Acupuncture

Slow Medicine

By Michelle Hay, Lic. M.Ac. Co-Director of Acupuncture Services The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF   Back in December there was an article published on WBUR regarding the "Slow Medicine" movement. It's focus was on taking more time with patients, getting to know them personally, and to support people thru their health path. I found this article uplifting and encouraging that the Western Medical world was finally listening to what people need; however, I was a touch … Continue Reading



Acupuncture and Cupping Therapy

By Lili Cai, Lic. M.Ac.
Co-Director of Acupuncture Services
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
So ~ what exactly is Cupping Therapy? Cupping is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and … Continue Reading



Acupuncture Improving Quality of Life ~ in Animals Too?

By Michelle Hay, Lic. M.Ac.
Co-Director of Acupuncture Services
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
The opening statement of the recent article published thru WBUR regarding acupuncture asks the following question: "Could rats subjected to chronic stress "” their paws dunked in icy water "” hold the key to how acupuncture works?" Granted it is strange to think of rats and their stress level holding the key to unlocking the mystery of how this 2,000+ year … Continue Reading



Why Acupuncture Helps Headache Relief

By Yan Jin, Lic. M. Ac.
Senior Staff Acupuncturist
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health
  There are many neurological disorders that benefit from acupuncture treatments, one of which are headaches.  The National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization endorses the use of acupuncture for migraine headaches (headaches). Acupuncture is an effective way to treat all kinds of headaches and the results can be close to immediate. Acupuncture is also effective in the prevention of reoccurring headaches.  … Continue Reading



Endometriosis: A Common Cause of Pelvic Pain & Infertility

By Christina Noonan, MAc., LicAc.
Senior Staff Acupuncturist
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health
  If you experience pelvic pain, abnormally heavy bleeding, dysmenorrheal (painful periods), back pain, abdominal cramping, painful intercourse, gastrointestinal upset, and/or infertility, you may be suffering from a condition called endometriosis. If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, there is promising natural treatment available. Acupuncture has been identified as a viable treatment option. According to a 2010 study in the European Journal of Gynecological Reproductive Biology, … Continue Reading



Acupuncture for Male Infertility

By Yan Jin, Lic. M. Ac.
Senior Staff Acupuncturist
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health


IVF is a treatment for infertility that many seek when other methods of assisted reproductive technologies have failed. We are proud of the more than 30,000 babies born through Boston IVF's exceptional  patient care.  However, for many different reasons, there are some that were unsuccessful in their quest for a baby.  Some of these reasons can be: low sperm count, issues with sperm … Continue Reading



Acupuncture & PCOS

By Lili Cai, Lic. M. Ac.
Co-Director of Acupuncture Services
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health
  I've seen quite a few PCOS patients seeking acupuncture treatment at the Domar Center while going though fertility treatment at Boston IVF. PCOS (it's believed that approximately 10% of women are sufferers) is a condition in which a women's hormones are out of balance. Some of the symptoms: irregular menstrual bleeding, weight gain, acne, excess hair, and low energy level are easier to notice. However, more … Continue Reading



Yay, It’s Spring! Now Pass the Tissues!

By Christina Noonan, MAc., LicAc.
Senior Staff Acupuncturist
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health
  Most of us are really looking forward to saying "farewell" to winter and welcoming in spring with open arms. The sunny weather, putting away the shovel, and getting warm, fresh air can't come soon enough. For some people, however, spring can be a difficult season due to seasonal allergies. Pollen, mold and dust can create much discomfort, especially for those with chronic sinus problems. In Chinese medicine, each … Continue Reading



More Success and Less Stress: Acupuncture and IVF

By Kristin Wisgirda, MPH
Senior Acupuncturist
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health
  So many patients come into the Domar Center stressed about infertility and "stressed" about "being stressed," -- and it is rare for me to see a fertility patient who won't fess up to feeling some level of disruption to their peace of mind.  Research shows that acupuncture can address both aspects of that gloomy vicious circle of infertility and stress.  It helps reduce anxiety and depression as … Continue Reading



I’m a Believer….in Acupuncture!

By Alice Domar, PhD
Executive Director
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
  You might be too young to remember the Monkees song but it feels like a good title for this blog, since an acupuncture session last week for my acute back pain resulted in a miraculous recovery. I have been a believer in acupuncture for years, both because there is research to support its efficacy in increasing pregnancy rates and lowering … Continue Reading