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Acupuncture can increase IVF success rates by up to 65% as shown in Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: systematic review and meta-analysis (BMJ 2008;336:545)
Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women
undergoing in vitro fertilisation: systematic review and meta-analysis
The odds ratio of 1.65 suggests that acupuncture increased the odds of
clinical pregnancy by 65%
Healing touch in the news! USATODAY published an article about the rapidly expanding uses and acceptance of healing touch! Click here to read more!
Acupuncture Formally Recognized as an Effective Treatment Method
Scientific research supports the use of acupuncture:
"In 2003 World Health Organization published a report about clinical trials researching the effectiveness of acupuncture. More than one hundred indication were discussed and divided into four groups concerning the strength of existing evidence" (Chmielnicki, Bartosz MD).
Below is a list of recognized conditions quoted directly from the list provided by
Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, by the World Health Organization, Geneva, 2003 and
1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment:
2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:
Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
Competition stress syndrome
Craniocerebral injury, closed
Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
Female urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein–Leventhal syndrome)
Postextubation in children
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Raynaud syndrome, primary
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Retention of urine, traumatic
Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
Spine pain, acute
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Ulcerative colitis, chronic
Whooping cough (pertussis)
3. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional and other therapies is difficult:
Choroidopathy, central serous
Irritable colon syndrome
Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury
Pulmonary heart disease, chronic
Small airway obstruction
Quick and easy techniques to help reduce your stress and boost your energy in 5-10 minutes!
This article is richly filled with practical information along with many scientic research studies. Below is an excerpt from the article:
"In a study of 160 women, published April 2002 in the reproductive journal Fertility and Sterility, a group of German researchers found that adding acupuncture to the traditional IVF treatment protocols substantially increased pregnancy success" (Bouchez, 7).
Wish You Could Sleep?
Do you wish you could sleep like a baby but have a hard time turning off your thoughts from the day? If so, this relaxation technique may help you. Begin by tightening then relaxing your body one body part at a time beginning with your feet. Count up to 10 while tightening, then down from 10 while relaxing. Work your way up through your head. Then, tighten and relax your entire body at least 5 times while counting up and down from 10 each time. For added relaxation, dab some chamomile on your pillow.
Do you ever feel like you need a little help on the weekends (or your days off) transitioning from work into your weekend lifestyle? Do you sometimes feel it’s difficult to disconnect with all the responsibilities waiting for you at your job, instead of fully being in the moment with your friends and family on the weekend? If so, please consider practicing this wonderful transition and grounding meditation regularly.
Transition and grounding meditation written and read by Kimberly Leupold-Nemeth
Only perform this meditation when it is safe to do so. Never meditate while driving, operating heavy machinery, or other circumstances that need your full attention.
Begin in a calm, quite area. Take several deep breathes. With each inhalation, inhale for 5 counts. With every exhalation, exhale for 7 counts. Breathe deeply in this manner for one minute. Slowly begin counting to 10. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Now, as your breathing, imagine all your thoughts and stress from today float up into a file cabinet. Once all your work related and stress related thoughts are safely set into the file cabinet, gently close and lock the file cabinet, knowing you will be able to return to the file cabinet on Monday or your next workday. Take several more deep breathes, counting to five with each inhalation and 7 with each exhalation. Now envision yourself as your favorite tree. See the colors of the tree, the branches, the leaves, all aspects of the tree. Smell the tree. Feel the gentle breeze and warm sunshine hugging the tree. Feel your feet as the tree roots and root down deeply into the Earth. Feel your roots going down past the dirt, the stones and eventually moving into the red, strong Earth magma. Now breathe deeply. Feel that magma clear away all stress and concerns. Feel it strengthen, empower, and energize you. Be in this space and breathe deeply.
Once you are ready, feel this energy travel up from the Earth into your roots, up through the stones and the dirt. Now envision those roots moving into your feet. Feel the calm, strong energy fill your feet, moving into your legs, your hips, your abdomen, your chest, your arms, your neck, and your head. Feel that strong, calm energy gently moving from your head to your feet grounding you and strengthening you. Breathe deeply.
When you’re ready, slowly begin counting from 10 to 1. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Open your eyes. Acquaint yourself with your surroundings. Notice the colors of the ceiling, the wall, the furniture, the floors. Be here in this moment. Namaste.
New research confirms that acupuncture reduces pain levels. Investigators discovered that electroacupuncture decreases pain by regulating the expression of several proteins in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain responsible for autonomic nervous system, endocrine and limbic system functions
These findings are consistent with other research on the relationship between acupuncture and brain chemistry. Researchers discovered that electrical and manual acupuncture 'improve menstrual frequency and decrease circulating androgens in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)'(3, healthCMI.com).
Another study focusing on acupuncture’s ability to reduce carpal tunnel pain discovered a brain pathway by which acupuncture exerts its therapeutic results (4, healthCMI.com).
A weight loss study found that acupuncture controls the expression of leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite and metabolism. The investigators observed that “electroacupuncture treatment led to a reduction of body weight, ..."(5, healthCMI.com).
While this article is written in medical terminology, I think it is helpful to read to understand that acupuncture has significant affects on pain relief, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), carpal tunnel syndrome, weight loss, and stress.
Acupuncture as well as many other treatments we provide can help reduce your allergies and related symptoms. Clinically, treatments according to a patient specific treatment plan offer further reduction in allergies, which was not able to be shown through this research article. Kimberly has had patients reoprt complete elimination of both food and seasonal allergies after completing their entire treatment plan.
Are You Ready to Get Rid of Low Back Pain?
Do you have low back pain (LBP)? Would you like to have 50% or more of your LBP disappear? A study, "Auricular Point Acupressure for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Feasibility Study for 1-Week Treatment" showed over 50% reduction in LBP within 1 week. Pain was reduced simply by having pressure applied to specific points on patients' ears. Auricular acupressure done by a trained professional can significantly reduce or fully stop LBP. Our practitioner, Kimberly Leupold, BPS, MSOM, L.Ac., HTPA, has extensive training and experience in auricular acupressure and acupuncture treatments. In addition to other experience, Kimberly treated patients at Stroger's Cook County Hospital's Acupuncture Pain Clinic. Auricular acupuncture and other Microsystems treatments were used regularly. Patients’ experienced remarkable reductions in pain both short and long term.
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