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Infertility & Acupuncture

Having Trouble Getting Pregnant? Have you considered Acupuncture?

By Kathleen Kenneally L.Ac.

If you have been trying to conceive a child for more than a year, there is a good chance that something may be interfering with your reproductive function.

Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after having regular unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or more.  A normally fertile couple’s average chance of conceiving is approximately 25% per menstrual cycle.  Many things play a part in achieving a successful pregnancy.  Simply put, for women the ability to produce healthy eggs and to regularly ovulate (the release of the egg into the Fallopian tube) and men need to produce healthy sperm to fertilize the egg. A woman’s ability to produce healthy eggs dramatically decreases after the age of 35. However, it is not just a woman’s concern- a problem with the male as sole cause or contributing cause of infertility is seen in approximately 40% of infertile couples. Another 10-15% of couples have no identifiable cause for their infertility. If infertility is suspected, it is important for the couple to get thorough medical exams to rule out the possibility of any internal blockages, hormonal imbalances and low sperm count.

Recent medical studies have shown that traditional acupuncture points used for female infertility not only increased the blood supply to the uterus but as a result increased the lining of the uterus which is responsible for nourishing the fertilized egg. In addition, the stimulation of acupuncture points was shown to almost double the success rates for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Chinese medicine considers many things when diagnosing infertility-a person’s constitution, level of stress, sexual activity, diet and exercise.  To achieve pregnancy the body must be in balance. Acupuncture and herbal medicine work hand in hand with traditional medical approaches by regulating periods, reducing cysts, helping with endometriosis and fibroids, increasing sperm counts, balancing hormone levels and reducing stress. There is hope. The Chinese believe it is important to eat nourishing food, maintain a healthy lifestyle, include daily exercise and keep positive thoughts. By bringing the body back into balance on all levels, couples have a better chance at becoming pregnant and maintaining that pregnancy.

For more information on how Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can address fertility issues- please contact  Valencia Medical Center 661-222-9117

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Acupuncture Compliments Western Medicine

Acupuncture Complements Western Medicine Improving Patient’s Recovery

by  | Oct 24, 2017 | Medical

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the whole person, unlike Western medicine, which attempts to separate the disease from the person. The practice of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is rooted in ancient Taoist philosophy which views a person as an energy system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other.
The ancient science and philosophy is based on the idea that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or energy, flows in rhythms throughout the universe. Energetic pathways, known as meridians, conduct Qi throughout the body. Stimulation of points along the meridians triggers endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relievers, relaxes muscles, increases blood circulation and opens the energetic pathways. This heightens the function of all body systems and increases vitality and well-being. As the body’s energy becomes balanced, it can begin to heal itself and most conditions can be corrected or improved.

Many things are considered when diagnosing imbalances within the body. The pulse is taken for the quality; the shape, color and coating of the tongue are examined as well as the general appearance, personality and attitude of the patient. Ultra-fine, disposable needles are placed at specific points on the meridians and the treatment is virtually painless and often produces a heightened sense of well-being and relaxation.
Chinese Medicine is complementary to Western medicine. It is used as an adjunct to prevent illness, diagnose and treat disease, and to improve overall wellness. Acupuncture, acupressure, massage, dietary and lifestyle changes, exercise, relaxation techniques and herbal medicine are the foundation of treatments. These methods are used to reduce pain, increase metabolism, enhance immune system function and increase the potential for self-healing and recovery.

The World Health Organization has determined that Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are effective in treating muscle pain, respiratory issues, digestive disorders, headaches, gynecological issues, emotional and psychological issues and many more.
Valencia Medical Center welcomes Dr. Kathleen Kenneally, voted Best Acupuncturist in SCV for the past 12 years in a row.

If you would like to find out how acupuncture can improve the quality of your life, please call Valencia Medical Center at 661-222-9117. 

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Get help with insomnia

Alternative Ways to Improve Your Sleep and Manage Insomnia

Millions of Americans are suffering from lack of sleep, or falling to sleep. Here is some advice to help you start a good night sleep. Following the principles every night helps you manage a peaceful sleep and wake up rested.
What are some alternative ways to manage insomnia?

• Don’t watch television before bed, or while trying to fall asleep.
• Don’t eat right before going to bed; have a light snack if you are hungry.
• Sleep in a dark and quiet room at a cool temperature; try using a fan or other machine that will provide white noise to help you fall asleep.
• Try relaxation techniques while lying in a bed
• Reflect on attitudes and belief about sleep
• Avoid taking long afternoon naps
• Keep a sleep log
• Get up at a consistent time and go to bed at a consistent time.
• If you find that you cannot fall asleep within 30 minutes, try reading or another quiet activity until you become sleepy
• Exercise each day, but not before bedtime
• Limit or eliminate alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, especially within four hours of bedtime
• Get into a bedtime routine in preparing for bedtime
• Wear something comfortable to bed

To seek further help call Valencia Medical Center at 661-222-9117.

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Vitamin infusions at Valencia Medical Center

Health Tips for Healthy Living – Health Advisory helping you live a healthy and happy life

Over 75 percent of the population are deficient in vitamins and minerals that links to many disorders. Total wellness is a balance life style and optimization of the following: hormone, vitamin-nutrients, food, spiritual or emotional, and physical movement.In the past 80 years, the amount of nutrient found in our food intake dropped 96 percent. According to the Earth summit report: Farmland in the USA is over 85 percent micronutrient depleted. The human body requires at least 60 percent minerals for optimal health but only eight minerals are found in most of the foods we eat. A 76 percent decline in trace minerals in fruits and vegetables are a risk factor in your health. Eating only apple, lettuce or cabbage put you at risk and we can trace every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.

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