This weekend, I finally got the name of our friends' "amazing" acupuncturist, and checked out her website, all aglow with the happy anticipation of taking! positive! steps! on behalf of my fertility. Although this practictioner doesn't specialize in fertility, she does have a section of her website on infertility/pregnancy. It doesn't really talk about specific acupuncture techniques, but it does talk about other things you should and shouldn't do while pregnant or trying to get pregnant. And this is where my optimism turned into irritation. Here's her list of things that are "absolute contraindications during pregnancy, or if having difficulty getting pregnant":
• Ice in drinks
• Cold foods including salads
• Raw foods including salads
• Studying too much
• Over thinking
• Going to bed late at night
• Spices, especially chillies
• News or stressful movies
Besides "studying too much," "ice in drinks," and maybe salads (not a fan of salad), this list pretty much describes my whole life. Not to knock Chinese medicine, but I really don't see how I could possibly eliminate garlic, onion, spices, and cold or raw foods from my diet. What's left? Plain rice? Bland porridge?
Also, don't the non-food parts of the list sound suspiciously like "Just relax"? She also adds that "Ideally the first and last trimester should be spent away from work." Oookaaay. I'm only the primary breadwinner in my household, but I'm sure I can just take off the whole first and last trimester and go on maternity leave. My boss would totally understand.
Should I try to look past this and give her a shot? Keep in mind that I don't have insurance coverage for complementary medicine, and she charges $100/pop. Should I look for someone else? I know Wessel really likes her OMD. Maybe I just need to find someone else. This woman also told my friend that if she undergoes acupuncture treatment, it "doesn't matter" how old she is when she tries to get pregnant. Doesn't that seem like overselling to you? I know acupuncture can help a whole lot (again, see Wessel's example), but isn't it a little snake-oil-ish to tell someone that it makes no difference at all if she's 32 or 42?