Understandably, some assume that acupuncture needles hurt. Not true! When these slight needles are administered by a qualified acupuncturist the patient may feel a slight prick or even nothing. Sometimes a small electrical sensation is felt when the needle contacts the ‘qi’ or energy of the body.
Acupuncture and herbs are both an integral part of Chinese medicine practice, which may help patients to manage a range of symptoms including:
✓ Management of pain, stress and fatigue related to some autoimmune disorders, in consultation with other treating health practitioners
✓ Management of pain, fatigue and nausea related to many chronic diseases
✓ Management of vomiting or nausea arising from chemotherapy
✓ Pain relief and management
✓ Chronic pain related to depression by managing the underlying chronic pain
✓ Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pains
Note: ‘Dry needling’ is used more by other modalities with minimal needle training to relieve muscle tightness only. It does not treat underlying issues and is not acupuncture.
Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.
Are you pregnant? Chinese medicine treatment may be able to help pregnant women with:
✓ Nausea and vomiting
✓ Pregnancy related aches and pains
Once you achieve pregnancy, the patient and practitioner can discuss whether treatment should be continued.