Acupuncture is the use of thin, sterile needles, inserted by a trained acupuncturist along the body’s energy channels, or meridians, to stimulate, clear, or redirect body energy (also called Qi). After assessing your condition by asking questions, examining, and feeling pulses, Dr. Wu or her qualified associates insert needles in a pattern designed to rebalance your energy for optimal health. It takes just a few minutes to insert the needles, but you will rest with them inserted for a while.
Acupressure is the use of manual techniques and stretches to redirect Qi along the body’s meridians. Acupressure offered at the clinic ranges from brief treatments to two specialized practices: Chi Organ Acupressure and Chi Meridian Acupressure.
Using the area surrounding the navel as a map to the body’s major organs, Chi Organ Acupressure involves direct pressure on the abdomen. Practitioners use fingers, hands, or elbows to stimulate and clear blocked energy. Because the gut is considered the body’s “second brain,” Chi Organ Acupressure is especially effective in releasing trauma and treating emotional disturbances, irregular elimination, abdominal congestion, and menstrual discomfort. In fact, the gut houses 95 percent of the body’s seratonin, the chemical associated with the body’s “fight or flight” response to stress. Chi Organ Acupressure is an integral part of Dr. Wu’s fertility enhancement program.
Brief Chi Organ Acupressure is performed during regular pre-treatment preparation for every client. You may also schedule a full session with a certified practitioner.
Chi Meridian Acupressure, effective in the treatment of muscle strains, sprains, and other orthopedic problems, may also be used during pre-treatment preparation at Dr. Wu’s recommendation. Chi Meridian Acupressure is also part of fertility treatment, and is especially recommended for male partners.
Cupping is an ancient technique used to stimulate and clear Qi/Blood along the same meridians used in acupuncture and acupressure. The practitioner uses a flame to create a vacuum inside a heavy glass dome, or “cup,” then applies the cup to your back and other areas. The cups adhere to the skin through suction, drawing blood to the capillaries to be recirculated throughout the body.
Cupping only takes a few minutes. The practitioner moves three or four cups at a time along the body, sometimes resting on specific acupuncture points. Occasionally the suction created by the cups will leave mild redness or marking that usually disappears within 24 to 72 hours.
In most cases, Dr. Wu recommends cupping as a regular part of pre-treatment preparation. Cupping is particularly effective in improving circulation, clearing cold or flu congestion, and treating other conditions characterized by stagnation.
In moxibustion, a dried herb called mugwort or “moxa” is burned on or near the skin to stimulate specific acupuncture points. The practitioner may light a stick of moxa and use it like a wand to warm various points, or may light moxa directly on acupuncture needles inserted in the body. For some conditions, moxa is burned on a fresh slice of ginger or on a mixture of garlic, salt, and herbs, which is applied to the skin.
Moxa burns with a distinct odor that may have a relaxing effect. Moxibustion may be used during pre-treatment preparation or recommended by Dr. Wu for self-care between clinic visits.
Dr. Wu often prescribes Chinese herbs to support her treatments. Prescriptions may take the form of a pre-made liquid, powder, pill, or capsule, or may consist of an herbal tea formula made specially for you. These formulas are concocted in the clinic of dried herbs that you cook at home, as directed by Dr. Wu. Guidelines are provided with each prescription.
Eating and Drinking Guidelines
In matters of eating and drinking, Dr. Wu adheres to the Five Elements and Eight Principles theory that is the basis for all traditional Chinese medicine. Each food or herb has unique properties that affect the flow of energy, or Qi/Blood, in your body. To balance your Qi/Blood for optimal health, Dr. Wu may recommend that you avoid certain foods or add new foods. These recommendations may change as your condition evolves, and may vary by season. By adopting these recommendations, you can greatly enhance the effectiveness of your acupuncture and acupressure treatments and herbal prescriptions.
Dr. Wu may also recommend certain food-combining principles to optimize your body’s ability to utilize the nutrients in the food you eat.
Dr. Wu may recommend a variety of self-care techniques — from Six Healing Sound breathing exercises and the Inner Smile meditation to Tai Qi and Qi Gong — to support your clinic treatments. More information on these techniques can be found in Dr. Wu’s book, Fertility Wisdom.