body called acu-points. These points are stimulated to balance the flow of energy (Qi) in the body promoting health & well-being.
Our approach to acupuncture is to insert thin disposable needles into the body at precise points (acupoints) to unblock Qi (vitality energy) that travel up and down the body in 14 meridians. In oriental medical pathology, slow moving Qi and blockages are called Qi stagnation. Needling stimulations restore blood flow on the treated site. Toxins and cellular wastes that built up around the injured area can be carried away by improved blood circulation. Furthermore, needles works deeper into the parasympathetic nervous system that stimulating the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. These natural chemicals calm areas of the brain that register pain and activate those involved in rest and recuperation.
We recommend couples to plan their acupuncture and herbal treatments 3 months prior to start taking the IVF medication. For couples who have had failed IVF attempts or had any miscarriage, they should plan to start the treatments as early as 6 months prior to the next IVF cycle. It is important to understand that human body responses to natural holistic remedies much slower than chemical-based medications. Our bodies heal by making small positive changes one step at a time. Most body cells regenerate every 60 to 90 days in most healthy individuals and therefore 3 month cycles are usually recommended.
The influence on pregnancy rate using acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine is consistently changing as more studies are conducted. Several research studies showing a 15% to 25% improvements on pregnancy rate when frequent acupuncture treatments were employed. Furthermore, when embryo pre and post transfer acupuncture treatments were employed, research studies observed a 10% improvement on pregnancy rate. While these numbers are excited to learn, we shall emphasize that IVF success rate should be understood as historical measure of IVF procedures, and there isn't such statistic number as acupuncture success rate. The primary goal of receiving acupuncture and herbal medicine is to foster the most favorable conceiving rate, rather than changing the IVF success rate.
All of our therapists are trained in strong clinical background with deep understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory and human anatomy. We take our time to go through each medical case and design the recovery program for our clients. We have met many new patients who have received elsewhere well-intentioned - but often ineffective - treatment from facilities that relying on laser, ultrasound machines and electrotherapy machines. Our team helped them to understand the myths of their specific conditions, and WHY those conventional methods often fail.
When you become our client, you will not only benefit from a fully qualified Registered Acupuncturist who are experienced in health restoration, but also receiving customized holistic consultations based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophy; a powerful and personalized program that cannot be found anywhere else.
About the author
Christine Fung is a registered acupuncturist and registered traditional chinese medicine practitioner who's focus in Women's health and fertility. Her practice, Acupuncture Shiatsu Clinic in Mississauga, provides holistic services to treat chronic pain, infertility, depression and other chronic diseases