Acupuncture Improves Fertility by....

Acupuncture Improves Fertility by....

Acupuncture is commonly used for the following fertility benefits:

1) Increasing beneficial blood-flow to the lower abdomen to properly nourishing the ovaries and uterine lining, relaxation of the tendons and tubules of reproductive organs.

2) Improvement in the quality and quantity of eggs in some cases.

3) Hormone regulation and balance

4) Better response to medications by improving the functioning of internal organs.

5) Mitigation of the side effects of prescriptions and hormones can also the expected, such as easing of headache, back pain, breast tenderness, and abdominal discomfort.

6) General health is improved in several ways such as deeper more sound sleep resulting in higher energy levels

7) Relaxation and stress relief 

To talk about  your fertility concerns and how acupuncture may help call or text Remee Gemo, L.Ac. at 804-501-8060 to set up a complimentary consultation 

Remee has successfully been treating fertility and women's health in Richmond and Midlothian for over a decade.  


6 Ways Pregnancy Acupuncture helps Pregnant women

6 Ways Pregnancy Acupuncture helps Pregnant women

Having worked with pregnant women in Midlothian and  Richmond, VA for over a decade there are specific areas of relief and comfort that can be addressed readily and safely with acupuncture.

1)   Maintaining a pregnancy

Not only can acupuncture help you become pregnant it can also help with the development, maintenance and ease of your pregnancy.  There is even a specific acupuncture point "Zhubin" known as the "beautiful baby point" whose function is secure the pregnancy, discourage miscarriage and academically according to George Soulie de Morant "gives the child a luminous complexion, the child will sleep at night, laugh during the day, and at the child will have a healthy mind, morale and body". 

2)   Addressing Symptoms of Pregnancy

Morning sickness/nausea, fatigue, sore breasts, spotting, gas, bloating, insomnia, indigestion, heartburn, swollen ankles/feet, leg cramps, backache, headache, forgetfulness, ligament pain, allergies and appetite are just a few of the symptoms safely addressed with acupuncture.

3)   Balancing Emotions

Mood swings, stress, anxiety, depression, anger, frustration and overwhelm are emotional states that acupuncture can balance in pregnancy.  Often hormonal transitions, fatigue and the fact that you are carrying around another person 24-7 lends to emotional upheaval that with a session of acupuncture provides you a "re-set" to enable you to be happier and more tolerant of stressors.

4)   Turning breech babies

Acupuncture has been shown to have a 80% success rate in turing mal-positioned or breech babies.  Turning babies with acupuncture is very simple, safe, effective and comfortable.  Often you will notice a increase in the baby's activity to reposition itself within the session.  

5)   Inducing Labor

All babies have their own timeframe which is a favorite office betting pool event.  Should you be interested in suggesting a timeframe inducing labor with acupuncture has a 68-83% success rate (Tsuei 1974).  

6)   Post Partum Relief

Once your bundle of joy has arrived your health and well-being is as much of a priority as your baby's in order to flourish in your roles as mother and child.  Acupuncture can help speed recuperation after labor, alleviate fatigue, improve lactation, address mastitis, ease any body pain, and of course bring your baby blues or post-partum depression back into balance.


Remee's Acupuncture treatments for Fertility, Richmond, VA

Remee's Acupuncture treatments for Fertility, Richmond, VA

Empress Acupuncture for Fertility

Remee Gemo, L.Ac. MSAOM of Richmond, VA specializes in and uses acupuncture for fertility on a daily basis.  Acupuncture can be utilized at any part of the fertility journey to increase chances of conception, balance hormones or maintain a pregnancy.  Fertility acupuncture can be utilized for natural, assisted, IUI, IVF or medicated methods of achieving pregnancy. 

In Chinese acupuncture philosophy each fertility case is assessed according to that person’s unique medical history and their current state of health.  According to Chinese Medicine each person has an individualized set of imbalances that when corrected will render optimum health.  Problems often addressed with acupuncture are low ovarian reserve, hormonal imbalances, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), lack of ovulation (annovulation), irregular cycles, menstrual irregularities, implantation problems, recurrent miscarriage and male fertility.  

Acupuncture for fertility enhances circulation to the reproductive organs increasing the amount of nourishment to heal reproductive organs and tissues, various hormonal imbalance can be addressed, the quality of eggs and uterine lining is improved, menstruation and periods are regulated, cycles become more regular and predictable.

An additional bonus to the health benefits of acupuncture are mental emotional benefits.  Fertility treatments can be a time of great stress and mixed emotions.  Acupuncture works very well with quelling anxiety, lifting depression, taking the edge off stress and easing the emotional rollercoaster that sometimes accompanies hormone medications.

To talk to Remee about utilizing acupuncture for fertility and what you can do to enhance your chances of conceiving call or text her at 804-501-8060 today.


Women's Acupuncture at Empress Acupuncture in Richmond, VA


Women's Acupuncture at Empress Acupuncture in Richmond, VA

Women's disorders in Chinese Medicine are more complicated than men's disorders so it is important to see a specialist in the field of women's health and fertility.  

Women's disorders in Chinese Medicine are more complicated than men's disorders so it is important to see a specialist in the field of women's health and fertility.  

"Women's disorders are 10 times more difficult to treat than men's disorders."

-Sun Si Miao, 6th Century founder of Chinese Medicine

In Chinese medicine women's health is much more complex than men's health acupuncture.  A specialist in women's health can provide the best experience and guidancee when seeking to address women's issues. Fertility, reproductive health, menopause and pregnancy are some of the main areas that differentiates Chinese health care for men and women.  In women's health, Chinese medicine evaluates a myriad of factors such as timing of menstrual cycles, hormonal ebbs and flows, strengths and weaknesses of various interdependent organ systems, medical history and mental emotional disharmonies. 

At Empress Acupuncture, during a session to address women's health you and Acupuncturist Remee have a conversation about your medical history, what you hope to address with acupuncture, and any questions you have about oriental medicine and acupuncture are answered. Additionally, in diagnosing your case Acupuncturist Remee utiIizes phisiognomy which is an ancient, accurate method of Chinese face reading that is an non-invasive method of evaluating organ function, hormonal balance, uterine function, underlying emotional states and other current illnesses that may affect your health goals.  Remee is the only acupuncturist on the east coast (and one of 20 in the world) having earned the highest designation of Ming Golden Path Master Face Reader thru a 4 year apprenticeship.  She also observes the tongue and occasionaly takes your pulse to decipher the imbalances within one's system to formulate a detailed Chinese diagnosis.  Reviewed are other pertinent details about menstrual cycles, digestion, sleep, lifestyle and diet. Past medical history is also evaluated to determine the length of illness as well as any symptoms that may have been pre-existing or causative to that disorder. Lifestyle stress and mental emotional state are in are also taken into consideration because in Chinese medicine, chronic or extreme emotional states may cause disease.

After your evaluation and Chinese diagnosis is established acupuncture points are chosen and applied.  If desired, a herbal formulation is suggested and an eastern nutritional therapy plan is devised.  

Come in and learn more about how Empress Acupuncture can help you with fertility, menopause, hormonal issues and other women's health concerns by scheduling an appointment below: 


Castor Oil Packs for Detoxification and Fertility


Castor Oil Packs for Detoxification and Fertility

How to Make a Castor Oil Pack
Simple procedure for detoxification and cleansing
Castor oil has a long history of traditional medical use dating back to ancient Egypt. Derived from the castor bean (Ricinus communis), the oil can be used to improve the function of internal organs and address musculoskeletal problems.

How it works
A castor oil pack is placed on the skin to increase circulation and to promote elimination and healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. It is used to stimulate the liver, improve fertility, mild detoxification, improve intestinal function, relieve pain, increase lymphatic circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion.

How it is made
Castor oil packs are made by soaking a piece of flannel in castor oil and placing it on the skin. The flannel is covered with a sheet of plastic, and then a hot water bottle is placed over the plastic to heat the pack.

A castor oil pack can be placed on the following body regions:
•  The right side of the abdomen to stimulate the liver.
Castor oil packs are often recommended as part of a liver detox program. 
•  Inflamed and swollen joints, bursitis, and muscle strains. 
•  The abdomen to relieve constipation and other digestive disorders. 
•  The lower abdomen in cases of menstrual irregularities and uterine and ovarian cysts. 

Safety precautions
Castor oil should not be taken internally. It should not be applied to broken skin, or used during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or during menstrual flow.

•    Cotton flannel large enough to cover the affected area
•    Castor oil
•    Plastic wrap cut 1-2" larger than the flannel (can be cut from a plastic bag) 
•    Hot water bottle
•    Container with lid
•    Old clothes and sheets. Castor oil will stain clothing and bedding. 
•    Baking soda

1. Place the flannel in the container. Soak it in castor oil so that it is saturated, but not dripping.
2. Place the pack over the affected body part. 
3. Cover with plastic. 
4. Place the hot water bottle over the pack. Leave it on for 45-60 minutes. Rest while the pack is in place.
5. After removing the pack, cleanse the area with a dilute solution of water and baking soda.
6. Store the pack in the covered container in the refrigerator. Each pack may be reused up to 25-30 times.

Frequency of use
It is generally recommended that a castor oil pack be used for 3 to 7 days in a week to treat a health condition or for detoxification.


Acupuncture and IVF in Richmond, VA


Acupuncture and IVF in Richmond, VA


Acupuncture and IVF
in Richmond, VA

Over 7 million Americans are unable to conceive or cary a baby to term.  IVF or in vitro fertilization has been used more and more often every year as a method for couples to start or grow their families. According to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology 61,000 babies were conceived via IVF in 2012.  IVF procedures can cost upwards of $13,000 per cycle not to mention mental and emotional energy  and time spent on each cycle.  

Considering how much one invests into IVF many couples seek out complimentary means to improve their chances of conceiving.  Acupuncture has shown to improve fertility rates by improving blood flow to the reproductive organs, especially the uterus aiding in thickening of the uterine lining and health of the uterus.  According to WebMD acupuncture improves hormone levels, reduces stress, stimulates egg production, regulates ovulation, decreases chances of miscarriage and improves sleep.  

Acupuncture is a wholistic and individualized medicine and treatment varies from person to person. At your initial visit a protocol for frequency of visits can be estimated from an evaluation of your medical history, cause of infertility, Chinese diagnosis and facial diagnosis.   A suggested course of treatment for those not ovulating on a regular basis looking to optimize fertility consists of two to three months of weekly acupuncture to prepare for IVF.  An acupuncture treatment before retrieval, then before the IVF procedure and after the IVF procedure is standard.  Some cases may require fewer visits (such as someone who has been having regular acupuncture for health maintenance) also a different frequency of acupuncture treatments may be formed to accommodate financial, travel or time constraints.  Male infertility can also be addressed successfully with acupuncture, based on the etiology of the male fertility problem and the individual's state of health a treatment program can be developed.

In a fertility treatment acupuncture points near the ankles, knees, low abdomen and occasionally forehead or wrists are treated based on symptoms, health, Chinese diagnosis and time of menstrual cycle.  Acupuncture is comfortable and relaxing, Remee is known for her gentle touch and exceptional needling technique.  A Licensed Acupuncturist has thousands of hours of acupuncture training and experience.  

Contact us to add acupuncture to enhance your IVF and fertility journey.

Acupuncture is also safe for pregnancy.


Chinese Face Reading for Health and Diagnostics


Chinese Face Reading for Health and Diagnostics

Chinese face reading or physiognomy can be used for very accurate non-invasive health diagnosis and is especially effective in diagnosing digestive, immune, hormonal disorders and particularly illnesses of unknown etiology.  Remee's mastery of face reading and knowledge of Oriental Medicine has rendered her one of the premier Chinese medical diagnosticians in the US.  Face reading is not practiced by many acupuncturists in the US due to the preference of tongue and pulse diagnosis in most Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine programs, yet it was one of the original tools used by acupuncturists as it is mentioned in the ancient Chinese texts.  

For the diagnosis of health the face is used as a map of the body to determine the state of function in certain organs related to each facial feature.  Wrinkles, spots, redness, pimples, indentations, sagging and skin quality in a specific areas or in combination give information as to the imbalances that lay within the body.  If you have many of the above skin problems check out LIFT Facial Rejuvenation for anti aging.

In cases of an unknown cause of disease or disease of unknown etiology each system of the body is carefully scrutinized in terms of anatomy, physiology, Oriental Medical philosophy, the tongue presentation, medical history and facial features that correspond to Chinese diagnostic patterns.  Once the pattern is determined a treatment protocol can be implemented that provides predictable results in re-balancing the body and addressing the cause of the disease.

Remee Gemo has studied and taught Chinese Facial Reading extensively and was one of the first to earn the highest certification of "Ming" Golden Path face reading with Lillian Bridges a world reknown face reader, author of the definitive text on Face Reading.  Remee teaches face reading at the Lotus Institute in Seattle, WA and the Energy Medicine Center in Richmond, VA.

Due to the holistic nature of Chinese Face Reading there are a myriad of emotional and spiritual applications of face reading.  Call or text to schedule a consult to learn more about how you can benefit from Chinese Face Reading at 804-501-8060 or drop us a inquiry on the contact page.