Portland Acupuncture Studio is the clinical practice of Dr. Lee Hullender Rubin, DAOM, LAc. She primarily treats women with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary and lifestyle advice. She is honored to work with everyone wishing to build a family: straight, LGBTQ, singles, or couples. She specializes in:
- Natural fertility
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Donor cycles, Frozen cycles, and inseminations
- Vulvodynia or other female sexual pain
- Chronic pelvic pain
Acupuncture is an effective medical treatment that can stop pain, balance hormones, influence blood flow, improve digestion, relieve stress, and reduce hot flashes. It is a non-pharmaceutical intervention. During an acupuncture treatment, very thin needles are inserted into the skin at specific locations on the body called acupoints. Acupoints are selected based on each person’s own health care needs. It is possible one person’s acupuncture treatment be completely different from another.
When practiced properly, acupuncture is safe with few adverse side effects. It is part of a whole system of medicine initially developed in ancient China more than 2500 years ago. Today, we call it East Asian Medicine (EAM).* EAM consists of several therapies, of which acupuncture and Chinese herbs are the most well-known. Other EAM therapies include moxibustion, cupping, plum blossom needling, bleeding techniques, and two types of massage called Tui Na and Gua Sha. To learn more about acupuncture, see my post on the top three questions asked about acupuncture.
How does it work?
The exact reason acupuncture ‘works’ is not well understood. However, we do have a good idea about some of the changes that occur once a needle is inserted into the body. One of the most commonly reported responses is an increase in the body’s own painkilling chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins block pain sensations and can affect mood, appetite, and sex hormones. In other research studies with acupuncture, changes in hormone levels, blood flow, body temperature, brain and body tissues were observed. However, the response one has to acupuncture is far more complex than a single biological process. It is possible acupuncture induces healing resulting from all the biological changes occurring simultaneously. Regardless of the mechanism, acupuncture may be recommended to stop pain and treat many women’s health complaints.
A typical “course” of acupuncture is dependent on each person and his or her health concern. Some people respond very quickly and require only a few treatments, while others require more. In my clinical experience and as reported in the literature, chronic conditions typically take longer to treat, while acute conditions usually require fewer visits. At Portland Acupuncture Studio, a clear treatment plan outlining the recommended number of treatments will be provided to you.
*EAM is also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.