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some thoughts on acupuncture

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My history with acupuncture begins with our desire to have a baby.  Like many people, I was faced with infertility issues.  I was diagnosed with PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) about 1 1/2 years into our journey to get pregnant.   While I do have cystic ovaries and an abnormal cycle, many things about PCOS did not apply to me.  Most people with PCOS tend to be heavily over-weight, excessively hairy and poor skin.  They may also exhibit signs of diabetes.
There are all types of infertility treatments and doctors out there. Our first doctor was all about trying to get us pregnant in the shortest time possible. I tried two different treatments – Clomid and a diabetes drug. Neither worked and the reaction to the drugs were horrible.
At that point, I tried a different doctor. She took a slower approach and was thorough, but eventually she referred me to another specialist.
After I was diagnosed and had tried several methods, I realized that I had no idea about the drugs or treatments being used on me or that were recommended. None of them seemed healthy. And I realized a very important thing…

…how was I going to have a healthy baby if I or what I was doing to my body not healthy?
I do not doubt at all, that for some people, there are no other options but some of the more extreme versions of infertility treatments. I am the last person that will pass judgement on someone in the agonizing struggle to get pregnant. But for me, knowing what was wrong with my body, and finding healthy ways to fix it were the most important goals. If I would have needed more help than what direction I choose, I cannot say I would not have taken it, but for me, I wanted to exhaust every option that I could control first.
I wanted to be healthy so that I could have a healthy baby.

It was at about this time, that a dear friend suggested acupuncture and I came across a lovely book called, The Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis. This is what I had been looking for. I started to look for acupuncturists and found a certified acupuncturist who was also a Native American healer and had done workshops with Randine Lewis.
On a strict diet, excercise, regime of herbs and weekly sessions, it took us four months to get pregnant.

This was my first experience with acupuncture.

The second experience begin last year at this time. I was in the midst of recurring kidney infections and had just begun getting migraines regularly, related to my cycle. While my kidney issue was due to stenosis after I damaged my urethra during childbirth and needed to be mended by a western physician, it was my acupuncturist that fixed my frequent urination, my constant headaches, my migraines, regulated my cycle, increased my energy and gave me back my overall wellness. It is thanks to him I continue to return when I feel out of sorts, out of balance.

Acupuncture works. It is not a cure-all, but a good acupuncturist is worth his or her weight in gold. They work with the body’s natural state to tune it, to make it work at optimum.
Acupuncture does not hurt; the needles are so small you often do not even feel them going in.
Acupuncture treats numerous aliments without invasive procedures or unknown medicines.

For those of you looking for a healthy, effective way to find balance or deal with a particular issue, I highly recommend trying acupuncture as a non-invasive way to help.

For those interested in the North Jersey area, my acupuncturist is Ni-Fei Hsieh. You can find his website here:


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