Valerie Young specialises in musculo-skeletal problem and sports injury.
What are the benefits of acupuncture for fertility?
- Increases the blood flow to the uterus, therefore, thickening the lining and benefiting implantation
- Improves egg quality
- Regulates the female cycle and ovulation
- Positively impacting on fertility hormones
- Lowers stress hormones responsible for infertility
A study conducted at Sheffield University looked at the long-term symptom reduction benefits of acupuncture for persistent low back pain. An average of 8 acupuncture treatments were given to 159 people, while 80 people received usual care instead. It was found that after one year people receiving acupuncture had reduced pain and reported a significant reduction in concerns about their pain compared to the group receiving usual care.
Arthritis literally means joint inflammation and refers to a group of rheumatic diseases that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joint. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Acupuncture patients showed a 40% decrease in arthritic pain due to the naturally occurring hormones (endorphins and adrenalcorticotropin) which are effectively stimulated by acupuncture.
The Western medical explanation for the success of acupuncture in the treatment of depression is that the acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system (CNS),. release chemicals into the muscles, brain and spinal cord, thus promoting the body's own natural healing abilities. The NIH says, "Studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones in a good way."