‘Get pregnant with acupressure’ is a simple to use application for your mobile phone or tablet that leads you step by step through a daily acupressure massage routine – one of a series of such apps aimed at specific conditions. A sequence of beautifully presented video clips uses a model to help you locate each acupuncture point with clarity. You are guided to add one new point each day in order to build up the momentum of the treatment. As an experienced acupuncturist I found the point locations to be both accurate and clear. Acupressure massage uses the same treatment points as acupuncture, and whilst possibly less effective than needle stimulation, it is a readily available tool which can be used over and over again.
Get Pregnant With Acupressure app
Based in Germany, Dr Jakob Bargak is a medical doctor with more than 30 years patient experience. According to his website – ‘during [this] time I have always used treatment methods that help people fast and effectively without side effects’. There are numerous other titles in his acupressure series including apps for menopause, migraine, irregular periods, back pain, male sexual potency and allergy.
Each app is available for both iOS and Android, with some free and some requiring a small purchase. Once downloaded from your app store it will work offline. Do give them a try – and don’t forget to let us know how you got on. Did you find it helpful, was it easy to use?
Get pregnant with acupressure
If you are anaemic, or have been advised by your acupuncturist that you are ‘blood deficient’, then this recipe for beetroot soup is for you. It is adapted from “Recipes For Self Healing” by Daverick Leggett, published by Meridian press. In his words this soup ‘touches like a lover and goes direct to the heart’. According to traditional Chinese medicine beetroot is a blood tonic (doesn’t the colour give you a clue?), sweet in taste and benefits the liver and heart. If nothing else it is a veritable feast for the eyes.
Ingredients: 1 small onion, 1/2 lb beetroot, 2 small potatoes, 1 small carrot, 2 pints vegetable stock, 2 tbsps cider vinegar, yoghurt.
Method: Finely chop the onion and fry in a little oil until soft. Roughly chop all the other vegetables, add them to the onions and stir for a few minutes. Add the vegetable stock and let the soup cook for about 40 minutes.
When cooked liquidise it and stir in the cider vinegar, adjusting amount to taste before serving. A swirl of yoghurt will add the ‘piece de resistance’.
When you have cooked ‘beetroot for the blood’ please come back and give us your feedback.
Beetroot for the blood
Acupuncture point GB 41 is useful in treating forms of stagnation – both physical and mental. When we feel ourselves constrained by the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of our lives, the symptoms we experience often take the form of tightness, constriction or we simply observe that our life is ‘just not flowing properly’. This point which is located on the top of the foot is often used in the treatment of one-sided headaches and pre-menstrual menstrual breast distension. It follows the principle of ‘use lower points to treat upper conditions’. It is also safe to use in pregnancy.
In his book ‘Recipes For Self-Healing’, author Daverick Leggett discusses the fact that constraint arises from the relationships we have with the growing edges of our being as we shape ourselves against the rules imposed by family, authority and culture. Wherever healthy assertion of aliveness is chronically suppressed and then internalised, patterns of constraint will develop as we struggle to assert who we are against the ‘controller’ we have taken on inside. Clearing stagnation requires movement – both pyschologically and physically. Finding new ways to express ourselves, dancing, running and walking are all ways to tackle such issues.
Acupuncture point GB 41 can be a part of this process but healing often requires more than the insertion of a needle. Through his knowledge of the natural rhythms of life as described in the Chinese classic texts, your acupuncturist will be able to support you and help you to get the best from your treatment.
Acupuncture point GB 41