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Acupuncture: More Than Just Pain Relief for Women’s Health

Acupuncture, the time-tested practice of inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. While many associate it with pain relief, its benefits extend far beyond, offering a holistic approach to women’s health across various stages of life. So, how can acupuncture empower your well-being?

Managing Menstrual Mayhem:

Period cramps, bloating, and mood swings – acupuncture can be your knight in shining armor against these PMS warriors. It helps regulate menstrual cycles, reduce pain, and alleviate bloating by improving blood flow and promoting the release of natural pain-relieving endorphins. Additionally, it can address emotional imbalances, easing irritability and anxiety often associated with PMS.

Embracing Motherhood:

Pregnancy comes with its own set of joys and challenges. Acupuncture can navigate you through both. For expecting mothers, it can alleviate nausea, morning sickness, and even heartburn. Studies suggest it can even improve fetal positioning and shorten labor duration. It’s a safe and drug-free approach to promoting relaxation and overall pregnancy well-being.

Fertility: Cultivating New Life:

For women trying to conceive, acupuncture can be a powerful ally. It balances hormones, regulates ovulation, and improves blood flow to the reproductive organs, creating a more fertile environment. Research suggests it can even increase the success rates of IVF treatments. Additionally, it helps manage stress, which can hinder fertility, promoting a calmer and more positive outlook on your journey.

Navigating Menopause:

Menopause brings a wave of changes, often accompanied by hot flashes, night sweats, and sleep disturbances. Acupuncture can be a soothing balm, reducing these symptoms and promoting hormonal balance. It also addresses emotional fluctuations, like anxiety and mood swings, helping you navigate this transition with serenity and grace.

Beyond the Physical:

Acupuncture’s benefits extend beyond the physical. It promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and boosts the immune system, all crucial for overall well-being. It can also improve sleep quality, energy levels, and even skin health. By addressing the root causes of imbalances, acupuncture empowers women to manage their health holistically.

Ready to explore the potential of acupuncture in your life? Start with a Consult. Call today 410-847-4766.


Can Acupuncture Be Your Ally in the Journey to Parenthood?

The yearning to create a family can be both beautiful and incredibly frustrating, especially when faced with fertility challenges. While Western medicine offers invaluable tools, many individuals are turning to complementary therapies like acupuncture for a holistic approach. But does it actually work? Let’s explore the potential of acupuncture to support your fertility journey.

Balancing the Flow:

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) views acupuncture as a way to balance the body.. By inserting “thin as a hair” needles at specific points, acupuncturists aim to address imbalances that could hinder fertility. This holistic approach may regulate menstrual cycles, improve blood flow to reproductive organs, and even enhance egg quality.

More Than Just Needles:

Acupuncture often goes hand-in-hand with other TCM practices like herbal remedies and dietary adjustments. These additional elements can further personalize your treatment plan, addressing specific concerns like stress, anxiety, or underlying health conditions that could impact fertility.

What the Science Says:

Research on acupuncture for fertility has encouraging studies suggest that potential benefits. For example, a 2023 meta-analysis found that acupuncture improve pregnancy rates in women undergoing IVF, especially when combined with conventional treatment. Studies also indicate acupuncture’s potential to regulate menstrual cycles and reduce stress in individuals struggling to conceive.

Finding the Right Fit:

Begin with a consultation to decide if acupuncture is a good option for you and your fertility journey.


The journey to parenthood is unique for everyone. Acupuncture can be a valuable tool in your toolbox.

“Do More in 2024” for Your Health & Your Future

At last, the new year is upon us. Will we live our best lives and manifest our fullest potential? What we do with all that potential, is always up to us.

One way to hone in on our resolutions, our health and wellness goals is to try something new, like acupuncture. Although acupuncture is technically anything but “new” being over 3,000 year old system of medicine originating from China, it may be a new experience for you.

Acupuncture is truly an excellent treatment approach for many ailments for several reasons. First, there are no side effects to acupuncture like there are with medications or surgery. Second, it is actually a very pleasant experience for most people, as most patients fall asleep during their session, and it is considered non-invasive. Third, it can treat multiple health concerns at the same time. Many times a patient will come in for their chronic pain, for example, and also see lasting improvements with their lifelong anxiety or insomnia, digestive issues or migraines. It even helps couples get pregnant who are struggling to start a family, or help with menopausal concerns and reproductive health.

Anything you would consider taking a pill for, you could try acupuncture.

With the New Year, many folks even use acupuncture to quit smoking, or use acupuncture to lose weight.

At Cloud 9 Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine, we take an integrative approach looking at many ways to naturally support your health and wellness, utilizing acupuncture, electro-stim, ATP Resonance BioTherapyTM, O3 Regenerative TherapyTM, and custom nutritional support.

While we specialize in complex, chronic conditions that are difficult to treat such as neuropathy, autoimmune conditions, infertility, migraines, and women’s health, we do treat many other conditions (and all ages) as well.

Interested in seeing what acupuncture can do for you?

Call 410-847-4766 to begin with a consultation with Dr. Laura Parks, our medical director who has over 13 years experience using acupuncture to change lives.

Acupuncture for Spinal Stenosis: A Natural Way to Find Relief

Spinal stenosis is a condition that causes the narrowing of the spinal canal, which can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. This can lead to pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling in the legs and feet. Spinal stenosis can be caused by a number of factors, including aging, arthritis, and injury.

While there is no cure for spinal stenosis, there are a number of treatments that can help to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. One such treatment is acupuncture.

Acupuncture can help to relieve pain, inflammation, and other symptoms.

How acupuncture can help with spinal stenosis

Acupuncture can help with spinal stenosis in a number of ways. First, it can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Acupuncture releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relievers. It also helps to reduce inflammation by increasing blood flow to the affected area.

Second, acupuncture can help to improve nerve function. Acupuncture needles stimulate the nerves in the spine, which can help to improve nerve conduction and reduce nerve pain.

Third, acupuncture can help to improve range of motion and flexibility. Acupuncture helps to relax muscles and reduce stiffness, which can make it easier to move and exercise.

Research on acupuncture for spinal stenosis

A number of studies have shown that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for spinal stenosis. For example, a 2019 study found that acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture at reducing pain and improving function in people with spinal stenosis.

Another study, published in 2020, found that acupuncture was effective at reducing pain and improving quality of life in people with spinal stenosis who were not responding to other treatments.

Once you have found a qualified acupuncturist, they will develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. Treatment typically involves weekly acupuncture sessions for several weeks or months, depending on the severity of your condition.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for spinal stenosis. It can help to reduce pain, inflammation, and nerve pain. It can also help to improve range of motion and flexibility. If you are considering acupuncture for spinal stenosis, be sure to start with a consultation with our doctor. 

Microneedling: A Non-Invasive Treatment for Younger-Looking Skin

Microneedling is a minimally invasive new cosmetic procedure that reverses wrinkles using tiny needles to create micro-channels in the skin. These channels allow for the delivery of serums and other treatments to the deeper layers of the skin, where they can work more effectively in reducing wrinkles.

Microneedling is a popular treatment for a variety of skin concerns, including:

  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines
  • Acne scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Sun damage
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma

Microneedling is also a good option for people who want to improve the overall appearance of their skin. It can help to reduce the appearance of pores, improve skin texture, and give the skin a more youthful glow.

The microneedling procedure is right here in our office. The patient will be numbed with a topical anesthetic, and then the needles will be used to create the micro-channels in the skin. The procedure usually takes about 30-45 minutes to complete.

After the procedure, the patient’s skin may be red and swollen. This is normal and should subside within a few days. The patient may also experience some bruising.

Most people see results from microneedling within 4 weeks of the procedure.

Microneedling is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of skin concerns. It is a good option for people who are looking for a non-invasive way to improve the appearance of their skin.

To learn more about microneedling or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today by calling 410-847-4766.

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