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Acupuncture to Reduce Stress During Infertility Treatments & IVF Procedure in Toowoomba

Infertility Treatments and the IVF Procedure are very stressful. Infertility Treatments and the IVF Procedure require the use of mood-altering medications. Subsequently, many women going through Infertility Treatments and the IVF Procedure end up quite stressed, especially because of the invasiveness of much of the test procedures. Research has indicated that many nutrients benefit women going through the various Infertility Treatments and the IVF Procedure. However, women may find that the stress encountered during Infertility Treatments and the IVF Procedure can be calmed by using Acupuncture applied by a suitably qualified acupuncture practitioner. My name is Louis Gordon and I am an acupuncturist. I practice acupuncture from ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic in Middle Ridge, Toowoomba, 4350, Queensland, Australia. Just as fresh clean water bubbling up from a natural well is vital to sustain life … my 3 decades of experience will assist in all aspects associated with Infertility Treatments and the IVF Procedure. Call for more information on (07) 4636 6100.

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The following article By Dr Joseph Mercola shows how acupuncture may work to relieve stress. From the Traditional Chinese Medical perspective stress weakens the Spleen, and the Spleen controls the uterus. So if there is excessive stress in the life of a female trying to fall pregnant, then the likelihood of a successful pregnancy may be hindered.

Needle This: Study Hints at How Acupuncture Works to Relieve Stress

By Dr. Mercola

Acupuncture, which has been valued as part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, is now used by millions of Americans each year, often to treat chronic pain. But now researchers have revealed the healing technique may also be effective in treating one of the most widespread ailments facing US adults: chronic stress.

Acupuncture May Relieve Chronic Stress

A new animal study (1) showed that rats pre-treated with acupuncture had no spike in stress-associated hormones after being exposed to chronic stress.1 On the contrary, rats that received no treatment or a sham acupuncture treatment had higher levels of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) along with other stress hormones.

It is the constant increase in stress hormones that is associated with many of the health problems linked to chronic stress, such as depression, insomnia and anxiety. In stressed animals that received acupuncture, stress hormone levels were similar to those in the control animals that were not under chronic stress, which suggests the ancient healing modality helps to normalize stress hormone levels.

Interestingly, the acupuncture point used in the study was a point on the stomach, which may work by tapping into the gut-brain connection.

Research is now being carried out to determine if acupuncture is also effective at relieving stress when applied after the fact, as a treatment instead of a preventive strategy.

Acupuncture Also Confirmed to Help Treat Chronic Pain

In a recent analysis published in the Archives of Internal Medicine,2 researchers concluded that acupuncture has a definite effect in reducing chronic pain, such as back pain and headaches – more so than standard pain treatment. Real acupuncture also produced slightly better results than using sham needles, which suggests the benefits of needling are due to more than the placebo effect.

The study revealed a “clear and robust” effect of acupuncture in the treatment of: Back pain, Neck pain, Shoulder pain, Osteoarthritis and  Headaches.

In keeping with the evidence cited by Dr Mercola, according to recent research (2), there is “strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture” for “Chronic low back pain”, “Headache (tension-type and chronic)”, “Migraine prophylaxis” and “Knee osteoarthritis”.

On a scale of 0 to 100, participants who started out with a pain rating of 60 experienced:

  • An average 30-point drop (a 50 percent reduction) in response to the real acupuncture treatments (using needles)
  • A 25-point drop when receiving sham acupuncture
  • A mere 17-point drop when receiving “standard pain care” that did not include acupuncture

One of the World’s Oldest Medical Practices

With documented use dating back more than 2,500 years, acupuncture is based on the premise that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points in the human body, which are connected by bioenergetic pathways known as meridians. It is through these pathways that Qi, or energy, flows, and when the pathway is blocked the disruptions can lead to imbalances and chronic disease.

The treatment itself, which involves the insertion of metallic hair-thin needles (typically three to 15) into specific acupuncture points, can be conducted by a physician or a trained acupuncturist. It generally involves little or no discomfort, and patients often report feeling energized or relaxed following the procedure.

Acupuncture is proven to impact a number of chronic health conditions, and it’s thought that it stimulates the central nervous system to release natural chemicals that alter bodily systems, pain and other biological processes. Evidence, in fact, suggests that acupuncture impacts the body on multiple levels, including:3

  • Stimulating the conduction of electromagnetic signals, which may release immune system cells or pain-killing chemicals
  • Activation of your body’s natural opioid system, which may help reduce pain or induce sleep
  • Stimulation of your hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which impact numerous body systems
  • Change in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, which may positively influence brain chemistry

WHO Formerly Revealed Dozens of Proven Uses for Acupuncture

The World Health Organization (WHO) conducted an extensive review and analysis of clinical trials related to acupuncture, and reported that acupuncture was proven effective for over a hundred diseases. The WHO Report was published in 2003. However, as from 2018, acceptable evidence for advertising needs to be up to date, of a higher level, and be quantitative evidence. Recent complaints about advertising have identified that many Chinese medicine practitioners make claims in their advertising (including on their websites) that are based on the statement previously published in 2003 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) about medical conditions associated with acupuncture. As the WHO document has not been updated for more than five years, AHPRA’s advice to acupuncture practitioners is that the WHO data does not meet AHPRA’s requirements to be acceptable evidence. Subsequently, I have removed the two Tables noting the 91 medical conditions that WHO reported that acupuncture was successful at treating.

Like the Idea of Acupuncture But Not the Needles?

While traditional acupuncture involves the use of needles (acupuncture actually means “to puncture with a needle”), sometimes the stimulation of acupuncture points is done using electricity, lasers or acupressure (the use of pressure to stimulate acupuncture points).

The WHO actually uses the term acupuncture to describe all of these modalities, as each has shown similar benefits. This means that if you like the idea of trying a natural, ancient technique like acupuncture, but don’t like the idea of having needles inserted into your body, there are needle-free alternatives you can try that can offer many of the same benefits.

My favorite is The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, which is the psychological acupressure technique I routinely use in my practice and most highly recommend. EFT is based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments but without the invasiveness of using needles, nor the inconvenience and cost of having to have a practitioner available to treat you. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on your head and chest while you think about your specific problem — whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. — and voice positive affirmations.

This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the “short-circuit” — the emotional block — from your body’s bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body’s balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.

You can conduct EFT yourself, but if you are not getting the results you would like, or you have a particularly traumatic issue, consider consulting with a skilled EFT professional. Likewise, if you decide to give acupuncture a try, be sure you consult with a qualified practitioner, as your results may vary depending on the practitioner’s skill level.



(2) McDonald, J. and Janz, S. ‘The Acupuncture Evidence Project: Plain English Summary’. 2017. Available from the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA) <>

Accupuncture, Acupunture or Accupunture common misspelling

Note that “Acupuncture” is often misspelt as accupuncture, acupunture or accupunture, that is with either too many c’s or not enough c’s. I would love to be able to clear up this very common spelling mistake, and set the record straight.

Ac·u·punc·ture – pronounced ak-yoo-puhngk-cher; Origin: 1675–85; < Latin acū with a needle (ablative of acus  needle) or acu- (as combining form of acus ) + puncture.


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