Resources

ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE MEDICINE

Acupuncture Resources

NCALB North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board

NCAAOM  North Carolina Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

NCCAOM  National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Golden Needle Acupuncture Herbal & Medical Supply.

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

National Institutes of Health facts page about acupuncture.

National Institutes of Health Concensus Development Program. Provides an assessment of the use and effectiveness of acupuncture for a variety of conditions.

Studies Confirm that Acupuncture is Not Safe in the Hands of Non-licensed Acupuncturists

What is Dry Needling?

What is Medical Acupuncture?

Acupuncture Articles

Integrating Chinese and Western Medicine

Keeping your peace of mind: traditional Chinese medicine and mental health

Moving Past Pain

Cosmetic acupuncture can pinpoint the key to softer, more youthful skin

Acupuncture gets to point of pain relief

Beauty for Life

The cure had the word `puncture’ in it, but beauty through the eye of a needle or two is worth it

Say ‘ah’ to acupuncture from CNN Health.

Oprah Tries Acupuncture

Chinese Herbs Relieve Menstrual Pain Better than Drugs or Acupuncture

Associates

North Shore Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

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FERTILITY

Fertility Resources

FertilityFriend.com. This is one of many websites that provides fertility information and free fertility and BBT (basal body temperature) charts and calendars. One can also do a fertility calculation with the information on this website.

The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination, Inc.
Informational website for more articles on fertility.

TheFertileSoul.com

Fertility Articles

Acupuncture Offers Hope to Couples Challenged by Infertility

More Women are using Acupuncture to Help them Conceive

Carbs and the Science of Conception

Fertility Studies (these are not links)

A Possible Step Toward Setting the Biological Clock. Chinese Report Ability to Grow New Eggs in Female Mice. Scientists have produced strong new evidence challenging one of the most fundamental assumptions in biology: that female mammals, including women, are born with all the eggs they will ever have.

Acupuncture and Moxa Treatment Rectifies Semen Abnormalities.The Chinese Traditional Medicine acupuncture and moxa techniques significantly increase the percentage of normal-form sperm in infertile patients with oligoastenoteratozoospermia without apparent cause.

Acupuncture can stimulate ovulation without risk.Human menopausal gonadotropin (HMG) and human chorionic gonadotropin  (HCG) are often used in the artificial induction of ovulation. With these two hormones, the ovulatory rate was about 70%-90%, but the incidence of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) might be 10%-15.4% and even life-threatening in severe cases. At present, there are no satisfactory measures for the prevention and remission of OHSS It is considered that when OHSS occurs, stopping injection of HCG is the effective way to avoid severe OHSS. However, stopping HCG not only discontinues the ovulation, but also causes the loss of the already developed follicles. Our clinical practice demonstrated that acupuncture is effective in ovulation induction (without hormone injections) and also the remission of OHSS induced by injected HMG.

Acupuncture enhances follicle development during in vitro fertilization with
intracytoplasmic sperm injection
.Scant published information concerning the combination of acupuncture with allopathic infertility technology exists. This study shows that acupuncture, in conjunction with modern medicine, can be a successful combination in IVF.

Acupuncture for idiopathic male infertility can increase fertilization rates in
assisted reproductive technology
.Idiopathic male infertility treated with acupuncture can improve quick sperm motility, increase normal sperm ratio, and increase fertilization rates in assisted reproductive technology.

Acupuncture increases pregnancy rate in assisted reproductive therapy.Acupuncture increased the rate of pregnancy with assisted reproductive therapy. Clinical pregnancies were documented in 34 of 80 patients (42.5%) in the acupuncture group, whereas pregnancy rate was only 26.3% (21 out of 80 patients) in the control group.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2007/12/01/fat-carbs-and-the-science-of-conception.html

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PREGNANCY

Studies (these are not links)

Acupuncture Reduces Morning Sickness. An Australian study reported that of 593 women less than 14 weeks pregnant, those who received traditional acupuncture treatments reported having less frequent and shorter periods of nausea than the women who received no acupuncture treatments, according to Pregnancy Today.  These improvements were felt immediately and lasted throughout the study’s four-week duration.

Acupuncture a Viable Treatment for Depression During PregnancyA total of 150 pregnant women who met Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition) criteria for major depressive disorder were randomized to receive either acupuncture specific for depression or one of two active controls: control acupuncture or massage.  The short acupuncture protocol demonstrated symptom reduction and a response rate comparable to those observed in standard depression treatments of similar length and could be a viable treatment option for depression during pregnancy. (Obstetrics & Gynecology.  VOL. 115, NO. 3, MARCH 2010)

A Stanford University study did show that women who responded to acupuncture treatment reported significantly less depression at 10 weeks postpartum.  Overall, 69 percent of the women responded to the acupuncture specific for depression, a rate comparable to the 50 percent to 70 percent response rates in clinical trials of standard depression treatments.  The study concluded that acupuncture holds promise as a safe and effective treatment of depression during pregnancy.

Acupuncture Can Turn Breech Babies. Moxabustion, a type of acupuncture, was applied to 130 pregnant women with breech presentations. Moxabustion significantly increased the number of headfirst births, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Acupuncture During Labour Reduces Need for Analgesics. Swedish researchers say women who receive acupuncture during labour may be less likely to ask for an epidural to relieve their pain than those who go without the ancient Chinese treatment. The researchers, from Orebro University Hospital, found that there were no negative effects on women who received acupuncture in these circumstances. The research is reported in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (Reuters 25/07/02).

First-time mothers who have their labor induced may face a greater risk of needing a cesarean section. In a study of 7,800 first-time mothers who gave birth at one U.S. medical center, researchers found that those who had their labor induced were twice as likely to ultimately need a C-section.  (Obstetrics & Gynecology, July 2010, Volume 116, Issue 1, pp35-42)

Acupuncture Facilitates Natural BirthA study randomized 200 women with spontaneous rupture of membranes at term to either acupuncture or no acupuncture.  Treatment was individualized on the basis of traditional Chinese medical diagnosis and used three points per patient from a pool of nine possible choices.  Treatment principles applied were to increase energy, soften the cervix and open the Conception vessel.  Although time from membrane rupture to delivery did not differ significantly between the groups, length of active labour was significantly reduced in the acupuncture group.  In addition, significantly fewer patients in the acupuncture group required oxytocin for longer than two hours.  Medical induction of labour was eventually necessary in 15 acupuncture patients and 20 controls.  When induction was carried, women assigned to acupuncture completed the active phase of labour in half the time compared to controls, a statistically significant difference.  ( Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2006;85(11):1348-53).

Acupuncture and exercise can help relieve pelvic pain during pregnancy, Swedish researchers said. on Friday. One in three women suffer potentially severe and disabling pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy. Now a Swedish study has demonstrated that acupuncture is more effective than either standard or specialized exercises in relieving the pain.

Acupuncture is Used for Pregnancy Depression. Pharmaceutical medication is largely unsuitable for depression during pregnancy. Acupuncture is a safe and effective method for treating depression.

Acupuncture works in conjunction with modern medicine. There is sufficient evidence to acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine and treatment of female infertility, and to encourage further studies of its underlying mechanisms as well as to establish its clinical value.

Chinese herbs improve pregnancy rates in women with unexplained infertility. Fifty women with the Western medical diagnosis of unexplained infertility were treated with Chinese herbal medicine. On their previous menstral cycle, no pregnancies occured. Following herbal treatment, 28 of the 50 women became pregnant with 11 live births and 7 miscarriages. Chinese herbal medicine results in higher success rates of pregnancy, with no patient side-effects and a reduction in the category of patients conventionally classified as having unexplained infertility.

Cortisol levels and very early pregnancy loss in humans. A recent study demonstrates that during the first three weeks of pregnancy women with high cortisol levels (cortisol is a hormone responsible for several stress related activities in the body) are nearly three times more likely to miscarry than women with normal levels of cortisol.

Electro-acupuncture reduces high uterine artery blood flow impedance. Electro acupuncture can reduce high uterine artery blood flow impedance, thereby creating more favorable conditions for IVF implantation success.

Hand surface temperature (HST) may predict efficacy of acupunture for ovulation induction. This study suggests that measuring hand surface temperature (HST) may provide a rough but simple method for predicting the effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) on ovulation induction. The relationship of ovulation and HST in normal women is different from that in anovulatory patients. Thus, in anovulatory cases, the hyperactive sympathetic system can be depressed by EA and the function of the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis can be regulated by EA via central sympathetic system. This might be another possible mechanism of EA ovulation induction. Another mechanism might be that EA may promote the release of ß-E in the brain and reduce LH-RH secretion from hypothalamus. Therefore, the blood LH content released from the pituitary is decreased, leading to ovulation.


WOMEN’S HEALTH

Articles and Links

11 Tips on How to Maintain Breast Health.

Maintaining Breast Health Through Regular Self-massage

DrNorthrup.com. Dr. Northrup is Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness.

TheFertileSoul.com The Fertile Soul Method™ can increase your chances of conceiving, naturally or using assisted reproductive technologies. Treatment is available through retreats, phone consultation with Fertile Soul TCM practitioners and advisors and local practitioners involved in The Fertile Soul’s Clinical Excellence in Fertility Program

Studies

Chinese Herb, Horny Goatweed (Yin Yang Huo), effective for osteoporosis and bone health

Chinese Herbs Relieve Menstrual Pain Better than Drugs

http://www.chimedicineworks.com/painful_periods.html


COSMETIC

Articles and Links

Madonna uses Acupuncture for Facelift

Comparisons of Cosmetic Procedures. Information about surgical facelifts, BOTOX, dermabrasion, chemical peels, and more.

Susan Reinhardt Speaks about Wrinkles and the Mei Zen Face Lift

Best Body, National Magazine Reversing the aging process naturally.

Asheville Citizen-Times article describing non-surgical, natural facelifts

Cosmetic Acupuncture.  A New Option to Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic acupuncture can pinpoint the key to softer, more youthful skin

Women’s Health Self-Massage: A 15 Minute Regime for Health & Beauty.

Acupuncture Face Lifts Gaining Popularity


PAIN

Articles and Links

http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/03/29/healthmag.acupuncture/index.html?eref=rss_health

CNN Say ‘ah’ to Acupuncture

An Athlete’s Guide to Acupuncture

Acupuncture gets to point of pain relief

Neurologist uses acupuncture to treat variety of pain conditions

The Egoscue Method. This is a very effective type of exercise therapy that works well in conjunction with acupuncture. It is often prescribed after the acupuncture treatments have restored range of motion and reduced pain.

Studies

Acupuncture Diminishes Acute Postop Pain Researchers in anesthesiology at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, reviewed 15 research studies pertaining to the effectiveness of acupuncture and related techniques to relieve postoperative pain when used in conjunction with pain medication. The data analysis of some 1,166 patients revealed a significant decrease in pain among the patients receiving acupuncture.