Here at Haynes Acupuncture Gold Coast we take a holistic approach to fertility and have put together a few steps to support you on your journey to conception. Acupuncture can help to regulate your menstrual cycle, hormones and immune system which are important for natural conception (1). Combined with developing clean eating habits and positive lifestyle choices you can enhance your chances of conceiving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
Eat more freshly grown organic foods:
Vital for optimal health and well-being!
Consuming meats, fruits and vegetables grown in a safe and toxic free environment will allow your body to absorb fresher nutrients and better quality antioxidants. Red meat, preferably grass fed, is essential and rich in iron, which is lowered during menstruation (due to iron being attached to red blood).
Foods Rich in Folate:
This will help reduce neural tube defects. Remember to include a variety of broccoli, lentils and leafy green vegetables (E.g. bok choy, kale and spinach), into your daily choice of meals.
Foods Rich in Minerals:
By incorporating a variety of mineral rich foods, will enhance optimal hormone health, fertile mucus and healthy sperm in males essential during your pregnancy journey. Minerals such as magnesium, calcium and zinc (found in lean meats, whole grains, sunflower seeds, bone broth) often become deficient in many people with busy or stressful lifestyles. So nourish yourself and your loved one with mineral rich and quality food selections.
Essential fats are vital for brain development and increased cognitive function (E.g. flaxseed oil, avocado, raw nuts and cold water wild fish).
Replenish your body with at least 1.5 – 2 litres of filtered water per day. Allow your body to rehydrate with pure liquids opposed to tap water ridden with hidden nasty chemicals used to bleach and kill germs.
Refined Sugars and Carbohydrates:
These guys will simply have you grabbing for more food more often and will give you massive energy crashes. Instead increase the amounts of complex carbohydrates (E.g. Potato’s, sweet potato, pumpkin, leafy green vegetables, whole fruits, legumes).
Excessive Salty Foods:
Sorry to say but potato chips, hot chips and table salt need to come off the menu. Not only are they high in refined salt, but generally also cooked in oxidised, trans oils. Swap for Himalayan or Celtic salt which are full of natural minerals and if you want to reach for a salty snack, try some natural organic popcorn or organic seaweed sheets!
Excessive amounts of Caffeine:
Studies suggest that even two cups of coffee or a can of coke can drastically reduce fertility by up to 50% (2).
Trans or Hydrogenated Fats:
Commonly found in margarine, packet foods, sauces and biscuits – read food labels to prevent consumption and alternatively select grass fed butter or foods cooked in organic coconut or olive oil.
Complimenting these simple changes with Acupuncture treatments can help assist and maintain your health throughout pregnancy and also welcome you’re new born in to a healthier environment.
McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd; 2017. http://www.acupuncture.org.au.
Barbieri, R. (2001). The initial fertility consultation: Recommendations concerning cigarette smoking, body mass index, and alcohol and caffeine consumption. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0002937801110276
These are the fundamentals to David’s work as an Acupuncturist. Throughout his time in the industry, David has worked patients to improve their quality of life. With a particular focus on fertility, pain, and stress, David’s clinic, Haynes Acupuncture, has patients travelling both near and far, to be treated by David and his team.
First assisting, then practicing since 2008, David committed to continued education early on. This means regularly travelling to conventions, exhibitions, and workshops with international leaders in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Including a three-month internship at a Chinese Hospital in 2009, where he gained certification in Advanced Practice (Guangxi Traditional Chinese Medical University, Nanning, China).
David’s commitment to continued education results in a comprehensive acupuncture treatments, that can be tailored 100% to the individuals needs. David’s passion for acupuncture and holistic living, is unwavering. Which is obvious to his patients at each and every treatment.
Rather than resting on the usual diagnosis, David comprehensively assesses his patients every time, to ensure that nothing is ever missed.
Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine)
Certificate in Kiiko Style Acupuncture – Basic & Advanced Strategies
Certificate in Advanced Acupuncture – Internship at Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine (China)
Diplomat at Institute of Classical East Asian Medicine (ICEAM) – Canonical Herbal Medicine
Toyohari Acupuncture – East Asian Needle Therapy
Certificate in Japanese Acupuncture – Gynecological Problems, Immune Strategies, Knee and Foot Problems, Sotai Alignment Therapy, Fertility Management
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David firmly believes in balancing career with a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. For David, this includes fishing, kite surfing, mountain biking, camping, lots of time with his wife Claire, son Kyan, Kelpie pup Esher, and overseas trips.
Ségolène's passion for this medicine began years ago when she was suffering from chronic pain for many years. After experiencing acupuncture her sleepless nights transformed into peaceful rest.
Being a Mum of three, she understands how difficult and sometimes complicated looking after your own health can be, so she is dedicated to helping others find energy and balance in their busy life. What Eastern Medicine offers is a philosophy that empowers you, it teaches you to listen to emotions, to pay attention to the changes in your body and cultivates your mind.
The body has this amazing ability to heal, always seeking for the perfect balance; acupuncture acts as a guide to help bring the body back to homeostasis.
Ségolène is passionate about assisting others find the keys to unlock their fullest potential through reconnection with their body and mind.
Mark moved to Australia from England in 2012, and in 2013 began his formal training in Chinese Medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health. Mark achieved a Bachelor in Health Sciences (BHSc) with distinction. During the course of his degree, Mark learnt from a variety of teachers and has spent time in different acupuncture clinics to further advance his understanding of Chinese Medicine.
Mark has been assisting David at Coastal Natural Therapies since 2016, further developing his skills and knowledge.
Mark first became interested in acupuncture 25 years ago, after successfully being treated by an English acupuncturist. He subsequently developed a deep passion for Chinese Medicine, reading widely on the subject and having regular treatment with the intention to eventually train to be acupuncturist.
Mark has always held a desire to help people and worked first as a disability support worker, then as a social worker for many years.
Mark has a deep commitment to helping patients reach and maintain wellness with a gentle and empathic approach. Mark has a particular interest in treating chronic disease, autoimmune disorders, mental and emotional health, digestive issues and fertility.
Josephine is a registered acupuncturist practicing gentle Japanese Acupuncture.
With a strong background in remedial massage, she often uses manual techniques during treatment where relevant, whether it be to treat musculoskeletal conditions or simply enhance relaxation.
Josephine enjoys treating a variety of conditions including chronic conditions, stress-related conditions, women’s health and pain.
Being herself very active, Josephine has a keen interest in all sports related questions, from injury to enhancing performance as well as hormonal and nervous system implications.
She is also passionate about nutrition, and will often discuss dietary and lifestyle factors during a session.