Migraine pain can be debilitating and stop you in your tracks. You may miss days of work or school and find it difficult to socialize or care for your family. It feels like a veil of pain has come between you and the rest of the world —the pain is piercing and throbbing, it may make you feel sick to your stomach and unable to concentrate. Sometimes, relief only comes after retreating to a dark, quiet space where you can sleep away the pain.
My boys love to garden! They proudly gather up their gardening tools (the real thing, but designed to fit a child’s hand), and pull on their wellies. Their boots come off before very long; little feet are now one with the garden. We get messy, we mimic the birds, and laugh. I delight in their freedom and the gift of seeing the world through their eyes.
“Be very still and gentle,” I tell Ian as I place a tiny snail into his warm, and eager palm. He and his older brother, Jake, look on in silent wonder as the snail slowly emerges from its shell. “Mummy, he tickles!” Ian squeals. And there, amongst the tender shoots of seedlings, the scattered sunlight, and invasive peppermint, I realize that my boys are learning life from the garden.
Here we learn companionship, nourishment, respect for the environment, and the rewards of hard work and patience.
How exactly does acupuncture work? There’s a complex series of physiological events that occur when you’re resting on a treatment table with thin needles stuck in your body. Acupuncture is not magic. Research is demystified the biophysical effects of acupuncture and demonstrating that it acts on several systems including your central nervous system and endocrine system. Acupuncture elicits an anti-inflammatory response, triggers the release of hormones, neurotransmitters and complex cellular communication throughout your body.
Stress and fertility are strongly interconnected. If you are about to start IVF you may fluctuate between excitement, optimism and anxiety about the outcome of treatment. In the end your question remains, “Will it work? Will I become pregnant?” It’s so easy to let blood tests, numerous ultrasounds and the egg retrieval process dictate your stress level.
What is the connection between stress and fertility? Can being stressed actually harm your chances of conception? Integrative therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, nutrition and psychotherapy can help to lower your stress response.