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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, otherwise known as needle therapy, is one of the oldest treatment methods, the beginnings of which can be traced back to 2500 BC. According to Chinese medical theory, acupuncture harmonizes and balances energy flow in the human body by stimulating points located on the surface of the skin with the help of a thin, steel needle. Stimulation of each point has a different effect.

Is acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture is not considered to be painful, as needles used for the procedure are extremely thin (0.12 – 0.3 mm in diameter). The needles are made from gold, silver and other precious metal alloys. An acupuncturist uses a separate disposable needle set for each session. Patients usually describe acupuncture as a particularly relaxing procedure. The procedure can last from several minutes up to an hour, and, depending on the patient’s diagnosis, the therapy course consists from 3-10 procedures.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is a safe procedure, which is carried out by a certified acupuncturist. The risk of side effects is very low. Needle therapy is considered to be a healthier and more natural alternative to medication. It affects each and every part of the body, boosts immunity and improves general health condition. During the therapy course, the patients are advised to avoid undersleeping, burnout and alcohol.

Acupuncture: Indications

Acupuncture has a regulatory effect on pain syndromes, psychovegetative and hormonal disorders.
Acupuncture enhances the energetic condition of the body.
Acupuncture can help to quit smoking!
Acupuncture helps to promote weight loss!
In gynecology, acupuncture can be used to alleviate premenstrual and menopausal syndromes, menstrual cycle disorders, and help with reproductive issues.

iVF Riga clinic suggests acupuncture in following cases:

  • When planning a pregnancy
  • Helps to fight symptoms of stress
  • Boosts immunity
  • Improves the nervous system and protective mechanisms of the body
  • Positively influences metabolism and energy balance
  • Stimulates ovarian (females) and testicular (males) function.

For expectant mothers:
Alleviates or completely removes such symptoms as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Backache
  • Oedema
  • Leg cramps

Acupuncture for men:

  • Prostate treatment
  • Improve sperm quality
  • Impotence
  • Male infertility

Acupuncture can positively affect males who are diagnosed with infertility. One scientific research discovered a rapid increase in the concentration and motion of spermatozoones right after the acupuncture session. After completing a 10 session course (usually carried out within 14 days), the effectiveness of the procedures can last up to five weeks.

Acupuncture is particularly beneficial prior to pregnancy, as well as during the postnatal period (it promotes natural regeneration processes, stimulates the production and secretion of milk).

How can acupuncture help in infertility treatment?

It is important to note, that as an additional infertility treatment method acupuncture can increase the chances of a successful artificial insemination procedure.
Acupuncture is a very individual process – from the patient’s position during the session to the length of the needle used. The depth, angle and speed of needle insertion can also vary. The appropriate insertion method is chosen based on the patient’s age and build, after the acupuncturist has determined the necessary points for stimulation.
During the procedure, the acupuncturist can use warming and heating methods. Heating is carried out with the help of a moxa stick or particular cones filled with moxa, which differently affect the stimulated places.

How often do acupuncture sessions take place?

Usually, acupuncture is carried out 1-2 times a week, however, in exceptional cases, it can be done every day. It is recommended to have an acupuncture procedure shortly before and after an embryo transfer,

How long does an acupuncture session last?

Needles are inserted for approximately 20-30 minutes. In order to achieve a calming and relaxing effect, the intensity may differ.

How many acupuncture sessions are necessary?

It depends on individual reaction, however, commonly 10-14 sessions are necessary. In case of chronic illness, the patient often benefits from several courses of treatment.