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Does acupuncture hurt?
What if I'm afraid of needles?
Is acupuncture safe?
How long does a session last?
How many treatments will I need?
Does acupuncture treat female fertility?
Does acupuncture treat male infertility?
Can acupuncture treat stress, anxiety, depression?
Can acupuncture treat back / neck pain?
Can acupuncture treat headaches / migraines?
Can acupuncture help with arthritis?
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Does acupuncture hurt?

More often than not, the experience is relatively painless. The needles are small and hair-thin; they are solid, not hollow like needles used by doctors. Acupuncture needles are not designed to cut the skin. Acupuncture needles are so thin it's as if they can glide through the spaces between the individual cells of the body. The sensation of the needles varies from point to point and also from person to person. People often describe the sensation as warming, heavy, numb or tingling.

What if I'm afraid of needles?

This I understand completely. Most people are accustomed to the hollow, hypodermic needles of Western medicine. Acupuncture needles are very fine, solid needles inserted superficially. Many people, even those who feared needles upon arrival, fall asleep during the treatment and find their anxiety replaced with relaxation and contentment.

Is acupuncture safe?

The acupuncture needles used are sterile, disposable needles so there is no risk of infection - they are used once, then disposed of.

How long does a session last?

The initial visit averages an hour and a half, and an hour for follow-up visits.

How many treatments will I need?

No two conditions or people respond exactly the same. The course of treatment depends on the condition, the severity, and the duration of the condition. Some conditions are improved with one or a few visits; other treatments will involve multiple visits over a period of time. Acupuncture treatments have a cumulative effect. It is necessary to receive treatment regularly and frequently in order to provide long term relieffor long term problems.

Does acupuncture treat female fertility?

Yes, acupuncture is an effective treatment for female fertility, when acupunctureis used by itself or in conjunction with IUI or IVF. A study reported in the British Medical Journal has shown that when acupuncture is combined with IVF it improves the rates of pregnancy and live birth. When possible, it's best to start your acupuncture for fertility treatment before you begin trying to conceive or undergo IUI or IVF. This is because studies show that it takes about 90 days to influence changes in a woman's menstrual cycle, such as improving ovulation and uterine lining, regulating hormones, regulating any problems with the actual cycle. However, most women don't find out about the benefits of acupuncture for fertility until they have already started trying to conceive or have started Western fertility treatments. In these cases, it's best to start treatment as soon as possible. It's never too late to start using acupuncture to improve your fertility. One example of this is that by simply receiving a treatment immediately before and immediately after your IVF embryo transfer you can increase your chances for success by 12-14%. Acupuncture is an effective way to reduce stress and rebalance the systems that stress affects. Acupuncture releases endorphins and serotonin, which have a calming effect on the body. These chemicals decrease the physical symptoms of stress by reducing heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and relaxing the muscles. Infertility acupuncture also improves blood circulation throughout the body, which oxygenates tissues and cycles out cortisol and other damaging chemicals. Most importantly, acupuncture has been shown to rebalance the sympathetic nervous system and the endocrine system, thereby regulating the reproductive hormones that stress negatively affects.

Does acupuncture treat male infertility?

Yes, acupuncture can be used to treat male infertility. Male factors account for approximately 40% of all fertility problems, and studies have shown that acupuncture can significantly improve both sperm count and quality in men with infertility of unknown cause.

Can acupuncture treat stress, anxiety, depression?

Yes, acupuncture is used frequently in helping to treat stress, anxiety, or depression. Chinese medicine is an effective way to reduce stress and rebalance the systems that stress affects. Acupuncture releases endorphins and serotonin, which have a calming effect on the body. These chemicals decrease the physical symptoms of stress by reducing heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and relaxing the muscles. Studies have shown that acupuncture is a beneficial treatment for depression, but for best results I encourage patients to make changes in their lifestyles to help balance their mind; to help circulate their own energy and study a form of meditation to learn how to control and relax mind. Activities such as yoga are excellent forms of mind-body exercise that can improve the ability to control both anxiety and depression.

Can acupuncture treat back pain?

Yes, acupuncture is very effective for back pain. Chronic back pain is amongst the most common medical complaints - up to 80% of the world's population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, with lower back pain the most common. Although most episodes of back pain last less than two weeks, research shows that recurrence rates for lower back pain can reach as high as 50% in the first few months following the first occurrence. As well as back pain, recent studies have shown that acupuncture is effective for a wide range of pains including chronic low back pain, headache, neck pain, or pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee or hip.

Can acupuncture treat headaches / migraines?

Acupuncture is very effective in treating migraines and headaches. Acupuncture can offer powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause. Your treatment will depend on a number of things: the location of pain, the kind of pain, and when it occurs (i.e. night, morning, after eating). For the majority of migraine / headache sufferers, acupuncture can eliminate the headaches completely in conjunction with diet and lifestyle changes.

Can acupuncture help with arthritis?

Yes, acupuncture is a very effective treatment of arthritis. Acupuncture treats the pain and inflammation associated with the different types of arthritis, and helps to improve the general health of the person.

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Juliana Driscoll Acupuntura Vilanova
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