Summer is in full swing with higher temperatures and humidity. Local markets are full of ripe, colorful, luscious fruits and vegetables. Now is the time to enjoy the bounty of local farms and to eat lightly cooked foods and smaller meals. It is also time to eat cooling foods such as watermelon, cucumbers and mint. Eating a variety of colorful foods is very beneficial to our health, especially to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer.
There’s also been a rash of summer colds and sore throats and allergies are starting up again for some. If you’re feeling under the weather with a cough, cold, sore throat or constant itchy eyes and nasal congestion, don’t forget that a timely acupuncture treatment can reduce the severity of your symptoms and get you feeling better again quickly!
I’ve decided to focus each newsletter on how acupuncture and Chinese Medicine help specific conditions. This newsletter focuses on acupuncture and fertility. I’m including a link to research on how acupuncture treatment benefits IVF patients. Please feel free to ask me any questions and pass the information on to anyone you know that might be interested.
Monique Wheeler, L.Ac.
Getting pregnant isn’t always as easy. Often women start trying to conceive believing that in a few months they will be pregnant. Once a few months pass with no luck they may become frustrated. This is a perfect time to investigate acupuncture and how it may help.
I work with women hoping to get pregnant by helping them to become as healthy and balanced as possible. To do this, I start with the menstrual cycle and any menstrual issues – for example if a woman has a shortened cycle of 23 days, we work to lengthen the cycle to a normal 28 days. If a woman has very painful or heavy periods, we work to relieve those symptoms. Signs and symptoms reflect deeper imbalances in the body. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, diet and lifestyle changes address both deeper issues and symptoms and through treatment, those symptoms frequently disappear.
I also work to help relieve stress and frustration created after months of disappointment. This level of stress is very detrimental to conception. During an acupuncture treatment, the body relaxes and during relaxation healing occurs.
Studies have indicated that women undergoing IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) may benefit from acupuncture treatment. There have been a variety of studies performed and a meta analysis of seven studies indicated that acupuncture increases the odds of pregnancy.