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Acupuncture


ACUPUNCTURE

NaturalHealth Choice provides primary health care based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - acupuncture diagnosis and treatment; adjunctive therapies and diagnostic techniques for the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and prevention of diseases.
   
Treatments may include (with patient's informed consent) acupuncture needles insertion, injection therapy of herbal/ homeopathic supplements, Tui Na manual therapy or Gua Sha dermal friction, moxibustion, cupping, thermal methods, acupatches, manual stimulations, acupressure, reflexology, shiatsu massage, electro-acupuncture, percutaneous and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.
   
Herbs and homeopathic preparations, approved by FDA and US Homeopathic Pharmacopeia Committee, compliment the above treatments.

Pain Management. Acupuncture stimulation has been shown to facilitate and stimulate the release of endorphins, encephalins and spinal cord dynorphins (considered the body's natural opioid-like secretions). This explains part of its pain relieving and stress reduction mechanism of action (pain management). Acupuncture promotes the function of the adrenal glands; affects chemicals that are known to be involved in mood and pain perception (serotonin, GABA, dopamine etc), and influences the body's pain-generating messengers (substance P).
   
Based on clinical experience, the World Health Organization lists a number of conditions for which acupuncture might be considered, including a variety of digestive, gynecological, neurological, respiratory and psychological conditions.
   
In 1997, the National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference, a panel of experts, reviewed the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture and concluded that acupuncture was effective for postoperative dental pain and helpful as an additional treatment for headache, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, low back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.
   
Studies and reviews have supported the use of acupuncture for migraine and tension headaches, chronic neck pain & low back pain and soft-tissue injuries of the joints. Acupuncture is most frequently used in both China and the U.S. for musculoskeletal pain relief.

Infertility Treatment. Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used for centuries to treat some causes for infertility such as under-functioning (hypothyroidism) or over-functioning (hyperthyroidism). For example, acupuncture and herbs would not help for tubal adhesions which can occur as a result of pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis, but they can improve the ovarian and follicular function. In addition, acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to develop a thick, rich lining.
   
Acupuncture is not contraindicated for anyone regardless of their pathology or the medications they are taking. It can be used to treat any type of fertility disorder including spasmed tubes (blocked tubes, though, will not respond to acupuncture). Acupuncture combined with herbs can treat elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), repeated pregnancy loss, unexplained (idiopathic) infertility, luteal phase defect, hyperprolactinemia (when not caused by a prolactinoma), and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with annovulatory cycles.
   
Younger women in their early/mid-30s may consider acupuncture treatment first, before investing in expensive invasive fertility treatment. In some cases a few months in acupuncture treatment will be enough to get pregnant.
   
For women approaching the age of 40, specialists recommend a fertility workup before applying acupuncture.

Addiction. Acupuncture has been used in drug detoxification programs for many years. In 1985 it was instituted as part of the addiction treatment program in the South Bronx's Lincoln Hospital where it continues to be used today. According to the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA): "Within this sub-category is found strong evidence for the effect of the NADA protocol in improving patient outcomes in terms of program retention, reductions in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance and need for pharmaceuticals."

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