Acupuncture is an ancient holistic healing therapy that is part of the wide scope of Chinese Medicine. The core theory of this medicine is that pain and illness arise from an imbalance of energy (or Qi- pronounced Chee) flowing through channels that travel all along the body. By inserting tiny, sterilized and disposable needles into certain acupuncture points on the body, practitioners can redirect the flow of Qi to rebalance the body and promote optimal health.
This is a great question that will be answered in depth during your first appointment. Briefly, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine help to regulate the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Ovarian Response which causes optimized hormonal output and ovulation. Regulated hormones and ovulation lead to increased chances of conception. Additionally, the treatments and/or herbal therapy will increase uterine lining, bring more circulation to the uterus, benefit follicle stimulation and egg quality, and relax the nervous system.
A general rule of thumb with treatment is that we want to see significant changes in your menstrual cycle within 3 months of weekly treatment. We treat weekly to regulate each of the 4 phases of a menstrual cycle according to TCM (menses, follicular, ovulation, luteal). If you are not pregnant within 4-6 cycles, we will most likely refer you to a Reproductive Endocrinologist for additional examination. Conception can be quick, but occasionally it can take longer than 4-6 months. We will discuss your prognosis according to TCM at your first appointment.
No. Acupuncture, when done correctly, should not hurt. In fact, most people fall asleep during treatment. Acupuncture needles are not hollow and are no thicker than a human hair so the sensation is very different than a regular injection. You may feel a slight tap as the needle is inserted through the skin and nothing to a slight (and pleasant) achiness. That achiness is what practitioners call “Capturing the Qi.”
Loose fitting “yoga-style” clothes are best. However, we can always cover you with towels or sheets if that is not possible.
Needle depth depends on the acupuncture point being used as well as the size, age, and constitution of the patient. Additionally, some practitioners may needle deeper than others depending on the style of their training. In general, needles are inserted between 1/8 and 1 inch deep.
You should feel very calm and grounded to slightly drowsy. Very rarely, symptoms flair slightly after a treatment as energy (or Qi) continues to harmonize properly within the body. After your treatment you should let your body’s energy continue to harmonize by resting. Avoid vigorous exercise, alcohol, stressful situations and large/unhealthy meals.
Insurance companies are beginning to pay for acupuncture. Debra Kuhn Gerson, L. Ac., Dipl. OM, FABORM is an out-of-network provider which means that your insurance company will pay if you have out-of-network benefits. We will gladly file your paperwork for you or give you a superbill to submit to your insurance company.