I have a 3-Step process for working on most joint and muscle issues from neck and shoulders through the low back and legs.
*Needles and Moxa
Gua Sha is a skin scraping technique that is done with the edge of a ceramic spoon. It leaves marks where the muscles are tight underneath and gives a "map" on the skin of the exact location of the problem. The marks go away within 3-5 days for all patients. It relieves pain and tightness in the muscle tissue.
Cupping is being widely practiced and made famous by the Olympic Swimmers. It s a technique that I have been practicing for 19 years. It is another way to move the Qi and blood and restore function to the muscles and relieve pain.
Moxa is an herb that is applied to needles to increase blood flow and soothe pain. It is rolled into a ball and placed on the end of the needle and lit. The heat goes into the needle increasing blood flow to the area.
Electro-acupuncture involves attaching leads to the inserted needles to increase the stimulation and blood flow to an area. It is safe and effective treatment for pain. It creates a gentle tapping feeling in the skin.
First Hand Experience
When a woman has a desire for a child that cannot be met in a natural way we are blessed to have many alternative strategies and therapies available today. Infertility is defined as one year of trying to conceive a child without success. When this is the case, testing should be done to rule out any medical reasons for the inability to conceive. This is done by medical doctors and gives valuable information to western and eastern practitioners alike to set on a course of treatment that will reach the goal of a healthy baby in the surest way.
It is never too early for the balancing, stress relief and increase of blood flow with acupuncture to assist in the IVF process. I recommend starting 1 month before the transfer which is roughly day 1 of the menstrual cycle. There are also treatment protocols for the day before transfer and the day of which I commonly help with. After a transfer appointment women commonly come for the following 2 weeks for appointments to "raise the qi" when we use acupuncture that raises the qi and holds things in. After that, the next appointments are hopefully for morning sickness!
The emotional support in the treatments during this time are beneficial to my patients. Often you are keeping things private for the first few weeks and it is helpful to have someone to share your information with.
Acupuncture has been studied and shown to increase effectiveness of IVF treatments when used together.
Acupuncture treatment helps reduce anxiety and stress, regulates the menstrual cycle, increases blood flow to the uterus for implantation and also help balance the endocrine system.
I have worked with protocols from all the hospitals and fertility centers in this area.
The Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine by Jane Lyttleton
The Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis
Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
Fertility and Conception by Zita West
Acupuncture can treat:
*Anxiety and Depression
*All Menstrual Related Difficulty