Fertility on a Weekly Budget: 3 Steps to Stop Wasting Money

Truth: Trying to Conceive (TTC) gets more expensive over time.

It’s undeniably tempting to self-educate & research the latest ways to get pregnant.  Unfortunately, it often leads to wasting money on supplements, herbs, fertility teas, and technology that don’t deliver a big fat positive (BFP). 

Wasting money & hope can make the whole process of TTC  even more overwhelming and  frustrating.

So, here is my advice if you have been trying to get pregnant and don’t know what to try/buy next.

Ask for help from a professional fertility expert.
It is a small investment that will save you time, money, and tears.

Here is my 3 step plan to getting pregnant on a budget:

1.  Commit to the journey:  There is no quick fix to establishing a fertile environment and it’s easy to forget there are two sides to fertility story:

  • It takes a minimum of 3 months (90 days) for a female to develop & produce an egg (oocyte).
  • It takes a minimum of 2.5 months (76 days) for a male to produce a sperm cell.

2.  Commit to a plan: If you thought committing to at least a 3 month journey sounded challenging,        this step is even more daunting, but much better for your wallet. Committing to a plan requires saying a firm “no” to that herb/tea/supplement you just read about on a fertility forum. Stop throwing money away by buying every supplement you hear about. Those $20 teas and bottles of herbs purchased by impulse shopping can add up fast!

3.  Commit to a budget:  Before you start shopping, commit to a budget that works for you.  You can always revamp it if your financial situation changes.  The most important thing is to stick to your budget, because the added stress of finances can push you over the edge when you’re TTC.

Here are some examples of how far your budget goes on a professionally designed fertility plan:

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Please leave comments or reach out to Michelle if you need help designing a natural fertility plan that works for you & your wallet. Specific products used in this estimate are listed after the “Read More” jump.

Sending prosperity and baby dust your way! 
​For simplicity, all products priced on Amazon, links embedded here.

Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture for Anxiety

  • Do you think you may suffer from anxiety, but don’t want to admit it?
  • Are you looking for a natural approach to managing anxiety?

You’re not alone… anxiety is incredibly common with over 40 million adults currently affected in the US. ​In the timeframe between puberty and middle-age, women are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety as men.

You may have anxiety if:

  • You’re afraid something awful might happen
  • You’re feeling nervous, anxious, or on edge
  • You’re worrying too much
  • You’re not able to calm down, relax, or sleep
  • You’re unable to sit still
  • You’re easily annoyed or irritable

If you think you might have anxiety, consider visiting a licensed acupuncturist. We have lots of tools that can help ease anxiety symptoms naturally, without the unpleasant side effects of commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals like benzodiazepines.

Chinese Medicine approaches anxiety by identifying the root cause and treating you holistically as a mind-body-soul.  

Scientists have researched the effects of acupuncture on anxiety and several studies have shown a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms in as little as one month of treatment. In some cases, research proved that acupuncture is just as effective as conventional treatments with pharmaceuticals or cognitive behavioral therapy.
Acupuncture treatments twice a week are relaxing and allow your mind-body-spirit to regain balance and heal. Patients generally sleep better, worry less, and feel more in touch with their emotions after receiving regular acupuncture treatments. If you’re feeling anxious about needles, laser acupuncture is a great alternative!

Chinese herbal medicine can also help ease anxiety symptoms in a gentle manner and can be taken as capsules, tablets, tinctures, or as a decoction (such as Enlighten Herbal Elixir).

If you’re interested in learning more about how Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture can help with anxiety, contact Michelle for an appointment.  It’s truly never too soon to feel better!

 

A few research studies on acupuncture and anxiety from pubmed.gov:

Goyatá SLT, Avelino CCV, Santos SVM, Souza Jr DI, Gurgel MDSL, Terra FS. Effects from acupuncture in treating anxiety: integrative review. Rev Bras Enferm [Internet]. 2016;69(3):564-71. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0034-7167.2016690325i

Isoyama, Daniela, et al. “Effect of acupuncture on symptoms of anxiety in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: a prospective randomised controlled study.” Acupuncture in Medicine, vol. 30, no. 2, 2012, pp. 85-88.

Sniezek, David P., and Imran J. Siddiqui. “Acupuncture for Treating Anxiety and Depression in Women: A Clinical Systematic Review.” Medical Acupuncture, vol. 25, no. 3, 2013, pp. 164-172.

The Big Thing You Should Expect From Your Acupuncturist

​If you’ve never been treated by an acupuncturist/Chinese herbalist, it can be hard to know what to expect at your initial appointment. In most cases, seeing an acupuncturist will be a vastly different experience than visiting your MD for a check up. You can browse websites and read about an acupuncturist’s education, certifications, techniques, and specialities. But, what really matters is how you personally connect with your practitioner. Here’s a checklist of qualities you should expect from your acupuncturist/herbalist:

  • A compassionate listener
  • A motivating coach
  • A wise advisor
  • A dependable guide
  • A loyal teammate
  • An honest friend

​And your acupuncturist should provide an environment that allows you to open up and be yourself in a safe space.

In my practice, I combine the powers of listening, compassion, empathy, trust and respect to provide my patients with a safe space. This means that tears are just as ok as laughs.

Trust is the big one.
​To heal, you must trust yourselftrust your bodytrust your spirit, and trust your acupuncturist.

***Side Note: I didn’t say “Trust your Mind” as in trust your Mind-Body-Spirit. Trusting your Mind (ego) is tricky, but there are ways to keep it in check.***

Just as you should expect these qualities in your acupuncturist, I have expectations of my patients:

  • The truth
  • The whole story
  • A willingness to dive deep into the body-mind-spirit
  • A sincere willingness to heal

Treatments at Indigo can be…

  • ​physical and involve the modalities of Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, moxibustion, gua sha, fire cupping, nutrition, Chinese Herbs, etc.)
  • emotional, releasing unresolved conscious or subconscious feelings
  • spiritual, fostering intuition and a connection with your higher self
  • involve homework to guide you to resolving the root of your pain/illness/issue

Healing is always a partnership between me and my patient. As a patient, I need you to invest time and energy into healing yourself. I can’t carry the weight of your healing, but I will offer my skills, training, knowledge, and wisdom to empower you to heal yourself.

So, what should you expect from your first visit to an acupuncturist?
Establishing trust to take the first steps on the journey to wellness.

To make an appointment, contact Michelle.

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​3 Things to Avoid After an Acupuncture Treatment

Congratulations! You’ve just had an amazing acupuncture treatment that has left you feeling completely relaxed and high on life.

You’re probably thinking, “Wow! I wish I always felt like this! How can I get this feeling to last?”

The truth is, despite how good it feels, only about 20% of acupuncture’s healing power happens while the needles are in. About 80% of the healing effect occurs in the 24 hours following the treatment.

To sustain the healing effect, you must avoid three things 24 hours after the needles come out:

1.  Cold
Cold is the #1 arch enemy in Chinese Medicine:

  • cold air
  • cold drinks
  • cold shower
  • jumping in a cold lake
  • eating cold foods (ice-cream included)
  • sitting in front of a fan blowing cold air
  • drinking a cold smoothie or shake
  • using ice packs on your body

All of these cold things can all counteract the benefits of acupuncture by contracting the flow of qi and slowing down the healing process.

2. Alcohol and recreational drugs
After an acupuncture treatment, your body works hard to transfer the energetics of the needles into acute healing and homeostasis (balance).  Alcohol is warming to the body, yet can significantly alter the 24 hour cycle of qi. Alcohol and recreational drugs disrupt the healing process (and in the case of getting drunk, can completely cancel out any treatment benefits).

Consuming alcohol or getting high after a treatment is effectively wasting your time and money.

3. Sex
Sex is considered an activity that promotes the free flow of qi. However, after an acupuncture treatment, sex can demand too much qi and inhibit healing. It is best to wait until the day after acupuncture to get your qi moving between the sheets.

So, now that you know what to avoid, what should you do during the 24 hours after an acupuncture treatment?

The best thing you can do is rest your body and relax your mind:

  • Sleep
  • Read a book
  • Listen to music
  • Make art
  • Write
  • Watch a movie or interesting tv
  • Spend time with friends

Allow the natural high to sink in for 24 hours while your body-mind-spirit take the time needed for healing. 

Needle Free Acupuncture

PictureAcupuncture without needles?
Sure!

Cold laser acupuncture is now available at Indigo Healing Acupuncture.

It’s absolutely painlesssafe, and effective.

Perfect for kids and anyone who doesn’t like needles.

What does it do?

  • Reduces pain
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Improves circulation
  • Regenerates cells
  • ​Promotes a sense of well-being and calmness

Ready to give it a try?

Schedule an appointment now to see how easy it can be to feel better!

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