Women’s Health : Women around the world struggle with menstrual irregularities, painful periods, infertility, PCOS, endometriosis, breech fetus, labor, menopausal symptoms, and other hormonal imbalances. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help significantly with such conditions. Acupuncture stimulates your own body’s ability to regulate itself and heal, thus making all body’s functions more efficient, and lessening your symptoms.
At Waterlily Wellness we have experience using both acupuncture and herbal medicine to regulate periods, improve fertility, and decrease the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. Acupuncture alone is used to help repositioning of fetus when it is breech and with labor preparation.
Emotional Disorders: About 7% of Americans are diagnosed with Major Depression every year, and about 18% are diagnosed with some form of Anxiety Disorder. Depression and anxiety can be debilitating, and can affect every aspect of your life: from physical to emotional, to social. Acupuncture has been shown to help alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety, and to be as effective as antidepressants. Whether or not you are pursuing other forms of treatment, acupuncture can help you along the way.
Chinese medicine integrates mind and body into one. When you are anxious, your body may respond with palpitations or tight muscles in your neck and shoulders. When you are grieving, you may feel shortness of breath or difficulty thinking. These physical manifestations aren’t just manifestations, they are part of the anxiety, the grief, or any other emotion you experience.
In acupuncture we help the mind and the body achieve balance as one. Acupuncture can help you grieve, it can calm you in a panic attack, or it can give you energy when you are depressed. Acupuncture helps you find your center, helps you sleep, and helps clear your mind, so that you can start to heal.
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Pain Disorders: This is the first and foremost condition acupuncture is known to treat. Chronic pain is debilitating both physically and mentally. With chronic pain, we feel more fatigued and depressed, and every activity is more difficult because so much of our resources is turned towards managing the pain. In addition, we may become dependent on pain killers, and start suffering from side effects of those medications.
Acupuncture has been shown to decrease pain, whether it be migraines, neck or back pain.
In a randomized controlled study published in 2013 by Cho and colleagues, real acupuncture was shown to work better for chronic low back pain than both the control group and the sham acupuncture group. Another study published in 2009 in the Archives of Internal Medicine by Cherkin and colleagues compared acupuncture to usual care (pain killers and physical therapy) for low back pain. Results showed that patients receiving acupuncture had higher meaningful improvement in function that persisted for a year after the treatment was completed, while patients receiving usual care reported the initial improvements waned over time.
Cancer : After and during cancer treatments, patients often suffer from depression, fatigue, nausea, digestive problems, weight loss, memory difficulties, and pain. Acupuncture can be an effective supportive therapy for patients undergoing aggressive medical therapies such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Acupuncture reduces chemotherapy-related nausea, improves general well-being, and supports post-surgical recovery.
Acupuncture also lessens the side effects of pharmaceuticals taken for cancer treatment and prevention. For example, a research study looked at women experiencing hot flashes and night sweats due to Tamoxifen, a drug used in cases of breast cancer to inhibit the production of estrogen. The women not only experienced a reduction in the hot flashes and night sweats, but also an increased sense of well-being that lasted after the treatment period.
After cancer treatment, acupuncture can help restore your health and regain your energy. Health is not just the lack of illness, but a state of well-being that empowers you to be your full self.