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First (and Last) Local Acu Session

Posted by auntiem10 on December 7, 2010

At lunch today, I went to a local acupuncturist for my initial consult and first session. By the end, I had decided it’s not for me. I know I could try to find another local acupuncturist, but ultimately my experience was bad enough that I’m kind of turned off by the whole thing.

Yesterday I filled out nine pages of paperwork, detailing my diet, activity level, bowel movements, health history, etc. I was honest about my current diet, but honestly I’ve been more focused lately on enjoying life than I have been about undertaking a clean diet, knowing that with the start of BCPs on Friday, the junk food will be thrown out and more fruits and veggies will be eaten in our household.

So I was pretty surprised when the acupuncturist began chastising me for my poor eating habits. I figured she would realize that due to my break in treatment, I haven’t needed to follow a strict diet. Yes, I partake in desserts sometimes (not every day). Yes, I drink caffeine (but I don’t guzzle it all day long). I’ve just been trying to get through the DL treatment and have been taking it easy on myself. It’s not like I’m out drinking a fifth of whiskey and snorting an eight ball or something! I have always considered my BCP start date as the beginning of the final stretch, the time during which I will return to a cleaner, caffeine-free diet. I don’t think enjoying food over the past few months makes me a bad person!

And when we began discussing my medical history, oh my goodness was she doom and gloom. She told me that I have low kidney function (not sure how she came to that conclusion?), that my endometriosis represents a larger clotting problem, that I need to see an immunologist ASAP. She said that I should have started acu three months ago because there is so much work to be done. She said that she pretty much guarantees that our FET will fail if I don’t agree to three-times-per-week sessions. I told her we’ve already spent more than $25,000 and at this point our budget just barely allows acu once or twice per week. I told her that I’ve taken tons of time off work (at a company that has had numerous layoffs this year) and can’t bend my work day 3/5 of the week so that I can receive acupuncture. She claimed I’m just not making this a priority. I got upset and told her that since she is feeling so pessimistic, I would just leave since apparently acupuncture won’t be beneficial at this point. No surprise, she quickly changed her tune and insisted that acu would be beneficial, but that she cannot guarantee my success (as if I even asked her to). But she insisted that it would help with blood flow and that “if” my body responded quickly, there was hope. And then she regaled me with stories of all the barren women that she “fixed.”

By the time she started the actual treatment, I was sweating. I couldn’t relax because she had completely taken away my zen feeling about our CCS normal 5AA “perfect” blast. My heart raced as I tried to relax and listen to the music flowing over the speakers. When she pulled out the last needle, I knew that she had spoiled it for me. And the final kicker came at the end, when she told me she would pray for me, because that’s all we can do (all while she was weirdly rubbing my back like my mom used to do when I was sick as a kid).

So needless to say, I’m not going back. I’m glad I went, because I will still add acupuncture before and after our transfer at CCRM for relaxation, and I like that I will know what to expect. But personally, it’s not for me, and I don’t even have a desire to seek out a different practice. Bummer.

Here were my diagnoses (in Eastern medicine terms):

Kidney Jing (Life Essence) Deficiency
Qi Deficiency
Dampness (Have to laugh about this since I told her about my hot flashes, and also because I plainly told her she was stressing me out)
Blood Stagnation

These are foods/preparation methods I need to avoid:

Processed food
Wine, alcohol, and soda
White starches (bread, noodles, etc.)
Cooking with butter and cheese

This is what I should be eating:

Two fruits daily
Two vegetables daily
Two proteins daily
100% grain bread
High protein (helps with egg production)
High antioxidant juice (wheatgrass, pomegranate, acai, green tea extract, etc.)
Brown rice, brown noodles, millet
Walnuts, cashews

I do agree with her food recommendations to a certain extent, but I think that’s all the advice I’ll be taking from her! I know acupuncture is beneficial for many people and that I may have an entirely different experience elsewhere, but I’m choosing to skip it and follow my instincts. Back to Westernized medicine it is. : )


7 Responses to “First (and Last) Local Acu Session”

  1. A.E. said


  2. LisainSK said

    Oh brother…she does sound a little flaky. Sorry! My acupuncturist is a registered nurse and certified acupuncturist and TCM doctor so I appreciate that she wasn’t preachy to me. Sorry to have recommended it to you! Ah well…you’ll be just fine!!

  3. Sami said

    I just did accu at ccrm pre and post tranfer and it worked for me .just had one blast !!! I am sure it will work out for u as well .good luck!!!

  4. Rambler said

    Ewwww….that is so wrong. I can’t believe you had to pay for that session. I’ve never done accu and that environment would have turned me off for good.

    P.S…will respond to email in length tomorrow!!

  5. looknomore said

    Hey. Sorry you had such a negative experience with Acupuncture. I have been doing it for a month now and find that its helped my stress levels. But I totally understand how annoying preachy people can be who refuse to understand your situation in life. I have had to deal with lots of them myself and best is to walk away from anyone who makes you feel negative at this time. And its not as if acupuncture has been proven to increase success. Now atleast you have saved some money which can be put to some better use 🙂

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  7. Josey said

    Wow, that sucks you had such a negative experience. I LOVE my acupuncturist – I’ve taken the last month off for monetary reasons, but I went to her weekly from July-Dec, and it has helped me on SO many levels. She’s not preachy – she’s helpful, and the book “The Infertility Cure” helps GREATLY to explain more about acupuncture and eastern medicine in general (and how she would come to a diagnosis of dampness, etc). If you ever change your mind and want to try it again, I definitely would recommend you reading the book.

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