I’m a huge fan of chiropractic care, and I truly believe a lot of our ailments can be treated/prevented with regular chiropractic care instead of always going to the doc for “western” medicine. The more I get into this TTC world, the more I learn, and because of articles like this one, I decided to check out the local acupuncturist and see what I thought. Another girl friend of mine in the area has endometriosis and has been visiting this guy with great success, so I figured it was worth a shot!
Here are my chicken stratch notes from my first visit today…
Spleen & Liver (& kidney? I forget.) – Imp’t in conception. Has to do with blood. NEED GOOD BLOOD (and lots of it) to conceive. Some herb I can’t remember the name of (he’s ordering it in for me) should help with the blockage of ‘qi’ that i have in my abdominal area.
Health is explained as a state of balance between the yin and yang, with disease ascribed to either of these forces being unbalanced, blocked or stagnant. The yang force is the immaterial qi, a concept that is roughly translated as “vital energy”. The yin counterpart is Blood, which is linked to but not identical with physical blood, and capitalized to distinguish the two. TCM uses a variety of interventions, including pressure, heat and acupuncture applied to the body’s acupuncture points (in Chinese 穴 or xue meaning “cavities”) to modify the activity of the zang-fu.
After going over my health history and doing a bunch of needle work on me (for lack of a better word – do you know the right term?) he gave me the following to do lists…
To Do List for my Hubby:
Massage my abdominal area – clockwise and from top to bottom – right before bed.
Massage my feet – especially inner sides, but also the soles – whenever!
… this will help me to sleep better at night and to get my qi flowing correctly …
To Do List for Me:
Consume less “animal protein” … including dairy (yikes – I love me some cheese!)
More veggies & fruit (this is like a damn diet!)
Try to be more laid back about things (ha, funny for a Type-A like me)
I know this isn’t a great synopsis, but I still have a lot going on in my head that I’m trying to form an opinion on . So far, I like it. I made an appointment to go back in two weeks, so we’ll see how I feel after a few more treatments.
Side note, this, like most things it seems, is not covered by my insurnace (UGH). However, (God forbid) this gets to the IVF level, that can cost upwards of $10k/try… and for $70/session, this seems cheap in comparison. 🙂 If nothing else, at this point, it’s really helping me to relax – I actually fell asleep both on my front and on my back after he put all of the needles in, and I honestly feel more rested.