Kansas City chiropractor is treating more of her patients with acupuncture to help them conceive
Lindsay Shively , Posted by: Jill Jensen
9:05 PM, Sep 3, 2010
10:35 PM, Sep 3, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - From
in vitro fertilization to adoption, when the
joy of motherhood is not coming along in a timely or natural
manner, there are a number of options including a method that has
been around for 2,000 years.
Dr. Kristine Baker is a Kansas City chiropractic
physician. She is also board certified in the art of ancient
Chinese acupuncture. She says more women are coming into her
acupuncture to help them conceive.
Elizabeth Clayton is one of those patients.
"My friends all teased me about the pain issues because I'm
super sensitive to pain," said Clayton. " But, none of them
(needles) really cause any pain."
Dr. Baker explains that acupuncture actually relaxes people
which is a top reason why women wanting to get pregnant benefit
from acupuncture. Dr. Baker says it also increases blood flow
In traditional Chinese medicine, patterns of physiological and
emotional disharmony are thought to be caused by blockages or
disruptions of energy flow along the
meridians. Dr. Baker begins each session
combining high technology with the ancient art. She uses an
Acugraph to measure the energy levels at twelve
acupuncture points. The information is entered
into a computer program that illustrates the energy flow like bar
Watch and listen to Dr. Baker test Elizabeth's energy
levels in the video.
The bar graph helps Dr. Baker determine where to place the
acupuncture needles for that visit. She says energy levels
change as people respond to the acupuncture treatments. Dr.
Baker credits acupuncture for helping dozens of her patients
Jeffrey Rogers is another board certified acupuncturist who says
he's helped 300 women give birth and he puts his success rate at
about 65 percent.
"It (acupuncture) can have many benefits," explains
Rogers. "Definitely stress relief is a big part of it."
Jennifer Dugan was an avid runner with only 9 percent body
fat. She had not had a menstrual cycle in seven or eight
months and was unable to conceive. After undergoing acupuncture for
several weeks, she did conceive and has a two year old son with a
second baby on the way.
Dr. Mark Warner is an OBGYN who says he believes some of the
effects of acupuncture are mostly psychological. While there
is no medical research showing acupuncture can help a woman
conceive, he believes it can help reduce stress for women focused
on getting pregnant.
"I would always start with the scientific which would be the
physician," advises Dr. Warner, "the medical...the first line and
then after that if nothing's working then go to alternative things
The first session of acupuncture is typically the longest around
90 minutes. Follow up sessions are typically less. Dr.
Baker says the number of sessions you need depends on how quickly
you are trying to conceive. Her sessions cost around $75
dollars. A course of treatment is still less compared to the
thousands of dollars alternative medical options can cost. She says
check with your HSA and insurance as it is sometimes covered.