Welcome to Acupuncture in Del Ray
Providing to Women and Children in Del Ray
Acupuncture can be used to strengthen, support and balance overall health and well-being providing a safe, effective, drug-free and natural approach to treating infertility.
This ancient and time tested modality improves fertility and supports a women's whole body creating the potential for health, healing and childbearing.
In the issue of Fertility and Sterility, April 2002, a report on a study showed that acupuncture when used in conjunction with Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) can improve the chances of a successful pregnancy.
At the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, studies in 2002 also showed that acupuncture increases blood flow to the uterus, reduces anxiety and stress, normalizes hormones and regulates the menstrual cycle. Reducing stress in women going through ART helps their body to calm down so hormones can work normally. By normalizing hormones the endocrine system works better, and regulates ovulation, especially in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
As early as 1996 the Human Reproduction Journal reported on a study using ultrasound to evaluate blood flow to the uterus during acupuncture treatments. What the study showed was acupuncture increased the blood flow to the uterus thereby relaxing the uterus and with the increased blood flow allowed for the successful implantation of an embryo within the uterine lining.
Acupuncture is a good choice for those women who want to conceive naturally. Acupuncture raises the fertility potential for women by changing the quality and balance of the flow of Qi and Blood in the body. When the Qi, the vital energy, and blood are circulating freely, all organs and tissue are nourished, and a woman's health and fertility are enhanced. An acupuncturist will treat the root causes that lead to a problem and improve the body's natural healing potential.
Acupuncture provides a safe and gentle way to nurture and care for women's health and their babies throughout pregnancy and beyond. According to the 2008 report published by the National Center for Health and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health more than 3 million adults and 150,000 children have used acupuncture for ailments like headaches, back and neck pain, anxiety and ADHD.
Acupuncture is a growing modality for treating children. At the Children's Hospital in Minneapolis which has the nation's largest and oldest pediatric acupuncture center, Dr. George Kramer has seen children with migraines, anxiety and depression. Dr. Kramer said in a video by ABC News Good Morning, April 9, 2009 "that acupuncture doesn't work on everyone just like medicine doesn't work on everybody."
Stephanie is concerned about women of all ages: late teens for regulating the menstrual cycle, helping eliminate PMS, working with women who have endometriosis and/or fibroids and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. As women age, they find themselves dealing with menopause, a time of change and natural transition marking the end of their reproductive period. Symptoms often are: hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and memory problems. Acupuncture helps with the hormonal changes in the body and helps relieve women of any discomfort they may have. Stephanie can help you understand how the body is affected by the changing of seasons, and how you can be aware of taking care of the body during seasonal changes so you won't get sick. Acupuncture can also help with allergies and sinus problems. Acupuncture works to boost the immune system by strengthening the lungs, the only organ that is exposed to the outside world. Keeping allergies under control can help with any potential weakening of the immune system leading to headaches, sinus pressure and infections.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world, dating back 5,000 years. The earliest texts describing the fundamental principles of acupuncture date to 200 BC, approximately the same time as the philosophies of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Chinese medicine considers sickness a disharmony within the individual. It recognizes symptoms as the body's distress signal warning of a problem. If the underlying problem is not addressed, it is more than likely that a more serious illness may occur. In addition to alleviating symptoms, acupuncture determines and treats deeper underlying factors.
Acupuncture restores balance by treating the individual as whole: body, mind, spirit. It promotes the body's innate ability to heal itself by regulating and stabilizing the flow of life's energy, called Qi (pronounced chee). Qi flows through the body in channels similar to rivers on the earth. When the Qi moves smoothly and unobstructed, there is health. When the Qi is blocked, like a dam on a river, then illness or pain can occur. Very fine needles are inserted along these channels at areas of maximum energy, the acupuncture points on the body. Acupuncture needles are thin, stainless steel, pre-sterilized and disposable, for one time use only. They release the Qi if it is blocked or gather the Qi where there is a deficiency of Qi. When the needle connects with the Qi sometimes there is a sensation of tingling, warmth or a dull ache.
What you can Expect
The initial one and a half hour visit to the acupuncturist is your opportunity to tell the practitioner your health concerns and why you are seeking treatment. During this visit you will be asked questions about your health history, and given a treatment to specifically address your problems.
Subsequent visits are an hour long, and the number of visits will depend on the severity and length of time your health problem has been affecting your life. You should remain in the care of your current physician. Acupuncture practitioners work in cooperation with other health care providers.
Acupuncture restores balance by treating the individual as whole: body, mind, spirit. It promotes the body's innate ability to heal itself by regulating and stabilizing the flow of life's energy, called Qi (pronounced chee). Qi flows through the body in channels similar to rivers on the earth. When the Qi moves smoothly and unobstructed, there is health. When the Qi is blocked, like a dam on a river, then illness or pain can occur.
Very fine needles are inserted along these channels at areas of maximum energy, the acupuncture points on the body. Acupuncture needles are thin, stainless steel, pre-sterilized and disposable, for one time use only. They release the Qi if it is blocked or gather the Qi where there is a deficiency of Qi. When the needle connects with the Qi sometimes there is a sensation of tingling, warmth or a dull ache.
Located in the hip Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, and just a minutes drive from Old Town Alexandria, Acupuncture in Del Ray is your local Northern Virginia acupuncture specialist. Many happy clients visit from Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church and Washington D.C. for Fertility Acupuncture, Acupuncture for Breech Presentation and Acupuncture for Labor Induction.