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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Has anyone ever had acupuncture treat fertility issues?

Has anyone ever had acupuncture treat fertility issues?

Yes: Yes it can be beneficial and safe. Although as with all fetility issues -there is no guarantee that it will be successful. The world health organization has categorized inferlity under "diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed". ...Read more

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Fertility methods failed so tried acupuncture & some chinese herbs. Now I find myself a few inches taller. Could those have caused that? I'm almost 34

Fertility methods failed so tried acupuncture & some chinese herbs. Now I find myself a few inches taller. Could those have caused that? I'm almost 34

Not likely: Female epiphyseal closure usually occurs(long bone growth extension) usually occurs by the time estrogen is in full "bloom" post puberty at age 16 or so and further potential growth ceases. The herbs may help you "stand up straighter" but not because of actual growth. ...Read more

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How much does acupuncture treatment for fertility cost? How often do you have a session?

How much does acupuncture treatment for fertility cost? How often do you have a session?

Variable: Treatment costs vary by practioner and location often from $50 to $100 per session. Some insurance policies may help to cover the cost. Infertility is classifed by the world health organization under the category of "diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed". ...Read more

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Accupunture for fertility? Does it work? Ttc for 8 months, what is the cost of acupuncture and what type of clinic provides it?

Accupunture for fertility? Does it work? Ttc for 8 months, what is the cost of acupuncture and what type of clinic provides it?

Helpful for some...: First, the average time to conceive is 6 months so nearly half of people take 8 months or longer; no need for concern unless over a year. Acupuncture is proven to increase success of ivf; not yet proven for other fertility issues but likely to help many. Costs vary but generally much less than seeing a medical doctor. Also try rhodiola, a herb proven to improve fertility. See comment:. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help in fertility treatments?

Can acupuncture help in fertility treatments?

Yes: Yes, acupuncture before and after embryo transfer has been shown to help with fertility. At other times it serves as a good stress reduction method. ...Read more

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Where do they put needles for acupuncture for fertility treatments?

It varies: In my opinion, the best acupuncture treatments are those that individualize the needle placement in the person based on his/her particular situation. For example, is one woman is infertile due to endometriosis, while the other woman's problem is that she doesn't ovulate, the placement of the needles would not necessarily be the same because their underlying conditions are not the same. ...Read more

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How is acupuncture?

I would say that : > 90% of the patient's i treat with acupuncture rave about it. However, acupuncture needs to be used for issues where it is indicated. It doesn't treat all conditions. Sometimes it is best as an adjunct with standard medical treatment. Western and eastern medicine can often fit hand in hand with excellent results. ...Read more

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What is acupuncture?

What is acupuncture?

A/W Dr. Southard: Acupuncture uses needles (and other treatments) to balance qi ( life energy) & to correct obstructions in blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, nerve conduction & movement of Qi to treat many different health conditions. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture work?

For many conditions.: According to world health organization acupuncture is effective for chemotherapy adverse rxns , allergic rhinitis, depression, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, epigastralgia, facial pain, headache, hypertension, hypotension, labor induction, pain (knee, neck & back), leucopenia, fetus malposition, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, dental pain, shoulder arthritis, postoperative pain, renal colic, etc. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture hurt?

Can acupuncture hurt?

Not usually: Often times insertions are not felt by the person receiving acupuncture. When felt it may feel like a tiny prick as it enters the skin - however using the "push the finger" technique will usually prevent that. There are a few acupuncture points which are painful to needle but there are alternative sites for most of those. Most needles have a tiny diameter. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture a sham?

No: Acupuncture has been practiced for more than 3000 years. Now it enjoys a revival and is spreading out through many advanced economically and culturally countries.The existence of the acupuncture points and energy channels was scientifically proven- points and pathways with low electro-magnetic resistance. They create a complete functional network like the nervous system for example. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture relaxing?

Is acupuncture relaxing?

Yes: Many people fall asleep, others report being very relaxed and peaceful during the treatments. It helps many conditions like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, helps people who are under a lot of stress, .... ...Read more

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Is acupuncture effective?

See below: See the cochrane collaborative. It lists the areas in which acupuncture is effective and where it is not. ...Read more

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How does acupuncture work?

Nerves: Acupuncture involves using special needles that are introduced in certain points on the skin that produces either stimulating or relaxing effect on the organ(s) that this point is related to. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture safe to do?

Is acupuncture safe to do?

Yes: Very safe! there is little bleeding due to needle diameter. There is little infection because needle cored is not hollow - won't drag in skin and bacteria. Lung puncture is avoided by wodging the skin & oblique needle placement. Internal organ contact is prevented by inserting to depths dictated in traditional chinese medicine. But it you faint at the sight of a needle - tell the provider. ...Read more

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How effective is acupuncture?

Very: I tell people that acupuncture isn't magic. It has been around since the second century bc in china. It's very helpful for pain, depression, anxiety, and morning sickness. It does seem to augment treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure. It also seems to help addictions such as stopping smoking and recreational drugs usage. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Pena
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Fertility Drug (Definition)

Fertility drug is a very non-specific and inexact term. One good definition i like, fertility drugs are used to increase female fertility by stimulating a woman's ovaries to recruit greater number and/or quality of oocytes (eggs) for help conceiving. Drugs like Clomiphene citrate and the gonadotropins are in this group. Some drugs are used for fertility, but are ...Read more


Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Fertility Treatment (Definition)

Fertility treatment means some type of therapy that would increase the odds of someone becoming pregnant. There are many different types of treatment, including, and certainly not limited to, intrauterine insemination, usage of fertility medication, and in-vitro fertilization. I hope this ...Read more