Acupuncture is beneficial to your health!

On March 7, 2011 World News with Diane Sawyer covered a story reporting new research regarding Acupuncture and its health benefits.  The story was related to a study in Turkey; the participants were post menopausal women.  Though the study was a small one, the women who received Acupuncture had a significant improvement in their hot flashes, whereas those who did not receive the Acupuncture (but thought they had) did not have improvement.

I don’t know whether you have ever experienced acupuncture; I have.  About two years ago, I decided to seek an acupuncturist. I had wanted to see what acupuncture was like for quite a long time. I hadn’t gotten around to it, largely because most medical insurance did not seem to cover any form of alternative medicine.  I mentioned acupuncture to my daughter who told me her friend went to a practitioner who was a part of the  Community Acupuncture Network (CAN).  I googled it.

Here  is  CAN’s mission statement: Community Acupuncture Network (CAN) is a non-profit organization of practitioners, patients, and supporters whose goal is to make acupuncture more affordable and accessible by promoting the practice of offering acupuncture in community settings for a sliding scale ranging within $15-40 a treatment. I made an appointment with the center where my daughter’s friend had gone; I was not disappointed.  What a wonderful experience.  It was recommended that I seek further treatment at a CAN center closer to where I lived due to  geographic and traffic issues.

So I went to see Dave Schiman.  His office is about 25 minutes from my house. The office is part of a community and offers community to its clients. The tables are laden with articles, reading materials, notices of classes on nutrition and a variety of other bits of information, all available to help you have a better and healthier life and be a part of a community if you are so inclined. Dave is  a wonderful Acupuncturist…an amazing man. He is truly concerned and committed to helping each person to  leave feeling better or at least to be on the way to a good result. Although CAN’s structure seems to not allow for the practitioner to spend much time talking with you, Dave doesn’t really adhere to that concept.  He wants to know what’s going on, what your concerns are and he does not rush  through that conversation. He is seeking information which will help him to treat you more effectively. He is happy to answer any of your questions.

Acupuncture does not hurt; sometimes you might feel a little tenderness when your acupuncturist moves a needle to see if it is in the right spot-that’s a good thing-it provides information.  I understand that when you go to a regular acupuncturist you have a 1/2 hour appointment usually.  When you go to a CAN practitioner, your needles are inserted while you are in a Lazy Boy recliner (tough assignment, huh?).  After the needles are inserted, you go to sleep in a room with a number of other people who are also sleeping.  When you wake up, you are “done”, ready to go home.  The needles are removed and you feel like you have had a wonderful pampered existence for the past 1 to 2 hours!

I requested some information from Dave so that I could include his experience in this posting. Here is some of what he said:

Regarding infertility, I’ve had an 80% success rate in that realm. I work with a lot of women for infertility. It usually takes 2 to 3 months to get the cycle normalized and then 3 to 6 months for the women to conceive.  It greatly enhances the success of IVF treatments and many IVF and fertility docs recommend their patients receive acupuncture treatment while they are undergoing they fertiltity treatments.

Hot flashes usually respond quickly to acupuncture but about 20% of women, in my experience, get no relief.
Here are a few articles about this:
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/study-shows-acupuncture-curb-severity-hot-flashes-menopause/t/story?id=13075594
http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/news/20091231/acupuncture-may-help-ease-hot-flashes
Acupuncture Improves Sex Drive and Decreases Hot Flashes:
http://www.naturalnews.com/028044_acupuncture_sex_drive.html
And this one is more neutral: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/17350261/ns/today-today_health/
So, here are some links about acupuncture specifically in regards to women’s issues:
Acupuncture treats dysmenorrhea
http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=32262
Acupuncture to Regulate Menstruation and Promote Fertility
http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=31728
Most women who come in for acupuncture treatment find that their periods become more regular and smoother after a month or two of treatment, even if that’s not why they came!
I hope you will visit Dave and Roxborough Community Acupuncture’s site and also CAN‘s to learn more about acupuncture and how it might benefit you!
This is MeddlingMom…treat yourself to acupuncture…you will be delighted!
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2 Responses to “Acupuncture is beneficial to your health!”

  1. Marlena Santoyo Says:

    Am also doing accupuncture @ Won Institute along with meditation & feel it has helped my all over health.

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