6 Ways Acupuncture Can Improve Your Health by acupuncture Mont-saint-hilaire / Beloeil

What is Acupuncture? 6 Ways It Can Improve Your Health!

Acupuncture is a holistic health technique that stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine practices in which trained practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles into the skin. Today acupuncture is one of the most popular practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the West. TCM is a complimentary health approach that first originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago and has been evolving ever since. To treat a wide variety of diseases, pain and stress-related symptoms, practitioners of TCM use holistic techniques that include acupuncture, herbal medicines, tai chi, qi gong, massage therapy, and various “mind and body practices.” The use of acupuncture and other TCM techniques has risen steadily in the U.S and other Western countries over the past several decades. According to a large survey done on complementary health approaches by the National Institute of Health in 2007, in the U.S. alone at least 3.1 million people had tried acupuncture in 2007. The survey showed that the number of visits to acupuncturists tripled between 1997 and 2007. (1) The first question most people ask me is, “Does acupuncture hurt?” Surprisingly, although needles are used in acupuncture, treaAcupuncture Treatment tments are relatively pain-free. In fact, one of the most popular uses of acupuncture is to reduce chronic pain throughout the body in a natural way, without the need for medications that can cause unwanted side effects. Most of the studies investigating acupuncture to date have examined whether acupuncture can safely reduce pain. However, it’s expected that in the next several years, researchers will continue to study whether or not it might help with other conditions, too – including anxiety, depression, inflammation, hot flashes, side effects of chemotherapy and insomnia.

What Is Acupuncture Able to Treat?

Currently, acupuncture is used to treat conditions like:

  • muscle spasms and pain
  • chronic back problems and pain
  • headaches, including reducing the frequency and intensity of migraines
  • neck pain
  • osteoarthritis
  • knee pain
  • allergies
  • digestive problems
  • mood, depression

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services states that,

“… promising results have emerged showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment.” (2)

Is Acupuncture Safe?

The National Institute of Health does consider acupuncture to be “generally considered safe when performed by an experienced, well-trained practitioner using sterile needles.” (3) However, it’s important to always go to a practitioner that is well-trained in acupuncture as well as to a facility that is very careful about using clean needles — improperly performed acupuncture and/or contaminated needles can pose a big risk. The good news is that the FDA regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices and requires that the needles be “sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.” To date, there have been very few complications reported from the use of acupuncture needles, so the risk is thought to be very low. This doesn’t mean that risk doesn’t exist, however, because some serious side effects have occurred when non-sterile needles have been used. As far as how much acupuncture is needed before seeing results, firm clinical guidelines have yet to be established. Acupuncture is usually recommended as a complimentary treatment method — as something to try in addition to other pain management techniques, such as physical therapy, exercise and reducing inflammation through a healthy diet.

Acupuncture Benefits

Woman with Migraine headache1. Helps Reduce Headaches and Migraines

In 2009, after researchers from the Center for Complementary Medicine at the University of Munich reviewed over 11 studies involving 2,137 acupuncture patients, they concluded that acupuncture “could be a valuable non-pharmacological tool in patients with frequent chronic tension-type headaches.” The review looked at multiple clinical trials comparing the effects of acupuncture sessions to “sham” (placebo-type of acupuncture) sessions and to receiving no treatment at all for the relief of migraine headache pain. In particular, both the group that had needles randomly placed and the group that had strategically placed needles experienced a reduction in headache symptoms. The control group did not experience any change. However, in the followup survey, the group that had the real acupuncture treatment continued to have both a decrease in the number of headache days and headache pain intensity. (4)

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2. Improves Chronic Pain, Including for the Back, Neck, Knee or Arthritis Pain

Acupuncture was proven to be more effective for improving chronic back pain than no acupuncture treatment in a 2006 study done by the University Medical Center of Berlin. In patients with chronic low back pain, there was a significant difference in pain reported between groups of patients receiving acupuncture over eight weeks versus those not receiving any treatment. (5) Even more impressive is a 2012 study done by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics aimed to determine the effect of acupuncture for four chronic pain conditions: back and neck pain, arthritis, chronic headache and shoulder pain.4gi

The researchers reviewed clinical trials involving over 17,000 patients, and the results showed that patients receiving acupuncture had less pain than patients in the placebo control group for back and neck muscle aches and pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic headaches. (6) The conclusion was that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is “more than just a placebo effect, therefore it’s a reasonable referral option for doctors.”

3. Helps Treat Insomnia

Beijing University of Chinese Medicine conducted a large meta-analyses in 2009 that showed a beneficial effect of acupuncturewoman with insomniaon reducing insomnia symptoms, compared with no treatment. (7) The analysis found that in patients who were taking medications or herbal treatments to help with sleep, adding acupuncture therapy showed better effects than taking the medications or herbs alone. Another benefit was that unlike many sleep medications, the acupuncture sessions had no adverse side effects at all.

4. Improves Cancer and Chemotherapy Recovery

According to the National Cancer Institute, several studies show that acupuncture can help boost immunity and speed up recovery following cancer treatments. One randomized trial, for example, found that acupuncture treatment enhanced immunity, platelet count and prevented a decrease in healthy cells after radiation therapy or chemotherapy when compared to receiving no acupuncture. (8) Researchers reported that the patients in both acupuncture treatment groups also experienced less pain from treatments, improvements in quality of life and a decrease in various negative side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea.

5. Helps to Prevent Cognitive DeclineLosing Brain Function, memory loss illustration

Some early research has showing new information about the effectiveness of acupuncture on Parkinson’s. Studies show that can relieve age-related cognitive decline symptoms as it generates a neural response in areas of the brain — such as the putamen and the thalamus — that are particularly affected by Parkinson’s disease. In a 2002 study done by the Department of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, after 20 Parkinson’s patients were treated with acupuncture for 16 sessions, 85 percent of patients reported subjective improvements of individual symptoms, including tremor, walking, handwriting, slowness, pain, sleep, depression and anxiety. There were no adverse effects. (9)

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6. Pregnancy, Labor & Postpartum Health

Many doctors are now recommending acupuncture as a treatment to reduce stress, balance hormones, and ease the anxiety and pain of pregnancy and labor. It’s considered a safe treatment for many of the common symptoms during pregnancy — to ease the physical and emotional strain on the body — as well as after the baby is born to help with any mood, depression, mental or physical symptoms the mother may experience. It can even be used right before the baby is due to prepare the body for labor. NOTE: There are a few acupuncture points that a trained acupuncturist will avoid during pregnancy. So, I always recommend doing your homework and making sure that your acupuncturist is properly licensed for the best care. (10, 11)

Acupuncture Points

Acupuncture points, or “acupoints,” are specific locations on the body that are the focus of acupuncture treatments. TCM explains acupuncture as a technique for “balancing the flow of energy or life force,” and that energy can be reached by stimulating small specific channels on the body. TCM practitioners believe that there is a flow, known as “qi” or “chi,” that is located in certain “meridians” throughout the body. Chi is thought to be what separates the sick from the healthy — and when chi is not balanced, illness, pain, poor sleep, and fatigue can all occur.

  • There are 14 major energy-channel meridians on the body, with hundreds of points located along each meridian where acupuncture needles are inserted.
  • These include some 360 different points on the hands, arms, feet, head, back and over the major organs. The belief is that by inserting needles lightly into certain points on the body, the chi flow can be tapped into and the patient’s energy can be rebalanced.
  • Acupuncture points tend to be located where nerves enter a muscle, the midpoint of a muscle, or at a point where muscle joins with bone.

Some of the major acupuncture meridians include:

  • Lung Meridian
  • Large Intestine Meridian
  • Stomach Meridian
  • Spleen Meridian
  • Heart Meridian
  • Small Intestine Meridian
  • Urinary Bladder Meridian
  • Kidney Meridian
  • Liver Meridian

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture is considered to be a family of procedures, not one single exact approach to pain or disease management. All acupuncture practices involve the stimulation of specific points on the body using a variety of techniques, usually needles. The type of acupuncture that has been studied most so far in clinical, scientific research settings is the type that uses thin, solid, metal needles to lightly puncture the skin. Acupuncture is usually done by hand, with a trained practitioner carefully inserting the needles into specific points in the body very shallowly into the skin. Normally about 10 to 20 thin needles are used at one time. The needles are small enough to fit inside of a normal-sized needle that would be used to take blood, making the process pretty painless for most people. There are also types of acupuncture that use light electrical stimulations that flow through the needles, or no needles at all. For example, acupressure is often thought of as simply “acupuncture without the needles” and uses targeted massage-type techniques to stimulate energy in the body by pressing on certain points.

What Will I Experience? 

An acupuncture session works something like this:

  • First, the acupuncturist will speak with the patient about their pain and health-related goals.
  • Then they will usually look at the patient’s tongue and press on their vital organs to see if there is anything noticeable contributing to an imbalance.
  • The acupuncturist will then use sterile, disposable small needles and will place them along specific “meridians” on the body.
  • The acupuncturist will check for “pulses” on the body by gently placing their fingers or hand on the patient’s body to feel how the patient’s energy is flowing. Redness can also occur around a needle site, and this is thought to be a sign that as energy is not balanced in that area.
  • The needles will usually stay in for a short period of time while the patent’s energy is reworking and balancing itself.
  • After the needles are removed, the patient can go about their day and are usually advised to drink plenty of water in an effort to help the detoxifying process.

Is Acupuncture a Viable Therapy Option?

Yes, especially for chronic pain and the benefits listed above. While there is more research that needs to be done in other areas, the studies already completed show health benefits both from the needle insertion and also from the strategic placement of these needles. It seems to work best as a companion to other treatments — as it connects the body in a way that other natural treatments are more effective. (12) While there are some studies that show the effect of pain control is the same for those receiving just a random needle therapy as opposed to strategic acupuncture, those receiving the strategic acupuncture show lasting relief. There are also theories suggesting that the body’s system is also stimulated by the needle prick itself and triggers the body to begin the healing process and release endorphins which inhibit pain. Pain is a reciprocating signal from the brain to the body — and from the body to the brain — telling it that something is wrong. The more pain the body feels, the more it expects and can experience that pain. While often there is a real reason for pain, often the experience of the pain can be debilitating more than the actual cause of the dysfunction. Eventually, most people with chronic pain — due to the unceasing nature of pain and/or the increase of pain — become desensitized to pain medication, so that the body needs more and more. Not only is the pain medication damaging to the body because it increases inflammation, but it also has a host of other side effects that increase with prolonged use. (13) Acupuncture is a promising solution to the chronic pain sufferers that have come to expect pain and thus experience heightened levels of pain and trauma. As with many natural therapies, including new mainstream mind-body awareness therapies, how the patient perceives and receives the treatment can influence the benefits. This is why focused breathing, bio-feedback, and other alternative treatments are now being implemented in mainstream medicine. Whether acupuncture is a treatment of the nerve systems and pathways, or whether it’s training the brain to experience less pain, either way, the long-term benefits and low risk of side effects makes it a viable treatment option in my book.

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5 Acupuncture Myths We All Need To Stop Believing: A Doctor Explains

When I meet someone new, they usually ask me what I do. My standard answer is “I am an integrative medicine doctor who combines functional medicine, acupuncture, and nutrition to get to the root of people’s problems.”

When they hear I do acupuncture, their eyes widen in surprise, and I often get a million questions. I get it. People are curious, and it’s a relatively new medical treatment within the scope of Western medicine. Add to that the fact that I look like the complete opposite of a traditional Chinese medicine doctor, and it tends to pique people’s interest.

Although acupuncture has been around for almost 4,000 years, it remains a mystery to most Americans. That’s why I’m sharing the top five myths about acupuncture—and explaining what you should really know:

Myth #1: Acupuncture hurts.

I mean, you’re using needles right? Yes…and no. The needles we use in acupuncture are miniature versions of the ones used to draw your blood at the doctor’s office. They are about the size of two to three human hairs. Sometimes you may feel an initial prick, which fades away in seconds. Most of the time you don’t even realize you have a needle in your body—unless you decide to start doing jumping jacks all of a sudden (not recommended).

Myth #2: Acupuncture is only for “hippies.”

I don’t mean this as an offense to hippies (especially since I consider myself one!). Acupuncture is for everyone. You would actually be surprised how many people are getting regular treatments but keeping it a secret. I’ve treated everyone from the CEO of a major company to the local school teacher. Ask your friend, co-worker, or family member if they have ever tried acupuncture. You’ll probably find that the answer is often yes.

Myth #3: Acupuncture only treats pain.

It’s true that acupuncture helps with pain, especially joint, back, headaches, and menstrual cramps. There is an abundance of research to back up its effectiveness for pain. However, I’ve also successfully helped manage many other conditions using acupuncture, including nausea, allergies, anxiety, infertility, depression, hypertension (high blood pressure), and fibromyalgia, among others.

Myth #4: Acupuncture is just a placebo effect.

Actually, this may be true to some extent. However, if you feel better, do you really care why?

Still, it’s mostly a myth, as numerous studies of acupuncture have shown that our brains release chemicals like endorphins (natural painkillers) and substance P (calms overactive nerves) along with additional anti-inflammatory effects on the body.

Myth #5: Acupuncture is addictive.

People tend to think that once you start acupuncture you’ll always need it in order to feel good. In fact, for the majority of illnesses, the goal is to treat the acute problem so that you don’t need an endless number of treatments. However, for people with chronic conditions, it’s often extremely useful to have a maintenance acupuncture schedule to help keep problems under control.

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Acupuncture Mont-Saint-Hilaire est située près de Beloeil, McMasterville, Otterburn Park, Mont-Saint-Bruno, Saint-Basile-le-Grand,  Sainte-Julie, Saint-Hyacinthe,Saint-bruno de Montarville, Carignan et les traitements sont donnés à KIROCLINIQUE Mont-Saint-Hilaire. L’acupuncture est tout à fait compatible avec d’autres thérapies conjointes telles que la chiropraxie, naturopathie, massothérapie, phytothérapie, physiothérapie et ostéopathie. 

 

Three ways acupuncture can help you have regular periods

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On more than one occasion, a female patient will shrug and wonder out loud how strategically placed needles made her have a period. It is a great question. As an acupuncturist specializing in reproductive medicine, I see a lot of women with irregular periods or no periods at all. To address this, I focus my treatments on regulating their menstrual cycles. And if you are trying to build your family, regular periods are essential to getting pregnant naturally.

First, a quick biology lesson. Women are able to have periods because they possess a vital and powerful organ: the uterus. The uterus is lined with endometrial tissue that thickens and then sheds in response to hormonal changes.  Shifts in hormones are driven by a feedback loop between the brain, the ovaries, and the uterus. Each cycle when the period starts, hormone levels are at their lowest point, which signals the deep brain to initiate the process of helping an egg to mature in the ovary through the release of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). An egg within the ovary responds to FSH and begins to develop, releasing estrogen. Estrogen levels increase as the egg develops and activates thickening of the uterine lining. Once estrogen reaches an optimal level, it triggers the brain to release the hormone to trigger ovulation. The egg explodes from the ovary in response to a pulse of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and leaves behind a small cyst that releases progesterone. Progesterone helps to keep the lining thick and able to support conception, should an embryo implant. If conception doesn’t occur, the progesterone releasing cyst will begin to dissolve, progesterone levels will drop, and the lining will begin to shed shortly thereafter via the menstrual period.

As you can see, there are many places where the cycle can go awry and disrupt the frequency of one’s period. If an egg doesn’t develop, then ovulation and uterine lining development are thwarted. If there’s no ovulation, then there will be no period. Ensuring these important stages of the cycle happen are vital to regular cycles and fertility. Here are three ways in which acupuncture can help you have regular periods.

1.  Acupuncture regulates the hormones that control your period

As noted above, several hormones ensure the regular periods. One way acupuncture, also known as dry needling, can assist with regulating periods is by regulating the feedback loop between the brain and the ovaries, also known as the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian (HPO) axis. If the hormones are balanced, then the HPO axis will function properly, ovulation will occur, and menses will follow suit on a regular interval. Studies found acupuncture reduced FSH and reduced elevated levels of hormones that block ovulation.

2. Acupuncture improves ovarian and uterine blood flow

One of the ways acupuncture can support hormone regulation, and its ultimate impact on hormone balance, is by improving ovarian and uterine blood flow. High levels of stress and aging can decrease the flow of nutrient dense blood to the reproductive organs. Acupuncture calms the nervous system and causes the blood vessels to dilate, thereby increasing the flow of blood. Well-nourished ovaries function more efficiently. And, adequate blood flow to the uterus ensures the endometrial lining is able to grow to an appropriate thickness to allow for menses.

3. Acupuncture promotes ovulation

As noted above, acupuncture regulates hormones and improves blood flow to the reproductive organs, which leads to a cascade of other effects. When the hormones are balanced and blood is flowing openly to the ovaries and uterus, then acupuncture can support ovulation to naturally occur. Further, with the HPO axis communication open, the ovaries will then support the maturation of an egg, ovulation will naturally occur, and ultimately menses will follow 14 days later if there is no pregnancy.

Your period will become more regular with acupuncture. It truly boils down to better blood flow and hormone regulation that leads to regular periods. To see these improvements, a general course of acupuncture treatment to regulate periods is three cycles.

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Sources: Lee Hullender Rubin, DAOM, LAc, FABORM is an international leader in fertility acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She is licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and clinical researcher specializing in reproductive medicine and female sexual pain. She is on faculty at several institutions and practices in Portland, OR, at the Portland Acupuncture Studio and Oregon Reproductive Medicine.

Acupuncture Mont-Saint-Hilaire est située près de Beloeil, McMasterville, Otterburn Park, Mont-Saint-Bruno, Saint-Basile-le-Grand,  Sainte-Julie, Saint-Hyacinthe,Saint-bruno de Montarville et les traitements sont donnés à KIROCLINIQUE Mont-Saint-Hilaire. L’acupuncture est tout à fait compatible avec d’autres thérapies conjointes telles que la chiropraxie, naturopathie, massothérapie, phytothérapie, physiothérapie et ostéopathie. 
 

5 New Benefits of Acupuncture

Research reveals how acupuncture helps with constipation, dementia and more.

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The World Health Organization recognizes 28 medical conditions, including allergies, depression, headaches and hypertension, which can be treated effectively using acupuncture.

The thin needles used in the ancient medical practice cause the release of endorphins—the body’s natural painkillers—and increase blood flow, which may boost your body’s immune response.

More than 3 million people in the U.S. have embraced acupuncture as a treatment option for a variety of medical conditions. And researchers and scientists continue to look for ways to use the therapeutic option.

Recent studies show the promise of acupuncture in the treatment of:

Constipation. A study released in September in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that nearly one-third of participants treated with electro-acupuncture in the abdominal wall had improvements with the symptoms of severe constipation. The eight-week protocol used low-voltage electrical currents passed through acupuncture needles placed in the abdominal wall.

Dementia. Researchers in China believe acupuncture may be effective in the treatment of mild cognitive impairment treatment of mild cognitive impairment, a precursor for dementia. The study, released in August, tested the effectiveness of acupuncture as an alternative to or in conjunction with other treatment options.

Participants who received treatments three to five times a week for two months improved test scores on their Mini Mental State Examination, which measures the progression and severity of dementia or other cognitive disorders.

Menopause. Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that acupuncture can reduce the frequency of hot flashes and night sweats. associated with menopause by 36.7 percent. Study participants received acupuncture 20 times during a six-month period, and the effects were shown to last for more than a year.

Carpal Tunnel. Electro-acupuncture helps carpal tunnel patients with mild and moderate symptoms when used with splints overnight. The study, released by The Chinese University of Hong Kong in June, tested the use of acupuncture stimulated with low-voltage electrical currents for 30 minutes 13 times over 17 weeks in conjunction with overnight splinting.

Study participants reported less disability and fewer carpal tunnel symptoms, plus more function and dexterity than those who only used the splint overnight for 17 weeks.

Opioid Addiction. The Acupuncture Opioid Task Force, Acupuncture Now Foundation and the American Society of Acupuncturists released a letter earlier this year outlining the benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of opioid addiction. Researchers believe acupuncture can stimulate the production of natural opioids in the body that mirror or exceed the benefits of the drugs without the side effects.

Choosing an Acupuncturist
If you’re interested in pursuing acupuncture as a treatment option for a medical issue, make sure you find the right practitioner to help with your unique medical condition. Some acupuncturists specialize in conditions like cancer, fertility and dermatological issues, while others are generalists. Ask for recommendations from family and friends for trusted practitioners or search the web for licensed practitioners in your area.

Your relationship with your acupuncturist may be a long-term one to get the full benefit of the ancient practice.

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Acupuncture Mont-Saint-Hilaire est située près de Beloeil, McMasterville, Otterburn Park, Mont-Saint-Bruno, Saint-Basile-le-Grand,  Sainte-Julie, Saint-Hyacinthe,Saint-bruno de Montarville et les traitements sont donnés à KIROCLINIQUE Mont-Saint-Hilaire. L’acupuncture est tout à fait compatible avec d’autres thérapies conjointes telles que la chiropraxie, naturopathie, massothérapie, phytothérapie, physiothérapie et ostéopathie.