Tuesday, February 1, 2011

TTC Tuesday: Acupuncture

Wikipedia says: Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of needles at specific points. These acupuncture points are said to lie along meridians, channels guiding the flow of qi, or "life energy". Its practitioners variously claim that it relieves pain, treats infertility, treats disease, prevents disease, promotes general health, or can be used for therapeutic purposes. I'm not much of a hippy. Actually, I'm not a hippy at all. Well, I love The Beatles and other oldies music but I digress....acupuncture never really crossed my mind as something that I would do. But as each month passed and as I become more desperate to get pregnant, I'm willing to try new possible solutions. I researched local acupuncture places through my health care provider. I found a place that is just 15 minutes away from my town and it is also on my way home from work. I talked to my mom who said that my health care provider does have in-house acupuncture but it is 35 minutes away and out of the way from where I drive everyday. It would most likely be free but not worth the time or the drive to get there, in my opinion. I scheduled an appointment for last Friday. I filled out the paperwork ahead of time (I'm such a nerd) and when I got there, it was interesting to see the set up. The the website, the acupuncturist explained that he does it in a group setting which is how it is done in China and also helps to keep costs down. His fees are based on a sliding scale from $15-$40 and you pay however much you can to allow you to visit as often as you feel it is necessary. This was a huge reason I decided to go here. With bills and fertility treatments every month, I didn't want to have cost stop me from seeking help through acupuncture. He did a quick rundown of my paperwork, talked to me about my issues and asked for some details about our diagnosis and what steps we have taken over the past two years to get pregnant. I wasn't sure if I would actually undergo a session that day but when he asked me to take my shoes and socks off, I was excited! He inserted needles in my feet, arms and one in my forehead. I felt little to no pain when he was putting the needles in. The one on the very top of my foot hurt the most but on a scale of 1-10, I would count it as a 2. The sting just lasted a few seconds. He told me to lay there as long as I felt comfortable but eventually, I would start to feel tingling at the sites where the needles were inserted. He said this was my bodies way of telling me "times up!". He was right. After about 45 minutes, I did feel tingling, alerted him and he took out the needles. Now, this could all be hogwash. Maybe acupuncture does nothing. But at this point, I'm willing to take a chance. I don't think something sticks around since the 2nd century if it is hooey. I asked him how often he recommended me getting treatment and he said once a week for now, to see how I respond (not sure what that means or if there is a measureable test to see how my body likes it). I'm going back again tonight after work. If nothing else, it gives me an environment where I can lay down and relax for an hour......with needles sticking out of my forehead. I gotta try to take a picture of that!


Angie said...

wow, that is really interesting. i wonder if it would be effective on men? *off to google*

good luck, i'm still pulling for you two :)

Karl said...

It's really interesting to know more about acupuncture. Thanks for sharing.

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