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Acupuncture Specialist

Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd

OB-GYNs & Women's Health located in Lake Forest, IL & Grayslake, IL

If you have pelvic pain or are experiencing fertility issues, you may benefit from acupuncture treatments. The experts at Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd, now offer acupuncture therapy performed by highly trained, certified providers at their offices. If you live or work in the Lake Forest or Grayslake, Illinois, area and want to find out if acupuncture is right for you, call the Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd. team to set up an appointment or request an appointment online.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in which the provider inserts extremely thin, single-use, sanitary steel needles at various points in your body to reduce or dull pain sensations and increase blood flow. Numerous studies suggest that acupuncture relieves pain without drugs, surgery, or other interventions.

Research also suggests that acupuncture increases the circulation in reproductive organs to help with fertility issues. 

How does acupuncture work?

In the TCM model, your body contains flowing energy known as qi (chee). The acupuncture needles are inserted at various meridian points that enhance or redirect the flow of qi to heal areas of damage and distress and improve your overall health. 

From the Western perspective, inserting needles at various points in the body stimulates or subdues nerve signals. The needles may also signal your body to release its own natural painkillers, such as endorphins.

With what kinds of conditions can acupuncture help?

At Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd., you can request acupuncture to help alleviate pain and stress associated with gynecologic and obstetric issues. Acupuncture is safe for you and your baby and has few to no side effects. You can use acupuncture to ease:

  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Ovulation problems
  • Implantation issues
  • Low back pain
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats

You may also find that acupuncture improves your general wellbeing.

What happens when I get acupuncture?

When you get acupuncture treatments at Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd., you lie comfortably on the treatment table. The points where the needles are inserted may be far from the area that bothers you and are chosen based on the TCM principles of meridian points. 

Your expert disinfects about 5-20 meridian points with alcohol before quickly inserting the needles. You may feel a pinch or small shock when the needle enters your skin, but you shouldn’t feel any pain once the needles are in place. You then rest comfortably for about 20-30 minutes. 

You may need a series of treatments to get optimal results. Acupuncture benefits can last for months to years.

To set up an acupuncture consultation, call either Ob-Gyne Associates of Lake Forest, Ltd. location, or use the online contact form.