I’m writing to say I won’t be treating my private patients, nor will I be treating at Kingfield Community Acupuncture on Tuesday Feb 28th. I’m very sorry for the inconvenience, but I don’t want to expose anyone to what I’m experiencing!
I hope you’ve been able to avoid what is a nasty bug!
I should return to normal in a day or so, but I will be in contact!
I recently stumbled upon a very well-made video I felt I should share with my patients. The video explores how the Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques including acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, and lifestyle approach may benefit fertility treatments.
I know that a lot of my patients would benefit from a good description of how Chinese medicine helps fertility, and finally there is a well-made, clear video doing just that!
There is a lot of good introductory information on how acupuncture and Chinese medicine may help you in your journey towards building your family!
If you’re a parent, or would like to be one, crying babies will be known to you. There can be many reasons for a crying baby, but one that cries for hours on end is not only heartbreaking (and crazy-making), but could indicate a health problem the baby is experiencing, but can’t communicate.
A recent study showed that acupuncture may help babies suffering from intestinal colic. It even showed that one needle, even when compared to a group of needles, may be useful in treating the condition. In children, and in acupuncture treatments in general, more needles are not necessarily better.
Click this link to check out the original article to find out more about the research.
Acupoints can also be stimulated in other ways, and can prove most useful when trying to help children. Point massage, laser, tuning fork stimulation and other ways to stimulate acupuncture points may help your child stay healthy and treat issues when they arise.
I will be teaching a children’s health class for parents on January 21, 2017 from 1-3pm where I will give more information for parents to help their kids maintain health and provide support for their kids when they do become ill. Topics taught include massage techniques, specific points for maintaining children’s health using a tuning fork, dietary advice.
The New York Times published an article on In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) on October 17, 2016, and it discusses the difficult situations many potential parents find when thinking about their fertility. As a practitioner who works with clients struggling with their fertility every day, I think this article brings up a good topic that all people, male or female, should keep in mind when thinking about their fertility, especially as they age.
This topic is so difficult because it not only touches on the issue of fertility, but it also highlights the difficult situations women and their partners and families face in our society. How can women in particular further the equality in work advancement opportunities, wages and their general success in the workplace, when the workplace doesn’t support the natural and universal right to having children (and nurture them) when women are most likely to conceive naturally? How can partners expect to help support these women in their family and work goals?
The topic of fertility should be seriously discussed with young men and women starting in high school, or beginning with sex education courses in middle school. Starting early will help women be as informed as possible about their fertility changes as they age, and help men understand the issues at the same time. The New York Times article on IVF makes it more clear that not all patients going through the IVF process will be successful, so I think more and earlier discussion would help women see both sides of the fertility coin- should childbirth be put off and risk being unable to conceive naturally or otherwise, or start a family when fertility is at its peak?
There are no judgements to be made here, only an attempt to more openly educate the public on the realities of starting families in an era where IVF is a useful tool, but not the definitive answer to putting it off until later in life.
What has your path been? What would you suggest to others trying to decide this issue for themselves? Read the article and leave a comment so I can highlight it for others going through the same process- you may help someone else decide for themselves!
The Misleading Promise of IVF for Women Over 40
Click this link for the article
This article highlights an exciting use of acupuncture in the hospital ER setting, and marks an exciting development for acupuncturists!
Opioid pain drugs are now admittedly over-prescribed for pain treatment. In an effort to reduce the numbers of patients addicted to them, their use is being re-evaluated.
Acupuncture can now be recognized as an effective and NON-ADDICTIVE treatment to alleviate pain in the body. Acupuncture is not only effective for the treatment of pain. Acupuncture may have benefits above and beyond pain reduction.
Are you a migraine sufferer, or do you know someone who is?
A 2004 report published in the online version of the British Medical Journal (click for PUBMED abstract) has found that acupuncture is a useful, cost-effective treatment for chronic headaches, particularly treatment of migraine headaches. There is also a link to an AcupunctureToday article summarizing the results here.
The report found that over a 12-month period, headache patients who received regular acupuncture sessions reported fewer headaches, had a higher quality of life, missed fewer days from work, used less medication, and made fewer visits to a general practitioner than patients given standard treatment for headaches.
I have certainly seen my migraine and other headache patients benefit from Chinese medicine treatments. Acupuncture, combined with herbal medicine, usually provides the quickest most long-lasting results, especially for women with migraines headaches associated with their menstrual cycles.