These are examples of clients that I have assisted in my clinical practice. All names have been altered (to gemstone names!) for confidentiality.
Client “Crystal” came to see me at 41 years of age for support to conceive a baby & support a full term pregnancy after a history of miscarriages & severe Hyperemisis Gravidaram (morning sickness).
Crystal had 2 children & had suffered 4 pregnancy losses. She was under the care of a fertility specialist & the plan with him was to conceive naturally after all testing proved unremarkable, including her husbands sperm analysis.
Crystal’s menstrual cycle was regular & normal. She felt a fair amount of stress as a busy working mum & the failed attempts to conceive with subsequent miscarriages had taken their toll. She was experiencing anxiety wth a tight feeling in her chest & gut, headaches & days of feeling ‘flat’. Her energy levels were low despite sleeping well & eating well.
We began acupuncture & herbal treatment to calm her nervous system & support conception, as well as supporting her system to maintain a pregnancy. I added herbs to prepare the body once morning sickness kicks in. Crystal embraced the relaxation & visualisation techniques that I gave her & ensured that she kept her uterus warm. Included in this was the concept of reconnecting her heart & uterus because women can become disappointed with their bodies after multiple miscarriages & we believe in Chinese Medicine that the Heart & Uterus connection is important in conception.
I saw Crystal once a week & she reported feeling calm & ready to conceive. On the 5th week she reported a positive pregnancy test. I saw her once more at 6 weeks pregnant & she reported feeling well & had a good 6 week ultrasound, although she was anxious about morning sickness beginning.
Crystal contacted me often during her pregnancy to give me updates, including gorgeous ultrasound images. She was hospitalised on occasions for severe vomiting however she went to full term & had a healthy beautiful baby.
Client “Amber” came to see me at 49 years of age with symptoms of night sweats for the past 3 months & irregular heavy periods for 12 months.
We commenced acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine. On our next visit, 2 weeks later, Amber reported that she slept well with no night sweats for the first night, although they continued on & off since. She continued treatment & diligently took the herbs, reporting a month later that she ‘felt great’ with hardly any symptoms.
Amber returned to see me 4 months later with night sweats again. She had just recovered from a flu & still had mild symptoms of slight cough with mucus. I added herbs to assist her body to clear the pathogen, which worked well.
I didn’t see her for another 4 months when she returned with night sweats bothering her again. I prescribed herbs & Amber took these as required (sometimes taking a lower dose over long periods) for months. She reports that this keeps the symptoms at bay for her. She also retired so the relaxation time is helping a lot too.
Severe Hot Flushes, And Day & Night Sweats
Client “Opal” came to see me at 52 years of age in distress from severe menopausal symptoms. She was having severe overwhelming hot flushes all day & night that results in severe sweating that drenched her body. This was occurring approximately every 2 hours. It cause embarrassment at work, & she was exhausted from changing her bed sheets & nightie many times throughout the night. She reported feeling very agitated with feelings of depression from these overwhelming symptoms.
Tests with her GP confirmed it was menopause. We began acupuncture & herbal treatment & the symptoms only reduced somewhat but were still very disruptive. I increased the dose of the herbs quite a lot & after 10 days the client reported feeling so much better with hot flushes down to 2 times daily & 3 times at night.
Irregular Menstruation & Pregnancy
Client “Pearl” came to see me at 25 years of age. She had ceased taking the oral conceptive pill 6 months earlier & had an irregular cycle with only period during that time. She wanted to conceive a baby.
Pearl would experience symptoms of PMS but no bleed. She felt stress due to work, had neck & shoulder tension, & felt cold. She has been doing ovulation tests daily with no positive indication.
We began acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine. On her 3rd treatment she reported a positive indication on her ovulation test which was the first time. She felt symptoms of PMS but still no bleed at that stage. We did acupuncture to bring on her cycle as she had not been actively trying to conceive at that stage & I added some extra ‘womb warming’ herbs. I also instructed her about keeping her pelvis region warm. Pearl messaged me 2 days later to advise that she had a period.
Pearl continued with herbs & I saw her for acupuncture around her next ovulation time. She had a clear positive ovulation indicator. It took 2 more cycles on herbs for a positive pregnancy test & she continued to herbs to support her pregnancy.
Client ‘Amethyst’ came to see me at age 35 for support with her IVF process. Sadly she had 7 failed IVF attempts with none of them taking at all. She had one teenage child with a previous partner, & had one natural pregnancy 6 months earlier that miscarried at 7 weeks.
Obviously this had been a stressful time for Amethyst & we immediately began focusing on supporting her nervous system & her overall health to prepare her for her next IVF round. We had 2 months to do this.
IVF injections began approximately 2 months later. She suffered no side effects & ended up with 3 frozen embryos. I saw her regularly for acupuncture including the day of the embryo transfer plus 2 days later. It all went beautifully, & the client called me as soon as she received the positive pregnancy test. She came back to see me at 36 weeks for labour preparation acupuncture & she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.