Another Very Happy Fertility Testimonial

March 20, 2015

Herbal tea

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I’m happy to be able to write this testimonial. After 1.5 years of trying to conceive, I had been diagnosed with unexplained secondary infertility. All of my blood work (as well as my husbands) came back normal, but we still failed to get pregnant. We were thrilled to eventually conceive only to suffer a miscarriage a month later. This was devastating. After hearing from a friend about her success with acupuncture, I made an appointment with Drew. I will admit to being a bit skeptic at first. I thought, “how could needles and drinking tea be effective?”

I had the consultation and based on all of my information Drew recommended a custom blended herbal tea and acupuncture sessions. I drank the tea and went to my acupuncture appointments consistently. On the 3rd month I was pregnant. Experience trumps skepticism and I’m now a firm believer in the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I credit Drew for helping us to conceive our little girl. If anyone is on the fence about trying this for fertility or any health issues, I highly recommend visiting Drew. I feel that we are lucky to have someone in our community who is one of the best in his field.

T.B.

What is Acupuncture | What to Expect

October 20, 2009

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles to various depths at strategic points on your body. Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago, but over the past two decades its popularity has grown significantly within the United States. Although scientists don’t fully understand how or why acupuncture works, most studies indicate that it may provide a number of medical benefits — from reducing pain to even helping with chemotherapy-induced nausea.

What should I expect during an acupuncture session?

Acupuncture normally involves a series of weekly or biweekly treatments in an outpatient setting. It’s not uncommon to have just 2 or 3 sessions but based on the specific condition, a patient can have up to 12 treatments in total. The course of treatment will be discussed with the Acupuncturist at the first meeting. Although each acupuncturist has their own unique style, each visit typically includes an exam and an assessment of your current condition, the insertion of acupuncture needles, and a discussion about self-care tips and diet. An acupuncture visit typically lasts about 30 minutes although the first session should be about one hour.

Basic Acupuncture.
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Before the needles are placed, you will lie down on a comfortable surface. Depending on where the needles are to go, you will lie face down, face up or on your side. All certified acupuncturists use single-use sterile packaged needles. You may feel a brief, sharp sensation when the needle is inserted, but in general the procedure is not painful. Points can be needled anywhere in the range of 15 to 90 degrees relative to the skin surface, depending on the treatment called for. In most cases, a sensation, felt by the patient, is desired. This sensation, which is not pain, is called deqi (pronounced dah-chee).

It’s common, however, to feel a twinge or an aching sensation when the needle reaches the correct depth. After placement, the needles are sometimes moved gently. As many as a dozen needles may need to be placed for each treatment. Once the needles are inserted, they’re usually left in place for five to 20 minutes.

How does acupuncture work?

The traditional Chinese theory behind acupuncture as a medical treatment is very different from that of Western medicine. In traditional Chinese medicine, health results come from a harmonious balance between the complementary extremes (yin and yang) of the life force known as Qi or Chi (pronounced ‘chee’).

Qi is believed to flow through pathways or meridians in your body. These meridians and the energy flow are accessible through more than 350 acupuncture points. Illness results from an imbalance of the forces and by inserting needles into these points in various combinations, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.

Are You Afraid of Needles?

October 13, 2009

At one time or another, every one of us has been pricked by tiny metallic things called needles. These are the ones used by our grandmothers for stitching or sewing. But more often than not, this pointed little thing is usually used in hospitals for almost everything, like getting blood samples, injecting liquid medications, and so on. It is that thing that most of us are so afraid to even look at.

Although, a lot of people fear them, needles for some are beneficial, especially when used correctly. A lot of people have tried Acupuncture, the ancient chinese medication using hair like thin needles. Research has shown that it’s popularity is continually increasing. Acupuncture is a safe and effective natural therapy that is used to heal illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. Tiny, hair-thin needles are inserted into specific points in the body, where they are gently stimulated to trigger the body’s natural healing response.

The use of acupuncture can be traced back as far as the Stone Age in China. It was during the time when stone knives and pointed rocks were used to relieve pain and diseases. These instruments were known by the ancients as “bian.” In the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD) an Analytical Dictionary of Characters “Shuo Wen Jie Zi” describes the character “bian”, meaning a stone to treat disease. Later these stones were replaced by needles made of bamboo and slivers of animal bone. During the Shang Dynasty, bronze casting techniques made metal needles possible, which conducted electricity (and qi) which led to the mapping of the meridian system or channels?of energy within the body.

According to traditional acupuncture theory, there are twelve energy channels called meridians running vertically along the length of the human body, each one linking to a specific organ. The theory believes that illnesses are caused by obstructed energy flow at certain points along the meridians and acupuncture therapy stimulates meridian flow. It harmonizes the body’s energy to influence the health of both body and mind.

Acupuncture gained popularity and recognition in the United States when the media followed President Richard Nixon, on his visit to China in 1974. Representatives of major US news networks witnessed and reported on several demonstrations of serious surgeries being performed with acupuncture as the only anesthetic. While these demonstrations didn’t teach the American public how Acupuncture works, it did make the term a household word and drove millions of people into clinics for treatments when conventional medicine failed them.

Acupuncture has become an increasingly popular alternative therapy for a wide variety of illnesses in the United States and other Western nations over the last 25 years. Acupuncturists in these countries were comparable to that of the physician. Today, acupuncture treatment remains an integral component of the health care system.

Acupuncture can relieve a person from illnesses and discomforts such as headaches, neck pains, allergies, arthritis, digestive problems, painful menstruation and can even treat some causes of infertility. It is said that acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium on women, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.

Function-related infertility is very often related to stress. This may be the reason that infertility seems to be extremely common in women who work in stressful office environments. Acupuncture is very beneficial for decreasing excess tension in the body by balancing the autonomic nervous system. There are some evidences that acupuncture increases the production of endorphins, or brain chemicals that make you feel good and help reduce stress. For couples who has fertility problems, going to an acupuncturist will definitely save them money, since acupuncture is less expensive than intrauterine insemination which can cost hundreds of dollars and a single cycle of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) can cost $10,000-$20,000.

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years now and this phenomenon is still evident even in the modern world where technology seems to never stop exploring and inventing cures for illnesses. Acupuncture is one alternative medication that has helped a lot of people in more ways than they can ever think of.

Now, are you still afraid of needles?

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tortoise clinic best ofThanks to all of our patients and loyal followers, we have once again (6th year) won the coveted Best of the Emerald Coast. Every patient at Tortoise Clinic receives not only their specific acupuncture but also dietary advice based on 3,500-year-old Chinese dietetics, as well as hot and cold therapy. The clinic also makes its own pain relief liniment based on a 600-year-old formula.