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Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.

Acupuncture is a very old medical art, and there are many approaches to learning and practicing it. Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor, like Dr Gagua, trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Dr Gagua can use one or the other approach, or a combination of both as the need arises, to treat an illness.

Medical acupuncture is a system which can influence three areas of health care:

• promotion of health and well-being,

• prevention of illness,

• treatment of various medical conditions.

While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the support or adjunct to other medial treatment forms in many medical and surgical disorders.The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:

• Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea.

• Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections.

• Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.

• Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.

Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension and stress and emotional conditions.

Acupunture and Fertility

Acupuncture is becoming an increasingly popular option for those experiencing infertility, for good reason. Western research has established that acupuncture helps to release certain hormones in the brain including endorphins, ‘the feel good’ brain chemicals that help to relax the body, reduce pain and regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle. Studies have also shown that acupuncture improve sperm quality. Acupuncture can aid the conception process for those with unexplained fertility problems.

Other proven benefits are increased blood flow to reproductive organs, regulation of the menstrual cycle and an improvement in the quality of the eggs released. Those suffering from endometriosis and polycystic ovaries have also seen improvements to their condition.

Besides the established scientific benefits the emotional benefits can be impactful. Anxiety, stress, worry and insomnia are all relieved – all of which can tip the balance of conception in your favour.

Dr Olga Gagua is one of the top experts in this field of acupuncture. She is a registered General Practitioner in the UK but has specialised for over 30 years in acupuncture and 25 years specialising in infertility. Acupuncture originated thousands of years ago in Tibet, Nepal and India and later the Chinese made a significant contribution to the skill. Dr Gagua has studied all the techniques to become a leading authority on the subject. Her skill and knowledge on the subject combining both recognised conventional medicine and eastern principles gives her a unique insight in resolving the most challenging problems.

Case study 1 was a 35 year old married woman with 13 years without conception including a course of conventional IVF treatment. She had an abortion at 20, but a few years after decided they wanted a child and tried for 13 years without conception. Dr Gagua treated both the husband and the wife with one course of acupuncture which resulted win conception within 2 months, Ana was born 9 months later.

Case study 2 concerns a 36 year old woman who experienced 11 miscarriages in 8 years. Emotionally she was in a state of extreme distress and feared not only for her health but also for her marriage. She was referred to Dr Gagua where she undertook two courses of acupuncture to deal with the conception stabilisation followed by constant treatment for the term of the pregnancy. The result was a bouncy healthy baby girl.

Medical acupuncture offers the opportunity to expand contemporary medicine to treat conditions for which current interventions are either ineffective or have undesirable secondary effects. Because of its usefulness and adaptability to so many aspects of allopathic medicine, medical acupuncture will likely' be integrated with increasing frequency into private and institutional practices.