Trying to Conceive? A Look at the Effectiveness of Acupuncture and Fertility

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Close up Bare Hand of a Man Covering Small Flowers at the Garden with Sunlight Between Fingers.Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including acupuncture and herbal medicine, has long been used to manage pain, treat disease, boost fertility, and prevent miscarriage.

Tel Aviv University researchers have further discovered that a combination of TCM and intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a winning solution for women who are having difficulty conceiving. They have also found a positive link between acupuncture and fertility.

In the first study measuring the effectiveness of both acupuncture and herbs in combination with IUI infertility treatment, Shahar Lev-Ari, M.D., and Keren Sela of TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine say the results show a significant increase in fertility when the therapies are integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan.

When combining IUI with TCM treatments, 65.5% of the test group was able to conceive, compared with 39.4% of the control group, which received no acupuncture or herbal therapy.

According to the researchers, there are several theories as to why TCM, including acupuncture, can be beneficial to fertility rates, including the possibility that acupuncture and herbal remedies can affect ovulation and menstrual cycles, enhance blood flow to the uterus, and increase endorphin production to inhibit the central nervous system and induce calm. All of these factors can contribute to successful conception.

Acupuncture fertility treatments can also:

  • Improve ovarian function
  • Rebalance the endocrine system
  • Regulate menstruation
  • Reduce stress

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.

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Smart Career Move: The Future of Acupuncture is Bright

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A career in acupuncture - the future is brightEver since President Nixon visited China in 1972 and saw firsthand the power of acupuncture, the popularity of this ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine has grown significantly. With continued acceptance and increased recognition, the future of acupuncture appears beyond bright. If you’re considering becoming a professional acupuncturist, the timing is perfect.

Here’s why:

It’s increasingly recognized.

Acupuncture has been an important part of America’s health care system for over 40 years. If you know the history of acupuncture in the U.S. you probably know that the IRS authorized acupuncture as a deductible medical expense in 1972. And in 1997, the U.S. National Institute of Health formally recognized the practice in mainstream medicine.

It’s sought after.

Nearly 35 million Americans receive acupuncture treatments on a regular basis. The U.S. Department of Defense authorizes the use of acupuncture for pain management for soldiers and enlisted military. Plus, nearly every major hospital in America has an acupuncture department.

It’s accessible.

With the Affordable Care Act, most Americans are required to have health insurance. At the same time, more insurance companies are covering acupuncture. This means the population of people having benefits for acupuncture is increasing.

It’s being taught more often – in more places.

As more patients demand alternative and integrative modalities, many top medical schools are including introductory courses in the use and benefits of acupuncture.

It’s a growing field.

According to, a resource for students and professionals interested in health care careers, the field of acupuncture is expected to grow as much as 32% by 2022. In addition, the site asserts that “average acupuncturist salaries for job postings nationwide are 31% higher than average salaries for all job postings nationwide.”

Based on these trends, the future of acupuncture appears strong, and career opportunities for acupuncturists are limitless. Right now, there are fewer than 50 accredited acupuncture colleges in America. Most of these are small private schools, like AMC, that are graduating approximately 100 to 2,000 future acupuncture physicians per year. The demand for acupuncturists, on the other hand, is in the tens of thousands per year. Recognizing these figures, many experts believe there will be a shortage of acupuncture physicians in the near future.

Acupuncturists not only are in demand, they also have the ability to create flexible schedules, working full or part time in a variety of settings. Many acupuncturists are self-employed and perform treatments in patients’ homes. Others work at alternative medicine centers, oriental medicine centers, chiropractors’ offices, or cancer centers and in collaboration with other natural healing professionals like massage therapists and naturopaths.

If you’re considering becoming an acupuncturist, it is an ideal time to pursue an education and embrace this growing field. For more information about starting acupuncture school in beautiful Miami, Florida, request a course catalog. And to find out “Everything You Need to Know About a Career in Acupuncture,” download our free ebook.


With Meditation Memory Loss Can Be Significantly Reduced

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AMC Mediation Memory LossFor people who practice regular meditation memory loss can be reduced or restored.

According to researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, mantra-based meditation can have a positive impact on emotional responses to stress, fatigue, and anxiety in adults with memory impairment and memory loss.

In a study, 15 older adults with memory problems practiced a regimen of Kirtan Kriya, a mantra-based meditation, for 12 minutes a day for eight weeks. Their memory issues ranged from mild age-associated memory impairment to mild impairment with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

A control group was assigned to listen to classical music for 12 minutes a day for eight weeks.

Earlier results had showed significant increases in cerebral blood flow in the prefrontal, superior frontal, and superior parietal cortices along with improvements in cognitive function. Age-associated cognitive impairment can be accompanied by depression and changes in mood, which can further aggravate the processes of cognitive decline.

Through the new study, researchers sought to determine if changes in cerebral blood flow had any correlation with changes in patients’ emotional state, feelings of spirituality, and improvements in memory.

Participants who performed the mantra-based meditation reported improvement in tension, fatigue, depression, anger, and confusion, with significant improvement in tension and fatigue over the control group. Improvements in confusion and depression were related to cognitive improvement.

In addition to improving mood and memory, mediation provides several health benefits:

  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces stress
  • Enhances overall health

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.

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Natural Treatment for Acid Reflux: Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Treating Heartburn Naturally with AcupunctureHeartburn is a symptom of Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly referred to as GERD, or acid reflux. GERD is a medical condition in which the liquid content of the stomach regurgitates (refluxes) into the esophagus.

The stomach liquid can inflame and damage the esophagus lining, although visible signs of inflammation occur in a minority of patients. In people experiencing a good state of health, the lower end of the esophagus remains closed, preventing stomach acidic fluid from backing up into the esophagus. Heartburn, the burning sensation which radiates from the mid to upper chest, is caused by the esophagus not functioning properly.

Symptoms of acid reflux, in addition to heartburn, may include coughing, asthma, chronic bronchitis, nausea, sore throat, and voice change. Dietary habits, such as overeating, and consumption of caffeine, tomatoes, acidic fruit juices, fatty and spicy foods, and chocolate can cause heartburn as well as a stressful lifestyle.

According to the World Health Organization and the National Institutes for Health, TCM therapies, such as acupuncture, are useful in the natural treatment for acid reflux and many other digestive disorders, including food allergies, gastritis, ulcers, irritable bowel, and colitis.

Unlike Western medicine which views GERD as having a primary cause, which is similar in all cases, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has many different diagnoses, known as patterns, for this condition. From the TCM perspective, the gallbladder, pancreas, liver, and spleen work to aid the stomach’s digestion. When these organs function improperly the digestive system becomes imbalanced and acid reflux and heartburn occurs.

GERD is also viewed as being caused by emotional stress disrupting the chi, or vital energy flow. Stagnation of chi leads to gastric acid reflux. Emotional stress stimulates one of the cranial nerves which control stomach secretion (the vagus nerve), which leads to an increase in secretion of various gastric fluids as well as stomach muscle contraction.

TCM therapies, such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tai Chi, and Qigong may be used in conjunction in the treatment of GERD. These TCM therapies can help to lower gastric acid, adjust esophageal pressure and balance the functions of the digestive organs.

Once your acupuncture physician assesses and determines a diagnosis, a pattern becomes apparent. Your acupuncture physician will then structure an appropriate therapy plan to address the underlying cause as well as alleviate the symptoms. In addition to TCM therapies, a stress management plan and dietary modifications will be recommended by your acupuncture physician to minimize acid reflux and heartburn.

TCM therapies reduce emotional stress and restore healthy chi flow. During acupuncture therapy, stimulation of particular acupuncture points inhibits the esophageal sphincter relaxation, which reduces acid reflux and occurrence of heartburn. Acupuncture points located in the stomach area, on the lower arms and legs and on the head or back may be selected for treatment.

Along with TCM therapy treatment, restoration of proper digestion may also require lifestyle modifications, such as balanced sleeping patterns and moderate regular exercise.

If you are looking for an acupuncture school, Acupuncture and Massage College in Miami has programs in Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy. For more information, call (305) 595-9500 and ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.

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A Day in the Life of an Acupuncturist

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how_to_become_an_acupunturistAcupuncture and Chinese Medicine are natural and effective healing systems that have existed for thousands of years. In the last 50 years, practice of these system have spread all over the world, and the growing interest has increased the demand for more acupuncturists. With this demand have come more questions about what exactly acupuncturists do, and specifically what is a day in the life of an acupuncturist like?

Acupuncture practice then and now

Back when acupuncture originated, acupuncture practice was passed down from generation to generation. At that time, acupuncturists used stone knives or sharp-edged tools to treat pain and diseases. As the practice progressed, needles made of animal bones, bamboo, gold, and silver were developed. The needles became thinner and thinner, and were sterilized with fire. Later, the theories of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine developed significantly, along with the quality of needles.

Now most acupuncturists use disposable steel needles to treat a variety of conditions, such as pain, anxiety, depression, infertility, and internal medicine diseases. And today, acupuncturists play an integral role in their patients’ health and wellness.

The typical day of an acupuncturist

In many states an acupuncturist is considered a primary care physician. As such, the
acupuncturist typically has several appointments throughout the day in which they meet with patients, ask questions about their medical history, and uncover reasons patients may be stressed or in pain.

During examinations, the acupuncturist assesses the patient’s pulse and looks for other physical clues about his or her health, including:

• Shape, color, and coating of the tongue
• Color and texture of skin
• Posture
• Soft tissue condition
• Nerves
• Blood vessels

The acupuncturist then determines which acupuncture technique will be most effective and sets a course for treatment. In the actual acupuncture treatment, the acupuncturist inserts small needles into the skin at specified areas. For some procedures, the needles are heated, or are combined with electricity to create a mild current. The needles stay in place for 15 minutes to an hour and then are gently removed. Acupuncture procedures may be performed weekly or biweekly, or even annually, depending on the diagnoses and treatment plan.

Other aspects of the acupuncturist’s day include following up with patients, performing administrative tasks, and meeting with healthcare colleagues.

Exciting victories, ongoing passion

One of the many things that keep the day in the life of an acupuncturist exciting is seeing again and again the positive results that come from acupuncture. In just one example experienced at AMC, a patient came to the clinic on crutches. She had been suffering from lower back pain for five weeks and had gone to the emergency room four times. She had thousands of dollars in medical bills, but her pain persisted. However, after five acupuncture treatments, her lower back pain dissipated and she no long needed crutches.

Stories like these are not uncommon, and they are what keep so many acupuncturists excited and passionate about their career.

If this day in the life — helping others and making a difference — sounds appealing, take a next step and determine if you have many of the common personality traits we find in students at AMC’s Acupuncture School. And for more information about becoming an acupuncturist, download our free course catalog.