You are very welcome to visit the office Ivy Health for acupuncture, what ever you are, as a patient, a companion, a healthcare provider, or some one with curiosity.
Acupuncture belongs to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is based on the fine summary of richest experiences in the practices with long history. Its efficiencies in the clinics are getting more and more evidences in modern scientific researches and TCM becomes now more popular in America than ever.
Dr. Liqun Xia, a medical doctor from China, also a licensed acupuncturist in California, has inherited the extended knowledge in TCM and practiced more than 25 years. With his strong background of modern medicine, he can fully understand your condition and work with your doctor to ensure the best coordinated care possible for you.
Chinese Medicine is utilized to treat a wide spectrum of diseases, ranging from acute and chronic ailments. At Ivy Heath, we specialize in:
1. Variant pain related conditions: headaches & migraines, neck pain (cervical spondylosis), shoulder pain (frozen shoulder), tennis elbow, tunnel syndrome, back pain (muscle strain, lumbar sprains), piriformis syndrome, hip pain, bodily aches & pains, sprains and strains, arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, gout, etc.
2. Gynecological disorders: menopause syndrome, irregular menostration, abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic inflammatory disease, amenorrhea, polycystic overian syndrome, dysmenorrhea, premenstrual syndrome
3. Infertility: impotence & nocturnal emission, abnormal semen, varicose vein in the testicles, infertility due to immune factor, ovulation dysfunction, pelvic disease (blockage of fallopian tube), endometriosis (abnormal uterus), cervical problem.
cold, flu, allergies (sinusitis & asthma), chronic cought
gastritis, ulcer, colitis, crohn's disease, constipation, chronic diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome
hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, overweight
prostatitis & prostate enlargement, urinary tract infection, bladder infection, urinary incontinence, hematurina
depression & anxiet (panic disorder), fatigue, insomnia, stress
addictions (alcohol, drugs, cigarette),
supporting of cancer recovery,
stroke recovery, nerve damage recovery
Inherited or environmental factors alter the gene expression pattern, induce the cell growth out of control and develop to the cancer. In this process, DNA repair systems and immune system are major protect systems of the individual cell and the whole body.
The treatments such like surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and etc. can eliminate some or most of the cancer cells, but in the meanwhile, they will strongly reduce the ability of the body protection systems. How could we reduce the recurrence and enhance the life quality?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including acupuncture and herbal medicine is a very useful method. Through thousands of year’s exploration, TCM takes the “tumor” as a result caused by the existence of body’s internal weakness and the exceeding pathogen. Improving the weakness becomes the principle treatment in TCM and receives good clinical benefits. Current studies found these techniques can activate immune functions, such as increasing blood cell count and enhancing lymphocyte and natural killer cells. The symptom targeting treatments are especially well known in the world, like the management of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Today in China, the combination of chemotherapy and radiation with TCM is encouraged by every doctor for the treatment of the cancer. One good thing at least, no severe side effect was observed in the clinics.
For more information about acupuncture and herbal medicine, please contact Dr. Xia at 949-722-7088 to arrange a free consultation.
A. Basic concept you should get from your medical doctor:
Infertility is the inability of a couple to achieve a pregnancy after repeated intercourse without contraception for 1 year.
Rate: About one of five couples in the United States has the problem with infertility. It is becoming increasingly common because people are waiting longer to marry and to have a child. The goal of treatment is to reduce the time needed to conceive or to provide couples who might not otherwise conceive the opportunity to do so.
Cause may be due to problems in the man, the woman, or both. Problems with sperm, ovulation, or the fallopian tubes each account for almost one third of infertility cases. In a small percentage of cases, infertility is caused by problems with mucus in the cervix or by unidentified factors.
Affect factors during the treatment:
B. How Chinese medicine, included acupuncture can help?
C. How many treatments do infertility patients need?
The time is arranged by the patient condition. Bring your medical record; I will perform the initial exam, including history taking, general physical examination, pulse and tongue diagnosis (but no pelvic exam and breast checking in the office). I will determine the outline of the treatment and adjust it according the patient response. Some patients need only several treatments, can reach the optimal balance, some may need two or three months. During this time, customized safe and effective Chinese herbs are recommended to accelerate the normalization process.
If you plan to have IUI or IVF, I suggest you to have the acupuncture treatment one or two month before the operation. This will bring you optimal status to reach the best result. An additional 3 treatments are given between ovulation and the subsequent pregnancy test.
After positive test, acupuncture can be used to strengthen the pregnancy and prevent the miscarriage, about once a week for first three month. (Miscarriage could be 50% if the woman is over 40.)
D. Things to concern:
1. You told me that Chinese herbs are very effective. But are they safe?
In China, the herbal formulations have created for thousand years. Through this long term, only these safe and efficient remedies remained and inherited to the next generations. The remedies are mostly formed from a group of the herbs to avoid the possible toxic or side effect and reach the maximum affect, and used to treat the root cause of an imbalance of an individual as determined by an experienced practitioner, and are never intended as an over the counter self-determined supplements nor as a symptoms oriented commercialized product.
The safe herbs can become unsafe when it is misconstrued and mis-promoted by herbal companies for the use by the general public. Such as the ephedra (containing ephedrine), it is extremely safe when it is used in the Chinese formula in small dose with other herbs for Colds and Flu. But it could cause serious side effect by misuse in a single large dose for weight loss.
In very infrequent case, the adjustments in dose or discontinuing of a herb may be necessary if the adverse reactions occur, like dry month, flatulence, or temporary change of bowel movements.
3. Are Chinese herbal medications contain hormones?
There are reports that some plants contain trace amount of hormone like estrogen or progesterone. Dr. Xia uses only the hormone-free herb extract. These herbs have been extracted at the manufacture to destroy its hormones. They can be taken before or even during (if needed) IUI and IVF cycles. It will not off set any blood tests such as FSH, Estrogen or Progesterone levels.
3. I am a vegetarian, is there any animal part in the herbs?
Only pure plant remedies will be prescribed and prepared.
Understanding acupuncture in modern medicin:
Today, scientists arround the world the world are trying to understand how acupuncture works in terms of modern science. Researchers have found that acupuncture can cause a complex range of chemical changes in the body included increasing white blood cells and producing different pain-killing endorphins. The most promising research strongly suggests that acupuncture stimulates the brain to increase its role in regulating the body's healing processes.
The official and scientifical reports and researches can be found in:
National Center from complementary and alternative medicine (NCCAM);
National Institutes of Health (NIH);
National Cancer Institute (NCI);
American Cancer Society (ACS);
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA);
Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine:
1. integrate medical system proved by thousand years experiences.
2. summary of the experiences on the individuel disease, symptom and therapies; can treat every acute and chronic disease, but this is much dependent on the experiences of the practitioner.
3. great effect on the protection of sickness and maintenance of the body health and the recovering.
4. almost no side effect, even by long term treatment.
5. combination of modern medicine and TCM can improve the therapeutic effects on both sides and reach the best results andquick recovering.
6. Limitation of the modern medicine: therapeutic effects on lot of diseases are obviously limited; the treatments due to the serves side effects have to give up or induce other illness.