Q: How can acupuncture help in treating infertility?
Medicine can be very helpful in treating fertility problems. First,
acupuncture enhances endocrine function. It helps the body become more
sensitive to its own hormone secretions. Second, it helps reduce
inflammatory activities and promotes self-healing. Third, acupuncture also
helps improve and increase blood flow in targeted organs such as, the
ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes. Subsequently, this helps with nutrient
uptake of the ovaries so that they produce better quality eggs. Enhanced
blood flow also helps thicken and strengthen the uterine lining, which
results in improved uterine receptivity of an embryo. Acupuncture treatment
also releases endorphins and serotonins. This helps make the body relax,
which, in turn, will help a woman get pregnant easier since stress is one of
the major factors in infertility.
- Dr. Daoshing Ni, D.O.M, L.Ac.,
Q: Can acupuncture help with heel pain?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help many types of painful conditions
such as heel pain. Heel pain is usually caused by a condition called plantar
fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a tough fibrous
tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and supports the arch. For
many people, this can be a very painful condition, especially when taking
the first step in the morning. According to TCM theory, it may be due to qi
and blood stagnation in the area, with an underlying Kidney deficiency
(possibly). Acupuncture can help relieve heel pain. The Western scientific
explanation is that the stimulation from the needle triggers natural pain
relieving chemicals, such as endorphins, from the brain. It also reduces
inflammation in the area through an increase in circulation and helps
promote muscle relaxation. Chinese herbs can be prescribed to also help
promote circulation and reduce inflammation.
In addition, it is important to stretch the foot/fascia at least twice a day
before rising from a resting position and before and after activity. Massage
is also helpful. You can use a tennis ball and roll it back and forth under
the foot. Supportive shoes are a must. Many times orthotics, which are
custom-made shoe inserts, are required to help heal plantar fasciitis. You
should be fitted for orthotics by a health practitioner or doctor, not
bought at the local drug store.
- Lisa Miller, L.Ac.
About our Doctors
Dr. Daoshing Ni, D.O.M, L.Ac., Ph.D, Dipl.C.H.
is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California and is a Diplomat
of Chinese Herbology NCCA. Dr. Dao has been active in the TCM profession as
well as professional organizations. He was an examiner for the California
Acupuncture Committee and also participated in the Chinese Herbology Exam
development for NCCA. Well known and respected for his special interest in
reproductive and gynecological conditions. Dr. Dao is a member of the
American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Pacific Coast Fertility Society,
and American Association of Oriental Medicine.
Lisa Miller, L.Ac. is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the Los Angeles area.
She is also the editor at Acupuncture.com.