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Support through all stages of A.R.T & FET preparation and treatment.

It is always ideal to start receiving acupuncture to prepare you with Preconception Care so that you are in your best possible fertility health before starting Assisted Reproductive treatment.

Acupuncture is one of the best ways to improve and maintain fertility. A recent study into ART(including I.V.F) Acupuncture indicates a 65% increase

in fertility following Acupuncture treatment. Fertility is an expression of optimal health. 25% of infertility is unexplained but roughly half of men and woman have experienced infertility. and sought help at some stage. It is often the combination of factors from both men and women

that can create difficulties with conceiving a baby. Studies have also indicated that acupuncturehelps regulate hormones, menstruation and ovulation and can help improve sperm quality andendometrium thickness.

How Does it Work?

Acupuncture re-balances our bodies' internal reactions & processes that are affected by many factrs from diet & lifestyle,  anxiety and stress and emotions.  It is best if both couples come at least to the intial consultation so I can diagnose any issues either partner may have. 

However, most people will need to receive on-going treatment as the benefits are cumulative - depending on general health & severity of symptoms & age of both partners.

Acupuncture  helps untangle the  web of symptoms from both partners that combine to reduce fertility, in order to increase chances of  bringing a  healthy conception to term.. 

Insomnia & Poor Quality Sleep

Most of us experience stress, anxiety, depression or insomnia & sleep problems at some point in our lives. Many people who have received acupuncture notice an increased feeling of wellbeing, and a reduction in stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Most people sleep better after acupuncture treatment. Following acupuncture people often report feeling more grounded, others say they feel uplifted and positive. Depending on duration and severity of symptoms, acupuncture can also be offered without the necessity of taking prescription drugs avoiding the addictive side-effects of anti-depressants, tranquilisers and sleeping pills.


The Benefits Of Acupuncture For People With Problem Sleeping Or Insomnia

In the Chinese Medicine approach, good sleep is dependant on the state of the mind. For this reason a shock, trauma, injury or illness can all bring on insomnia. It is said that thinking too much and worrying can weaken the body's ability to flourish. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), if any internal organ is in disharmony this too may be a contributing factor to developing insomnia. Acupuncture therapy can be offered to support you in overcoming insomnia.

Benefits Of Acupuncture For People With Problem Sleeping Or Insomnia

Acupuncture combined with lifestyle changes can help to re-balance the body & emotional, physiological aspects of a person and help lift their spirits. The positive effects felt by many people are an increased feeling of mental wellbeing, improved sleep patterns, a more positive outlook and a reduction in anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Stress anxiety and depresstion

Emotional, Psychological & Memory Issues

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Panic Attacks
  • Palpitations
  • Concentration Difficulties
  • Poor Memory
  • Lack of Focus
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorde (A.D.D & A.D.H.D)

We are experiencing a seismic increase in emotional and psychological unease or 'mental health issues'.

Stress, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks and depression are symptoms experienced when our organs are out of balance. Every imbalance or symptom in the body will create some psychological symptoms even  irritation, impatience and frustration which stagnate the liver energy and effects our recovery and healing. 

In traditional Chinese medicine psychological and physical symptoms are seen as different sides of the same coin - each one being either a symptom or cause of the other, or part of a more complex web of disharmony. Anger and depression are expressions of a disharmony of the liver organ. When our liver is balanced we may be assertive, motivated and responsive to others. Anxiety and insomnia maybe more related to a heart or spleen disharmony. When the heart is balanced we may feel happy and self-confident and experience joy.  Fear and insecurity can be linked to the kidney organ. When our kidneys are balanced we can be resolute, trusting and have the will to bring things to completion.

Our lifestyle and our environment also plays a huge role in us creating stress and anxiety: a lack of rest, irregular meals, stressful relationships and work problems, the lack or a nurturing home environment and support network, and a tendency to use stimulants to give us energy, change moods, any one of these factors can bring us out of balance.  

There has been an increase in anxiety especially 'health anxiety' due to the our reliance all types of  media.  Acupuncture treatment aims to bring back our internal, emotional and spiritual harmony. As a holistic treatment every aspect of your internal health can be addressed simultaneously through your individually tailored treatment prescription plan.

Acupuncture for Menopause

Acupuncture treatment helps to reduce classic symptoms such as hot flushes, sweating, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, insomnia, emotional volatility, and vaginal dryness.  Sometimes we talk about menopausal symptoms and are actually talking about perimenopause which can affect women usually from 35-50 or whenever menopause actually occurs. These symptoms can be varied:-

  • Changes in menstruation - shorter/longer or irregular cycles, heavier or lighter periods,
  • hot flushes
  • night sweats,
  • headaches, muscle tension,
  • emotional lability,
  • anxiety
  • dryness - mouth, skin, hair etc
  • difficulty concentrating
  • being forgetful,
  • tiredness,
  • disrupted sleep
  • changes in libido
  • vaginal dryness

Post-menopausal symptoms are partly due to changes in oestrogen levels  emotional and body tension, joint and muscle aches, weight gain, changes in appetite and digestion and sleep, memory lapses.  Sometimes its hard to see whether a symptom is due to natural ageing or menopause.  In order to age gracefully we need to look after ourselves with good diet, nutrition, a healthy work/life balance and time to ourselves.

Health & Lifestyle Changes

Many difficult symptoms can be helped by acupuncture & shiatsu, acupressure and meditation.  It is vital to keep well hydrated a a diet high in fresh fruit and veg if possible. Foods which are high in isoflavones and phyto estrogens are especially good - soya beans, edamame beans, lentils and chick peas, flax seeds, fresh figs, yams, almonds eggs and blueberries, oats etc.  Choose whole grains instead of refined and sweetened products. It's advisable to focus on Gut Health and motility for happiness and helping menopause symptoms.. Reducing stimulants such as coffee and alcohol which with less oestrgen we may not tolerate so well. 

Acupuncture  helps women adjust to the changes, helping to harmonise the kidney and liver energy and keep the heart connected.

In some Eastern cultures women are revered following the menopause. Women are granted special privileges and awarded a higher status in the community. In these cultures women report few menopausal symptoms.

In our increasingly youth and beauty obsessed, consumer culture,  we can stilll flourish if we can value and connect with our emotions and spirituality.  Good diet and mindful use of supplements, meditation, relaxation and holistic therapies such as Acupuncture and Acupressure can help reduce the intensity of symptoms using points and protocols to harmonise emotions and hormones espcially going through these changes and to strengthen the kidneys, liver heart and stomach or whichever area or meridian is most out of balance.

Menopause is a time for re-aligning and reassessing our lives. Though we may feel it as a time when a woman’s’ health declines, with awareness and early treatment, it can be a time to strengthen constitutionally and spiritually and enjoy the next chapter of life with greater confidence, better self-esteem and connectedness.