Thursday, 2 October 2014

Timing of Acupuncture

When acupuncture is used to supplement and enhance the process of conventional treatment it is vital to consider the correct timing of the therapy in order to maximise the benefit and efficacy. This is where the value of a truly experienced practitioner cannot be underestimated.

Recent research has demonstrated how effective acupuncture can be in reducing the side effects (like nausea, vomiting and fatigue) of radio and chemotherapy in cancer patients. Knowing exactly when (before or after but not during) the treatment process is vital to the process. Therefore a specific treatment plan would be devised after discussions between all the parties involved.

Women having acupuncture while undergoing IVF have, according to new research, increased their chances of becoming pregnant by 65 per cent when having treatment within one day of embryo transfer. The timing of the acupuncture sessions in relation to embryo transfer differed somewhat among trials. However, all the women received acupuncture immediately before or immediately after the embryo transfer. Understanding how the timing of this part of the process (taking in aspects such as whether the patient has previously used oral contraception or other methods) should be applied to each individual patient is almost as important as knowledge of acupuncture treatment itself.

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