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When you are desperate to conceive, you will try anything and I do mean anything (I can tell you all about my fertility spell performed under the light of a silvery moon another time). Many years ago (it's all a bit of a blur to be honest) I read an article in a women's magazine which was about an amazing acupuncturist in Harley Street (I won't say his name). Lots of women in the article were saying that they felt different straight away and a lot claimed they became pregnant very quickly after a few treatments with him. Well, of course I had to see this man! My poor partner at the time was encouraged to part with his hard earned cash (the bill was nearly a thousand pounds for approximately eight-ten treatments).

The treatment rooms were extremely plush and it all felt very pro-active, but I found the treatment to be quite uncomfortable. Along the lines of clutching hold of an electric fence that was around a field of bulls. Of course, this experience is uncommon and most people find acupuncture to be relaxing. Interestingly, I have had acupuncture prior to that time and also since which felt reasonably comfortable but not pleasant.

I am no expert on TCM (Traditional Chinese medicine), but the basic principles are that acupuncture is performed to restore our balance of Qi. (energy). Our bodies are a map of energy lines, rather like the London underground and, for whatever reason, these energy lines become blocked. Leaves on the track? No, more likely stress and poor diet. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into the energy points and they are left for a while to readdress the imbalances (hopefully). TCM is very interested in your pulses, the rhythm and strength and can tell a lot from a thready or bounding pulse. I also had 'Moxa' burnt over my lower abdomen. This is like a giant Incense stick which encourages warmth in the reproductive organs. In other areas of TCM, herb tinctures and teas may be drawn up for you. I also tried a herb tea which was utterly foul and saw my partner boiling up a pot of what looked like snake skins at midnight one night. I couldn't even bring myself to drink one cup.

Unfortunately, the treatments were not successful for me. That is just my experience of course and I know many people who swear by Acupuncture. If this is something you feel you would like to try I shall add a link to the bottom of this page for further reading. Good luck!

--Pinky (talk) Pinky 20:48, 2 May 2013 (UTC)