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Did you know that lower back pain may related to infertility?
Lower back pain is one of the most common condition in clinic. It is estimated that 90% people may have some degree of lower back pain in their life.
The causes of lower back pain varies for different people. Generally it is caused by injuries, heavy lifting, poor posture, sitting for too long time, lack of exercises, arthritis, etc.
However Did you know that lower back pain may related to infertility?
In Chinese medicine theory, lower back pain may be an indicator of low fertility energy - Kidney Deficiency. Kidney is a very special organ in Chinese medicine. The function of kidney includes: Stores the essence (The primary essence from parents); Controls the growth, development and reproduction of the body. Lower back, in Chinese medicine theory, is the “House of Kidney”. Lower back pain may be caused by Kidney deficiency: the essence of kidney is insufficient to nourish the local area, hence lower pain pain happens.
The symptoms of lower back pain caused by Kidney deficiency are:
Lower back pain, worst after standing or sitting too long time, or physical exertions. The pain often is chronic. Pain better with warmth, resting. You may have knee pain or weakness, feel tired all the time.
For men erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation can be common.
For women may have late menstrual cycle, even amenorrhoea (no period), infertility.
For women who have difficulty in conceiving , it is common to have regular lower back pain before and/or during menstrual period.
This type of lower back pain strongly suggests Kidney deficiency. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help treat the lower back pain and improve the fertility.
The treatment strategy is
Common used acupuncture points are:
Kid3, BL23, Du4
Common used Chinese herbs are:
Du Zhong -Eucommia ulmoides Oliver
Xu Duan -Radix Dipsaci
Niu Xi - Achyranthes bidentata
Best Acupuncture Protocols for Infertility IVF and IUI
Monday, 23 July 2012 11:32 Almond Wellness Centre
New research demonstrates a consensus amongst acupuncture experts on best practice treatment protocols for acupuncture enhancement of assisted reproductive technology (ART) fertility treatments. ART includes all fertility treatments in which both the eggs and sperm are handled. ART includes in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI).
In this study, researchers set out to determine if a consensus exists on high priority acupuncture points for the enhancement of ART. Acupuncture IVF and IUI ART has been used in the USA since 1981 to help women become pregnant. Although acupuncture and Chinese medicine for the treatment of infertility is a time honored practice, the combination of acupuncture with ART has emerged in recent years as an effective approach for improving pregnancy and live birth rates.
In this study, researchers administered three rounds of questionnaires to fifteen international acupuncture fertility experts to determine if a consensus exists on best practice protocols. The investigation revealed that several key components are central to acupuncture in combination with ART.
The timing of an acupuncture treatment in relation to the menstrual cycle is of great importance. An acupuncture treatment administered between day 6 and 8 of the “stimulated ART cycle” is optimal. In addition, it is ideal to have two acupuncture treatments “on the day of embryo transfer.”
Pre-transfer acupuncture points of high priority are SP8, SP10, Liv3, ST29 and CV4.
Post-transfer points include GV20, K3, SP6, P6 and K3. Auricular acupuncture points Shenmen and Zigong were also determined to be of high priority.
About the Healthcare Medicine Institute: HealthCMi provides online acupuncture CEU credit to licensed acupuncturists and publishes current events related to acupuncture, herbal medicine and important innovations in healthcare technology.
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“Women seven and men eight” is the Chinese statement on the growth cycle of human being from the “Yellow Emperor's Canon of Internal Medicine”- The Traditional Chinese Medicine Bible.
That is, the number of women’s life cycle is seven and the number of men’s life cycle is eight. Every seven or eight years, women or men’s life change.
The physical change of women occurs obviously every seven years; and men’s change occurs every eight years.
“Yellow Emperor's Canon of Internal Medicine” - Women’s Cycles of 7
7 year old: a moman’s kidney energy growing strong, teeth change and hair grows longer and stronger; (the 1st 7 years)
14 year old: her menstruation appears as the Ren meridian (the sea of Yin/Essence) flows and the Qi and blood in the Chong meridian (the sea of blood) becomes prosperous, she can have a child; (2nd 7 years)
21 year old: her kidney energy is balanced, her adult teeth completely developed and her body grows to full height;(3rd 7 years)
28 years old: her bones and muscles are strong, her hair grow to full length, her body is at optimal condition; (4th 7 years)
35 year old: Her peak condition declines gradually. Her energy in Yangming meridian declines. Her face starts wither and her hair starts to fall.(5th 7 years)
42 year old: Sanyang energy declines. Her face wanes and she starts to have white hair. (6th 7 years)
49 year old: The Ren meridian (Conception Vessel) and Chong meridian vital energy declines, her menstruation dried up, her physique turns old and feeble; She is no longer to conceive. (7th 7 years)
- Almond Wellness CentreDoctor of Chinese Medicine, 2003 - present
- Rmit UniversityLecturer -Chinese medicine Acupuncture, 2003 - 2012
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Born in Hubei Province China, Dr. Richard Zeng has had a history of Traditional Chinese Medicine in his family since birth. His grandparents and mother were in private practice as Chinese Medicine practitioners since the 1930's. Have growing up in a natural holistic environment, Dr. Zeng has been exposed to alternative healing his entire life. This experience linked with his very close personal relationship with his grandparents, was Dr. Zeng's inspiration to carry on a family legacy devoted to natural approaches to wellness.
In 1989 Dr. Zeng attended Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He studied both conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese medicine and graduated with degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Master of Medicine. After graduation Dr. Zeng worked in Wuhan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a Doctor for both Western and Chinese medicine until he immigrated to Australia. In 2003 Dr. Richard Zeng set up his own Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine clinic in Melbourne.
Dr. Zeng represents the third generation of TCM doctors in his family. With over 15 years experience, his integrative approach is well-rounded and represents the most completed method of helping his clients dealing with a wide variety of problems.
- Hubei College of Traditional Chinese MedicineAcupuncture Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Medicine, 1989 - 1989
- Almond Wellness Centre (current)