Today more than 6 million women in the United States struggle with infertility.
Sadness of not being able to conceive a child naturally breaks any cultural and idealogical boundaries, and very often both Western medicine and Chinese medicine have to work together to make a dream come true for couples. While the two approaches are different in their core, each has its own merits.
When it comes to fertility treatment, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners pay special attention to the quality and quantity of cervical mucus, especially if sperm number and motility are low.
The changes in vaginal discharge signify changes in the level of fertility. There are four types of mucus produced by specialized glands in the cervix according to the level of fertility:
G-type (thick and impenetrable, produced during infertile times),
L-type (more liquid),
S-type (egg-white-like and has elasticity, produced as ovulation approaches),
P-type (rich in potassium, extremely lubricative, during the ovulation).
It has been observed by some acupuncturists including myself that the mucus produced by the cervix in women, who have been taking contraceptive pills, is mostly the G-type, even though ovulation may be occurring. Since the G-type mucus is thick and impenetrable, the sperm can not get to the cervix. This unfortunate condition might last for more than a year and might be accompanied by other post-pill imbalances.
It has been also noticed that different types of prescription drugs might change either quality or quantity of fertile mucus and thus contribute to the difficulty getting pregnant. Specifically, antibiotics might impair fertile mucus by provoking an overgrowth of vaginal candida; antidepressants sometimes reduce the number of days fertile mucus is produced; and antihistamines can dry fertile mucus.
There are acupuncture protocols and Chinese herbal formulas, which address the issues of inadequate fertile mucus. It is also seems beneficial to explore different options when it comes to using prescription drugs for contraception, depression and other issues, if we plan to become parents in the nearest future.
A strong healthy back allows us to live our lives to the fullest but, unfortunately, too many of us have to give up what we love to do because of our low back pain. Acupuncture has helped many to start enjoying their activities again.
There are three major causes of low back pain in Chinese medicine.
Pathogenic wind, cold and dampness in the channels
Exposure to cold, wind and dampness result in back pain, muscle stiffness and limited range of motion. The pain might radiate to the buttocks and lower extremities, and it feels worse on cold rainy days and bed rest does not help the pain.
For this type of back pain acupuncture and moxibustion are usually applied to dispel cold-dampness, warm the channels and invigorate blood circulation. The treatment will also relax the muscles and will activate the channels.
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If one or several of the following issues make your life more challenging than it should be, Chinese medicine is helpful with the following conditions:
-anxiety, depression, aggression, excessive use of alcohol and tobacco;
-musculoskeletal injuries, chronic and acute back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines;
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Sciatica, or sciatic pain, is a general term for inflammation of a sciatic nerve.
Depending on the area of the nerve affected, the symptoms might be pain in the lower back, buttocks, or the lower extremity, paresis (weakness) of the leg, numbness in the buttock and of the lower extremity, and dysfunction of reflexes. The pain might radiate widely, but usually it follows the direction of the nerve.
According to traditional Chinese medicine sciatic pain results from damp heat and dysfunction of the urinary bladder meridian.
Neuritis is a general term for inflammation of a nerve or the peripheral nervous system in general. Depending on the nerve affected, the symptoms might be paresis (weakness), muscle paralysis, partial or complete numbness, paresthesia and disfunction of reflexes. Pains might radiate widely, but usually they follow the direction of the nerve.
These painful symptoms, according to Chinese medicine, might develop from the following internal pathogenic factors: damp cold, infection, and trauma.
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