Irvine Acupuncture and Chiropractic Center
Acupuncture and chiropractic care is an ancient healing art that millions of Americans rely on for their health care needs.
In recent years there has been lots of articles published about the use of acupuncture and chiropractic methods showing how they can provide long term benefits for all types of body pains (especially back pain, headache, knee pain (etc).
The LA Times stated that at UC Irvine, researchers have shown that when a needle is placed in a point on the side of the foot that Chinese theorists associate with vision, the visual cortex in the brain "lights up" on fMRI, or functional magnetic resonance imaging scans, though the cause and effect are not totally clear to the individuals conducting the research.
According to WebMD " 'Acupuncture' is very effective in treating several diseases and conditions. Acupuncture is most effective at treating chronic pain, such as headaches; menstrual cramps; and low back, neck, or muscle pain. It can also be used to treat arthritis, facial pain, pain from shingles, and spastic colon and colitis conditions. Acupuncture has also been successful in treating obesity and addictions such as nicotine or drugs. Acupuncture also can improve the functioning of the immune system (the body's defense system against diseases)."
A landmark study found that acupuncture improved pregnancy success rates by 50% in women undergoing in-vitro fertilization. According to the study published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility: Acupuncture dramatically improves the chances of becoming pregnant when used in conjunction with other assisted reproductive techniques. Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York reviewed the study and concluded that acupuncture helps to:
- increase blood flow to the uterus, which improves the chances of an ovum implantation on the uterine wall
- reduce anxiety, stress, and the hormone that are secreted during stressful situations that can significantly decrease fertility
- normalize hormone and endocrine systems that regulate ovulation, especially in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome
- positively affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a key role in fertility
- regulate menstrual cycle
In a study published in Human Reproductive Journal, an ultrasound was used to evaluate the blood flow to the uterus during acupuncture treatments. The study found that blood flow does in fact increase during treatment.
I find Chinese Medicine very appealing because of its strong emphasis on prevention and because of its practical success with conditions that Western medicine is not so good with... I also recognize that the emphasis of Chinese practitioners on energy and its balanced flow throughout the body is a stumbling block for Westerners who cannot see beyond the limitations of the paradigm of materialistic science. Dr. Andrew Weil M.D. Director at University of Arizona Medical Center
In one of the best studies, Dr. Tong J. Gan, director of clinical research in anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center, showed last year that acupuncture on the wrist point was "as good as giving ondansetron," an anti-nausea drug, for postoperative nausea and vomiting.
for weight loss
Acupuncture has been used to not only boost the metabolism of individuals but has also helped to curb the appetite. World-renowned Dr. Oz suggests acupuncture to help with weight loss. Dr. Oz concluded that acupuncture can influence obesity hormones and states, "Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism... acupuncture can power up any other weight control strategy by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones and enhancing the way nutrients are used. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full."