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Lower back pain and infertility

  Did you know that lower back pain may be related to infertility?   Lower back pain is one of the most common condition in clinic. It is estimated that 90% people may have some degree of lower back pain in their life. The causes of lower back pain varies. Generally it is caused by injuries, heavy lifting, poor posture, sitting for too longtime, lack of exercises, arthritis, etc. However Did you know that lower back pain may be related to infertility? In Chinese medicine theory, lower back pain may be an indicator of low fertility energy – Kidney Deficiency. Kidney is a very special organ in Chinese medicine. The function of kidney includes: Stores the essence (The primary essence inherited from your parents); Controls the growth, development and reproduction of the body. If the Kidney’s function is normal, your fertility energy is strong and you are fertile. If the Kidneys’ essence is impaired, the foundation of your fertility is also weakened, hence infertility occurs.   Lower back is the “House of Kidney”   Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnoses look the subtle signs and symptoms of your body. Lower back pain before or/and during menstruation cycle indicate the foundation of your fertility is weak. Therefore, if we see you have lower back pain associate with period, you may need treatment for the foundation of fertility health.   How do acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine help?   Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help to consolidate the foundation of fertility by: Strengthen the Kidney Qi; Strengthen Kidney Yang; Strengthen Kidney Yin; Once the foundation of fertility health has been consolidated,...

Acupuncture for Pain Research

Adenosine A1 receptors mediate local anti-nociceptive effects of acupuncture Nanna Goldman, Michael Chen, Takumi Fujita, Qiwu Xu, Weiguo Peng, Wei Liu, Tina K Jensen, Yong Pei, Fushun Wang, Xiaoning Han, Jiang-Fan Chen, Jurgen Schnermann, Takahiro Takano, Lane Bekar, Kim Tieu & Maiken Nedergaard Nature Neuroscience 13, 883–888 (2010) doi:10.1038/nn.2562 2010 Published online 30 May 2010 Abstract Acupuncture is an invasive procedure commonly used to relieve pain. Acupuncture is practiced worldwide, despite difficulties in reconciling its principles with evidence-based medicine. We found that adenosine, a neuromodulator with anti-nociceptive properties, was released during acupuncture in mice and that its anti-nociceptive actions required adenosine A1 receptor expression. Direct injection of an adenosine A1 receptor agonist replicated the analgesic effect of acupuncture. Inhibition of enzymes involved in adenosine degradation potentiated the acupuncture-elicited increase in adenosine, as well as its anti-nociceptive effect. These observations indicate that adenosine mediates the effects of acupuncture and that interfering with adenosine metabolism may prolong the clinical benefit of...

How to check and chart changes in your cervical mucus

Importance of cervical mucus   In Chinese medicine theory throughout the menstrual cycle, changes in reproductive physiology are matched by energetic changes, with fluctuations of yin, yang, qi and blood reflected in the various phases of the cycle.   Sometimes infertility patients are seemingly very robust and healthy, and often fairly young, yet have significant problems conceiving. In a Chinese medicine evaluation, more subtle cues of imbalance may be detected. Cervical mucus is just one of these subtle clues. Tracking of cervical mucus is very important in Chinese medicine as it represents the Yin energy which also stimulates the growth of the follicle and ensures a healthy endometrial tissue. Women who are trying to conceive can use a variety of techniques to help determine when the best time for conception is. One of the most effective and cheapest techniques is to chart changes in their cervical mucus. It is also important to note that there are some situations in which your mucus may be affected by external factors, including: Stress Medications or drugs (inc. Clomid) If you may be pre-menopausal Illness Dieting, weight change or fasting Travel It is vital that your report any changes to your acupuncturist so that she/he can adjust your treatments to aid in mucus production. I generally find that if when a client has good fertile mucous, a good ovulation and So,   How Do You Observe Cervical Mucus?   There are three ways you can do this, depending on what you are most comfortable with. Toilet Paper – By observing mucus found after wiping Externally – With your fingers, feeling for mucus around the...

Period Problems

At the age of 13 w women begins her monthly menstrual cycle, which continues throughout her fertile life. A period that is regular, not painful, approximately 5 days duration is a sign of good health. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can treat the following diseases/symptoms: PMS Painful periods irregular periods Absent periods Heavy/Scanty periods Abnormal bleeding outside a period Fibroids Ovarian Cysts Endometriosis...

Men’s health

How Acupuncture and TCM help men’s health   ” A man too busy to take care of his health, is like a mechanic too busy to care of his tools” ~ Spanish proverb   Part of being a man is caring for your health and well-being through all the stages of your life. While it can sometimes be difficult to talk with your doctor or practitioner about issues such as prostate conditions, erectile dysfunction, or infertility, it’s important to be open and honest. After all, these concerns can have a major impact on your overall health as well as your sex life, your relationship, and your emotional health.   Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offer powerful tools to help you feel your best. They’ve been used for thousands of years to treat men’s health concerns and they can be safely used along with Western therapies.   How can Acupuncture and TCM help Men’s health?   Acupuncture is a complex system of care used to maintain health, relieve symptoms, and improve well-being. At the core of this ancient medicine is the concept of Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, which protects the body from illness, pain and disease. This energy flows through the body in pathways called Maridians that are connected to specific organs and glands. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. If it is out of balance or restricted, illness and symptoms – prostate problems or infertility, for example – can result.   Prostatitis   The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits beneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra (the...