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Acupuncture for Fertility


When you are struggling to have a baby, you might be looking for a safe and natural treatment to help you conceive. While many therapies are available, very few procedures can effectively and consistently help you get pregnant.

However, acupuncture, while safe and natural, is also a powerful and effective method to help boost your fertility. Research shows that consistently receiving acupuncture improves egg and sperm quality, and the hormones and endocrine system are balanced.

Acupuncture balances your body and works with a substance called Qi, the energy needed to sustain life. It helps to increase the circulation of Qi and blood to reproductive and other endocrine organs that can impact fertility. Depending on your problem, acupuncture can help improve your fertility, whether related to PCOS, endometriosis, or even if the cause is unknown.  

Another reason acupuncture helps to boost fertility is that it helps with overall stress reduction. When struggling with fertility, it is very common for your stress to be high and overwhelming. A gentle acupuncture session can soothe your frustration with your own body and the powerlessness you may experience. 

Because every person is unique, treatment results can vary. Most women require between 4-6 months of treatment. Some women are able to conceive sooner, and some may take longer. It really depends on you and your particular situation.  

If you are undergoing IVF, it is completely safe to have acupuncture. Acupuncture does not interfere with IVF and may help to enhance its effectiveness by allowing your body to be more receptive to the treatment.

Because acupuncture is so safe, you can continue to receive acupuncture throughout your pregnancy. While there are certain acupuncture points to avoid when you do get pregnant, acupuncture throughout your pregnancy can make you feel your best during this very special time. 

If you have any questions and would like to continue the conversation about how acupuncture can help you conceive, please contact me and we'll talk!

7 Signs You Need Acupressure (or Acupuncture)

by Dr. Elizabeth Langer

Are you wondering if acupressure is right for you?  

If you are experiencing discomfort or problems in your health, you may benefit from integrating acupressure into your daily routine.

Acupressure is all about creating balance in your body and spirit. 

When there is an imbalance, you may experience discomfort and problems in your health.  

Check out this list below to see if acupressure might be a good fit.

1. Are you experiencing any pain in your body? Acute or chronic... When you have pain, something is out of balance. Pain is not weakness leaving the body - it signals that something isn't right. Acupressure can help to relieve that pain and help your body regain balance.  

2. Did you know that your tongue holds the secrets to your physical and emotional health? 

Go ahead... Take a peek. First, look at the color... Is your tongue pale and light? Or is it very red and dark? How about the coating? Is it very thick or very thin? A deep yellow or white? Maybe your coating is thicker in some areas than others? How about the shape of your tongue? Is it small and thin, or is it puffy with toothmarks on the side? 

But what should a "healthy" tongue look like? A "healthy" tongue should be pink with a thin white coat. If your tongue doesn't look like this, don't worry, it just means you need to recalibrate and start to include practices, such as acupressure, to bring you back to a healthy state.

3. Check your pulse. While a "normal" pulse in a healthy adult can range from 60-100 beats per minute, the exact number doesn't matter as much as the QUALITY.
Does your pulse feel very fast or slow? Does it feel full or faint? Any irregular rhythms? It's a good idea to check your pulse on a regular basis, so you become familiar with your body and its natural rhythms.

4. Look into your eyes. If eyes are the 'windows to the soul,' what do YOURS say? Your eyes should be clear and full of life. The sclera, or whites of your eyes, can indicate problems if they are red, yellow, itchy, dry, or watery.

5. How is your tummy feeling? Are you experiencing any problems with your digestion? Any heartburn or nausea? Gas or bloating? Constipation or diarrhea? If so, acupressure can help to get you back on track.

6. How is your urination? Do you experience pain or difficulty when you go? Find yourself frequently running to the bathroom? Do you have to wake up in the middle of the night, even if you didn't drink before bed?

How about the color of your urine? Is it very dark or very light?

All of these signs may point to an imbalance in the way your body is processing fluids.

7. How is your stress? Are you feeling anxious and overwhelmed? Maybe you are even experiencing heart palpitations and a nervous tummy? In traditional Chinese medicine, there is no separation between the physical and psychological. Acupressure can easily be integrated into any treatment plan to help you manage your stress.

Bonus for the Ladies

Ladies, did you know that your menstrual cycle can provide a lot of insight into the health of your body? Acupressure and traditional Chinese medicine are highly beneficial for issues concerning women's health.
Do you experience pain, cramping, or fatigue with your cycle? Is your flow is very heavy with clotting or very light and irregular? You don't have to suffer and acupressure can help.

If you would like to continue this conversation and find out more, reach out and we'll talk!

Grounding Yourself with Acupressure

by Dr. Elizabeth Langer

When your life is in transition, and everything seems like it's spiraling out of control, getting yourself to a more grounded state is essential to restore your peace and sense of security.

But how do you ground yourself? And what does it mean exactly?

To be grounded means you have an overall feeling of stability, safety, and assurance that everything will be okay. When you are grounded, you function better as you feel more centered and secure. However, this can be a difficult state to achieve, especially when the turmoil is coming from outside factors (i.e. a pandemic) as well as from within yourself (fear, anxiety, worry).

Understanding the connection between the mind and body can help you to achieve a grounded state. When you work on your body, you are working on your mind, and when you heal your mind, you can heal your body. Physical practices such as Yoga and Taiji (Tai Chi) are powerful tools to facilitate grounding as they help connect and integrate your mind and body.

Walking in your bare feet and getting out into nature are other ways to ground yourself. You literally establish a direct connection with the Earth. While not everyone has access to nature, if you are fortunate enough to surround yourself with the natural world… take off your shoes... take a breath… and take it all in.

Another way to ground yourself is through meditation. Not only does meditation clear your mind, but it also resets your nervous system, reduces your heart rate, and improves clarity and focus.

But what if you can't practice Yoga or Taiji, get outside, or are having problems meditating? Acupressure is a simple yet powerful tool for grounding yourself. Examples of grounding acupressure points are Kidney 3, Stomach 36, and Kidney 1.

  • Kidney 3 (Taixi) brings awareness back to your body, calms your emotions, and nourishes you from the inside out. It is located in the depression between your Achille's tendon and your inside ankle bone. Be gentle when applying pressure to this tender point... try using your ring finger to start.
  • Stomach 36 (Zusanli) can help ground you by stimulating the production of Qi and Blood that provide the energy and nutrients to nourish your entire body. It is located on your shin below the kneecap, about a finger's width lateral to the tibial tuberosity – that little bump on the kneecap.
  • Another acupressure point that is wonderful for grounding is Kidney 1 (Yong Quan). Perhaps, the ultimate grounding point, Kidney 1 establishes both a physical and energetic connection to the Earth. It is located on the ball of your foot, in between your first and second toes. On a personal note, if I am overwhelmed and stressed out, I imagine sending waves of energy to the souls of my feet, specially to Kidney 1. I find that I feel much calmer and am better able to focus.

Returning to center and remaining in a state of peace can seem impossible when life is spinning out of your control.  And I am still learning how to stay grounded when things get a little crazy.  A lot of times I feel scattered and overwhelmed.  Tools such as Yoga, Taiji, mediation, and acupressure have helped me along my journey back to center.  Perhaps you will find that they help you as well.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and I would be happy to chat.

Shifting Seasons

by Dr. Elizabeth Langer

With everything shifting, it seems we are searching for a sense of stability. The seasons are changing... the weather is changing...

And then there is the impact of the pandemic.

We feel like we are swinging on a pendulum. Or maybe we feel like we are being thrashed about in an ocean storm.

But it’s time to get off of pendulum. Stop fighting the waves and let the calm overtake you.

How do we do this when we are endlessly tossed around?

We have to realize that we have the power to step off the pendulum anytime we choose... that once we can control the storm inside of ourselves, the waves calm on their own.

Imagine yourself on a violently swinging pendulum. If you take a breath really open your eyes, you will see that there is solid ground right in front of you. Can you do it? Can you take that breath?


Now… take the leap.

Close your eyes.

Take another breath… and 1.. 2… 3… Jump…

The Earth will catch you.

Were you able to leap?

Whether you were or not… it’s okay.  The most important thing is that you realize that you are on the pendulum. It’s not to get the pendulum to stop… It’s to understand that you don’t need to be on it.

Sounds simple?

Well… personally, it took me years to realize I was even on a pendulum and many months to make the leap.

How did I do it? I had support. Through meditation, visualization, the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and Faith I was able to take the leap onto solid ground.

There are many tools available to prime your body to ground your spirit. Acupressure can help you to gently stimulate points on your body to prepare you to take that leap. I would like to share with you some acupressure points that can help you ground yourself and weather the storm.

Kidney 3 (Taixi)

This point is extremely grounding and can help to bring your awareness back into your body. In TCM, the Kidneys are responsible for supporting the entire body and spirit.  Kidney 3 is located on the inside of your ankle, in the depression between the ankle bone and the Achilles tendon.  This point may be tender, so be gentle when applying pressure. 

Stomach 36 (Zusanli)

Not only does Stomach 36  help you to ground yourself, it also nourish the Qi and Blood of your entire body.  Stomach 36 is located on the shin below the kneecap, about a finger's width lateral to the tibial tuberosity - that little bump below the knee cap.  Even though this point is tender, you may find that you have increased energy and focus after stimulating it for a few minutes.

Ren 17 and Pericardium 6 (Nei Guan)

Ren 17 and Pericardium 6 work together to relieve stress and tension and help you to find your center of calm.  Ren 17 is located on the center of your chest on your sternum.  You can find it if you count down four ribs starting from your clavicle.  You may apply pressure or you may find that gently tapping this point helps to break up some of that "stuck" feeling.  Pericardium 6 is located on the inside of the forearm, a few inches above the wrist crease. To find, take the index, middle, and ring fingers of your opposite hand and place them on the crease. Pericardium 6 is located between the two tendons (palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis).

Start with Ren 17 to break up of the tension and stagnation and finish with Pericardium 6 to draw the energy away from your chest, so your body and it's Meridians can better process it.


This point is an absolute essential for opening your vision and finding clarity.  It's located right between your eyebrows and can also help to reduce any headaches or dizziness that you may be experiencing due to stress.


Remember...  be gentle with yourself.  Start by applying firm but gentle pressure with your ring finger to the points.  You can always add more.  The wonderful thing about using acupressure on yourself is that you learn to listen to your body.

If you are struggling with the shifting seasons in your life, stimulating these points can help you to connect with your body and find support within yourself.  But you don't need to do this alone.  If you would like some help, please feel free to contact me. and I would be happy to support you. 

Seven Soothing Acupressure Points to Calm Your Anxious Child

by Dr. Elizabeth Langer

When your child is all twisted up inside, what do you do? It kills you as a parent to see them  so upset.

Especially if your child has autism, ADHD, PANS, or PTSD, they may be more likely to  experience anxiety.

In these times of uncertainty, the tension in society, schools, and even in families is at an all-  time high and kids are picking up on it.  Fortunately, there are so many safe and natural ways  to help kids manage anxiety, such as holding them, essential oils, counseling, and  meditation. 

Acupressure is another great way to sooth stress for kids.  Let's learn about  seven great points to calm your anxious child.  

1. Yintang                                                                                                                                                                                      This calming point is located on the forehead, right between the eyebrows. Press                Yintang for one to five minutes and your child will begin to relax.  Yintang also relieves  headaches, dizziness, and nausea.

2. Pericardium 6 (Nei Guan)                                                                                                                                        This "super point" is located on the inside of the forearm, a few inches above the wrist  crease. To find, take the index, middle, and ring fingers of your child's opposite hand and  place them on the crease. Pericardium 6 is located between the two tendons (palmaris  longus and flexor carpi radialis). Apply light pressure, as this can be a sensitive spot.  Pericardium 6 is calming when anxiety and tension causes pain in the chest and stomach,  heavy breathing and hyperventilation, and helps to relieve nausea and other tummy  troubles.  

3. Pericardium 8 (Lau Gong)                                                                                                                        Pericardium 8 is a wonderful point for sharing energy between you and your child. It is  located between the 2nd and 3rd metacarpal bones in the central depression of the palm.  This point calms the spirit and the emotions, and is especially good when anxiety makes your child feel hot and sweaty. If you want to give your child a relaxing hand massage, apply gentle, but firm pressure on Pericardium 6, and perform light strokes with your thumbs (10 - 20 x) to Pericardium 8. Finish off by applying circular motions for one to three minutes at Pericardium 8 and see how quickly your child starts to laugh. 

4. Heart 7 (Shen Men)                                                                                                                                                              Heart 7 is located at the ulnar end of the wrist crease, just inside the flexor carpi ulnaris  tendon. It's great for when your child's anxiety is causing palpitations, a racing heartbeat,  fright, poor memory, and difficulty sleeping.  

5. Stomach 36 (Zusanli)                                                                                                                                          Stomach 36 is located on the shin below the kneecap, about a finger's width lateral to the  tibial tuberosity - that little bump below the knee cap. The point is usually tender, but it's  worth pressing because it is so beneficial to your child. In addition to helping your child to  attain a more grounded sensation, Stomach 36 treats nearly all digestive problems such as  indigestion, heartburn, nausea, bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea. It also has been  shown to help dizziness and boost the immune system.  

6. Spleen 6 (Sanyinjiao)                                                                                                                                            Spleen 6 is especially great for pre-teen and teenage girls for regulating hormones. It relaxes the uterus and can relieve menstrual cramps. To find Spleen 6, measure up from the inside ankle bone with your child's index, middle, and ring fingers to the slight depression on  the inside of the leg.  Spleen 6 nourishes Qi (energy) of the entire body. It calms the blood and corrects the urinary channel. Because of its strong effect on the uterus, Spleen 6 should not be used during pregnancy. 

7. Liver 3 (Tai Chong)                                                                                                                                                          Liver 3 is located on the top of the foot in the junction of the 1st and 2nd metatarsals. This is  another "super point" that in addition to soothing anxiety, it helps to balance hormones, reduce stress-related headaches, and can help with dizziness and difficulty sleeping, while regulating menstruation. 

Acupressure Tip                                                                                                                                                                        Before you give your child acupressure, try it on yourself first.  Kids can be sensitive and pressure feels different.  You can also practice on a tomato or a similar piece of fruit with soft skin.  Remember, you can always apply more pressure, but in the beginning, it's best to start soft.

You can use all of these points together, or you can pick and choose the ones you feel are best for your child. Certain points might be uncomfortable for kids, especially kids with sensory processing disorders.  My daughter doesn't like the inside of her wrist being touched, but is comfortable with everything else. Just be gentle and explore this process with your child.

I've developed a "step-by-step" process to apply these acupressure points, along with personalized strategies that are designed for your child's specific needs.  If you have any questions, contact me and I would be happy to help.

Can Chiropractic Help Kids with Autism?

by Dr. Elizabeth Langer

With all of the "gimmicks" and "cures" out there, any "non-mainstream" treatment that promises to help kids with autism is subject to skepticism. And rightly so... As the mother of a child with autism, many people often recommend the latest "cure" for my daughter.

So does chiropractic care cure autism? No.

But can it help kids who are on the spectrum? Yes.

Please allow me to explain... I don't believe there is a "cure" for my daughter because I don't think that there is anything "wrong" with her. To me, she is perfect. It's not like she has some terrible, life-threatening disease that completely debilitates her. She just needs some extra support.

And chiropractic care has provided that support ever since she was little.

Chiropractic adjustments offer a safe and gentle way to manage pain. Kids, like adults, get hurt and want relief. They play, run, jump, and fall. Everyday tasks, like carrying heavy book bags, can create problems in the neck and back. Kids with autism are no different. Musculoskeletal pain can even trigger certain behaviors and "meltdowns." Just because they can't verbally tell you that they hurt doesn't mean that they aren't.

Chiropractic also helps to facilitate digestion. In my experience, kids with autism have sensitive tummies and often experience gas, cramping, constipation, or diarrhea. By gently stimulating the nervous system, restoring proper vertebral motion, and loosening tight muscles, chiropractic care can encourage normal peristalsis and relieve digestive discomfort.

One of the premises of a chiropractic adjustment is to stimulate the nervous system. Some kids with autism have problems with their nervous system.

In 2012, Kushki, Brian, Dupuis, and Anagnostou found that autism spectrum disorder is associated with autonomic dysregulation. A chiropractic adjustment directly affects the vertebral joints of the spine; therefore, it directly affects the spinal cord and central nervous system. The balance to the central nervous system that a chiropractic adjustment provides, may create calm in children with autism.

When treating children, chiropractors will often modify their treatments and use more gentle techniques. A sign of a good chiropractor is one who will never pressure your child into doing something he or she doesn't want to do. And while all kids require patience, kids with autism may require just a little bit more. There is no rush and this should be a fun and relaxing event for both you and your child.

If you have any questions about how chiropractic can help your child, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to talk with you.

Chiropractic Care

by Dr. Elizabeth Langer

Chiropractic care focuses on the health of the spine and its surrounding tissues by facilitating nerve conduction and circulation. This is accomplished by a corrective procedure called an adjustment. The purpose of an adjustment is to provide maximum nerve conduction and circulation, proper alignment, range of motion, and increase optimal function. Chiropractic care uses no drugs and may or may not incorporate different therapies such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation.

Different Adjustment Techniques

There are many different ways an adjustment can be performed, and each chiropractor possesses their own, unique style. One common method is "diversified," or the osseous adjustment. Osseous adjustments are most commonly associated with chiropractic care, because they produce the "cracking" sound, or cavitation. A cavitation is the sound produced when trapped gas leaves a joint. Osseous adjustments take a joint to end-range and deliver a high-velocity/low-amplitude thrust. Though osseous adjustments may sound rough, they can be very gentle and relief is often felt immediately.

Another popular adjustment method uses an activator. An activator is a spring-loaded instrument that delivers an impulse to a vertebra or other joint, and stimulates nerve conduction. Though osseous adjustments are perfectly safe, an activator can be more gentle because there is no stress on the joints, discs, blood vessels, or bones. Activators are often used with patients with osteoporosis, extremely high blood pressure, or are recovering from a stroke or surgery. Some patients prefer activator activator adjustments simply because they are more comfortable, or they don't like the sound that the cavitation produces. 

A drop table is another tool that chiropractors use for adjusting. Drop tables are specialized chiropractic tables that allow for adjustments to be lighter and more specific. The table has sections that elevate with a lever. Patients are positioned on the table and the chiropractor administers a light thrust to the joint. The speed of the table absorbs the impact of the force. Adjusting with drop tables work well for people with recent surgeries and disc problems. Flexible patients may drop table adjustments more comfortable than osseous adjustments.

Muscle Work is an Important Part of Treatment

Strictly speaking, an adjustment is not when a chiropractor works on your muscle tissue. However, because muscles are attached to bones (i.e. vertebra), healing the surrounding muscular tissue is an important part of treatment.

When the muscles are loosened and the "knots" are worked out, adjustments are more effective, gentle, and specific. Sometimes the work performed on the muscle tissue can be more intense than the actual adjustment. However, muscles recover faster than joints and the less stress the joints have to bare, the more comfortable the adjustment.

Sometimes muscles are contracted for so long, it is difficult for them to stay relaxed. They must then be re-educated so they learn not to "tighten up." This neuromuscular education allows the adjustments to hold for longer periods of time and achieves faster results.

Conditions Treated by Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractic care is highly effective for relieving back and neck pain, but also treats a variety of ailments. It works with traumas due to sports-related injuries and motor vehicle accidents (whiplash). Chiropractic relieves headaches due to both tension and migraines and can also relieve symptoms of vertigo. It is also a very effective means used to manage disc herniations, stenosis, and neuropathy.

Receiving chiropractic adjustments may also benefit internal conditions. Because the nerves and blood vessels are affected, chiropractic can strengthen the immune system and improve digestion and respiration. Adjustments can break up mucus, relieve cough and congestion, and reduce asthma and allergy system.

Chiropractic medicine can also relieve gynecological complaints. By realigning the vertebrae and working with muscle tissue, the pain and discomfort associated with menstruation can be significantly reduced. Pregnant women also find relief from the physiological changes which affect posture, spinal alignment, and fluid distribution (i.e. swollen ankles). The Webster Technique is a specialized form of adjusting that assists in turning a baby in utero from a breech position into a healthy one.

How many times do I have to get treated?

Treatment duration vary upon individual needs. Some people need to be treated every four to six weeks, while others may require once a week. New patients and acute injuries may receive treatments close together for the first week until adequate progress has been made. Chronic conditions, such as neuropathy, may require more treatments before relief is felt. 

It has been said that chiropractic medicine is both an art and a science. Though styles and procedures may vary from doctor to doctor, the positive impact that it can have on the body is amazing.  Contact us today to find if chiropractic is right for you!