In Sweden, patients with Anorexia Nervosa were given the opportunity to receive ear acupuncture and talk about their experiences with it during their inpatient stay at a residential facility. This study shares themes that the participants talked about, ranging from acupuncture being a handle to hold on to, acupuncture serving as a pause button, and acupuncture as a way of regaining control.
One patient reported, "I have received/acupuncture/after meals some times as well, and then it really has good effect. Things calm down, I calm down. The anxiety before meals and the discomfort in my body, the disgusting sensation of fullness (voice shivering) disappears." Read the full article here.
Various studies show that adding acupuncture to fertility treatments increases effectiveness. "Acupuncture is a proven complementary therapy for women receiving drug therapy for the treatment of infertility. Acupuncture increases positive patient outcome rates and reduces the adverse effects caused by medications." Read the studies here.
Jamie Wolfe (M.S., L.Ac.)
Jamie is a Licensed Clinical Acupuncturist whose work focuses around patients struggling with or in recovery from eating disorders as well as performing and visual artists. She holds a Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in Manhattan, is a member of the Acupuncture Society of New York, and is a nationally Certified and Designated Diplomate of Acupuncture by NCCAOM.