Cosmetic Acupuncture is a specialised form of acupuncture designed to enhance the appearance of the skin, primarily on the face. It increases blood flow and nourishment of the skin which reduces dryness and improves texture and promotes a healthy sheen to the skin.
Heather Valente – Acupuncturist
If you ask Heather what the most important thing in her world is, she’ll very quickly tell you it’s family. She’s an amazing mum to two gorgeous kids aged 10 and 8, and with the support of her wonderful husband Morrie she manages to juggle everything around some long days in clinical practice.
Acupuncture is commonly recommended as a method of starting the birthing process moving for women who have passed their due date in pregnancy. With a reputation for being able to gently encourage the body to begin it’s work, the popularity of acupuncture as an induction method is rising.
Acupuncture and IVF Research Part 1: Blinding and ‘Sham’ Acupuncture
Recent media has reported on a research paper published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) concluding that acupuncture does not increase live birth rates for women undergoing IVF treatment[i]. As with most media, the tendency to sensationalize the headline over the substance means that the real story behind the research has been overlooked. Over the years research on acupuncture and IVF has returned mixed results[ii],[iii]. Many research studies on acupuncture and IVF have actually demonstrated statistically significant benefits from including acupuncture. Whether or not the effect comes from the acupuncture itself or some effect surrounding the application of the acupuncture is important from a scientific perspective, but may be less relevant from a clinical perspective. The positive response to acupuncture seems to be enhanced in women who are regarded as ‘poor responders’ to IVF making it even more important for this group. In comparison to the cost of an IVF cycle, the cost of acupuncture is small. Just because we don’t yet understand what creates the effect doesn’t negate the fact that there are very positive effects from combining acupuncture with IVF treatment.
Whether you’re just starting your fertility journey, have been trying for a while, or are going through IVF, a Fertility Support Consultation at Well2 is an important thing to do. This is a one-off session conducted by our Naturopath and will review your individual case, providing recommendations on your specific needs.