Can acupuncture help fertility?

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What to Expect from an Acupuncture Treatment?
Attending my clinic for a course of treatment can be somewhat different from visiting your primary care provider, and may also differ from other Acupuncturists which you have received care from. The Initial Consultation can last from 60 to 1hr 30 minutes, then follows the treatment which last 20 to 25 minutes. During the initial consultation, we first evaluate you condition to carefully access if it is treatable with acupuncture and herbs. Then a detailed case history is taken and all patients currently on a course of medications should bring them along to the initial consultation. Then follows a period of education where acupuncture and Herbology are explained, discussing how both mediums are used to heal ones body, and specifically to the condition or disease in question. During this time the patient is educated so that they clearly understand what their role is and what will be required of them in this process of healing. A treatment plan will be put in place; this will clearly show how many treatments are required weekly and why. Generally the treatment plan allows for acupuncture 2-3 times weekly in the beginning the reducing these treatments as progression to a healthier state is achieved. The treatment plan shows the patient how long they can expect to be under care, how many treatments they will need to have, and what is their expected rate of progression. Patient's improvement is charted and graphed so that they can visually see their improvement and their positive results. Once a treatment plan is put in place subsequent treatment sessions will last 20-25 minutes. A brief physical exam will be conducted where appropriate. The entire proceedings are safeguarded by total confidentiality.

What Determines the number of Treatments?
Since each person is unique, the number of treatments needed will vary. Among the determining factors are the following. The nature of the complaint, whether it is chronic or acute. Generally speaking acute conditions (meaning only days old, no longer than 5 days) require only 3-5 treatments back to back, providing excellent results, if not complete recovery. It is very important to understand that treating a condition as quickly as possible is the key. Chronic conditions (meaning a condition which the patient may have for months if not years will require acupuncture twice to three times weekly for the first couple of weeks, then reducing the number of treatments weekly, as progress is achieved. The general state of health, Age and well-being of the patient. The adherence of the patient to the instructions of the TCM practicioner will greatly influence the speed of recovery. This is one of the elements that I strongly encourage my patients to adhere to. I have found that the patients who get the fastest results are committed 100% to their role is this process. I strongly believe in educating my patients to become active participants in their own health care, therefore empowering them to become more in control of their health choices, Generally speaking these are very small changes, and ones which can be obtained easily, with direction and advice. Therefore leading to the end result of a quicker recovery Lastly I feel that the skill, style of treatment and experience of the practitioner cannot be discounted. It is important to understand the Traditional Chinese Medicine is not about symptom suppression. Symptoms are the final signs which arise in the body after a condition or disease has been manifesting for some time. When a symptom disappears it does not mean that the condition or disease is cured. Chinese medicine concentrates on treating the symptom first to generally relieve pain but is more concerned about investigating, finding and resolving the root cause of the condition, and preventing it from reoccurring.

Are There Different Kinds of Acupuncture?
Yes there are different kinds, or styles, of Acupuncture. Japanese style, Korean style, Medical Acupuncturist (M.D's who practice acupuncture), and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to name but a few. Traditional Chinese Medicine is what my educational background supports, and this is what I practice. The main difference is practicioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine base their practice and obtain the knowledge form classical text and traditional theory which is at least 4000 years old. All Acupuncture originated in China, but different cultures adopted it and changed it to suit their cultural ideas and beliefs. I also practice Auricular therapy, which is more commonly known as ear Acupuncture; each session includes this therapy, which works synergistically with Acupuncture and Herbology.

About Marina McBrearty:
Marina earned her Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Science's in Oakland. She received her Diplomat from NCCAOM, the national certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Marina McBrearty is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practicing in her Presidio Heights office for eight years.

She is a general Practitioner with a specialty in the treatment of both Male and Female fertility issues. With over a 80% Success rate for conception, Marina encourages her patients to take a very active role in their health and encourages all people to strive for the best health through conception, gestation, birth, and labor.

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