Things you may need to know about acupuncture treatment

What is acupuncture therapy?

Acupuncture is an alternative treatment that refers to the treatment of placing very fine needles at different points in the body. The earliest record of acupuncture in China dates back more than 2,000 years, but most people think that this therapy started as early as 3000-4000 years ago. The type of needle technique and the type, style and size of the needle may vary greatly, as different styles develop with the spread of acupuncture in Asia and the rest of the world. In the Australia, traditional Chinese acupuncture is a relatively common acupuncture treatment.

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How can acupuncture help me?

Proponents of acupuncture therapy recommend it for the treatment of a variety of conditions that affect fertility. These conditions include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and problems associated with ovarian reserve function and sperm quality. It can also help alleviate some of the side effects associated with fertility drugs (such as bloating and nausea). Acupuncture has been proven to help the body relax. Although some medical studies have shown that acupuncture can help to treat fertility problems, other studies have not reached this conclusion.

When should I start acupuncture treatment?

It is generally recommended that women begin acupuncture 3 months prior to receiving IVF or IUI. However, it may also be beneficial to have IVF acupuncture while receiving medical treatment.

What was the first time I saw an acupuncturist?

At the first visit, the acupuncturist will ask about your lifestyle (diet, stress, exercise and sleep habits) and the fertility problems you care about. Your acupuncturist may also have a physical examination, including cutting the veins and observing your tongue. The next step is to pin the needle, which may last for about thirty minutes to an hour.

How often should I take acupuncture?

Your acupuncturist will develop a treatment plan based on your situation, but it is generally recommended that you take 1-3 treatments per week. After the first time, each treatment may last for an hour: first talk to the acupuncturist to tell you the latest situation; then take another 20-40 minutes of needle treatment.

Is it painful?

Most patients do not feel the pain, and if there is pain, it is very rare. Some people may feel a slight dull pain, a feeling of contraction, or even a shock. In some cases, bruising may occur where the needle is placed. If you are taking aspirin or other anticoagulant (blood thinner), let your acupuncturist know about it. Because qualified acupuncturists use disposable acupuncture needles, the risk of infection is very, very low.

What activities should I avoid before and after acupuncture?

Although your acupuncturist may advise you to follow a healthy diet/lifestyle, nothing is strictly forbidden. Acupuncture can help you relax, so it’s best to avoid immediate high energy activity (running and fitness) after receiving treatment.

How to find an acupuncturist? What kind of acupuncturist should I look for?

In the United States, acupuncturists must be registered with the National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Qualifications Board (NCCAOM) or the American College of Acupuncture Association (ABMA). ABMA is only for acupuncturists who have become MDs or MDs, so it does not represent most acupuncturists. At the same time, the acupuncturist should practise in his/her state if required by the state. Acupuncturists who specialize in fertility issues can also be certified by the American Committee for Reproductive Medicine.