Fertility and acupuncture
It is now quite widely accepted even in Western Medicine that acupuncture can increase the chances of women getting pregnant. The NHS website says by 65% for those undergoing fertility treatment, although it did then discredit some of the results saying it could be partly the placebo effect. However other research has shown acupuncture can help regulate hormones and increase blood flow to the reproductive organs by boosting energy where it is needed and clearing energy blocks in someone’s system. I work in an IVF clinic and have seen how acupuncture can also help with stress levels at what can be a very challenging time. Do contact me if you would like to discuss more.
Finally maybe you are Wood? Are you easily frustrated? Do you have issues with anger – feel angry quickly or never feel angry? Are you good at organising and getting things done? Or terrible at it? Do you have boundary issues with other people? Do you struggle with structure or love it? Maybe you get migraines? You might be Wood…………….Wood is connected with the Gall Bladder and Liver.
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Or maybe you are Water? Are you fearful of situations and is important to you to protect yourself? Or are you never fearful and into extreme sports? Do you have phobias? Do you feel the world is a dangerous place? Do you have sore knees or a sore lower back? You may be Water…..Water is connected with the Kidneys and Bladder.
Or maybe you are Metal? Do you hold back from others? Do you find it hard to let go of things and move on? Is a spiritual life important to you? Is it important to you that you receive the respect of others? Do you feel something is missing in your life? You may be Metal……..Metal is connected with the Lungs and Large Intestine
Or maybe you are Earth? Do you need the support and understanding of people? Do you crave sympathy? Or hate it? Do you spend time looking after others? Sometimes too much? Do you enjoy cooking? Do you have digestive issues? Are you needy and obsessive? Maybe you are Earth……..Earth is connected with the Stomach and Spleen
Maybe you are Fire?? Does your world revolve around people? Is it important to be loved, sometimes at the cost of your health? Do you find it easy to relate closely with other people? Do you find it easy to be optimistic and bring joy to others? Do you wake up at night? Are you aware of your heart beating? Do your levels of joy vary quite dramatically? You may be Fire……Fire is connected to the Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium and Triple Burner.
Five Element Acupuncture
One of the types of acupuncture I practice is Five Element Acupuncture. It works on the basis that we are all one of five elements – Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood and that these elements lie at the root of any health issues we may have. Each element has energy channels that run through the body affecting different organs. If these energy channels get blocked or are low in energy we become out of balance and can feel unwell physically or mentally. We want the body to be in balance so Five Element Acupuncture aims to clear blocks and boost the areas of the body that need it to help any issues you may have go away and stop them returning. I will discuss each element in turn so you can see if you can guess what Element you may be…….and then we can treat that element and in turn all the other elements benefit.
The Chinese Clock
The Chinese Clock sets our ideally what we should be doing at certain times of the day and when energy in our organs is at its highest and lowest. It can explain health and emotional problems such as waking at 3am when it is the time of the Liver, which can easily overheat, or 5am when is the low time of the Kidneys and Bladder. Acupuncture can help with this.
Hormones and their side effects can be felt strongly by some people, especially in periods of stress and transition, such as puberty and the menopause. Acupuncture can help with these periods of change and symptoms such as hot flushes, anxiety, insomnia and tiredness as well as moving stuck energy so your cycle is easier and more regular and with fertility issues.
Chinese Medicine teaches that we are affected by the seasons and should adapt our lifestyle accordingly. At this time of year we should eat warming soups, curries and stews, which are nutritious and aid our digestive system. This is not the ideal time of year for a juice fast or lots of salad. It is also the perfect time of year to hibernate and catch up on the sleep and rest your body needs and to enjoy long, lazy baths before the days start to get longer and lighter.