Infertility may be caused by many biological and external factors, like organ imbalance, weak constitution, and both partners’ lifestyles. Acupuncture, frequently combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat some causes of infertility. Additionally, it is shown that acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining. Also, acupuncture and herbs are very effective for treating many underlying conditions that may affect fertility, such as irregular menstrual cycles, hormonal imbalances, pelvic infections, and stress.
Acupuncture is an effective adjunction therapy that makes it easier to lose and maintain a healthy weight if the patient is willing to change their lifestyle. Acupuncture needles are inserted into a specific point on the body and in the ear, releasing endorphins that have a calming and relaxing effect that makes it easier to deal with stress, frustration, and anxiety that can trigger overeating and bingeing fattening foods. Also, endorphins affect the digestive and hormonal system; acupuncture can help rebalance the organ systems that are running too fast or too slow and affect the patient’s metabolism and willpower.
Depression affects 121 million people worldwide. Prolonged feelings of sadness and hopelessness can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. Acupuncture can not only treat depression, but it can help address the root causes safely and naturally. When somebody is suffering from depression, the person’s Qi (pronounces “chee”) is stagnant. While treating depression, acupuncturists like to focus on balancing and activating the Qi by manipulating specific points on the body. Some physical symptoms of depression are extreme tiredness, lack of motivation, and feeling cold.
Insomnia is prevalent in patients whose life is subject to large amounts of stress. The length of sleep we need changes according to age, and most of the time, it gradually decreases as we get old. Acupuncturists will always take age into account when determining if the patient’s sleep is adequate. When patients have difficulty falling asleep, dizziness, and blurry vision, they may have a liver-blood deficiency. When patients wake up frequently overnight and have excessive dreams, sweating, and palpitations, it may be a heart and kidney yin deficiency.