Acupuncture: What is it?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing. This is done by inserting needles at very precise acupuncture points.
Acupuncture is the most often practiced component of traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) embraces several other methods aiming to help patients achieve and maintain health. Beside acupuncture, TCM includes herbal remedies, moxibustion; massage; diet and lifestyle changes; exercise (qigong or tai chi); and meditation.
According to TCM, the qi (energy) runs along channels in regular patterns through the body. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish all the different organs. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
The acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances.
This is particularly important as in TCM it is considered that what happens to one part of the body affects every other part of the body. The mind and body are not viewed separately, but as part of an energetic system. Similarly, organs and organ systems are viewed as interconnected structures that work together to keep the body functioning.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest continuous systems of medicine in history, with recorded instances dating as far back as five thousand years BC.
Infertility: How can acupuncture help?
In Europe, 1 out of 7 couples have problems to conceive. Traditional Chinese Medicine treats infertility in a more holistic way compared to Western medicine. Even when IVF is indispensable, a combination of Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help best to conceive.
Among the many related ailments that acupuncture and TCM can help to improve, there are endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, low sperm count or motility, etc.
Acupuncture used during IVF or other fertility treatments minimizes side effects and the accumulation of toxins due to stimulation therapies. Moreover, a double session on the day of the transfer can help prepare your uterus for implantation.
Last but not least, acupuncture will also help you relax and maintain a positive frame of mind during your fertility treatment.
What to expect during an acupuncture session?
On the first session, the practitioner will make a diagnosis, then he will insert an average of 5 to 10 needles while you lie down and relax on a stretcher. You will keep the needles on for about 30 minutes. The session ends with diet and physical recommendations. In some cases, some natural herbs can be prescribed to enhance the effect of the treatment.
Overall, an acupuncture session usually lasts about 45 minutes, including diagnosis and treatment.
Does it hurt?
The needles used for acupuncture are solid with no cutting edges (unlike needles used for injections); besides they are inserted at a very shallow level through the skin, just a few millimeters.
For these reasons most patients only feel a tingling sensation, rather than pain.
Is it safe?
By law in Europe needles used in acupuncture are all disposable, so there is no risk of infections.
Besides, when it is performed by a licensed practitioner, acupuncture has virtually no adverse side effects.
Its benefits are recognized by the World Health Organization and many countries such as Australia, Holland, Sweden, the USA, Germany, Belgium, etc. use it in combination with western medicine to treat many ailments, including as a complementary therapy supporting infertility treatments.
How long does a treatment last?
The duration of the treatment varies depending on the illness.
Ideally, if you are going to undergo a fertility treatment it is best to start TCM and acupuncture well in advance (one or two sessions monthly for three or four months before the treatment starts). If that is impossible, however, even a one-time session on the day of embryo transfer can help.
Who is our practitioner?
For Acupuncture and TCM we rely on the services of Hans Kleer, BAc, BSPT.
Hans is a licensed acupuncture and TCM practitioner who has studied in Holland, the UK and China. At present he is registered as a TCM practitioner by both the Spanish and Dutch health authorities.
He specializes in fertility troubles and women’s health since 1987 and has done extensive research on this subject.
He has worked for several years in the Netherlands and has relocated to Spain a few years ago. He has collaborated with Imfer since 2007 with excellent results.
He speaks fluently Dutch, English, German and Spanish as well as a little French.
“I dedicate myself to help people with Acupuncture. My specialty is acupuncture for pregnant women or for couples willing to have children who have difficulties to conceive. I also treat other types of health problems”.
If you have any doubt or questions, or you want to book an appointment with Hans Kleer, please, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be glad to inform you.