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Give Yourself and Your Baby The Best Start with Acupuncture

Are you ready for the pitter-patter of tiny feet?
There is help to be had through acupuncture! 

If you have been having difficulty conceiving, or you just want the best possible odds for your pregnancy, acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive and easy way to potentially increase your chances of getting and staying pregnant.

How does acupuncture do this? Acupuncture has been used for centuries to help cure fertility issues by encouraging follicle production, improving blood circulation in the uterus (which creates a more welcoming environment for the embryo), improving uterine lining thickness and egg quality, treating menstrual cycle disorders and improving overall health, which can help you more easily conceive and remain pregnant.

Acupuncture isn’t just for hopeful mothers. Dads-to-be can benefit from acupuncture, too.

One of the most beneficial ways acupuncture treatments increase fertility is by reducing stress. Stress can alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence.

Acupuncture helps balance the endocrine system and its hormones and to get to the root cause of both male and female infertility.

Acupuncture can also help boost your libido!

Give yourself and your baby the best possible start. Once you’re pregnant, acupuncture is still very much an ally.

Women experience discomfort in all stages of their pregnancy, whether it’s nausea, pelvic pain, hip pain, lower back pain or ligament pain.

Acupuncture is a safe, natural and effective way to improve circulation and relieve these common ailments, in addition to headache or migraine relief, and other common complaints.

Acupuncture can also help with post-term babies; it will induce labor efficiently and effectively, as well as reduce the stress, anxiety, and discomfort of an overdue baby.

Acupuncture keeps a mother’s body prepared, so that when the baby is ready, it is easy to get labor going naturally and progressing smoothly.

At the CT Acupuncture Center each person is evaluated individually. Treatment points vary based on careful consideration of a person’s history and symptoms. We understand that you are unique — that’s the key to effective acupuncture!

Acupuncture treatments are painless and gentle.

The best part? The treatment is safe, natural, effective and drug-free.

Want more information on how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at CT Acupuncture Center

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Improve Fertility and Make Your Pregnancy Easier with Acupuncture!

Are you ready for the pitter-patter of tiny feet?
There is help to be had through acupuncture! 

If you have been having difficulty conceiving, or you just want the best possible odds for your pregnancy, acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive and easy way to potentially increase your chances of getting and staying pregnant.

How does acupuncture do this? Acupuncture has been used for centuries to help cure fertility issues by encouraging follicle production, improving blood circulation in the uterus (which creates a more welcoming environment for the embryo), improving uterine lining thickness and egg quality, treating menstrual cycle disorders and improving overall health, which can help you more easily conceive and remain pregnant.

Acupuncture isn’t just for hopeful mothers. Dads-to-be can benefit from acupuncture, too.

One of the most beneficial ways acupuncture treatments increase fertility is by reducing stress. Stress can alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence.

Acupuncture helps balance the endocrine system and its hormones and to get to the root cause of both male and female infertility.

Acupuncture can also help boost your libido!

Give yourself and your baby the best possible start. Once you’re pregnant, acupuncture is still very much an ally.

Women experience discomfort in all stages of their pregnancy, whether it’s nausea, pelvic pain, hip pain, lower back pain or ligament pain.

Acupuncture is a safe, natural and effective way to improve circulation and relieve these common ailments, in addition to headache or migraine relief, and other common complaints.

Acupuncture can also help with post-term babies; it will induce labor efficiently and effectively, as well as reduce the stress, anxiety, and discomfort of an overdue baby.

Acupuncture keeps a mother’s body prepared, so that when the baby is ready, it is easy to get labor going naturally and progressing smoothly.

At the CT Acupuncture Center each person is evaluated individually. Treatment points vary based on careful consideration of a person’s history and symptoms. We understand that you are unique — that’s the key to effective acupuncture!

Acupuncture treatments are painless and gentle.

The best part? The treatment is safe, natural, effective and drug-free.

Want more information on how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at CT Acupuncture Center

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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Ease Pregnancy Discomforts with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is effective, gentle, and helps with so much!

Acupuncture is effective, gentle, and holistic!

Acupuncture helps you with your pregnancy from start to finish!

Have you considered acupuncture? Acupuncture has been used for centuries for a large number of reasons. It’s effective, relaxing, gentle, and best of all, drug-free.

Many scientific studies have been conducted to verify the benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy.

Acupuncture has been found to be a safe and worthwhile complementary treatment, relieving a host of symptoms, resulting in a happy, healthy you, and baby!

  • Fertility – Acupuncture is helpful even before you are pregnant. It can improve the chances of you becoming, and staying pregnant.
  • Nausea, Digestive Upsets – Acupuncture eases vomiting and nausea related to morning sickness, with improvements starting with the first session. It also alleviates heartburn and constipation.
  • Pain and swelling – Women experience discomfort in all stages of their pregnancy, whether it’s from pelvic pain, hip pain, lower back pain or ligament pain. Acupuncture is a safe, natural and effective way to improve circulation and soothe these common ailments, in addition to providing headache or migraine relief.
  • Sleep issues and fatigue – Getting sufficient sleep is one of the biggest challenges in pregnancy. Acupuncture can help pregnant women get better and more rejuvenating sleep. It also increases fuel production and energy levels.
  • Stress, mild to moderate depression – Acupuncture significantly reduces stress and anxiety during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Depression can also be alleviated with acupuncture.
  • Labor induction and shortening the length of labor – Acupuncture can be used to prepare the mother’s body for labor and delivery. It is also effective at reducing the length of labor.

    Acupuncture - a natural, healthy choice!

    Acupuncture – a natural, healthy choice!

  • Postnatal – Acupuncture even helps after your bundle of joy is born! It assists with your physical and mental recovery after delivery, preventing fatigue and mood swings, and improving energy levels. Treatment can also improve blood circulation, leading to improved breast milk supply.

Give yourself and your baby the best possible start with acupuncture!

Want more information on how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at CT Acupuncture Center

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

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May The Odds Be In Your Favor — Acupuncture Improves Fertility

Increase Your Fertility Odds with Acupuncture!

Increase Your Fertility Odds with Acupuncture!

Ready for the pitter-patter of tiny feet? Acupuncture lends a helping hand to your pregnancy from start to finish.

If you have been having difficulty conceiving, or you just want the best possible odds for your pregnancy, acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive and easy way to potentially increase your chances of getting and staying pregnant.

How does acupuncture do this? Acupuncture has been used for centuries to help cure fertility problems by encouraging follicle production, improving blood circulation in the uterus (which creates a more welcoming environment for the embryo), improving uterine lining thickness and egg quality, treating menstrual cycle disorders and improving overall health, which can help you more easily conceive and remain pregnant.

Acupuncture isn’t just for hopeful mothers. Dads-to-be can benefit from acupuncture, too. One of the most beneficial ways acupuncture treatments increase fertility is by reducing stress. When people are under stress, the hormone cortizol is released in the brain, which alters the brain’s neurochemical balance, which changes hormone levels and disrupts the pituitary balance that is key to the reproductive cycle. Stress can alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence.

Acupuncture Increases Fertility

Acupuncture Increases Fertility

Acupuncture infertility treatments counter the effects of stress and cortizol, and can have a positive effect on sperm production and quality, without causing any changes in behavior or sexual desire. Acupuncture can lead to significant increases in the number of normal sperm and equally significant reductions in structural defects.

Acupuncture can be used to treat any type of fertility disorder. Acupuncture works at stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones and to get to the root cause of both male and female infertility. Acupuncture infertility treatments also have the added bonus of producing few or no side effects.

Give yourself and your baby the best possible start. A nice flow of endorphins, stress reduction, a healthy body, balance — acupuncture is effective, relaxing, painless and gentle. Here’s to happy, healthy babies!

If you would like to learn more about how acupuncture can aid in boosting your fertility, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com or call 203-259-1660 to make an appointment.

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Trying for a Bundle of Joy? Acupuncture Boosts Fertility!

Painless and Effective -- Acupuncture for Fertility!

Painless and Effective — Acupuncture for Fertility!

Want a safe, effective way to increase your fertility odds?

Acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive and easy way to potentially increase your chances of getting pregnant, and there are many who are turning to acupuncture for fertility solutions when they are having difficulty conceiving.

Acupuncture greatly helps in curing fertility problems by encouraging follicle production, improving blood circulation in the uterus (which creates a more welcoming environment for the embryo), improving uterine lining thickness, improving egg quality, treating menstrual cycle disorders and improving overall health, which leads to the ability to more easily conceive and remain pregnant. 

One of the ways acupuncture treatments increases fertility is by reducing stress, which is often a key factor in the fertility of both men and women. When people are under stress, the hormone cortizol is released in the brain. This alters the brain’s neurochemical balance, which changes hormone levels and disrupting the pituitary balance that is key to the reproductive cycle. 

Stress can also alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence. Acupuncture can help with this too — a 2005 study published in Fertility and Sterility showed acupuncture can help treat male infertility by increasing the number of normal sperm and decreasing the number of defective sperm. Acupuncture infertility treatments counter the effects of stress and cortizol by releasing endorphins in the brain.

Acupuncture also works at stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones and to get to the root cause of both male and female infertility. Acupuncture infertility treatments also have the added bonus of producing few or no side effects. 

Happy and Healthy with Acupuncture!

Happy and Healthy with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is relaxing, painless and gentle. Less stress, a healthy body, balance – and the endorphins are certainly a bonus! Acupuncture helps you with your pregnancy from start to finish — a happy, healthy you…and baby!

Want more information on how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at CT Acupuncture Center

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Is That Bundle of Joy Making You Want to Heave? Acupuncture to the Rescue!

 
Acupuncture is great for Moms-to-be!

Acupuncture is great for Moms-to-be!

Morning Sickness Is Not the Best Baby Gift…

Motherhood. The beautiful glow of pregnancy, the sudden running to the bathroom…

Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy are definitely issues for some women, and for others the “morning sickness” can last all day, every day.  What Mama-to-be has time for that!?

Did you know that acupuncture is a fantastic addition to traditional Western prenatal care, and that it has many benefits that come with it? And as acupuncture has very few side effects, many pregnant women now seek this other option to drug therapy for these and many other common pregnancy complaints.

And it’s been shown that acupuncture can help. A single blind randomized controlled trial was undertaken by a maternity teaching hospital in Adelaide, Australia to determine whether acupuncture reduced nausea, dry retching, and vomiting, and improved the health status of women in pregnancy.

The trial consisted of 593 women less than 14 weeks pregnant that had symptoms of nausea or vomiting that were randomized into 4 groups. The results? Women receiving traditional acupuncture reported less nausea throughout the trial and less dry retching from the second week, compared with women in the no acupuncture control group. Women who received p6 acupuncture reported less nausea from the second week of the trial, and less dry retching from the third week compared with women in the no acupuncture control group. Women in the sham acupuncture group reported less nausea and dry retching from the third week compared with women in the no acupuncture group.

So, acupuncture was indeed found to be an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy.

But is acupuncture safe?

Another study in 2002 conducted at the same hospital on the safety of acupuncture for nausea in early pregnancy verified that there is no increased risk of congenital anomalies, miscarriage, stillbirth, placental abruption, pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, premature birth, or normal measures of neonatal health (such as maturity or birth weight) when women receive acupuncture during pregnancy.

The study was conducted during the first trimester of pregnancy, when fetal development is most vulnerable. These results have been replicated at other research institutions worldwide.

So not only is acupuncture effective, it’s safe!

Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that has been used for thousands of years, and is a wonderful holistic therapy.  The procedures are relatively painless, the effect can be immediate and can even be relaxing. Acupuncture is also excellent for relieving stress, hip and low back pain, breech position, mild to moderate depression, inducing and decreasing the length of labor. A true Mother’s Helper!

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Source: Birth. 2002 Mar;29(1):1-9.
Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial.
Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J.
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia.

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Cupid’s Arrow is a Good Start — Acupuncture Can Help Increase Fertility!

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Acupuncture a Safe and Effective Way to Increase Fertility

Is the love nest almost complete, but missing the sound of little feet pattering about? 

Acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive and easy way to potentially increase your chances of getting pregnant, and there are many who are turning to acupuncture for fertility solutions when they are having difficulty conceiving children. 

In May 2006, the journal Fertility and Sterility published two studies showing significantly increased pregnancy rates for women receiving acupuncture treatments in conjunction with the embryo transfer stage of in vitro fertilization (ITF). In one study, women receiving acupuncture were more than twice as likely to become pregnant. In another, acupuncture prior to embryo transfer increased rate of pregnancy by 50 percent. It also improves the success rate for women who do not pursue ITF and conceive by traditional means.

Acupuncture helps in curing fertility problems mainly by encouraging follicle production, improving blood circulation in the uterus, which creates a more welcoming environment for the embryo, improving uterine lining thickness, improving egg quality, treating menstrual cycle disorders and improving overall health, which leads to the ability to more easily conceive and remain pregnant. 

While 40 percent of infertility is caused by problems in the female, another 40 percent is caused by problems in the male. Male impotency can result from genetic factors, drug/alcohol/tobacco/steroid intake, strenuous riding (bike, horseback), or a number of diseases, including mumps and malaria, among others. The cause of the remaining 20 percent is through unknown factors. 

One of the ways acupuncture infertility treatment increases fertility is by reducing stress, which is often a key factor in the fertility of both men and women. When people are under stress, the hormone cortizol is released in the brain. This alters the brain’s neurochemical balance, which changes hormone levels and disrupting the pituitary balance that is key to the reproductive cycle. In men, stress can alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence. A 2005 study published in Fertility and Sterility showed acupuncture can help treat male infertility by increasing the number of normal sperm and decreasing the number of defective sperm. Acupuncture infertility treatments counter the effects of stress and cortizol by releasing endorphins in the brain. Acupuncture also works at stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones and to get to the root cause of both male and female infertility. Acupuncture infertility treatments also have the added bonus of producing few or no side effects. 

Acupuncture is relaxing, painless and gentle. Less stress, a healthy body, balance – and the endorphins are certainly a bonus! The goal is to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and to have a healthy baby. Five out of five storks agree!

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“Everybody Bloats, Sometimes…” Acupuncture Helps Relieve Holiday Overindulgence and Digestive Issues

Relieve Bloat with Acupuncture

Relieve Bloat with Acupuncture

Nobody wants to be bloated! Let’s face it, when you’re bloated, you don’t feel your best. And clothes fasteners are suddenly not your friend.

Your abdominal area houses many organs including the stomach, small and large intestines, uterus, liver and pancreas. Bloating, or a buildup of gas in the stomach and intestines that causes swelling or distension, can be caused by stress, smoking, consuming high-fat foods in excess (Hello, holiday feasting!), or food allergies, such as lactose intolerance. Pregnancy can cause bloating. More serious conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, liver disease or celiac disease can also cause chronic bloating.

Bloating can be caused by swallowing air when eating or drinking, or by the digestive process. Typically this type of bloating is temporary, as it either dissipates or leaves the body through flatulence or belching. Embarrassing sometimes, but necessary! When gas builds up in the stomach and intestines, or when the bloating is associated with a more serious condition, it can cause abdominal pain that can be either mild or serious. Seek medical attention for severe bloating.

Acupuncture can relieve bloating associated with both IBS and other digestive issues, and can help relieve the pain and discomfort of bloating. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, acupuncture helps improve the general well-being of those with IBS, in addition to reducing bloating.

In traditional Chinese medicine, disease is seen as an imbalance of qi, or vital energy, in the body. The placement of needles at different points in the body helps unblock and stimulate this flow of energy. Deficiencies of qi in the spleen and lung meridians, or energy channels in the body, are typically associated with abdominal bloating. Acupuncture can play a major role in healing the organs, such as the small and large intestine, where chronic swelling occurs frequently. I can help you determine the cause of the distension and use acupuncture to help your body heal and resolve the problem. I base treatment on each individual’s needs, which could include either an excess or deficiency of qi. 

Acupuncture is particularly effective in the case of food intolerances, intestinal bacteria overgrowth and partial bowel obstruction. In these instances often the swelling will disappear literally overnight. And that’s news to toot about!

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Acupuncture is a Nauseous Mother’s Helper! Give the Heave a Heave Ho!

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Acupuncture Helps with Pregnancy Complaints

It’s morning, the birds are singing, and you’re accompanying them with a dry heave.

Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy are definitely issues for some women. Acupuncture is a fantastic addition to traditional Western prenatal care that has many benefits that come with it. And because acupuncture has very few side effects, many pregnant women now seek this other option to drug therapy for these and many other common pregnancy complaints.

And it’s been shown that acupuncture can help. A single blind randomized controlled trial was undertaken by a maternity teaching hospital in Adelaide, Australia to determine whether acupuncture reduced nausea, dry retching, and vomiting, and improved the health status of women in pregnancy.

The trial consisted of 593 women less than 14 weeks pregnant that had symptoms of nausea or vomiting that were randomized into 4 groups. The results? Women receiving traditional acupuncture reported less nausea throughout the trial and less dry retching from the second week, compared with women in the no acupuncture control group. Women who received p6 acupuncture reported less nausea from the second week of the trial, and less dry retching from the third week compared with women in the no acupuncture control group. Women in the sham acupuncture group reported less nausea and dry retching from the third week compared with women in the no acupuncture group. 

So, acupuncture was indeed found to be an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy. 

But is acupuncture safe?

Another study in 2002 conducted at the same hospital on the safety of acupuncture for nausea in early pregnancy verified that there is no increased risk of congenital anomalies, miscarriage, stillbirth, placental abruption, pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, premature birth, or normal measures of neonatal health (such as maturity or birth weight) when women receive acupuncture during pregnancy.

The study was conducted during the first trimester of pregnancy, when fetal development is most vulnerable. These results have been replicated at other research institutions worldwide.

So not only is acupuncture effective, it’s safe! Acupuncture is also excellent for relieving stress, hip and low back pain, breech position, mild to moderate depression, inducing and decreasing the length of labor. A true Mother’s Helper!

For more information, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

 

Source: Birth. 2002 Mar;29(1):1-9.
Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial.
Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J.
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia.

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Pregnant and Depressed? — Acupuncture Can Help Relieve the Symptoms of Depression!

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Beat the Baby Blues with Acupuncture!

There’s a lot to process when you’re pregnant, and sometimes it can seem to be too much — but acupuncture can be an effective way to reduce depression during pregnancy. 

Up to 14 percent of pregnant women may have major depressive disorder, a condition characterized by feelings of dread, gloom and hopelessness, and a loss of interest in normally pleasurable activities. Other symptoms of depression include loss of focus, fatigue, changes in eating habits and excessive sleeping, feelings of worthlessness, among many others.

There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues and other medical conditions.  Some women suffer from depression before becoming pregnant, stop taking their medication and then experience a relapse; in other women, pregnancy itself may cause depression. The symptoms cause significant distress or impair social, occupational, or other important functions. Depression, if left untreated, can pose serious risks to both the mother and her baby. The mom-to-be could stop taking care of herself or her fetus, and potentially even engage in self-destructive behavior. Studies have also linked depression during pregnancy to poor birth outcomes and postpartum depression. 

According to a 2007 American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study (funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality) researchers recruited 150 women whose pregnancies were between 12 and 30 weeks gestation and who met the criteria for major depressive disorder. A considerably large amount, 94 percent of the depressed women involved in the study expressed reluctance to take antidepressants, due to safety concerns. The women were randomized to receive one of three treatments: acupuncture specific for depression; control acupuncture, during which needles were inserted in points not known to help alleviate depressive symptoms; or massage. All of the women received eight weeks of therapy and were assessed for depression at the four- and eight-week marks by an interviewer who was unaware of the treatment each woman received.

The Stanford researchers found that women who received the depression-specific acupuncture experienced a bigger reduction in depression symptoms than the women in the other groups. The response rate (defined as having a 50 percent or greater reduction in symptoms) was 63 percent for the women receiving depression-specific acupuncture, compared with 44 percent for the women in the other two treatment groups combined. 

“If you look at the response rates we got in our study and compare to response rates in studies using antidepressants, you see pretty comparable effectiveness,” says study author Rachel Manber, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Study researcher Deirdre Lyell, MD, (assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford) says treatment of depression during pregnancy “is critically important so that a woman can maintain her sense of well-being and take good care of herself, her fetus, and someday, her child.”

Side Note: Depression may also be the result of a “dysregulation” of the seven emotions — joy, anger, worry, contemplation, grief, fear and shock. If acupuncture is able to reestablish a balance among these emotions, the symptoms of depression are relieved. Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication.  Happy and healthy Moms, babies, families!

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