Acupuncture and fertility, a natural pair

As an Licensed Acupuncturist, I practice holistic medicine and one of my areas of special interest is fertility and helping women get pregnant naturally. Men and women can be challenged when it comes to being able to conceive. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be useful to re-balance the physical body, enhance fertility and calm the heart and mind in the process. Angie Kociolek sperm and eggColored pencil drawing by the author four years into her infertility journey.

The cool thing is that, depending on your situation and preferences, acupuncture and herbs can be used on their own as an alternative, or as a complement to assisted reproductive technology, such as IVF. If you do decide to seek acupuncture for fertility reasons, expect to commit to at least three months of regular treatment. It takes time to affect and see physical changes and cycles. Additionally, acupuncture can safely be used during pregnancy and beyond childbirth to replenish the body and manage the transitions that come with a newly created family.

Lately, I've been immersed in the topic of fertility even outside

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Three good reasons to include acupuncture in post partum care

Last week I saw Melissa Bang’s performance of “Playing Monopoly with God” and attended her meet & greet with Bozeman area professionals to expand and diversify the medical model for post partum women.

In addition to services such as naturopathy, mental health counseling, and lactation consulting, acupuncture is a great option for post partum care. breastfeeding2

Reason #1: Replenish
Pregnancy and birthing can be fulfilling and depleting at the same time. Sleep patterns can change dramatically after baby is born and fatigue often results. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs serve to replenish a new mother’s qi (the vital energy behind every bodily function) and blood. It also promotes better sleep and can improve energy levels so that mom is in the best position to nourish the little one(s).

Reason #2: Manage milk flow
Breastfeeding is not always as intuitive as you’d think and, even with lactation support, issues can arise. Acupuncture can be used to boost milk supply1 and there are accounts that it can hasten recovery from mastitis. It may also help to stop lactation,

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