ACUPUNCTURE

Is the treatment very painful?

We use very thin acupuncture needles so there is only a slight pain at the treatment points and it goes away rightafter. Try to relax as much as possible during treatment, this will help reduce the discomfort at the points. Take a deep breath, cooperate with the doctor, and at most points you won’t even feel anything.

Can I come back to my dailylife after the treatment?

Acupuncture does not affect normal daily activities, so there are no restrictions. In general, it is recommend to avoid heavy activities, sports, alcohol consumption and smoking within 3 days after the treatment.

Which treatment is more effective, classic acupuncture or implant acupuncture?

Your doctor give you advise on the choice of treatment base on your personal problems.

Is it okay if I have acupuncture and my partner doesn’t?

We recommend that both of you take part in the treatment for best results. However, if one of you does not want the treatment, the other can be treated without any problems.

Is it possible to shower or take a bath after the treatment?

You can take a quick shower but not a bath. Keep your body warm after the shower.

Is acupuncture treatment harmful to my current status?

Acupuncture helps balance the Yin-Yang status and increases energy levels. It does not harm your health. You may experience mild pain during treatment, but at the end, acupuncture only has a beneficial effect on your body.

How does it look like one treatment?

At the begining the doctor examine you with tongue and pulse diagnosis. Then you will have acupuncture treatment with about 15- 20 acupuncture points. After the treatment you will rest for a few minutes and then can go home. Total time for examination and treatment is about 30 minutes.

When should I delay an acupuncture treatment?

Do not go for acupuncture treatment if you are:

  • Exhausted or hungry.
  • Having acute diseases, trauma.
  • Have thrombocytopenia or are taking anticoagulant drugs.

ACUPUNCTURE AND INFERTILITY TREATMENT

Why should I search for acupuncture?

Numerous studies have shown that fertility treatments in combination with acupuncture can increase the success rate by up to 26%. I was shown that acupuncture help balance the hormone system, stimulate blood circulation to the reproductive organs, therefore better nuture the egg and sperm.

What are the effects of acupuncture on fertility treatment?

  • Acupuncture helps regulate hormone levels, especially gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which in turn can improve ovulation.
  • Acupuncture helps women with PCOS and anovulation cycle.
  • Acupuncture helps people with thyroid problems. (And thyroid problems can cause fertility problems.)
  • Acupuncture may increase the number of follicles during IVF treatment
  • Acupuncture helps improve sperm quality and quantity in men.

How many acupuncture treatments do I need before IUI / IVF?

It is recommended to have acupuncture at least 3 to 4 months prior to the IVF program. If you choose classic acupuncture, you should have 2 sessions per week, in case of implant acupuncture, you may have 2 treatments per month.

Is there a specific diet, herbs or exercise for me?

At Vietkimhong clinic, I often recommend a specific diet and exercise regimen for each patient, regarding their personal problems. The herb is also prepared for your specific needs, with a guide for taking them.

Can I have acupressure as well?

Acupressure is an effective therapy to improve health and well-being. A healthy and well nourished body has a much better chance of producing healthy eggs and sperm, as well as a successful embryo implantation.

Does acupuncture interfere with the medicines I am taking?

No. On the other hand, acupuncture actually support other treatments by boost the self healing capacity of the body. Several studies have shown that when used in conjunction with other fertility treatments, acupuncture can increase the chances of a successful pregnancy by 26%.

Does it have side effects? What are they?

Acupuncture is considered safe method as its side effect is relatively low 0.01%, usually mild symptoms such as slight pain, swollen, dizziness, bleeding. Other side effects like infection, muscle cramp are almost very rare. To avoid these uncomfortable effects, It is advised to search for acupuncturist physician who is accredited and experienced.

Acupressure

How Does Acupressure Work?

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupressure help promotes the free-flow of Qi (living energy) which creates a balancing and harmonizing effect within the body-mind complex. Modern scientific research has shown that it have specific biological effects:

  • Promotes the release of endorphins, which are pain-blocking biochemicals
  • Influences the cellular matrix of connective tissue
  • Functional MRI studies have shown that acupressure stimulate regions of the brain that correlate to the treated acupoints
  • Activates the parasympathetic nervous system to move the body into a balanced state known as homeostasis

Who are recommended for Acupressure treatment?

Acupressure has proven to be helpful and complementary with the following chronic/ functional health problems:

Pain problem: rheumatoid arthritis, neck pain, sciatica, low back pain, knee pain, muscle pain, headache, migraines, facial neuralgia, .

Neuro-psycho problem: Nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, depression, muscular dystrophy

Digestive problems: Ulcer, dyspepsia, stomach pain, loss of appetite, bowel disorders, diarrhea, constipation.

Respiratory problems: Cough, cold, flu, dyspnea.

Vascular problems: Numbness, cold limbs, chills, swelling, oedema.

Gynaecology: Painful, heavy or irregular periods, amenorrhea, menopause.

Skin problem: acne, wrinkles, melasma.

Substance abuse: Help to reduce cigarettes, drugs, alcohol addiction.

What should I expect at my first visit?

At the first visit, the doctor will conduct a thorough intake evaluation asking questions specific to your main complaint as well as many questions relevant to your overall health. Then the doctor will examine your tongue and pulse. Based on this initial intake, a diagnosis and treatment strategy will be formulated to specifically address your individual needs. Time for examination and consultation is around 15 to 20 minutes, and then you can expect a 30 minute acupressure.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required is depent on the patient’s health problem, age, their status and how the patient responds to treatment. Some chronic conditions require ongoing treatment, while other conditions may resolve in a shorter time.

Is there any harmful effect of Acupressure treatment?

Acupressure is done by pressure of hands and fingers, causes almost no side effects. A minimal side effects could possiblle like a bit painful and sensitive at the acupoint sites.

Is there contraindication of Acupressure treatment?

Acupressure is a very safe method, however it is not recommended for people who are in exhausted condition, emergency case or need surgery treatment.

IMPLANT ACUPUNCTURE

What is implant acupuncture? Is it similar to acupuncture?

Implant acupuncture is a special method of traditional acupuncture in which an absorbable, sterile piece of surgical suture is implanted at the acupuncture point to create continuous stimulation at that point.

What is the advantage of implant acupuncture compared to acupuncture?

The surgery sutures continuosly stimulate the function of the points in 2 to 3weeks. It acts like having acupuncture every day. Meanwhile, as the patients does not need to go the see the doctor frequently, a lot of time and money can be saved.  

Is it painful? Do I need to rest totally after the treatment?

We use very thin and small needles to implant the thread, so there is almost no pain.

After the treatment, you can comeback to your daily activities. Some heavy physical activities or sport is not recommeded is the next 3-4 days.

Is there any side effects?

Implant acupuncture is considered a safe mothod. Some uncomfortable effects can happend but very rarely:

  • Pain or coagulant at the acupuncture point.
  • Dizziness, nausea, tiredness.
  • Allergy to the suture.

How often should I have implant acupuncture?

In general, the suture will be completely dissolved after 2-3 weeks, therefore, it is recommended to go for the treatment in every 2-3 weeks.  

What health problems that implant acupuncture can help?

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When should I go for implant acupuncture if I have infertility problem?

It is recommended that acupuncture treatment should be started at least 3-4 months before the assisted reproductive treatment (IVF, IUI, insemination). If you already had previously unsuccessful IUI / IVF cycle or miscarriage, it is advisable to start acupuncture even earlier. For optimal chances of pregnancy, the body needs to be prepared for healthy reproductive function and normal hormone function.

Is implant acupuncture effective for losing weight?

Implant acupuncture is very effective in helping weight loss, especially in places like the belly, the thigh, the arms. Generally, you can expect to lose 1-5 kg after 5 treatments and 5-10 kg after 10-15 treatments. In some cases it also help reduce wrinkles and melasma (the dark spots on your face skin). The inserted thread will stimulate the under skin layers, which contains most of collagen, elastin connective and fat tissue. It helps to lift these layers, tighten skin, prevent the accumulation of fat and therefore reduce wrinkles.