Acupuncture

FERTILITY AND IVF SUPPORT

 Acupuncture may have an effect on correcting the menstrual cycle by balancing the body's energy. 

A regular healthy menstrual cycle and a healthy body that is pain and stress free is a goal many women want to work towards when planning to conceive. We aim to help you on your fertility journey by balancing your body's energy systems and optimising your energy flow by directing it from areas of stagnation to areas that need it most.  The acupuncture meridians relate to different organs and we chose points according to your individual Traditional Medicine (TCM) diagnosis. In TCM kidney weakness us usually the most common underlying factor for women with fertility issues.  

Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF and IUI treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF and you should consult with your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you as a woman, man, or couple.

   

Pre and Post Implantation Acupuncture

  Pre and Post Implantation Acupuncture is done at our clinic. If you wish to enquire about this please call us on 07 3399 5337 or email our contact page.

Woman Receiving Acupuncture

GYNAECOLOGICAL ISSUES TREATMENTS

With my Acupuncture therapy, patients claim to feel relaxed and renewed after each session. I’m trained in holistic therapy techniques, so I tailor your session to work on your specific goals and needs. I love showing my patients how just a few treatments can make an enormous difference to their health.

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PREGNANCY/POSTNATAL MASSAGE AND ACUPUNCTURE

When you become pregnant, it's a very exciting time, however, your body is undergoing changes that you have never experienced before if this is your first pregnancy.

Pregnancy Aches and Pains

As the baby grows within you, your body goes through dramatic hormonal and physical changes. We do acupuncture as a support treatment at any stage or trimester  of your pregnancy with the aim to help you cope with these changes. For example, musculoskeletal problems may arise as your body grows to accommodate the growing baby. This is from the progesterone affecting the ligaments. The most common types of pain in pregnancy are back pain, pelvic pain, shoulder and neck pain.

We diagnose you individually according to the principles of Chinese medicine and do acupuncture to suit the unique changes in your body. Alot of research has been done into the effects of acupuncture on pregnancy related aches and pains. A systematic review done in 2014 says that 2 low risk of bias acupuncture studies showed clinically and statistically that acupuncture may help low back and pelvic pain in pregnant women.[8]

Morning Sickness

Nausea and Vomiting during pregnancy can occur at any time of the day or night even though it is called "morning sickness. It is most likely to occur in the first trimester but can continue on further into the pregnancy. Every woman is different so we will ask you about your signs and symptoms and observe your tongue and pulse and from this form a Chinese medicine diagnosis. 

A randomised controlled trial (RCT) with 593 womenwho were up to 14 weeks pregnant found acupuncture to be an effective treatment for women in early pregnancywho experienced nausea and dry retching.[19]

Pregnancy massage is customized according to the stage of your pregnancy utilizing massage techniques such as remedial, deep tissue or Swedish to help you cope with your body's changes and relieve muscle and joint pain, improve circulation and reduce stress.

Acupuncture Treatment

OTHER HEALTH CONDITIONS / REFERENCES

Acupuncture treats a variety of conditions. The ones supported by research evidence are listed below:

Allergic  Rhinitis (Hayfever)

Whether you have seasonal rhinitis or chronic persistent allergic rhinitis acupuncture may help with this condition. 

There is quite alot of strong evidence to support acupuncture being effective for seasonal and persistent allergic rhinitis. One recent study found that acupuncture helped relieve symptoms of nasal and eye itch and sneezing by modulating the mucosal immune response in adults with allergic rhinitis.[12]

Menopausal hotflushes 

When a woman's menstrual periods come to an end, this is known as menopause and hot flushes and sleep disturbances commonly occur in this phase of life. Menopausal hot flushes that occur through natural menopause may be reduced in severity by getting acupuncture.

A systematic review from the European Journal of Integrative Medicine concluded that acupuncture can reduce the intensity of hot flushes for women going through natural menopause, however it has not been proven to help hot flushes associated with breast cancer or its treatment.[17] 

Menopausal Sleep Disturbance

Acupuncture has been found to significantly reduce sleep disturbances in perimenopausal and post menopausal women and it is recommended as part of a multimodal approach in improving menopause-related sleep disturbances.[18]

 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the large intestine. Symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain and cramping, bloating and changes is appearance and frequency of bowel movements.

Acupuncture may be beneficial in treating the symptoms of IBS. Some recent research studies show there is consistent evidence that acupuncture is superior to commonly prescribed medications for irritable bowel syndrome.[10][11]

REFERENCES

 

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  2. Jung-Sheng Yu, Bai-Yun Zeng, Ching-Liang Hsieh,Chapter Six - Acupuncture Stimulation and Neuroendocrine Regulation, Editor(s): Bai-Yun Zeng, Kaicun Zhao, Fan-Rong Liang, International Review of Neurobiology,Academic Press,Volume 111,2013, Pages 125-140, doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-411545-3.00006-7.

  3. Xiang Y, He JY, Tian HH, Cao BY, Li R. Evidence of efficacy of acupuncture in the management of low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo- or sham-controlled trials. Acupuncture in Medicine. 2020 Feb;38(1):15-24. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2017-011445. Epub 2019 Sep 16. PMID: 31526013.

  4. Farag AM, Malacarne A, Pagni SE, Maloney GE. The effectiveness of acupuncture in the management of persistent regional myofascial head and neck pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Complement Ther Med. 2020 Mar;49:102297. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2019.102297. Epub 2020 Feb 1. PMID: 32147064.

  5.  Rubio A, Mansfield M, Lewis J, (2017) Effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of shoulder pain: A systematic review of published randomised clinical trials. Physiotherapy (United Kingdom):e141-e2. (Conference abstract)

  6. Manyanga T, Froese M, Zarychanski R, Abou-Setta A, Friesen C, Tennenhouse M, Shay BL. Pain management with acupuncture in osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Aug 23;14:312. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-312. PMID: 25151529; PMCID: PMC4158087.

  7. Amorim D, Amado J, Brito I, Fiuza SM, Amorim N, Costeira C, Machado J. Acupuncture and electroacupuncture for anxiety disorders: A systematic review of the clinical research. Complementary Therapies Clinical Practice. 2018 May;31:31-37. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.01.008. Epub 2018 Jan 31. PMID: 29705474.

  8. Close C, Sinclair M, Liddle SD, Madden E, McCullough JE, Hughes C. A systematic review investigating the effectiveness of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for the management of low back and/or pelvic pain (LBPP) in pregnancy. J Adv Nurs. 2014 Aug;70(8):1702-16. doi: 10.1111/jan.12360. Epub 2014 Mar 9. PMID: 24605910

  9. Zhu L, Ma Y, Ye S, Shu Z. Acupuncture for Diarrhoea-Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Network Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2018 May 27;2018:2890465. doi: 10.1155/2018/2890465. PMID: 29977312; PMCID: PMC5994265.

  10. Zheng H, Chen R, Zhao X, Li G, Liang Y, Zhang H, Chi Z. Comparison between the Effects of Acupuncture Relative to Other Controls on Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Meta-Analysis. Pain Res Manag. 2019 Nov 11;2019:2871505. doi: 10.1155/2019/2871505. PMID: 31814859; PMCID: PMC6877908.

  11. Zhang Y, Li J, Mo G, Liu J, Yang H, Chen X, Liu H, Cai T, Zhang X, Tian X, Zhou Z, Huang W. Acupuncture and Related Therapies for Obesity: A Network Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2018 Sep 30;2018:9569685. doi: 10.1155/2018/9569685. PMID: 30363899; PMCID: PMC6186334.

  12. McDonald JL, Smith PK, Smith CA, Changli Xue C, Golianu B, Cripps AW; Mucosal Immunology Research Group. Effect of acupuncture on house dust mite specific IgE, substance P, and symptoms in persistent allergic rhinitis. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2016 Jun;116(6):497-505. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2016.04.002. Epub 2016 May 4. PMID: 27156748.

  13. Chiu HY, Hsieh YJ, Tsai PS. Acupuncture to Reduce Sleep Disturbances in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Mar;127(3):507-515. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001268. PMID: 26855097.

  14. Trinh KV, Diep D, Chen KJQ. Systematic Review of Episodic Migraine Prophylaxis: Efficacy of Conventional Treatments Used in Comparisons with Acupuncture. Med Acupunct. 2019 Apr 1;31(2):85-97. doi: 10.1089/acu.2019.1337. Epub 2019 Apr 19. PMID: 31031874; PMCID: PMC6484348.

  15. Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, et al. Acupuncture for the prevention of tension-type headache. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016;4:CD007587. Published 2016 Apr 19. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD007587.pub2

  16. De Sousa TR, deSouza BC, Zomkowisk K, da Rosa PC, Sperandio FI. (2016) The effect of acupuncture pain, dyspareunia, and quality of life on Brazilian women with endometriosis: A randomised clinical trial. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2016;25:114-21

  17. Nam EY,Park JY,Lee JY,Jo J, Kim DI. Traditional acupuncture for menopausal hot flashes: A systematic review and meta -analysis of randomized controlled trials. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 2018;17:119-28.

  18. Chiu HY, Hsieh YJ, Tsai PS. Acupuncture to Reduce Sleep Disturbances in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Mar;127(3):507-515. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001268. PMID: 26855097.

  19. Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J. Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. Birth. 2002 Mar;29(1):1-9. doi: 10.1046/j.1523-536x.2002.00149.x. PMID: 11843784.