When I perform acupuncture, I choose different points for different times of the month to help facilitate the body’s natural rhythms. For example, around the time of ovulation I will choose points that stimulate the ovaries and bring blood flow to that area. Some of these points have been used for thousands of years. However, when doing acupuncture, it is not only the function of the point that is important. One of the most important parts of acupuncture, in my opinion, is the acupuncturist’s intention. So around the time of ovulation, not only will I needle a point known for stimulating ovulation, I will also visualize in my mind what a follicle looks like when it is releasing an egg.
We say in Chinese Medicine,
Where the mind goes, the Qi goes.
If we can use our mind and direct our breath to various parts of the body, we can bring our qi there as well. I think about this every time I needle. I needle with intention.
I like to encourage my patients to visualize what is going on inside their bodies as well. Here are some links to help you visualize both ovulation and embryo implantation.
Embryo Implantation: After IVF embryo transfer or around the time of implantation 6-12 days post ovulation, I like to visualize what an embryo looks like when it is embedding itself into the uterine wall. What amazes me most about this process is the synergy between the embryo and the blood vessels of the uterus, how they seemingly communicate with each other.
This is a great video, called Life’s Greatest Miracle, from pbs.org showing development from the embryonic stage forward.
If you have any other videos or pictures to share, please let me know!
Liz Richards, L.Ac.