Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese theories: the flow of qi (energy) and xue (blood) through meridians or pathways that cover the body, somewhat like nerves and blood vessels. When one or more of these pathways is blocked, illness pursues, or when there is an imbalance of energy, illness follows. Over thousands of years, the Chinese have recorded specific points on the body (acu points) that are associated with specific organs and health conditions. During an acupuncture treatment, fine needles are gently inserted into the body at the appropriate acupoints to unblock the crucial pathways.
In recent times, many scientific studies have established the validity of acupuncture. The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledge that acupuncture can effectively treat a wide array of acute and chronic conditions. Acupuncture is also known to result in better overall wellbeing.
When combined with IVF, acupuncture has proven to improve not only pregnancy rates, but also take-home baby rates. For men, scientific studies have shown that acupuncture can increase sperm count, shape, and motility.
We also use acupuncture to increase ovarian function, improve circulation, increase feelings of wellness and calm – all of which are important in preparing a woman’s body to conceive, carry a baby, and have a successful birth.
The cupping technique involves creating suction with glass cups over certain areas of the body, such as the extremities, back, shoulder, or abdomen. It is used to relax muscles, relieve pain, release phlegm, and increase blood flow to the area it is applied. The sensation feels similar to a massage and is relaxing, soothing and effective.
Moxibustion is the painless burning of the mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) herb over acupuncture points. It warms and nourishes the area and can move blood to increase circulation. It is used in a variety of ways, including for relief from painful periods, to increase fertility, turning a breech baby, and reducing hot-flashes and pain.