Sinusitis and Sinus problems and acupunctureToowoomba Acupuncturist Discusses News Regarding Fertility & Pain

I have been a qualified Acupuncturist in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia for over 3.5 decades, and generally give my patients a good outcome for the symptoms associated with their medical condition. I inspire confidence and trust from my patients because I am highly qualified in Acupuncture. For acupuncture treatment to relieve the symptoms of your medical conditions please contact Linda at ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic on (07) 4636 6100

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Infertility is a systemic health issue that many couples do not understand and have a hard time talking about. When a woman is ready to conceive, her heart is passionately involved because she has committed all her love to courageously bringing new life into the world. When she struggles to conceive, she feels inadequate.

A woman’s ability to conceive relies on a well-functioning endocrine system that naturally regulates a delicate balance of hormones within the body. With so many industrial toxins and endocrine disrupting chemicals warring against her natural chemistry inside, hormone levels can be disrupted, suppressed, or artificially increased, sending conflicting messages and changing how the glands function altogether.

The gland exclusive to her gender, the ovaries, rely on a natural balance of progesterone and three oestrogens, oestradiol, oestrone, and oestriol. The right balance of these hormones is necessary for healthy development during puberty and to ensure healthy fertility.

Likewise, her pituitary gland secretes a hormone called prolactin, which not only regulates metabolism, the immune system and pancreatic development, but it is also responsible for mating, nursing, oestrogen production, and the all-important function of ovulation. Due to external factors, some women have high levels of prolactin, preventing them from conceiving.

Exposure to endocrine disruptors including pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and industrial pollutants is a major risk factor harming fertility because these elements interfere with natural hormone balance. In conjunction with these external chemical factors, are emotional stressors. The more a woman fights to conceive with no results, the more her emotions are strained, further restricting her.

One Chinese Study Found that Acupuncture was Twice as Effective as Current Drugs at Treating the Symptoms of Infertility

Women who are looking to conceive should consider acupuncture treatments, as discussed in the article titled “Better than medication? This ancient therapy could boost fertility” (1). Chinese researchers are discovering powerful ways to “jumpstart” the meridians on a woman’s body to accelerate the process of natural hormone balancing in the body. Acupuncture techniques may be applied more effectively than drugs to boost fertility. Acupuncture is a healing art derived from ancient Chinese medicine and involves the application of fine needles, inserted at specific locations on the body, to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes.

An investigation (1) led by Dr. Zhiguang Hu at the Mawangdui Hospital in Hunan Province finds that acupuncture techniques can increase a woman’s chances of pregnancy by 43.3 percent. In the study, acupuncture was twice more effective than pharmaceutical treatments. The women benefited the most when given a 30 minute acupuncture session each day during their menstrual cycle.

The researchers noted that acupuncture had a “significant advantage” over the pharmaceutical method because the drugs had a “high adverse effect rate”. At least 63 percent of women using fertility drugs experienced problematic side effects. There were no problems with acupuncture, and the healing art proved to be twice as effective for normalising hormone levels, helping women ovulate. Lead researcher, Dr. Zhiguang Hu said, “One important mechanism responsible for the fertility treatment success with acupuncture is hormonal regulation.”

In fact, within two weeks acupuncture helped normalise the body’s prolactin levels. Dr. Hu said that acupuncture stimulated a “faster homeostatic response for prolactin production in women with hyperprolactinemia.” Women with hyperprolactinemia have abnormally high levels of prolactin. Too much prolactin interferes with a woman’s menstrual cycle and causes issues with reproduction. IVF treatments, including bromocriptine, or bromocriptine plus clomiphene, showed some results in four weeks, but caused lingering negative effects.

Dr. Hu concludes, “Overall there is a wealth of information indicating that acupuncture is successful in promoting reproductive health. Pregnancy rates increase accompanied by measurable improvements in hormonal regulation.”


(1) Lerche, O. Sunday Express. Better than medication? THIS ancient therapy could boost fertility. Published: 13:24, Mon, Sep 12, 2016. Updated: 13:35, Mon, Sep 12, 2016. Available at


Acupuncture has been recognised by the World Health Organization since 1996 as a “safe and effective treatment for a range of complaints, including pain and discomfort”. Unfortunately, its use in a hospital setting, where patients usually must take whatever treatment they can get, is still very rare. But an amazing new study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine (2) in 2016 will hopefully change more attitudes towards the practice.

Entitled “Acupuncture vs intravenous morphine in the management of acute pain in the ED (emergency department)” (2), the 2016 study involved 300 individuals, with 150 in the acupuncture group and 150 in the morphine group used as a control. The only significant difference between the two groups was that there were more abdominal pain cases in the morphine group, and more lower back pain cases in the acupuncture group.

What Was Significant? The Results!

The acupuncture group had a 92% success rate, compared to the 78% success rate in the morphine group.

Average resolution time was 16 minutes in the acupuncture group, against 28 minutes for those receiving morphine; both this and the success rate difference were clinically significant. This means that the acupuncture was responsible for the superior effects.

From the 5-minute point, the acupuncture group reported a clinically significant, greater drop in pain scores, which lasted for the entire study period of one hour. Heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels were not significantly affected in either group. However, there was still a more than noticeable difference in side effects.

The morphine group reported a total of 85 negative side effects, with the vast majority of these being dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.

Only 4 negative effects were reported in the acupuncture group; 3 of these were needle breakage and 1 was a patient fainting (four fainted in the morphine group).

The conclusion to this study was that “acupuncture is safer than and at least as effective as intravenous morphine”.

Acupuncture treatment can be used to control acute pain in those presenting to emergency departments; and more research should be conducted on international populations to strengthen the evidence base.

“This article provides an update on one of the oldest pain relief techniques (acupuncture) that could find a central place in the management of acute care settings. This should be considered especially in today’s increasingly complicated and poly-medicated patients to avoid adverse drug reactions,” the study concluded.

But That’s Not All!

It is estimated that 69,000 people die every year from opioid overdose, partly because of the risk of addiction. Opioids can cause respiratory depression, as well as sedation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and constipation. Hypersensitivity to pain, muscle rigidity, immune and hormonal dysfunction are less common side-effects.

Overall, the use of acupuncture instead of opioids, or to reduce the usage of them, in hospitals should be taken more seriously. Chinese medicine is generally considered to be safe but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.


(2) Grissa MH, Baccouche H, Boubaker H, Beltaief K, Bzeouich N, Fredj N, Msolli MA, Boukef R, Bouida W, Nouira S.  Acupuncture vs intravenous morphine in the management of acute pain in the ED.  Am J Emerg Med. 2016 Nov;34(11):2112-2116. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2016.07.028. Epub 2016 Jul 20. Available at

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