What is acupuncture?

An ancient holistic healing medical art, acupuncture was first discovered five thousand years ago. Acupuncture uses thin sterile disposable needles that are inserted into acupuncture points to cause an effect in the body. In acupuncture, the practitioner treats not just the symptoms but the whole person - mind and body.

Do I get an acupuncture treatment during my first visit?

Your first visit constitutes of a 30-45 minute consultation followed by an acupuncture treatment session. Please allocate 1.5 hours for your first appointment.

Does it hurt?

Since the acupuncture needles are very thin the discomfort is minimal.

Are the needles disposable?

Yes, the needles as per Clean Needle Technique (CNT) are pre-sterilized, disposable and one time use only.

What conditions can be treated by Acupuncture?

The World Health Organization has reported more than forty three conditions, including allergies, asthma, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, colds, flu, constipation, depression, gynecological disorder, headache, heart problems, infertility, insomnia, pre-menstrual syndrome, sciatica, sports injuries, tendonitis and stress.

How often do I have to do treatments? How many sessions will I need?

The frequency and number of treatments required varies based on individual health conditions, duration, severity and symptoms. Acute conditions are generally addressed quicker than chronic complaints. Usually we recommend one to two treatments per week.

How can acupuncture help us create a family?

  1. Improve the function of the ovaries to produce higher quality eggs
  2. Regulate the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles
  3. Increase blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining
  4. Relax and de-stress
  5. Prevent uterine contraction post IVF embryo transfer
  6. Reduce the side effects of IVF medications
  7. Strengthen the immune system and increase energy
  8. Improve sperm count, motility, morphology and reduce sperm DNA fragmentation
  9. Increase chance of conceiving
  10. Decrease chance of miscarriage

Which conditions can be addressed with acupuncture during pregnancy?

  1. Delayed labor
  2. Nausea & vomiting
  3. Feeling tired / sluggish
  4. Light bleeding
  5. Dizziness and/or fainting
  6. Irritability
  7. Constipation
  8. Heartburn
  9. Headache
  10. Itching
  11. Yeast infection
  12. Hemorrhoids
  13. Nasal stuffiness
  14. Anxiety

How can I combine Acupuncture with undergoing Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) such as In vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intra uterine Inseminations (IUI) ?

Full Circle clinic works closely with the best fertility doctors and reproductive medicine facilities in Seattle to offer patients the very best in complementary integrative care.  At your first visit we will develop a treatment plan that works directly with your specific needs and IVF or IUI schedule. Each treatment will change according to where you are in your cycle and what medications you are taking.

The British Medical Journal recently published an analysis that compiled all of the current research data on the effects of acupuncture and IVF. Of the clinical trials investigated, the team of researchers found that almost all trials reported positive findings. Taken collectively, they showed a 65% increase in establishment of pregnancy, an 87% increase in continuing pregnancy, and a 91% increase in live births.


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