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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient treatment that dates back as early as 200 BCE. Acupuncture is an integral component of traditional Chinese medicine, and is a technique for balancing the flow of energy. The flow of the body’s energy is known as “qi” (pronounced “chee” ). The theory of acupuncture states that the optimal health of a body is determined by the flow of qi. When the qi is interrupted, it in turn affects organs. When the flow of qi to organs is interrupted or blocked, it causes pain and illnesses. Acupuncture is often used to treat pain.

There are 12 primary meridians (or channel systems) that are used in acupuncture. A trained physician, like Dr. Jeanne, uses signs and symptoms of the body to determine which meridians are out of balance. Once she knows what meridians are out of balance, Dr. Jeanne can then determine which specific acupuncture points to use for treatment. Our acupuncture treatment in St. Louis, uses thin needles to puncture the skin.

Using acupuncture and herbs, Dr. Jeanne is able to bring the body back to balance, and symptoms resolve.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture and herbal treatments boost the immune system, and encourage the body to function properly. It is also thought, that the needles stimulate production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and noradrenalin; which has a tremendous effect on mood disorders like anxiety, depression, and stress. Acupuncture is also thought to increase the blood supply to the area, and release endorphins. Thus reducing pain, and promoting healing.

Why would someone seek acupuncture treatment?

If you are looking for a safe, and effective way to treat the body naturally, by enhancing normal physiology (the way the body works), then acupuncture may be right for you.

Some of the most common conditions, or symptoms, that people seek out Acupuncture treatment in St. Louis for, are:

  • Fertility- Many couples experience difficulty in getting pregnant. Acupuncture and herbal treatment helps to restore normal function to the reproductive system and the body as a whole, allowing the couple to conceive. Acupuncture and herbs can be used by itself or in conjunction with IVF and IUI. Studies have shown that IVF is more successful when acupuncture is used in conjunction.

  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)- This often is in conjunction with fertility issues, but it also has many hormonal symptoms, even if this woman is not trying for a family yet.

  • PMS or Irregular Cycles

  • Abnormal Fetal Positioning, or Breech- Dr. Jeanne uses acupuncture, in combination with chiropractic care, to get the best results for a head down positioning.

  • Back Pain during Pregnancy or in General

  • Inducing Labor- When the mother is past 40 weeks and a medical induction has been scheduled, acupuncture can help to start labor or further labor along.

  • Depression/Anxiety

  • Chronic Pain

  • Migraines

  • Allergies and Sinus Issues

  • Lyme Disease- Dr. Jeanne has learned a protocol to help in the treatment of Lyme disease. She studied under a successful chiropractor and acupuncturist from Maine. The protocol is specific to each person that comes in for treatment, and it uses a combination of homeopathics, herbs, and nutritional supplements to get the desired results.

Since Dr. Jeanne treats many children in the office, she commonly uses her knowledge of acupuncture to help the little ones too. Needles are not used for the treatment of children, instead acupressure, and a red laser diode, can be used. Some of the conditions and symptoms that Dr. Jeanne uses acupuncture theory to treat children for, are:

  • Reflux

  • Constipation

  • Sinus Issues

  • Chronic Illness- Acupuncture Boosts the immune system

  • Ear Infection

  • Teething Pain

The Acupuncture services we provide here in St. Louis, can undoubtedly be the missing link or solution, to the health problems you are currently facing. Acupuncture is safe and effective. Interrupted energy can cause an array of issues, with varying types of pain. Not sure if acupuncture will be right for you? Call for a consultation! Dr. Jeanne will be more than happy to go over your specific concerns, and the best course of treatment for you!