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    Question Accupunture vs Reiki Healing

    Has anyone done either of these treatments? Do you think that it helped you? If you had to pick one or the other which one would you do?
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    I've just started an acupuncture treatment, it hasn't even been a week. My uncle is a doctor and he's an acupuncture specialist, when I got diagnosed with PCOS we told him about it too. And he advised us to try acupuncture before a hormone treatment since it has no side effects and he has had many patients with PCOS before.

    So yeah, I think I can be helpful as I'm having the treatment. I'm having it for my thyroid too btw.

    Also I guess I should give a little background info. I'm 17 and I'd never had regular periods ever since the 1st time I got it. Doctors thought it was either because I had just started having my periods and it takes time to regulate or that I was underweight. No one suspected PCOS since I'm underweight but I had blood tests and an ultrasound done so it was confirmed just few weeks ago. I also have Hashimoto disease antibodies but the other hormones like TSH/T3/T4 stuff are all normal. My endo wants me to take meds for all of my hormonal problems but I'm not on any yet, we'll wait for the acupuncture treatment to end.

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    I don't recommend either. I have Reiki Master level attunements myself from my days as a new ager, and i'm vastly glad I didn't pay a crazy amount of money for someone to blow in my face. The one good thing about reiki is just "healing" should be free. If you want to do it and it doesn't cost you anything, sure. But don't forgo your normal science based doctors and medicine in the process.
    Same for acupuncture. Actually, that one is worse because they change a lot of money for something that has never has a successful scientific double blind study. http://skepdic.com/acupuncture.html
    Now stress is a valid factor and if this stuff will help you relax, well ok. But meditation is just as good, and it's free. I like saving money where I can and not spending it on woo-woo shams.
    Those who like this stuff, I'm sorry if I come off as harsh on it. I like the idea of this stuff, but I've never seen or heard of it conclusively helping anything.

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    I don't know anything about reiki, but I've seen a lot of women respond well to acupuncture. A close friend of mine started acupuncture 2 months ago. She'd been trying for two years to get pregnant, with no success. She discovered she had endometrial hyperplasia with precancerous cells. She was successfully treated for that, but didn't ovulate. Two months after starting acupuncture, she ovulated naturally for the first time.
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    I've been doing acupuncture for over a year and a half now and while I have no scientific double blind study I can tell you it has worked wonders for my body and definitely helped me to conceive and sustain this pregnancy. My acupuncturist is amazing. You have to find someone you enjoy working with who does whole body healing ( not just fertility.) She worked on my blood sugar, thyroid, PCOS, cysts, as well as headaches, backaches, sinuses (whatever was going on that week.) Yes, it cost $65/week to go but it was worth every penny in the end. Also it helped me to relax and just function better as a person. My whole body started working better and I started responding better to treatments because of that. She worked along side my fert. treatments and it was a great combination. I LOVE acu! I recommend it to anyone who can afford it and find a good person to work with! Not only did my body work better overall, my energy went through the roof, I was able to lose weight easier once my hormones started balancing out as well as my thyroid and blood sugar. I still had to go to the gym and watch what I was eating- but previously that just kept me from gaining and didn't help me lose.

    Also at the end of every month if I didn't end up pregnant it didn't kill me to have spent the money on acu because it was a constant forward progression. Things were constantly improving and I felt great overall. With fertility treatments if a cycle fails you feel like you just flushed money down the toilet..it was nice to invest in something that was an overall improvement to my well-being whether I ended up pregnant or not.
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    Hello - I agree w/ katie-Lucey, I've been doing accupuncture for about 1 yr now and i feel wonderful. My periods were 90+ days w/ no ovulation, now they are 36-42 days w/ ovulation every month (per bbt charts and + opks). I recommend it to anyone.

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    I have been seeing an acupuncturist for a while now. I always feel much better after my treatments.

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    I just read about a study including electro acupuncture, chinese medicine and exercise with women with PCOS. The exercise helped lose weight and lower body mass index, while the electro acupuncture decreased waist size and lowered testosterone levels. It was hypothesized that exercise, diet, and electro acupuncture combined should be very effective. Im going to see if I can find some specialists for this, but Ive had little success even finding a PCOS specialist on Long Island. Google electro acupuncture and PCOS to see the study. WISH ME LUCK finding the appropriate professionals to help!!!

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    Does anyone know if you have to have a doctor referral for acupunctureor can you go straight to them? (My insurance will not cover acupuncture)

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    I have been doing acupuncture for a year and I know it makes a difference. I always get ewcm after seeing her, and when I was on bcp and seeing her I would spot if i missed a weekly session. Granted, I don't have to pay for it except for $150 deductible every year, but I do think it helps either way.
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    You never need a dr. referral for something that isn't covered. If you are paying out of pocket you just find whomever you want and go.
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    Acupuncture! No question!
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    Does the acupuncture hurt? Do you feel it?
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    I just started Acu about a month ago and my last cycle was the shortest cycle I've ever had (24 days, I think I ovulated early). My cycles before meds were about 60 days so this is a huge improvement. Definitely worth a try. The needles are so small so you will barely feel anything. Sometimes I feel one or two but it doesn't hurt. Then you will lay there for 30-45 minutes and it is SO relaxing. I literally do not even want to move a finger my body is so relaxed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyDee View Post
    Does the acupuncture hurt? Do you feel it?
    I did acupuncture for infertility mostly and I did notice that certain points would be uncomfortable more so during different times of my cycle. But never painful. I hate needles! Needles freak me out! I got used to needles more so during fertility treatments. I never got to the point where I could inject myself (dh did it for me) but I decided to give acupuncture a try while we were doing fertility treatments because I wanted the best shot at getting pregnant and I think it really helped us. I went for 3 months once a week and I stopped once I reached 2nd trimester.
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