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Rage, Rage Against the Awakening of the Light

Rage, Rage Against the Awakening of the Light, Lisa Meyerson, L.Ac. in Evanston, IL

This is has been an amazing and passionate season, an angry season full of conviction, the perfect time for contested primaries and the big bang of conception and birth. In Spring, according the Chinese medical theory, we enter into the season of Wood, the time of year when all life returns from dormancy. The rush of life can be intensely jarring after the contemplative Winter season of Water. The frozen ground thaws and the same energy that plants need to thrust themselves above the surface of the earth burst forth within us, too, but it is unsettling. We may complain of headaches, tendon/ligament pain (from underuse in Winter) or feel very irritable. We may find that we need to move or we feel restless. If we don't move, we feel stagnant. It's butterfly or bust; we want to break free of the cocoon we were fine with in the Winter. Springtime is also the transitional season where we move from the most Yin season (Winter, i.e. wettest and coldest time of year) to the most Yang (Summer, i.e. hottest time). At this point, we have been experiencing Wood season for awhile and in a week or two we will be in Summer, the season of Fire.

Some key points for Spring:

  1. The key meridian here is Liver. Liver focuses on 'freecoursing qi'. It regulates the menstrual cycle and elimination. It rules the sinews: the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
  2. The Liver meridian opens onto the eyes. Often when people have liver problems, you can see this from the color of the eyeballs. In jaundice, for example, the person's whites will be yellow.
  3. Headaches will occur more often at this time of year.
  4. Someone who is prone to irritablity and/or anger at this time, may find it more pronounced at this time of year and may be more keen to address the root cause of it.



Acupuncture Research Explained

Acupuncture Research Explained, Lisa Meyerson, L.Ac. in Evanston, IL

For anyone who is skeptical about and/or interested in if and how acupuncture works, this is a great video from colleague Mel Hopper Koppelman from the Acupuncture Now Foundation.  It's one of the best explanations that I've seen so far.


Lisa Meyerson offers Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Filoform in Evanston, IL

Acupuncture Through Each Trimester of Pregnancy and Beyond

by Lisa Meyerson

As many of you know, I work at Pulling Down the Moon three days a week with patients who are undergoing fertility treatment and receiving acupuncture as an adjunct treatment. Typically, I work with them through the whole process up until their pregnancy. If I can, ideally I would work with them throughout their entire pregnancy, too. Often they are physically and financially exhausted from the whole medical process of IUI and/or IVF, and occasionally there is also a misunderstanding of how essential acupuncture can be through each trimester. One of my patients who continued on with acupuncture once she conceived had a labor that lasted 30 minutes! I can’t guarantee that this short labor would occur for everyone but it was very good news and a great vote of confidence for acupuncture treatments during pregnancy. Coming in for acupuncture treatment regularly through each stage of pregnancy can ease each stage of pregnancy and is gaining more support from the medical community as a recommended treatment.

Acupuncture Through Each Trimester of Pregnancy and Beyond, Lisa Meyerson, L.Ac. in Evanston, IL
Here is how acupuncture can help throughout each trimester:

First Trimester:

(Once a week treatment recommended)

Threatened miscarriage


Morning sickness

Nausea and Vomiting



Common cold and flu

Nasal congestion

Second Trimester:

(One a month treatment recommended)

Water retention




Leg cramps

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Pre-term labor

Night sweats

Third Trimester:

(Once a week treatment recommended)

Back pain


Labor preparation

High blood pressure


Water retention/edema


Night sweats

Post Partum

(Once a week treatment recommended):



Insufficent lactation



C-section surgery recovery

Night sweats

Aches and pains



Lisa Meyerson offers Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Filoform in Evanston, IL

Study: Unexplained Infertility Treated with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

by Lisa Meyerson

In 2010, there was a study done in Korea on a cross section of women who had been diagnosed with 'unexplained infertility'.  The modalities that were used were acupuncture, herbal medicine and moxibustion.  The study was carried out over the course of six months and the findings were that the group who received this treatment had a pregnancy rate of 60.9%.


Many patients come in for acupuncture while they are going through 'ART' (assisted reproductive techniques), and they usually find out about the benefits of acupuncture because they are referred by their doctor or nurse.  Although acupuncture at this time will still be beneficial, it may not be the most optimal use of this modality as it would be if it were pursued several months before ART.

From the findings of the study, it might be more beneficial to come in for treatment up to six months before beginning ART in the cases of unexplained infertility.

Reflections on Lessons Learned in 2014

Reflections on Lessons Learned in 2014, Lisa Meyerson, L.Ac. in Evanston, IL

Last year was an interesting year.  As some of you know, early in the year I was hired by Pulling Down the Moon to work in their new Highland Park office.  It was a wonderful opportunity to specialize and focus on the field of infertility.  In the past, I had a more general practice and worked on everything from depression and anxiety to insomnia to pain, and had worked on women's health in some cases, but not as a specific specialty.

My year got off to a slow and comfortable start and throughout the year have had the opportunity to work with amazing people who are trying to conceive naturally with the help of acupuncture, or who are going through 'assisted reproductive technology' and have been referred to our clinic by their Reproductive Endocrinologist.

I want to relay a few things that I've learned throughout last year.  I'm sure there are more, but I want to keep this first post simple and will add more when I post in the future.  Here are some lessons learned:

1.  Acupuncture increases the odds of conception but still there are no guarantees.  There is medical data that shows that women who use acupuncturist during ART or while trying to conceive naturally increase their chances of conceiving quite a bit. For instance, there is a medical study that was done in Germany called the Paulus study that shows that the group going through ART who also received acupuncture 25 minutes before and after IVF had a rate of conception increase to 42.5% where the non-acupuncture group had a 26.3% rate. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11937123

2.  There is some misinformation about acupuncture, and sometimes the medical community encourages their patients to seek holistic options and other times they discourage it.  We work with several doctors who are well informed of the benefits of acupuncture, but there are a rare few (and even fewer still as more information is published in medical journals) who discourage it without providing their patients reliable data.  Regarding this, I have received feedback from patients who have gone through their first IVF transfer without acupuncture treatment, and then went through a second cycle with acupuncture.  They noted that, regardless of the outcome, receiving acupuncture during an IVF cycle made the process a lot easier, from lessening the side effects of the medication to the stress of the whole process to making the transfer more comfortable.  I hope that as the medical community becomes better informed and that there is more encouragement for this complimentary treatment, and certainly less discouragement.

 3.  There was another medical study done in Sweden that indicated that electro-acupuncture could improve blood flow circulation to the ovaries and uterus.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8671446   While patients are going through IVF, we often will treat our patients with a combination of acupuncture with electrical stimulation based on this study.

4. Healthy lifestyle is important.  There are no guarantees that all patients will conceive, but when there is a willingness to make lifestyle changes like to exercise in moderation, eat healthy food and limit work to work hours and take time to relax and enjoy life, it certainly improves the 'environment' for conception and increases the odds.

Anyway, these are some of my thoughts as I reflect on last year.  I look forward to another year of learning and growing and also working with the best patients ever.  Happy 2015 and many blessings to you!