These are some of the most frequently asked questions. If there is something I didn't answer below please feel free to to email me. I hope to provide you with the most comprehensive informations so you can decide if acupuncture is the right choice for you.
When should I come in during my pregnancy?
Women who have acupuncture throughout their entire pregnancy report feeling more energized and relaxed and have less aches and pains throughout their pregnancy. They also experience faster deliveries and “bounce back” quicker. In the early stages of pregnancy so much is happening that can lead to fatigue, morning sickness, nervousness and heartburn. Acupuncture can help with all of these symptoms so the earlier you can begin treatment, the better.
Suggested Pregnancy + Acupuncture Prep Plan
First trimester - 1x a week (until 14 weeks)
Second trimester - 2x a month (unless other things pop up)
Third trimester - (31 weeks) 1x a week until delivery.
Fourth trimester - (3 weeks post partum) 1x a week for 12 weeks
I recommend coming back post partum for a hormonal tune up and to address any other symptoms, concerns, aches and pains that may have arisen.
Fifth trimester and beyond - 1 x a month (basic wellness care)
Just like training for anything, the more preparation you do for your body during your pregnancy (even better if you start BEFORE you get pregnant) the more you will feel good emotionally and physically at the end. I remember running a marathon and doing very little training. I was able to run the race, but the last 6 miles I was hobbling all the way to the end. I met other runners who had done their training, ate the right foods, and at the end of the race their recovery looked, and felt, much different than mine! Don’t think you need to suffer just because it seems like that’s what everyone goes through.
My baby is breech how can acupuncture help?
If you find out that your baby is breech it is best to come in earlier than later. Earlier in your pregnancy your baby has more room to turn giving us more opportunity to make an impact. It’s important to remember that acupuncture is most effective with 4-6 treatments at minimum. Acupuncture can greatly help with positioning of your baby but is most effective when you have been doing acupuncture throughout your pregnancy.
Can acupuncture start labor?
The biggest misconception I hear is that acupuncture can start labor on the spot. When it comes to prepping for labor, acupuncture works best when you are coming consistently before you are full term (40 weeks)
How does Acupuncture help start labor (Baby Boost)
Helps to ripen and dilate the cervix
Increases morphine like endorphins in the body
Relaxes and calms the mind
Speeds the process of labor
Assists prolonged or stalled labor
What do I need to do to prepare for Acupuncture + Labor Out-Call
Eat something small before arrival
Create an environment dark, quiet, serene with little commotion
Acupuncture + Fertility
Now with scientific research supporting acupuncture and fertility, many are turning to acupuncture as a less expensive option for natural conception and an adjunct therapy to improve the efficacy of IUI and IVF.
In 200 AD acupuncture was used to keep the king fertile. The king had many concubines and needed to please and impregnate them far into his late life. If it worked for him, it can work for you!
Natural Conception + Acupuncture
There are many ways that acupuncture supports a couple trying to conceive naturally. It clears blockages, promoting blood flow to where it needs to go for fertility; ovaries, uterus, endocrine system. It also brings the energetic body back into balance re-focusing the attention on where there may be an imbalance so that conception is possible.
In our initial consult we will discuss, in depth, how acupuncture can benefit your particular situation. Many times all that is needed is a discussion about how the cycle works and the best time to try to conceive. If we discover that there are other related issues involved (irregular menses, PCOS, endometriosis, sperm issues, thyroid issues, no menses or hormonal imbalances) we can discuss your options to try to conceive naturally with acupuncture, herbs, diet and supplements.
The best time to come in is when you are thinking about trying to conceive.
IVF + Acupuncture
Acupuncture along side IVF & IUI treatments has become a normal protocol among Reproductive Endocrinologists. This is because studies show a significant rise in positive pregnancy tests when IVF and Acupuncture are done in tandem.
In my practice, I have found that Acupuncture also helps relieve the stress and anxiety that can accompany assisted reproductive treatments. Sometimes couples go through years of stress, emotional upheaval and financial strain trying to conceive. This can be hard on the individuals AND the relationship. When there is strain and emotional taxation we are put into the “fight or flight” state and blood is shunted away from our reproductive organs. Unfortunately, this works directly against the goal of pregnancy.
Acupuncture has an amazing ability to turn off that “fight or flight” mechanism and direct the blood flow back to where it needs to go, bringing body and mind into the same relaxed brain wave space as meditation.
Acupuncture + Day of IVF Transfer
Do you treat things other than pregnancy or fertility? Can my husband come in and see you?
Yes! I would love to help your husbands, fathers, grandfathers and sons; all your family members and friends. Acupuncture can help with a multitude of ailments and is number one for pain elimination and pain management with little to no side effects. With the growing number of people who are on pain killers, muscle relaxants, and other narcotics, acupuncture has become a sought after treatment to get people back to enjoying the things they love without having to suffer the unwanted side effects of pharmaceuticals. One of my greatest joys is when I help someone avoid surgery after a few sessions with acupuncture.
How many times will I have to come in?
This is a hard question to answer because each situation is different but below are examples of how long it has taken in the past to either relieve or eliminate certain ailments and issues.
Acute Back pain/Neck pain- 6-10 treatments
Chronic back pain/neck pain- 12+ treatments
Fertility - 3 months + treatments
Digestive issues - 8-10 treatments
Sleep issues - 8-10 treatments
Stress - 1-4 treatments
Hormonal imbalances - 3 months +
Irregular Menstrual Cycle - 3 months+
Keep in mind that acupuncture is much like exercise. Often one treatment is not sufficient to treat the problem. Think about how long your have carried around that back pain, neck pain, digestive issue or sleep issue. It may take some time for your body to recover and rebalance. It’s important to give yourself some time to adapt to the changes you are making in your body, mind and soul.
How much does it cost?
Initial evaluation + Acupuncture: $140.00
In this visit we will go over your entire health history, review lab work, and talk about all of your concerns. Diagnostic testing will include Acu Graph, pulse diagnosis & tongue diagnosis. At your second visit we will go over the treatment plan I design specifically for you with herbal, dietary, and other lifestyle recommendations. We will also go over the Acu Graph results. This visit lasts approximately an hour and half and includes an acupuncture treatment.
Report of Findings and Follow up visits: $90.00
We will start follow up visits talking briefly about how things are going, if we need to change or add anything into your treatment and if new concerns have arisen since starting acupuncture. These visits typically last about an hour.
Packages: After your first initial visit many of our patients take advantage of these options to save a little bit of cash.
De-Stress Me Package
4 treatments: $340.00 (@ 85 a treatment)
Perfect for the seasoned patient for wellness care, de-stressing treatment, or baby boost.
12 treatments @ 960 ( @ 80 a treatment)
-option to pay in two monthly installments
Great option for chronic pain, acute pain, pregnancy, digestive, and sleep issues
The Two Acu-DoZen package
24 treatments @ 1800 ( @75 a treatment)
-option to pay in 3 monthly installments
-do not expire
-can share package with up to 2 people
This is the package offers the biggest savings and is perfect for the fertility patients, pregnancy, wellness patients, and families wanting to share a plan.
If you need to refund your package for life circumstances, we can refund your unused treatments minus the difference you would have paid for a full priced treatment. It’s recommended that you transfer your package so as not to lose out on the discounted price.
Example: Purchased The Acu DoZen: Paid 960.00. Used: 6 Refunded 6: $420.00
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