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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Jocey

Inner Peace Acupuncture’s Newest Team Member:

Today is the first day of work for Jocey! She is excited and ready to jump right in. Her specialties are infertility and menstrual irregularities such as painful period, lack of periods, super long periods, short periods…

To get to know her better, we asked Jocey to list five fun-facts that people don’t know about her. Here is what she said:

“I love dancing; especially to Latin music. “

“I’m a complete nerd and don’t mind taking other people’s tests for fun; my favorite test to take is science.”

“I LOVE food. Any kind, I’ll try just about anything at least once.”

“I am obsessed with natural makeup and skincare. I make my own, seriously!”

“ I still don’t know how to ride a bike but I’m trying to learn.”

Jocey shares our level of obsession for anything skincare and makeup. For the DIY enthusiasts, we will be hosting workshops in the upcoming months on how to make your own moisturizer, lotions, and lip balm.

Jocey will be splitting her time between the Lake Norman office and the Charlotte office. Also, good news for those asking for Saturday hours. She will be available on most Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

The KonMari Method and Your Fertility

De-Clutter ClosetI finally did something I’ve been putting off but desperately needed: de-cluttering my closet.

My motivation? A book my interior design friend Kathi Graves told me about which I then promptly googled.  It’s called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It talks about The KonMari method, which basically says that if something doesn’t give you joy, pitch it.

Way easier said than done. But on a recent Saturday afternoon, I found myself coming to enjoy the process of asking if this dress I wore once and feel self-conscious in is worth saving, and if the only reason that designer top is only hanging around because of its price tag. No joy? No go.

Afterward, weirdly enough, I felt so happy. It was crazy how purging through stuff that didn’t give me joy felt liberating.

The KonMari method can be applied to a lot of other facets of life besides your closet, and there’s something to be said about how it relates to my patients who are trying to get pregnant.

The main philosophy here is to put a mental attachment – perhaps even an obsession – aside, choose to find and focus on the joy, and watch how good things can come to you without trying so hard.

That doesn’t mean you should stop caring about or trying to get pregnant. Caring and trying are important! But caring is the keyword here, not obsessing.

In Chinese medicine, obsession depletes the liver energy. The liver is the commander of your body’s qi (energy). When your liver energy gets stuck, nothing moves. But when you accept and truly acknowledge that you’re doing everything you can, it frees up the liver energy and everything flows better. It’s like a traffic jam has been lifted.

And guess what? I see so many more success stories from women who have been able to free themselves of their pregnancy obsession and choose acceptance and joy. So if this has been weighing on your heart, give it a shot and let go—you’ll feel lighter and liberated… and your liver will thank you!

Acupuncture & IVF

acupuncture and fertilityWithin the context of Chinese medicine, I’m always amazed at the power of being consistent. Don’t get me wrong— acupuncture and Chinese herbs are powerful on their own, but they really get an extra oomph when there’s a sense of consistency to using them.

Acupuncture

The proof is in the pudding with IVF: Two different studies (in 2009 and 2014) have shown that nine to 12 acupuncture treatments before an IVF embryo transfer greatly improve success rates.

I love it when I get difficult fertility cases and the patients persevere with their herbs and acupuncture treatments, and, not surprisingly, end up pregnant. I want to encourage my patients, particularly those struggling with fertility, to take heart, be patient, and understand that Chinese medicine results don’t happen overnight.

Fertility Drugs

It actually works much differently than fertility drugs like Clomid or Letrizole, which stimulate follicle production and generally cause you to produce more follicles than you would normally. Instead, Chinese medicine stimulates the body overall to allow it to heal and become healthier so your hormones work better. Having problems getting pregnant means there’s some kind of energy blocked somewhere, and Chinese medicine works to make that energy flow properly.

Patience

What does that mean time-wise? For most of my fertility patients, it typically takes three months just to regulate somebody’s cycle and improve egg quality. The average time it takes to achieve pregnancy – after consistently having acupuncture treatments and taking herbs – is around six months.

So the next time you think, “What’s the point of these herbs anyway?” or “Meh, I’m going to skip acupuncture this time,” don’t give up! All these components of Chinese medicine add up to recreate a whole and healthy you, so stick with it if you can—you’ll be glad you did.