Jeanie Lee Bussell is one of the top fertility acupuncturists in the Midwest. She has helped thousands of couples conceive. Her work with fertility and women's health has been featured on Fox Thing in the Morning and the CBS evening news with Dan Rather. Her articles have been published in professional newsletters such as Fertility Nurses First. She is co-author of Fully Fertile: a 12- week holistic program for optimal fertility, published by Findhorn Press, out now in stores and online. She travels around the country and the world to study with masters in the field. She gives seminars to the general public and to other acupuncturists about how to use Oriental medicine to enhance fertility.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicinal herbs can do a great many things to increase the chances of achieving pregnancy. It can:
In conjunction with In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), acupuncture may help:
Once a woman is pregnant, acupuncture can help:
Women who have acupuncture once a week, starting on week 36, have easier and more efficient labors, experience fewer complications, fewer c-sections, require less medication, and recover faster.
Childbirth is a very traumatic event for a woman as well as for the new baby; and the new mother and baby need the best care possible. In America, post-partum health is discussed only in regard to depression, wound healing, and lactation. After the baby’s born, many mothers soon get back to work and the child is shuffled about in a chaotic fashion. The Chinese view the post-partum period as one of great vulnerability for both mother and child; and great care is given to protecting them. Many women can develop temporary or permanent damage from a lack of proper post-partum care. This may manifest in obvious ways such as infertility or menstrual disorders, but it can affect any system of the whole body. We have seen many women who develop mysterious ailments after the birth of one of their children; from hair loss to neuropathy, migraines, tinnitus, constipation and much more.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)’s perspective, much of Blood and Qi (energy) is lost during childbirth. In TCM, the Blood nourishes the tissues and calms the spirit. This can manifest as:
Qi is our vital energy that gives things animation, warmth, and containment. The loss of qi can manifest as:
In Asia after delivery, women are given warm soups and stews, which are very nourishing and easy to digest. In fact, the first month after the childbirth is also called the ‘setting’ month, where the only jobs that the new mother has are to feed the newborn and nourish her body. Most household chores are done by the family members other than the new mom. In America, women are given ice chips immediately after delivering. It takes Qi to heat up cold ice chips. If a woman has insufficient Qi and Blood, the coldness of the ice can cause more damage than you’d expect. Acupuncture and herbs help nourish the mother and restore her to balance.
For the first month after delivery, women should keep their activity to a minimum and their time with the baby to a maximum. In Chinese philosophy, the baby’s soul chooses the parents. If he or she is happy with the new home (and body) then he or she will stay. If they are neglected and put in a separate nursery, or if their existence is too chaotic, they may leave.
Visitors should be minimized. This is to allow the mother time to rest and to give the baby peace. In America, we rush to show off the baby; passing him or her between countless friends and relatives. This disturbs the baby and disturbs the bonding with the mother. And we take the baby outside into the bright and noisy world; where temperature is unregulated and pathogens are passed around. Abrupt temperature changes and wind can be particularly dangerous to both mother and child. The baby should be protected and all new people and stimuli should be introduced slowly. This is a time of great transition, and we should not rush the process. Take your time and allow your body to recover. This will be best for you and your family in the long run.
Oriental medicine can help women through all the stages of life.
It can treat:
Women have much to endure in their reproductive years. The role of the acupuncturist is to ease the transitions; both monthly and between stages of life. Fortunately, many women listen to their bodies and seek assistance when they are out of balance.
Oriental medicine should not be considered an alternative to traditional, western, cancer care. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can work with western therapies to increase effectiveness and reduce side effects.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicinal herbs can treat the side effects of Radiation and Chemotherapy including:
In addition, Chinese Medicinal Herbs may be able to:
Acupuncture is very effective at combating depression and its concurrent symptoms; such as sleep and appetite irregularities. In studies with humans and with rats, acupuncture has been shown to reliably increase the amount of Beta-Endorphins in the blood. Beta-Endorphins are the body’s natural morphine; they induce a state of relaxation and a sense of well-being. Herbal therapies can also help to bring the mind and spirit back into balance. When used in conjunction with psychotherapy, acupuncture can make it easier for patients to discuss difficult topics.
No one likes needles; and children are no exception. Children do however respond very well to acupuncture. Their energy is more pure and malleable. In China, they needle children the same as adults. At “A Center for Oriental Medicine,” we can use a technique called touch needling, where we just touch the needle to the skin and do not break the skin. We can also use laser-puncture (shining a painless laser on acupoints) or acupressure. Herbal formulas can be diluted in juice or honey-water to make them more agreeable to a child’s taste.
Some commonly treated pediatric conditions are:
Older adults seem to have an enormous amount of ailments and medications. Many meds are prescribed to counteract the side-effects of the other meds. In Asia, if a prescription results in unwanted side-effects, then it is clearly the wrong prescription. Acupuncture and herbs can help seniors with many of the issues they face, including:
In Asia, many team doctors are acupuncturists. Not only can acupuncture treat injuries quickly, allowing athletes to return to competition, Oriental medicine can also be a powerful adjunct to a training regimen. Many famous athletes have used acupuncture and herbs safely and effectively.
Oriental Medicine can help:
When balance is achieved, the body and mind function optimally and seamlessly.
Acupuncture can help stimulate the metabolism and eliminate cravings. Acupuncture can help you stick to your diet with one 15-minute treatment a week. In addition, acupuncture can help: increase metabolism, regulate fluid retention, and boost energy. Similar treatments can curb other addictive cravings as well; including smoking, alcohol, and drugs. But the long-term solution is to improve your nutrition choices. See The Asian Diet by Jason Bussell for more information on healthy eating according to Chinese wisdom.
Acupuncture is probably best known for its ability to treat pain. It increases the beta-endorphins (the body's natural morphine) to reduce perception of pain and instill a sense of calmness and well-being. In addition, it increases the body's serum ACTH, the precursor to cortisol, (the body's natural anti-inflammatory) to reduce inflammation and improve range of motion. It also increases several factor of the immune system that are responsible for removing damaged tissue; and promotes the growth of replacement tissue. All of these effects have been measured by Western science and Western medicine would point at these effects to explain why acupuncture works for pain. But the benefits of acupuncture last much longer that these elevated blood levels. Acupuncture can treat the pain from injuries, surgeries, internal conditions, chronic pain and more.
Macular Degeneration is a progressive disease that obscures the central vision until the patient is completely blind. Western Medicine does not have any effective means of treating this conditions. At A Center for Oriental Medicine, we have training in the use of acupuncture and microstimulation to slow or stop the progression of this terrible ailment; and in many cases we can actually reverse the damage that has been done. This technique does not work for everyone, but it has the best shot of any of the available therapies. Patients will have to buy the microstimulation machine and use it at home. We will train you in the use of this machine. It is very easy (it was made so that a blind person could use it) and takes just five minutes, two or three times a day. If you have macular degeneration you will go blind eventually unless you utilize this technology, and the longer you wait, the more damage there will be to undo. .
Anxiety and Depression
The most common side-effect of acupuncture is a lingering sense of calm and well-being. Dr. Jason Bussell's own published research shows that as little as one acupuncture treatment can significantly reduce anxiety. With depression as well, there can be near-immediate relief. Dr. Bussell's background is in psychology and he can help patients find a new way of interpreting events so that they are no longer distressing or depressing.
Memory/ Test Performance
Dr. Jason Bussell's published research proves his technique improves memory and test performance. Undergraduate subjects who had acupuncture prior to taking a standardized test scored 9.5% (almost a full letter grade) higher in a measure of memory and committed 36% fewer processing errors. This technique can help students, adults, seniors, and even patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
If a person is ready to quit smoking, acupuncture can make the process a lot easier for them. Acupuncture can remove 70-80% of the withdrawal and cravings. More information about smoking cessation with acupuncture can be found here.
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