Acupuncture

The ancient art of Acupuncture is around 3000 years old. Today, acupuncture is increasingly popular as a natural, gentle and effective treatment for the management of most symptoms & dis-ease.

The gentle insertion of very fine, single use stainless steel pins into specific acupuncture points, stimulates and energises the body’s own recuperative processes, helping the body restore its own natural balance, enhancing well-being & vitality. Acupuncture reduces stress hormones, calms our nervous system and helps to modulate mood by providing amazing stress relief & emotional support.

The acupuncture needles are left in for 20-45 minutes depending on the condition being treated and patient requirements.

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At The Fertile Project, our acupuncturists are dedicated to supporting women of all ages, and creating a caring and safe environment to allow healing to occur.

We are highly skilled and expertly trained in the areas of women’s health, gynaecology & fertility, male factor fertility, IVF & donor egg IVF, pre and postnatal care, mental and emotional health, and issues which may present during pregnancy and postnatally.

We also have a wealth of experience treating the entire family, including babies & children. When we treat babies, we use a needle-free acupuncture called shonishin, to ensure optimal health for our children.

Our expert acupuncturists at The Fertile Project have been specifically mentored and trained by Dr Miranda and work collaboratively to help you be and become all you can be, naturally.

Dr Miranda will conduct your initial consultation and may recommend either weekly, fortnightly or monthly acupuncture sessions with Julia. Miranda will continue to manage your case, checking in with you every 4-12 weeks as necessary.

Our acupuncturists are highly skilled and expertly trained in the areas of women’s health, gynaecology & fertility, IVF & donor egg IVF, pre and postnatal care, mental and emotional health.

Our expert acupuncturists at The Fertile Project have been specifically mentored and trained by Dr Miranda and work collaboratively to help you be and become all you can be, naturally.

Dr Miranda will conduct your initial consultation and may recommend either weekly, fortnightly or monthly acupuncture sessions with Julia. Miranda will continue to manage your case, checking in with you every 4-12 weeks as necessary.

Our acupuncturists are highly skilled and expertly trained in the areas of women’s health, gynaecology & fertility, IVF & donor egg IVF, pre and postnatal care, mental and emotional health.

Our team truly prides themselves on taking the time to truly listen to our patients, while at the same time working with you to identify and treat the cause of your specific health concerns. With this knowledge and understanding of each individual, we will then create a unique treatment plan to address your specific needs. Our acupuncturists will also support our patients’ health journeys by empowering you through a combination of education, naturopathic advice, supplementation, breath work, mindfulness, yoga practice and positive dietary & lifestyle advice to get you to be the best version of you.

We are passionate about encouraging you to recognise and change, be and become all you can be, naturally.

At The Fertile Project, our acupuncturists are highly experienced in supporting men and women with fertility concerns, including IVF support when needed and issues which may present during early pregnancy.

Our Acupuncturists have experience in assisting with:

  • Women’s Health & Gynaecology
  • Preconception Health and Fertility – Fertility issues (Both male and female), support IVF treatments and guide you through preconception, Trying to Conceive
  • Pregnancy, Birth and BeyondPregnancy and post-natal care, Baby on Board, morning sickness, correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation), labour preparation, labour pain, lactation deficiency, miscarriage prevention
  • Acupuncture and IVF Support
  • Digestive Health
  • Men’s Health – Prostatitis, male sexual dysfunction
  • Children’s Health – For children with an aversion to needles (or pins as we refer to them), at The Fertile Project we can utilise needle-free acupuncture techniques shonishin (link to this) to help treat recurrent colds/flu, sinus problems, colic, constipation/diarrhea, allergies, asthma, eczema, sleeping and emotional difficulties.
  • Pain Management – Acupuncture is well-recognised and highly effective in pain management. Acupuncture is a potent analgesic and can help relieve most types of acute or chronic pain and discomfort, and can reduce the need for pharmaceutical painkillers and medications with toxic and harmful side-effects. By relieving pain, acupuncture can significantly enhance general well-being and quality of life. Acute and chronic gastritis and epigastric pain, arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout, back & neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, facial pain, fibromyalgia, headaches/migraines, labour pain, neuralgia, period pain and premenstrual syndrome, post-operative pain, Raynaud’s syndrome, sciatic pain, sports injuries including sprains and strains, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), tennis elbow
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Energy & fatigue
  • Enhances well-being & vitality
  • Respiratory/immune dysfunction – Recurrent colds/flu, asthma, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, earache, sore throat, herpes zoster
  • Skin conditions – Acne, eczema/dermatitis, neruodermatitis, pruritis (itchy skin)
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Women’s Health

Acupuncture successfully assists the modern woman through all stages of her hormonal and gynaecological life cycle. From menarche to menopause, puberty to pregnancy and everything in between, the aim of Acupuncture is to bring your body back into (hormonal) balance.

Acupuncture has been used to support women of all ages through a variety of hormonal and gynaecological imbalances including period and ovulation problems, PMS, endometriosis, PCOS. Acupuncture focuses on specific areas that support hormonal health and fertility by using 3000 years old principles of energy and blood movement. Acupuncture promotes circulation and blood flow (to the uterus), modulates pain, and balances hormones to reduce common hormonal issues experienced by so many women today.

As we know, stress and anxiety compound many of the hormonal issues that underpin womens health conditions, and Acupuncture has also been shown to calm the mind and support our happy hormones.

Our expert Acupuncturists have over 30 years combined experience and are incredible educators who will work with you and teach you to better understand your body and hormonal health. We will tailor a treatment plan specifically for you, based on your symptom presentation and where you are at in your hormonal health.

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Trying to Conceive

Acupuncture is recommended to help balance out hormones, regulate ovulation & menstrual cycle, enhance egg quality and uterine lining. Acupuncture is also used to regulate our stress hormones to modulate mood and provide amazing relief and emotional support through what can otherwise be an emotionally challenging (and draining) process.

Acupuncture used during IVF/DEIVF at the time of embryo transfer is associated with increased chances of successful implantation, conception and pregnancy outcomes. As we know, IVF / DEIVF is a very stressful time.

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Baby on Board

Pregnancy is such an important time to nurture and nourish, relax and rejuvenate, and be at your very best, body, mind and spirit. There is increasing evidence to suggest Acupuncture can help with the management of some common symptoms experienced during pregnancy such as aches & pains, nausea & vomiting.

Acupuncture may help in the management of stress, helping to calm you and release unwanted tension.

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Digestive Health

But how can an Acupuncturist assist with my bloating or constipation you might wonder? Our acupuncturists are extensively trained in the area of gastrointestinal health, inserting tiny needles into specific acupuncture points to move energy and help regulate digestive function.

Stress is often at the heart of digestive complaints. Afterall, our gut is our second brain and will react to a stressed nervous system by interfering with digestive function. Specific acupuncture points help to regulate the gut-brain axis and decrease the stress response, which in turn improves digestive function.

Dr Miranda and her expert acupuncture team are also Naturopaths and will work with lifestyle, nutritional supplementation & dietary advice to help create a healthy bowel routine.

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Acupuncture and IVF Support

Studies have shown that as many as 15% of couples experience fertility issues throughout their reproductive lives, and are seeking alternative options to enhance their conception possibilities.

  • Acupuncture has been shown to be successful in enhancing IVF outcomes by as much as 60% compared with control groups.
  • Acupuncture increases the rates of pregnancy and live birth in women undergoing IVF technology.
  • Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the miscarriage rate and the number of tubal pregnancies associated with IVF technology.
  • Employed in the early stages of pregnancy, acupuncture demonstrates the ability to reduce subsequent miscarriage risk in women with a previous history of miscarriage.
  • Acupuncture improves blood flow to the uterus, benefitting the uterine lining and preparing it for pregnancy. It may improve and regulate hormone levels.
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Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is a very safe treatment.

At The Fertile Project we use very thin, single use, sterile needles (pins, as we like to call them) that are disposed of safely and in accordance with AHPRA regulations. We also sterilise the area prior to needle insertion, thus the risk of infection is extremely low.

At times, because the skin is pierced, the area may bleed and mild bruising may occur.

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Does acupuncture hurt?

As the skin is pierced, a pricking sensation may be experienced when the needle is initially inserted. At The Fertile Project, we use the best quality, finest needles for minimal discomfort. Following needle insertion, a relaxing, deep, heavy sensation may be experienced.

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Can I expect any immediate benefits? How long does it take to work?

Immediate benefits are possible for pain relief, and to experience a sense of calm and relaxation.

Ideally, acupuncture should be delivered over a course of treatments, varying depending on the condition.

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What is Shonishin – Paediatric Acupuncture

Shonishin is an ancient style of japanese needle-free acupuncture specifically for the littlest members of your family. Rather than the insertion of pins, shonishin involves the utilisation of a hand held metal tool, that with light pressure, gently sweeps over acupressure points and meridians. It is beautifully gentle, relaxing and restorative bringing little babies bodies back into balance.

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