- Sunset Healing Arts Center1675 SW Marlow Avenue
Portland, OR 97225
Patricia Hallam, LAc
Daivati Bharadvaj, ND
Nanci Williams, LMT
William Wilson, LMT
Stephanie Vickers, ND
Fax number: (503) 530-8174
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Why and How Acupuncture Works for Infertility
Infertility struggles have become more and more common in recent years. There are many physical and environmental contributors to infertility and couples dealing with this issue are desperate for solutions. As it makes its way into the mainstream health world, acupuncture has become more of a go-to treatment method for both males and females; and there is plenty of valid research to back up these claims. A quick search of PubMed will give you hundreds of studies illustrating the positive effects of acupuncture on various issues related to infertility. continue reading
Using Ear Seeds to Help Common Problems
What are Ear Seeds? Traditionally, ear seeds have been made by placing the tiny seed of the vaccaria plant on a small piece of adhesive bandage that then gets stuck onto one or more of the many acupressure points on the ear to help alleviate many symptoms. More recently, ear seeds are also made from small pellets of stainless steel, gold or silver, and there are options of latex or non-latex types of adhesive material that they are placed on. The ear has many acupressure points on it which form a microsystem of the whole body. Ear seeds are a non-invasive way to stimulate the points on this microsystem to produce helpful effects, such as helping to alleviate pain in different parts of the body, regulate hormones, reduce stress and anxiety and many other things.
During this time of stay-at-home orders, quarantine, and reduced travel and social interaction, you may like to try using ear seeds at home. The company earseeds.com has some wonderful kits available that can help a wide variety of issues including: Acne/Skincare, Addiction, Allergies, Back Pain/Sciatica, Cough, Digestive Support, Depression, Fertility, Focus & Memory, Headaches/Migraines, Hemmorhoids, Inflammation & Immunity, Libido, Motion Sickness, Post Trauma, Sleep/Insomnia, Stop Smoking, Stress & Anxiety, Weight Loss, and Women’s Health issues such as Menopause, Postpartum, and PMS. Each of the kits comes with about a month’s supply of ear seeds, tweezers to help you grasp and place the adhesive squares with the seeds on your ear, as well as a card showing the location of points helpful to the condition you may have and explaining what they do to help.
To see a full list of the kits they have available and learn more about ear seeds, go to this link:
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Acupuncture and Cervical Health
Women’s health is a big part of the healthcare industry. And acupuncture can be very beneficial in caring for the overall health of women. Acupuncture has been especially effective in helping with things like infertility, turning breech babies, inducing labor and clearing up infections. The cervix is just one small part of the uterus. Specifically it is the lower part of the uterus that opens to allow passage between the uterus and the vagina. The cervix widens during childbirth to allow the baby to pass, it also allows the passage of menstrual fluids from the uterus out of the body and it is vital for sperm to pass through the cervix to reach the uterus when trying to procreate.
The cervix is very vulnerable to several health conditions, such as chronic inflammation, polyps, dysplasia and even cancer. Cervical conditions rarely present symptoms in the early stages, which makes it extremely important for women to get regular pap smears. If an abnormality is detected, there are several ways to address it, depending on the severity. In the early stages of any of the aforementioned conditions, acupuncture can be a positive addition to Western medical treatments. Acupuncture is very good at decreasing inflammation and helping to dissolve polyps and tumors. Acupuncture can also balance hormones, which allows the body to correct any imbalances.
One of the most studied areas of acupuncture is in treating fertility issues. When invitro fertilization by itself does not get the job done, adding acupuncture may be the last piece of the puzzle. Acupuncture does much more than just balance the hormones. When a woman is trying to get pregnant and struggling with it due to fertility issues, the stress levels are extremely high. And high stress levels have been proven to disrupt the body’s ability to conceive. One of the things that acupuncture is really successful at is decreasing stress levels. This can make it easier for the fertility treatments to work. Acupuncture has also been shown to increase blood flow to areas of the body, including the uterus. This can help to make a very hospitable place for a baby to grow.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine are also widely used for treating infections and sexually transmitted diseases. In traditional Chinese medicine, most infections have some sort of heat or discharge associated with them. This medicine uses principles, herbs and acupressure points that have specific properties that can drain heat and expel toxins from the body. This can lead to an overall improvement in both uterine and cervical health.
Another area where acupuncture can help with cervical health is at the time of birth. About four percent of babies are presented in the breech position prior to birth. An accessory modality known as moxibustion, has proven time and time again, that it can actually turn the baby to the proper birthing position. Moxibustion involves the burning of an herb, dried mugwort, very near the skin on a specific acupressure point that is located on the outer edge of the pinky toe. By performing moxibustion several times a day, the baby and the body somehow know that there needs to be a repositioning and the baby tends to turn during the night.
When it comes to women’s health, acupuncture is an amazing resource. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.