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An Overview of Acupuncture and TCM

An Overview of Acupuncture and TCM

An Overview of Acupuncture and TCM – Traditional Chinese Medicine developed in the Orient several thousand years ago through Taoist and Buddhist monks and warriors, to find its place in the court of emperors. It then found its way into mainstream China, where it flourished for centuries as the only system of medicine. It is practiced there to this day, where it works successfully alongside western medicine. Millions of people worldwide now benefit from TCM.

Traditional Chinese Medicine offers several methods of treatment for fertility. At this practice, we offer acupuncture, electro acupuncture, moxabustion, cupping, dietary therapy and Qi Gong. The important thing for patients to know, is that we understand the difficulties couples are sometimes faced with, and the roller coaster of emotions involved.  Here at the Clinic in Blackrock patients find a nurturing, confidential and supportive environment.

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Consultation at the Fertlity Clinic

Consultation at the Fertlity Clinic

Acupuncture being applied to the back

Consultation at the Fertlity Clinic – First, there is a Consultation at the Fertility Clinic in Blackrock, which includes a detailed analysis of your health and medical history, along with any fertility tests which have been taken.  Lifestyle, diet, exercise, stress and emotional issues, pulse and tongue diagnosis are key to establishing a comprehensive TCM diagnosis. If you are having difficulty becoming pregnant, this process helps to identify where the problems lie, and the disharmonies involved inhibiting your fertility.

Consultation at the Fertlity Clinic

Once a diagnosis is made, a Three Month Treatment Plan is formulated that is specific to each person. it’s important to note, that it takes at least three cycles to establish regularity. We aim to redress the balance, maximize fertility and establish the best possible foundation for a successful pregnancy. Regular weekly treatments at the Fertility Clinic in Blackrock are nearly always recommended at the start of any treatment plan. If finances are constrained or time is an an issue then we can work out a suitable plan tailored to your needs.

You might have no problems at all, but just want to have your body as healthy as possible before planning a baby. We can help you with this and guide you towards a healthier lifestyle and a more relaxed mind.

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The Fertility Clinic Practitioner

The Fertility Clinic Practitioner

The Fertility Clinic Practitioner – Liz Ellicott is a fully licensed practitioner, who trained at the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Dublin (affiliated to Guanzhou University, China). She is a member of the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association and the European Council of TCM.  Liz is a Zita West Affiliated Acupuncturist and a founder member. The Zita West Clinic is based in London is the largest integrated (medical and complimentary) fertility clinic in the UK. Patients attending Liz Ellicott’s clinic therefore have access to a practitioner who is linked to one of the most successful fertility clinics in the UK. Patients attending can also avail of Zita West products at 20% discount

The Fertility Clinic Practitioner

Liz joined the Zita West Network when it was first established in Ireland in 2008.  Since then she attends post graduate training in London on an annual basis, ensuring that her clinic is up to date in the latest research and technological advances. 

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ART/IVF Support

ART/IVF Support

ART/IVF Support – As well as treating patients through the natural fertility method, as part of the Zita West Network with her up to date knowledge on the process of ART/IVF Liz uses the *Zita West protocols as a supporting role in this process when appropriate.*

ART/IVF Support

(In September 2011 the ZWC launched its own ART Programme under its new Medical Director Dr George Ndukwe.)

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Pregnancy Support

Pregnancy Support

Pregnancy Support – Pregnancy support is also part of the treatments that we offer at the Fertility Clinic.  It’s noninvasive, completely safe and mindful of the various stages of pregnancy where certain acupuncture points are prohibited.

Pregnancy Support

Morning sickness is one of the symptoms which benefits from acupuncture.  There are strict treatment guidelines and protocols which are followed to safeguard both mother and baby.

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The Clinic

The Clinic

The Clinic – The Clinic in Blackrock, is located conveniently within a ten minute walking distance from Blackrock Dart station and Blackrock Shopping Centre. Situated on Rock Road, it is a three minute walk from the Blackrock Clinic and directly opposite Blackrock College.  There are a numbers of buses on this route. The Clinic is about 20 minutes from Dublin city centre. It can also be easily accessed via the M50 and the N11. * See directions under Contact Us.*

The Clinic

Patients attending IVF Clinics both in Ireland and elsewhere are welcome. *The Clinic in Blackrock is well placed to facilitate patients in South Dublin.

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Acupuncture Different Types

Acupuncture Different Types

Acupuncture Different Types – There are different types of Acupuncture. Whichever you decide to use, they are designed to do the same thing and that is to relieve pain or treat certain diseases.

The first is called TCM(traditional chinese medicine) based acupuncture. Here, it uses eight principles of complementary opposites to create harmony in the body. These include yin & yang, internal & external, excess & deficiency, hot & cold.

Acupuncture Different Types

Next is called French energetic acupuncture. This is often used by MD acupuncturists. Meridian patterns are emphasized here particularly the yin-yang pairs of primary meridians. joker123

Korean hand acupuncture is another as practitioners believe that the hands and feet have concentrations of ‘Qi‘, and that applying acupuncture needles to these areas is effective for the entire body.

There is also auricular acupuncture where it is believed that the ear is a microcosm of the body. This means that acupuncture needles are placed on certain points on the ear so it can treat certain addiction disorders.

Myofascial-based acupuncture is often utilized by physical therapists as it involves feeling the meridian lines in search of tender points before applying needles as this is where abnormal energy flows.

Japanese styles of acupuncture referred to as “meridian therapy,” tend to put more emphasis on needling technique and feeling meridians in diagnosis.

Impulses of electromagnetic energy can also be used as the body generates tiny but electrical discharges which influence the function, growth, and maturity of certain types of cells. By inserting the needles in these areas, it stimulates and alters the neurotransmitters in the body thus making the patient feel better after treatment. This is also sometimes used for diagnosis and testing.

There are also other forms of acupuncture that do not use needles. For instance, there is sonopuncture that uses an ultrasound device that transmits sound waves to points in the body to treat a patient. Some practitioners use a tuning fork or other vibration devices.

Acupressure is another. Here, the professional will use their hands to relieve the pain. This can be used on it sown or with other manual healing techniques.

The number of treatments you will need depends on the patient’s condition. On average this could be from 10 to 5 treatments and 2 to 3 times a week. How much it will cost also varies as this could be from $40 to $150. Some insurance companies and HMO’s now cover that or partially so you should check if this is included in your policy.

Anyone can try acupuncture to relieve pain or prevent one but many practitioners decline to see someone during pregnancy. But if you have already started, it is generally safe to do so until the infant is born.

Some acupuncturists may ask you to take in some herbs as part of the treatment. Since you have no idea what it can do, have this checked first by your local doctor to make sure this is safe as this could interact with the drugs you are taking causing side effects.

Which type of acupuncture should you try? That is up to you. All of them are effective so discuss this with your doctor and do some research so you know what you are getting yourself into. Each of these is painless so just relax and let the professional do the rest.

Just like conventional medicine, don’t expect an improvement overnight as this takes time so just keep an open mind.

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What are the main licensed Acupuncturist practices?

What are the main licensed Acupuncturist practices?

What are the main licensed Acupuncturist practices? – The Licensed Acupuncturist is the professional individual who conducts principle acupuncture practices in the daily basis. He or she may use needles or some other instruments depending on the type that will be used to create harmony and balance in the body.

Before this person does anything, you will first have to answer a few questions. You will then be given a physical exam to check your pulse and observe the shape, color, and coating of your tongue. Other things that are checked will be the color and texture of the skin and your posture as this will give clues to your health. daftar joker388

What are the main licensed Acupuncturist practices?

Only then will you be told to lie down on a padded examining table and the needles are inserted into the skin. The difference with this kind of needle is that they twirl and jiggle each time they are pushed further into the body.

You may not feel them at all and if you do, it will only be a twitch that soon goes away. Once they are in place, this will be left there for 15 to 60 minutes that may make you feel very relaxed and sleepy that you may even doze off. Once the session is complete, the needles are removed and you will be on your way.

In some cases, acupuncture is more effective when the needles are first heated. This technique is known as “moxibustion.” Here, the acupuncturist lights a small bunch of the dried herb called moxa or mugwort and holds it above the needles. The herb, which burns slowly and gives off a little smoke and a pleasant, incense-like smell, will never directly touch your body.

Another variation is electrical acupuncture. Here, electrical wires are hooked up to the needles and a weak current runs through it which may cause no or little sensation at all.

It is also possible that herbal medications will also be prescribed by the acupuncturist for your treatment to be successful.

When looking for an acupuncturist, make sure that person is licensed. Before he or she can obtain one, they have to complete 4 years of training at an approved college of oriental medicine. In the state of California, one governing body that gives the person the title is the California Acupuncture Committee.

If they get this from another organization, a copy of their license must always be clearly displayed in the practitioner’s office. One example is the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

When choosing an acupuncturist, there are a few things you should ask aside from their credentials. You should know what styles of acupuncture are used as there are some techniques that do not use needles to treat a patient.

Although there are no studies which prove that one technique is better than the other, some patients are more comfortable with one type over the other.

Another question you should ask and discuss further is the length of the treatment. Patients who are suffering from a chronic illness will have to be treated over a period of months before any improvements can be seen. This will help you plan your schedule since you need to go to the clinic 2 to 3 times weekly.

The acupuncturist just like a medical doctor is there to help you get better. If you don’t see any progress with this person, perhaps you should seek the help of another specialist.

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The Acupuncture Miracle Energy of Chi

The Acupuncture Miracle Energy of Chi

The Acupuncture Miracle Energy of Chi – When it comes to acupuncture theory, you will find that there are basic concepts that you have to understand in order to learn the entire process known as “Qi” or “Chi”. Qi happens to the energy of the body. Anything negative that you body may go through, like disease or illness, is because your Qi is disrupted.

When it comes to the stimulation that you will get from Acupuncture, you will find that there are needles that are placed in specific points of the body so that the Qi flow can be affected. An acupuncturist is someone who uses the use of the needles to heal or unblock your qi flow. The concepts of the qi are difficult for most beginners, but it can be broken into easily understand concepts that you can learn one at a time.

The Acupuncture Miracle Energy of Chi

First, it is important to note there are five main types of Qi energy: Qi, Jing, Xue, Jin Ye, and Shen. Qi can be roughly translated to “matter-energy.” It causes the movements in the universe, but it is a vital part of your own good health. Some equate the Qi to the soul. “Jing” can be most closely translated to “Essence” in the English language, but there are no exact words in Western terms that mean “Jing”. When it come to Jing, it is something that is inherited like DNA and then we are able to create our own by eating certain foods and through the air that we breathe. “Jing”, then can be somewhat called “health,” since we genetically receive some health predisposition, but also affect our own health and the health of our children with our lifestyle choices. daftar joker123

“Xue” Literally meaning blood, Xue is the liquid that flows in the blood and through the Qi or energy of the body. The health of the two is dependent on one another. “Jin Ye” is also a tangible idea—bodily fluids. These include saliva, milk, tears, genital secretions, sweat, stomach fluids, and other liquids of the body. Finally, Shen is simply just the spirit of the body. Traditionally, your spirit is located in your heart.

Acupuncture is a way that you can treat the energies and to help create a healthy body. The energies are important since that help us develop body heat, defend illness, grow and develop, control the body’s blood and organs, transform, and break down the body’s metabolism. If you get acupuncture done on a regular basis, then you will be able to turn all of your negativity in your Qi to be released.

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Acupuncture Therapy for Quitting Smoking Addiction

Acupuncture Therapy for Quitting Smoking Addiction

Acupuncture Therapy for Quitting Smoking Addiction – Acupuncture therapy is already a well-accepted practice used in treating of quitting the smoking addiction. An alternative medicine believed to have originated as far as 3000 BC in ancient China, this treatment is now being widely utilized for various medicinal and therapeutic purposes. It has been found furthermore to successfully treat drug dependence and chronic smoking addiction.

There are several smoking cessation medications and therapies available presently. However, acupuncture is a recommended alternative procedure, especially where conventional therapies have already failed. The strategic insertion of needles in various parts of the body aims to treat the condition in a more profound and emotional level. A smoker needs to free himself from the physiological and psychological addiction of smoking, thus necessitating a more holistic treatment. joker388

Acupuncture Therapy for Quitting Smoking Addiction

How does the acupuncture kill the smoking addiction?

The placement of needles is usually located behind the ear, or on the ear cartilage. This is where the calming effect takes place, curbing the patient’s cravings for more cigarettes. People who have a smoking habit are bound to take up the nicotine stick more often whenever they feel stressed, bored, or depressed. Needles are also often inserted on the hand and wrists to promote a steadier flow of bodily energy. The feeling of relaxation will help an individual think twice about lighting a cigarette again.

Furthermore, this treatment has been found to help an individual deal with the withdrawal symptoms better. This alternative medicine promotes better tolerance to pain and discomfort during smoking cessation. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe and may involve nausea, palpitations, and dizziness. Oftentimes, these same conditions will propel an individual back to his smoking tendencies sooner than later.

Nicotine is the addictive and toxic substance present in a cigarette. This is the same substance that makes quitting a big challenge for most smokers. The nicotine that you get from smoking will attach itself to the pleasure areas in the brain, making it hard for you to stop. Without a steady stream of this substance, a smoker will tend to feel depressed and uncomfortable.

People who have undergone acupuncture treatment reported that they no longer find cigarettes as tempting or as satisfying. Oftentimes, smoking would leave an awful taste in their mouths prompting them to stop their habit for once. Some patients would even resort to eating mints or lozenges to clear to get rid of the terrible aftertaste.

According to skilled practitioners, approximately 7 out of 10 smokers will successfully extricate themselves from their smoking habit after 2 or 3 weeks. While the others are unable to quit totally, these smokers will be able to cut down on their cigarette consumption quite significantly.

Advice & experience from Acupuncture Experts

It is advised for a patient to consult with a skilled acupuncturist. A more personalized service will be provided by an expert, as well as added counseling for the patient. Moreover, an acupuncturist may prescribe herbal supplements to aid the patient in quitting efforts.

During treatment, filiform needles are inserted into specific points on the ear cartilage, as well as the hands and wrists. Normal procedures last for about 30 minutes. Body acupuncture can be used in combination with the ear and wrist needle placements. An acupuncturist may also utilize a mild electric current, to enhance the effect of the needles through the body.

The greatest advantage of this ancient Oriental procedure is the absence of side-effects during and after treatment. Unlike smoking cessation medications and nicotine replacement therapy products, acupuncture does not employ chemically manufactured substances. There is also no risk of weight gain during therapy. In conjunction with helping a patient quit smoking, it can also curb appetite, thus reducing food cravings.

If you have tried several methods in smoking cessation to no avail, perhaps it is high time you consider the alternative method that is acupuncture. With the right practitioner and the right frame of mind, there is no reason why you won’t be nicotine-free before long.