Hello my friends!
My personal interest in acupuncture peaked when I began using it for acute migraine relief.
When I opened my own practice I began to enjoy the challenge of female health cases ranging from PCOS, endometriosis, irregular cycles, menopausal symptoms and"infertility".
My passion with fertility was a natural energy for me with how much excitement I found in pregnancy and natural child birth. To put it simply, I believe with all of my heart and soul that women's bodies are made to have babies and that the entire process is miraculous when you truly study what your body goes through to conceive.
This began an intense search in fertility expertise alone and it has been well worth the work. I also teach a life style for healthy conception which includes nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and positive thoughts/mindful awareness.
I've said this a million times and I will continue to preach it until the day I die. YOU and your body alone is who deserves credit for pregnancy. I do not get you pregnant. My only skill is giving you and your body a little TLC to make it a better functioning system.
I personally describe this aspect of my practice to be pure bliss. I consult with women who are literally at one of the lowest points of a lifetime that you could ever imagine. I push through the cases individually with my strong foundation in the research and beliefs I have about the human body and women alone. The joy and excitement in each and every woman when she gets pregnant just makes this work the most exciting thing imaginable.
I never give up, I never lose faith and most importantly, I guarantee my heart is always in the right place!
Dr. Sarah Paun
How does this therapy help?
For fertility specifically there is plenty of research in support of:
- Increased ovarian and follicular function
- Increased sperm count and mobility
- Increased blood flow to the uterus (helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining)
- Improved sleep and lowered stress levels
Some points may hurt, but most will not.
A typical session is usually 30-40 minutes in duration.
You typically do not have to undress.
Dr. Sarah prefers to have 1 session per week, and will only consider cases with treatment a minimum of twice per month.
If utilizing IUI or IVF, treatment is recommended at least 2 months prior.
If utilizing IUI or IVF, treatment is required within 24 hours of implantation.
Expected duration of treatment is at minimum 6-12 months.
(It is unrealistic to "fix" a 5 - 20 year problem in the making with a pregnancy in 1 or 2 months. It does happen but that is a rarity.)
More general acupuncture information:
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin, to various depths at strategic points on your body. Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago, but over the past two decades its popularity has grown significantly within the United States. Although scientists don't fully understand how or why acupuncture works, some studies indicate that it may provide a number of medical benefits - from reducing pain to helping with chemotherapy-induced nausea.
What happens during an acupuncture session?
Acupuncture therapy usually involves a series of weekly or biweekly treatments in an outpatient setting. It's common to have up to 12 treatments in total. Although each acupuncture practitioner has his or her own unique style, each visit typically includes an exam and an assessment of your current condition, the insertion of needles, and a discussion about self-care tips. An acupuncture visit generally lasts about 30 minutes.
Before the needles are placed, you'll lie down on a comfortable surface. Depending on where the needles are to go, you will lie face down, face up or on your side. Make sure that your acupuncturist uses single-use sterile packaged needles. You may feel a brief, sharp sensation when the needle is inserted, but generally the procedure isn't painful.
It's common, however, to feel a deep aching sensation when the needle reaches the correct depth. After placement, the needles are sometimes moved gently or stimulated with electricity or heat. As many as a dozen needles may need to be placed for each treatment. Once the needles are inserted, they're usually left in place for five to 20 minutes.
How does acupuncture work?
The traditional Chinese theory behind acupuncture as medical treatment is very different from that of Western medicine. In traditional Chinese medicine, health results from a harmonious balance between the complementary extremes (yin and yang) of the life force known as qi or chi.
Qi is believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. These meridians and the energy flow are accessible through more than 350 acupuncture points. Illness results from an imbalance of the forces. By inserting needles into these points in various combinations, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will rebalance. In contrast, the Western explanation of acupuncture incorporates modern concepts of a neurohormonal theory. Many practitioners and researchers view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. This stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body's natural painkillers and increase blood flow by a hormonal influence.
Who is acupuncture for?
Acupuncture seems to be useful as a stand-alone treatment for some conditions, but it's also increasingly being used in conjunction with more conventional Western medical treatments. For example, doctors may combine acupuncture and drugs to control pain and nausea after surgery. Scientific studies generally test treatments against placebos, such as sugar pills. It's difficult to conduct valid scientific studies of acupuncture, because it's difficult to devise sham versions of acupuncture.
This makes it hard to create a definitive list of the conditions for which acupuncture might be helpful. However, preliminary studies indicate that acupuncture may offer symptomatic relief for a variety of diseases and conditions, including low back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, migraines and osteoarthritis.
Common conditions treated with acupuncture:
- Acute and chronic pain control
- Allergic sinusitis
- Anxiety, fright, panic
- Atypical chest pain (negative workup)
- Bursitis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome
- Certain functional gastrointestinal disorders (nausea and vomiting, esophageal spasm, hyperacidity, irritable bowel)
- Cervical and lumbar spine syndromes
- Constipation, diarrhea
- Cough with contraindications for narcotics
- Frozen shoulder
- Headache (migraine and tension-type), vertigo (Meniere disease), tinnitus
- Idiopathic palpitations
- In fractures, assisting in pain control, edema, and enhancing healing process
- Muscle spasms, tremors, tics, contractures
- Neuralgias (trigeminal, herpes zoster, postherpetic pain, other)
- Persistent hiccups
- Phantom pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Selected dermatoses (urticaria, pruritus, eczema, psoriasis)
- Sequelae of stroke syndrome (aphasia, hemiplegia)
- Seventh nerve palsy
- Sleep disorders
- Sprains and contusions
- Temporo-mandibular joint derangement, bruxism
- Weight Loss
- Smoking cessation
Pros and cons:
As with most medical therapies, acupuncture has both benefits and risks. Consider the benefits:
- Acupuncture is safe when performed properly.
- It has few side effects.
- It can be useful as a complement to other treatment methods.
- It's becoming more available in conventional medical settings.
- It helps control certain types of pain.
- It may be an alternative if you don't respond to or don't want to take pain medications.
Acupuncture may not be safe if you have a bleeding disorder or if you're taking blood thinners. The most common side effects of acupuncture are soreness, bleeding or bruising at the needle sites. Rarely, a needle may break or an internal organ might be injured. If needles are reused, infectious diseases may be accidentally transmitted. However, these risks are low in the hands of a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner.