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Did you know that the use of acupuncture dates back more than 4,000 years to the times of ancient China? This is a treatment that involves the placement of thin, sterile needles into certain parts of a person’s body. This will help to manipulate and balance the flow of energy in a person’s body. There are quite a few studies that have found when you take the time to find the best acupuncture Edmonton clinic, you may even be able to increase the chances that you will conceive a child.

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The Way Acupuncture Affects Fertility

Oriental medicine has been used for thousands and thousands of years to enhance a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. It provides a method of working to balance the energy throughout the entire body. This is essential to have a healthy body that will be fertile. If your body is in balance, it will also be able to function at a superior level, which means that the organs will be properly working, that you can sleep restfully and that your body will be resistant to a number of common illnesses. Also, your body will be able to recover more easily from various injuries and the reproductive capacity you have will be totally functional. The fact is, there are a number of different reasons that this balance may be interrupted.

If an imbalance in this energy takes place, then you may experience a number of symptoms, which include infertility. When you receive acupuncture treatment, the imbalances can be completely eliminated and the symptoms that result from the imbalance will be removed. There are quite a few studies that have even proven that acupuncture can effective increase the likelihood you will conceive a child.

What You Should Expect During Treatment          

The first thing to understand is that the use of needles by an acupuncturist is not the same as how a traditional doctor will use needles. The ones that are used for this treatment are extremely thin and much smaller than what is used for injections and drawing blood. In fact, the needles are only slightly thicker than your hair. In the majority of situations, you will not even be able to feel the needles or where they are being placed. Once they are in the proper place, you will begin to feel extremely relaxed – completely free from pain.

Without a doubt, IVF can be a serious source of stress for many people. With acupuncture, you can experience a reduction in your stress level and may even be able to easily conceive a child. This will be beneficial in the long run.


Kim Kardashian appears to be carrying on painful extremes trend, this time with acupuncture.

Although the traditional Chinese practice isn’t meant to feel physically uncomfortable, it certainly looked it in a picture that Kim Kardashian, 32, tweeted of herself on Saturday.

Pregnant Kim Kardashian is seen closeup in the photo with multiple needles dotted all over her face, neck and ears.

The reality star’s face is, as always, fully made up, this time with thick black eyeliner and lashings of mascara coupled with a glossy rose lip color.

Kim Kardashian appears to be carrying on painful extremes trend, this time with acupuncture

Kim Kardashian appears to be carrying on painful extremes trend, this time with acupuncture

Kim Kardashian accompanied the photo with the caption: “Oh so relaxing…”

Acupuncture is recommended for pregnant women wishing to avoid traditional drugs to help ease symptoms such as morning sickness and stress.

Perhaps Kim Kardashian, who is about five months into her pregnancy, was using the alternative medicine to treat any symptoms she may be experiencing.

Kim Kardashian, who has vowed “never to get a facelift”, was more than likely using it to maintain her youthful glow as the needles were positioned all over her face, including her cheeks.


Few complementary therapies appear to help musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis, say British experts who have looked at the available trial evidence.

Most alternative treatments have either not been scientifically tested or subjected to limited investigations, says Arthritis Research UK.

Of 25 therapies, only a handful were judged to have enough medical evidence to support their use.

These included acupuncture, massage, tai chi and yoga.

Very little evidence was found in support of commonly-used therapies such as copper bracelets and magnetic therapy for arthritis, fibromyalgia or lower back pain.

For their analysis the researchers searched for randomized controlled trials – comparing the given therapy with a placebo, usual care or another treatment – that had been written up in English and published before the end of May 2011.

For arthritis, they found 53 trials of 14 different therapies among nearly 6,000 patients. Only tai chi and acupuncture appeared to work.

For fibromyalgia there were 50 trials of 17 different therapies in more than 3,000 patients. Acupuncture and massage came out top, closely followed by tai chi and relaxation therapy.

For sore backs, yoga and acupuncture appeared the most effective, and there was some evidence to also support the use of osteopathy and relaxation therapy as well as the Alexander technique which focuses on posture and movement.

Lower back pain was the most investigated condition, with 75 trials of 14 different therapies across over 11,600 participants.

According to the lead author of the report, Dr. Gareth Jones from the University of Aberdeen, there is very little evidence for most complementary therapies.

“There’s either no evidence that they’re effective or there’s some evidence that they are not effective.

“But there are some exceptions, like acupuncture and the whole body therapies like massage and tai chi, which do appear to work.”

Reassuringly, all of the therapies looked at are relatively safe with only minor side effects, even if they may not be effective, says Dr. Gareth Jones.

But they could be a waste of money, he says.

Few complementary therapies appear to help musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis

Few complementary therapies appear to help musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis

Estimates suggest each year £250 million ($400 million) is spent on complementary medicines, including supplements.

“This is an enormous cost for something without much evidence to show it works.

“People might be wasting their money.

“Some of these therapies are provided on the NHS.”

He said the NHS should evaluate which alternative therapies it offers: “If there’s evidence that something does not work they should take a serous look at whether they should be offering it.”

Terry Cullen of the British Complementary Medicine Association said: “I am not disappointed or surprised that a number of therapies did not indicate any apparent benefit – there are no treatment panaceas in any form of medicine.”

He said there was insufficient funding available to carry out extensive and meaningful trials to prove the worth of alternative therapies.

“Slowly, but surely, complementary and alternative therapies are being recognized as a having health and well-being value,” he said.

Complementary therapies considered in the report:

  • Acupuncture
  • Alexander technique
  • Aromatherapy
  • Autogenic training
  • Biofeedback
  • Chiropractic (spinal manipulation)
  • Copper bracelets
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Crystal healing
  • Feldenkrais
  • Healing therapies
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Imagery
  • Kinesiology
  • Magnetic therapy
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Music therapy
  • Osteopathy (spinal manipulation)
  • Qigong
  • Reflexology
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Shiatsu
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga