How does more than a dozen needles places all over your body and face sound? Sounds crazy? Well, it is a medical practice/art that is thousands of years old. And there is some substantial "Western" evidence that it works.
My mom saw a program on television about acupuncture and infertility. She sent me some info on it. I was open minded about it and when I was talking to my friend Jamie at work, another girl I work with, Kristen, overheard me and told me she had done acupuncture when she was undergoing IVF and got pregnant with her twins. So I took Kristen's reference and made an appointment.
Justin and I went last Thursday. The acupuncturist, Jerry, is treating me with infrequent acupuncture and daily Chinese herbs. He said Justin would do herbs too. He put fifteen needles total in me, mostly in my legs, four in my arms/hands, and one right between my eyes. And for the record, the needles did not hurt. My left hand began aching a bit and I told Jerry that. He explained that the needle in between my thumb and forefinger is one of the stronger chi points and that's why my hand was aching, because there was so much energy there. That was the only thing that "hurt" about it. I could feel my limbs buzzing. It was so weird. And I had these sensations of rushing cold in my limbs, almost as if my blood had turned to cold water. Again, I was told it was the chi. I had the needles in my for about 30 minutes.
I had only told Jerry about Justin's fertility issues, and he was planning on treating that with just herbs. He wanted to see Justin's tongue (he looked at mine too before the needles) so he could tell what was going on with Justin and what herbs to use. He looked at Justin's tongue for a couple of seconds and said "Do you have kidney problems? Stress and anxiety? Trouble sleeping? Aching in your lower back and knees? Sinus problems?" (for the record, last week Justin had an undiagnosable kidney problem--not even a CT scan at the hospital could detect what was wrong, he has an anxiety disorder he takes medication for, he has sleep apnea, he has constant undiagnosed joint pain especially in his legs and back, and he's had sinus troubles ever since he was a baby). This guy hit the nail on the head. We were both floored. He now wants to treat Justin with acupuncture as well as with the herbs. With so many undiagnosed ailments, Justin's ready to give it a try.
We figured that spending a little money on traditional Chinese medicine is nothing compared to all the money we've thrown at fertility specialists and adoption agencies. What's fifty more bucks? And I don't know how passionate I am about acupuncture, but I do believe that Western medicine lacks something when dealing with the body as a whole. Everything here seems to push pills to treat a symtom. Either pills or surgery to remove whatever the problem is. There has to be something more for total health. I can see that with Justin. He has so many problems and ailments and just isn't a generally healthy person, whereas I am. So we'll give it a shot (or a needle poke!) and see how things turn out.
And I have a question any of my adoption friends - did any of you ever try anything out of the ordinary to get pregnant?