The practice of traditional Chinese medicine (CM) is very complex. People often ask “how does acupuncture work?” or “what types of conditions can acupuncture treat?” The answers to such questions are much more involved than a simple list of ailments. Simply put, and CM is an ancient, energetic, holistic medicine that takes into account all aspects of a person’s lifestyle and symptoms in order to make a diagnosis and treatment strategy. Let’s break this down more clearly. [Read more…]
When I received this thank you card in the mail I just had to add it to the blog! This woman gave birth in the hospital after having a C-Section 2 years ago, She came to me with a very common thought – “Well I’d LIKE to give birth without an epidural but since I’ve never done this before, I’m not really sure if I can and I’ll play it by ear”. I told her that I shared that exact thought leading up to my birth and that what I’ve seen through attending labors, is that if you do not have a strong conviction to have an unmedicated labor, you most likely will call for the epidural. To be clear, I have no judgements either way regarding womens choices. I simply want to help them to create a vision of their ideal birth and then do my best to support that vision. The nurses and doctors were all amazed at her grace during birth. She told me during labor that the acupuncture was reducing her contraction pain so much that she thought she was “stalling out” (when in reality she was almost 7 cm dilated)! She was truly a joy to work with and proof that women can have smooth, unmedicated births. Here is what she wrote to me:
“All I can possibly say is thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me along the most amazing journey of my life. I feel blessed to have had your support and am thrilled with the outcome of my birth. I am so grateful for your extensive knowledge and all the work you did leading up to and during the labor. I think of my daughter’s birthday each day and truly feel a sense of empowerment having had the birth that I wanted. I think you are an incredible woman who has so much to give!
-K.G. from Birmingham, MI
Chinese Medicine Tongue Diagnosis:
Most of our clients who come to the office bristle at the thought of having their tongue diagnosed. When we first ask to see the tongue, most are embarrassed. “I did not brush my teeth before I came in” or “I ate blueberries” are common responses. We are often asked to explain what we are looking for and what changes
we have noticed. With this in mind, I thought I would to explain the importance of Tongue Diagnosis in traditional Chinese medicine.
Like other diagnostic methods in TCM, the skill and intuition of the acupuncturist is an important part of tongue diagnosis. It is not uncommon to have 5 acupuncturists
each have a different take on the tongue. An experienced practitioner will be able to give a more accurate interpretation. [Read more…]
As women, we are pressured to stay slim, a desire encouraged by the world around us, by advertising, by magazines, by popular culture.. And
yet, our bodies change as we age – mostly beyond our control.
Midlife hormonal changes require new eating and exercise habits if we are to maintain current weight and shape. Mind and body conflict with
no sense of balance between the two. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, balance means a harmonious way of feeling, being and thinking.
Everybody (and every body) has their own natural state of balance.
There is a concept in TCM called the eight perimeters. When a body is in balance, we feel good. By observing how we feel and making comparisons,
we determine areas in our body where we need strengthening as well as areas where we can eliminate and “let out steam”. [Read more…]
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views the body in terms of energy and balance. Energy (qi) runs in channels throughout the body and these channels are named after organ that you have heard of before. However, from a TCM perspective, the organs function very differently than Western medicine. In fact, the TCM organs have nothing to do with Western medical function at all. Therefore, when a person comes in for acupuncture and is told there is an imbalance within the “liver”, the acupuncturist is referencing the liver energy, never the actual liver itself.
The heart channel is one of my most favorite channels from an emotional standpoint. Classically, the heart is known to govern the blood in the body and store the “shen”. Shen is similar to conciousness. During the day, the shen goes out and interacts with the world and when we sleep at night, it is because the shen is “sleeping” in the heart. [Read more…]
Acupuncture & Chiropractic are modalities that work synergistically together. You can get more benefit by doing them together versus doing them separately. Often clients will say that they don’t want to do more than one modality at a time, so that they can be clear on what has had the biggest benefit. Actually, your body is more likely to heal quickly when you’re doing a few things to help at once!
Today we are highlighting the Birmingham Chiropractic Clinic – check them out!
Excerpt from Marina Lombard’s Blog:
Emma had been planning for weeks to attend a local fertility support group meeting. But every time the regularly scheduled Wednesday night meeting came up on her calendar, she found a reason not to go. Finally she realized that there was more than just last-minute scheduling conflicts that were holding her back. Going to the meeting, she realized, felt like an admission of failure. She felt like she was “coming out of the closet,” acknowledging her infertility for everyone to see.
Not everyone has difficulty becoming involved in infertility support group meetings. For some, this setting may immediately feel like a port in the storm, a safe place to meet like-minded others. But if you find that this is not the case for you, that your first steps are hesitant or even guarded, know that you’re not alone. It can takes a lot of courage to admit that you are struggling with anything, especially fertility issues. One way to ease your entry is to reach out to a close friend or your partner, and ask them to accompany you to your first infertility group. Another idea is to seek out an evening when a group topic is of interest to you, so that this seeking of information can be your focus.
However it is that you get there, just remember that the results are well worth it. As Emma soon discovered, “I felt as if I was finally with women who really understood what I was going through.”
To find out more about Marina Lombardo, please visit http://iammorethanmyinfertility.wordpress.com/
She is the author of “I am more than my Infertility” along with Linda Parker.
Please also join us for our Holistic Fertility Support group at Acupuncture Healthcare Associates.
Our upcoming meetings are Sunday June 12th and Sunday July 10th from 10:30 to 12:00 in West Bloomfield, MI.
Please check out our flyer for our Holistic Fertility Support Group
Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy.
Department of Reproductive Medicine, Christian-Lauritzen-Institut, Ulm, Germany. firstname.lastname@example.org
To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in assisted reproduction therapy (ART) by comparing a group of patients receiving acupuncture treatment shortly before and after embryo transfer with a control group receiving no acupuncture.
Prospective randomized study.
After giving informed consent, 160 patients who were undergoing ART and who had good quality embryos were divided into the following two groups through random selection: embryo transfer with acupuncture (n = 80) and embryo transfer without acupuncture (n = 80).
Acupuncture was performed in 80 patients 25 minutes before and after embryo transfer. In the control group, embryos were transferred without any supportive therapy.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):
Clinical pregnancy was defined as the presence of a fetal sac during an ultrasound examination 6 weeks after embryo transfer.
Clinical pregnancies were documented in 34 of 80 patients (42.5%) in the acupuncture group, whereas pregnancy rate was only 26.3% (21 out of 80 patients) in the control group.
Acupuncture seems to be a useful tool for improving pregnancy rate after ART.
Monica Mae Leibson teams up with the Providence Alternative Birthing Center in Southfield.
Monday May 9th 2011 @ 6:30 pm
Resident pregnancy specialist, Monica Mae Leibson will be teaching a portion of the birthing classes at Providence.
The class will be a hands-on lecture focusing on Acupressure during Labor. Acupressure has been shown to help during labor in the following ways:
- Decreases pain
- Relieves a cervical lip
- Promotes efficient labor & effective pushing
- Helps to re-position a baby in a breech or posterior position
- Reduces nausea and vomiting
- Reduces high blood pressure
- Support the milk to come in fully after birth
Monica will also be discussing the pre-birth protocol which is one acupuncture treatment weekly starting at 36 weeks.
Benefits of Pre-Birth Acupuncture (weekly starting at week 36):
Research has demonstrated that the mean duration of labor in a group of women giving birth for the first time was reduced from 8 hours & 2 minutes in the control group (70 women) to 6 hours and 36 minutes in the group of women (70) who had received pre-birth acupuncture.
Decreases medical intervention:
Data on 169 women was gathered by 14 midwives as part of their midwifery practice in New Zealand. It found that when comparing all caregivers (midwives, general practitioners, and specialists) to those women who received pre-birth acupuncture there was:
- An overall 35% reduction in the number of inductions (for women having their 1st baby there was a 43% reduction)
- A 31% reduction in the epidural rate
- A 32% reduction in cesarean delivery
- A 9% increase in vaginal births
Turns Breech/Posterior babies:
Breech babies are ideally treated between 34-36 weeks gestation. This generally includes an acupuncture treatment with women being shown how to continue treatment at home with a moxa stick (an herb that has been shaped into a cigar-like stick and held over acupuncture points).
Acupuncture treatments can stimulate labor in a woman who is past her due date. Research has shown that acupuncture takes from 3 to 60 hours to initiate contractions. At least two treatments are recommended.
Please call Acupuncture Healthcare Associates if you would like to attend the classes at 248-737-7126. You can also RSVP through the website at www.acupunctureinmichigan.com
For those who are unable to attend the class but would like more information, Monica can be reached at
Monica is an acupuncturist who specializes in pregnancy & childbirth. She is also a birth & postpartum doula.
The class is presented by The Providence Alternative Birthing Center. http://www.stjohnprovidence.org/Women/Pregnancy
You can also find them on facebook….