I, like others I assume, think of needles first when I think of acupuncture, which scares me a little . . . my husband has been trying to convince me for years that I should visit an acupuncturist to help with my asthma, so I knew that it was something that had some medical benefits. I had NO idea that acupuncture was so helpful for so many things – especially as it relates to women and women’s unique issues (menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, etc) – or that your acupuncturist would give you homework. These are just a few reasons I was so fascinated by my talk with Ece of New Moon Acupuncture!
Acupuncture had such a huge impact on Ece’s health and quality of life, that it seemed only natural she choose to study Chinese Medicine. She attended the four year graduate program at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, and deeply enjoyed the focus of the program on traditional styles of learning such as small group mentorship and self cultivation. Since graduating in 2014, she’s had the honor of volunteering in a clinic in rural Nepal before returning to the US and opening a clinic in the Hudson Valley of New York. In 2017 she decided to be closer to her partner and move to Boston – she’s since opened her new clinic in Watertown, and is so excited to share the benefits she’s enjoyed from acupuncture with the community.
Links to things we cover in our discussion:
Endometriosis Support Group hosted by Tallen Sloane
Research on prebirth acupuncture treatments*
*Ece wanted to clarify what she was trying to say – having treatments does often result in less time spent in labor, likely due to minimizing delays of labor progression rather than speeding up any of the particular parts of labor. So labor is not “faster” but it progresses without delay.
Ece’s favorite image of 40 (40!!!???) acupuncture needles in the tip of a hypodermic needle: