Jinnie Choi Davidson and her husband had been trying to get pregnant for a while before she started working as the office manager at 120 Acupuncture Clinic. In fact, she’d had several miscarriages and had been very discouraged. As she turned 40 and her husband turned 41, they started to look for help conceiving.
“My mother-in-law suggested I see an acupuncturist, because some of her friends’ daughters had become pregnant after getting acupuncture treatments,” Jinnie says. She was looking for a job in mid-2019 while looking for an acupuncturist, and 120 Acupuncture Clinic fit both needs. She started as the office manager in 2019 and started to get treatments with Dr. Ko.
Acupuncture Treatments for Two
Upon her first examination with Dr. Ko, he explained that her uterus was weak, and that the family of organs surrounding her uterus, such as her bladder and kidneys, weren’t functioning optimally. She had never considered the health of her uterus as an aspect of her fertility before, but said it made sense to her.
“Dr. Ko’s treatments were meant to get my body ready to get pregnant,” she explains. Because the underlying issues with her body were longstanding, it would take some time for them to be fixed, according to Dr. Ko. He also needed to treat her husband, because fertility isn’t just the wife’s responsibility.
Seeking Help from Western Medicine
Jinnie and her husband underwent acupuncture treatments with Dr. Ko and took some herbal treatments for several months. But they were still seeking help from western medical doctors, because they wanted to have a baby this year due to their ages and Jinnie’s studies. They also felt that their acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments had better prepared them to have success with other fertility treatments.
“We went to a fertility doctor in March, before the quarantine,” Jinnie says. “We had scheduled for me to come in the next month to try artificial insemination, and then we’d try in vitro fertilization (IVF) if that failed. But because of the coronavirus, they weren’t taking any new patients the next month. So we would have to wait.”
While they were waiting, Jinnie and her husband decided they’d try one last time to get pregnant. And to their surprise, they did! They are expecting a baby in late 2020 or early 2021.
Different Aspects of Acupuncture to Consider
One aspect of acupuncture that Jinnie says was important was that it treats the whole body; not just one or two areas. “That’s the power of acupuncture,” she says; “it’s not just a focus on one thing like fertility; it’s a focus on the entire body.” She says her overall energy was improved through her acupuncture treatments, and that the health of other areas of her body, like the kidneys and bladder, is also better. She’s also less sensitive to cold than she used to be, which suggests to her that her blood flow is better.
But another aspect is the time it can take for acupuncture to work. Some people won’t be patient or willing to put in the time it may take for acupuncture and herbal medicine to work. “I don’t think a few sessions will do the trick,” she says. “You have to be willing to go the whole way.”
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Are Worth the Wait
Overall, though, acupuncture is more natural and more affordable than some other options will be.
“If you think about how much IVF or other treatments cost, acupuncture is truly a good way to go,” she says. “You just have to think about what you’re willing to pay, whether it’s time and effort or money.”
Jinnie recommends acupuncture and herbal medicine for anyone experiencing infertility, and she especially recommends Dr. Ko and 120 Acupuncture Clinic. “Acupuncture is so powerful,” she says. “Even my husband is obsessed with Dr. Ko’s treatments. He’s so amazing.”
If you do get a treatment at 120 Acupuncture Clinic, you’ll meet Jinnie at the front desk, and eventually, you may even get a treatment from her! She’s studying acupuncture now under Dr. Ko and hopes to be able to practice soon.