We provide pre-birth acupuncture sessions weekly, beginning at 37 weeks pregnancy. These sessions allow for a more efficient labor and can help women avoid induction, or if induction is required, acupuncture can shorten the duration of induction time and medicine needed. The first study on how acupuncture can affect labor onset and duration was performed in 1974 by Kubista and Kucera. (Kubista E Kucera H. Geburtshilfe Perinatol. 1974; 178 224-9)
By Jill Blakeway, MS, LAc
“I have more perimenopausal patients with estrogen dominance than I used to and they worry me. How can Chinese medicine help with that?”
This question came from a colleague of mine who is a gynecologist, oncologist and a surgeon. Her focus is preventing and treating cancers of the female reproductive organs and her question was part of a broader conversation about how we can use our different skill sets to collaborate to keep our patients healthy and thriving after menopause.
Acupuncture relieves shoulder pain, inflammation, and range of motion impingement. Researchers from the Yuxi Hospital of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) investigated the efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of acute shoulder periarthritis. Commonly known as frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis, this condition is an inflammatory disorder of the rotator cuff and surrounding tissues that leads to pain and immobility of the shoulder. The investigation reveals that acupuncture has a total effective rate exceeding 90%.
Exerpts from “A Practitioner’s Guide to Longevity Medicine for Women”
by Dr. Lia G Andrews, DAOM, L.Ac. from Oriental Medicine Summer 2015
Take Advantage of the “Golden Opportunities”
Jing is a term in Chinese medicine that refers to the combination of inherited and sustained resources of the kidneys, qi, and shen. Jing preservation is the primary goal when we discuss longevity. Jing can be leached away through overwork, regular stress, and poor diet, but is lost in greater quantities during procreation, or the potential for procreation, through the egg and sperm. Thus, men lose jing through ejaculation and women through menstruation and pregnancy. Most traditional cultures have prescribed ritual rest around menses and the postpartum month to protect women. On the one hand, modern women enjoy greater freedom and gender equality, but on the other, there is no medical or cultural framework that acknowledges women’s transitions and cycles. I have seen in my practice infertility and premature menopause result from this lack. TCM practitioners are in a key position to educate the public on this matter. Symptoms during menses, after childbirth, and during peri-menopause are what most often bring women through the door. Fertility issues are typically linked to the menstrual cycle, and they may be complicated by poor recovery from a previous pregnancy.
Classical Medicine for Treating Male Sexual Disorders
By Suzanne Robidoux, PhD, CM, DOM, LAc
As practitioners, we always want to bring the quickest, most effective treatment at the lowest price possible. In TCM, sexual disorders are mainly due to either liver qi stagnation, liver and kidney depletion, or the kidney and heart not communicating. What can we offer our patients, however, once we have used all the resources TCM has without any success?