I took up acupuncture again. This makes the 4th time :) First, I saw a Chinese woman for a few months (summer '07), then a Chinese man for about half a year (winter-spring '08), then I went back to the original woman this year after learning of my clotting factors, but I stopped going to her when her treatments didn't mesh with what I knew I needed. I needed blood flow increased not only pre-Peak, but also post-Peak, and she refused to work on blood flow in the luteal phase because "baby needs to stick." Yeah, well, my "babies" (non-existent as they may be) are not able to stick when there are ginormous clots all over the endometrium!!
So I contacted a new place I just found out about, pretty close to home. It's called Acupunture for Reproductive Health, and I wasn't sure how I'd feel about them since their practitioner is not Chinese. My first appointment was last week, and I must say, I really liked her! She has worked with women with clotting factors before, as well as NK Cells, LADs, you name it, she's seen it. I feel like finally she is up to the level that I, along with my gamut of issues, require.
Through email exchange she told me that while it is not standard in TCM and acupuncture to stimulate blood flow in the luteal phase, there are certain situations where it is warranted, such as in my case. She also gave me a bunch of that Moxa incense stuff to burn on my pelvis at home (I love that stuff!), along with a ton of information/brochures/pamphlets on what foods are best to eat, what foods are best to avoid, etc. (Hot foods are best for circulation, kind of a no-brainer.) And she recommended some supplements, that I haven't had a chance to get yet.
Today is my next appointment. I took off from clinicals today and tomorrow so that I can study for my final exams tomorrow evening (eeeek!) - I'm especially worried about the Ob course. There are so many things that can go wrong with a pregnancy, from start to finish, and we had to memorize them all!! The Physics final (yes, I have to take PHYSICS which I avoided like the plague in High School) was fine on Monday.
I'm hoping the acupuncture will relax me for studying :)