The following topics link to recommended books, websites, and resources that our practitioners at Selby Acupuncture have found to be valuable and insightful.
Pregnancy Care & Birth
Wellness & Meditation
- The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine, by Ted Kaptchuk. A classic text in the sphere of Chinese medicine, providing a detailed and comprehensive summary of Chinese medicine theory
- Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine, by Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korn. This book is more of an introductory text to Chinese medicine and not as detailed as “The Web That Has No Weaver.” It does a great job at concisely explaining some of the overarching themes and theory of Chinese medicine.
- Chinese Way to Health: A Self-Help Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine, by Stephen Gascoigne. This book provides a very accessible and hands-on approach to Chinese Medicine, providing the reader with some simple and practical ideas for self-care.
- The Spark in The Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine by Dr. Daniel Keown. A great text, highlighting how the combination of western and Chinese medical systems explain how our body works as an integrated whole.
- The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- The Society for Acupuncture Research
- The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Acupuncture
- The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Chinese Medicine
- Evidence-Based Acupuncture
- The Book of Shiatsu: A Complete Guide to Using Hand Pressure and Gentle Manipulation to Improve Your Health, Vitality and Stamina, by Paul Lundberg
- The Complete Book of Shiatsu Therapy: Health and Vitality at Your Fingertips by Namikoshi, Toru (1994) Paperback, by Toru Namikoshi
- AOBTA’s Asian Bodywork Therapy Research listing
- A recent article at the NIH website reviewing the evidence suggesting that fascia could be the anatomical basis for acupoints and meridians
- CranioSacral Therapy: What It Is, How It Works, by John Upledger, Donald Ash, Richard Grossinger and Don Cohen
- The CranioSacral System – Blog post by Tony Preston, co-author of the ASHA Neuromuscular Manual, author of Integrative CranioSacral, and developer of Neuromuscular Treatment Guides
- The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies, by Randine Lewis. A staple text about fertility, outlining some self-care strategies and ways to boost your fertility naturally using Chinese medicine.
- The Way of the Fertile Soul: Ten Ancient Chinese Secrets to Tap into a Woman’s Creative Potential, by Randine Lewis. Through questionnaires, meditations, and exercise this book can help cultivate and nourish what it means for a woman to live a full and abundant life.
- It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF, by Rebecca Fett. A book providing a tangible strategy in improving egg quality and optimizing your fertility.
- The Tao of Fertility: A Healing Chinese Medicine Program to Prepare Body, Mind, and Spirit for New Life, by Dr. Daoshing Ni. A book that combines a practical plan for conceiving using Chinese medicine with empowering Taoist principles that can carry you through pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.
- Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility, by Sami S. David and Jill Blakeway. This book offers a 3 month program to improve fertility, starting by identifying “fertility types,” they cover everything from recognizing the causes of fertility problems to making lifestyle choices that enhance fertility.
- Feed Your Fertility: Your Guide to Cultivating a Healthy Pregnancy with Chinese Medicine, Real Food, and Holistic Living, by Emily Bartlett and Laura Erlich. A great look at diet and lifestyle advice to enhance fertility from a Chinese medicine perspective.
- The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant, by Jorge Chavarro, MD, ScD; Walter Willet, MD, DrPH
- ABORM American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine
- RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association an amazing non-profit that offers support forums, small groups, and loads of information to those who are struggling with infertility
- Fruitfulfertility.org a free, non-profit organization matching mentors who have been through the fertility journey with mentees who are just beginning.
- Fertility IQ where patients and doctors contribute to provide resources for fertility
- American Society for Reproductive Health
- International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
- Turek on Men’s Health Blog Award winning urologist and men’s health pioneer discusses men’s health including infertility,
- Dr. Jeanette Truchsess
- Krista Post, MA, LP at Psychotherapy & Healing Associates
- Dr. Deborah Simmons, PHD, LMFT
- Jen Colletti Fertility Yoga in Minneapolis
- Circle + Bloom online fertility meditation programs
- Organic Conceptions guided audio programs
Diet & Nutrition
Reproductive Medicine Clinics
Acupuncture & Fertility Research
- An estimated 25-50% of women going through ART use acupuncture as adjuvant support. (Fertil Steril 2012; 97:697-701, Fertil Steril 2010; 92:2169-74)
- Acupuncture significantly decreases anxiety and stress in women undergoing Assisted Reproductive Techniques. de Lacey et al, BMC Complement Altern Med. 2009:9:50, Domar et al, Fertil Steril. 2009; 95 (7): 2269-2273
- Evidence shows acupuncture may help stimulate blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, help increase ovulation and regulate menstruation, and decrease pain, positively impacting overall fertility. (Stener-Victorin et al, Euro Soc For Hum Repro and Embyrology. 1996, Johannson et al, Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2013 May 1; 304(9): E934–E943., Rubi-Klein, et al. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2010 Nov;153(1):90-3)
- Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial
Lars G. Westergaard, M.D., Ph.D., Qunhui Mao, M.D., Marianne Krogslund, Steen Sandrini, Suzan Lenz, M.D., Ph.D., and Jørgen Grinsted, M.D., Ph.D.
- Acupuncture helps improve with frozen embryo transfers. Effect of transcutaneous electrical acupuncture point stimulation on endometrial receptivity in women undergoing frozen-thawed embryo transfer: a single-blind prospective randomised controlled trial
Zhenhong Shuai, Fang Lian, Pengfei Li, Wenxiu Yang; Oct 2014
- Acupuncture helps women suffering from painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS, irregular menses and amenorrhea, and women undergoing ART who are poor responders or have side effects from common medications used in ART.
- Studies also show acupuncture to be beneficial in the treatment of mild male factor infertility, helping increase overall sperm count, motility, and morphology. (Siterman, et al. Arch Androl. 1997 Sep-Oct;39(2):155-61)
- Studies show that when used in the three menstrual cycles preceding onset of ART, and on the day of embryo transfer, regular acupuncture is associated with higher pregnancy rates, as well as lower rates of miscarriage and chemical pregnancies. (Hullender Rubin et al. RBMOnline 2015; 30(6): 602-12)
Pregnancy Care & Birth
- The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Revised)
- The Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Sears Parenting Library)
- Naturally Healthy Babies and Children: A Commonsense Guide to Herbal Remedies, Nutrition, and Health
- The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
- Acupuncture and Acupressure for Pregnancy and Childbirth
- Nausea During Pregnancy
- Amnesty International’s booklet on maternal health care
Events & Resources
- Childbirth Connection
- Birth and Baby Expo This event happens once per year and provides many resources to the growing family in one place.
- The International Cesarean Awareness Network
- The Cord Blood Center
- The Childbirth Collective
- Minnesota Better Birth Coalition Facebook Page
- Pregnancy and Postpartum Support MN
- The Magical Hour’s description of the nine stages babies go through in their first hour
- States of consciousness in newborns (Article at healthychildren.org, a website of the American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Kids + Love + Acupuncture
- The Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two by William Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears, James Sears
- Naturally Healthy Babies and Children: A Commonsense Guide to Herbal Remedies, Nutrition, and Health, by Aviva Jill Romm and William Sears
- The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother, by Heng Ou. A warm and encouraging guide to rest and recovery, it offers simple recipes for nourishing soups, lactation boosting teas, and offers gentle advice to for the new mother.
Services & Resources
- The Childbirth Collective (Postpartum doulas)
- Wecome Baby Care (Postpartum doulas and lactation counselors)
- Baby Wearing International
- Grow Pediatrics
Postpartum and Birth Trauma
- Motherlode, The New York Times parenting blog
- HuffPost Parents
- Early Childhood and Family Education – State funded education classes for families with children ages birth to 5
- Free Forest School – Free volunteer led outside nature play group with meet-ups all around the Twin Cities
New Parent Groups
For Partners and Dads
- Treat Your Own Back, by Robin A. McKenzie
- Treat Your Own Neck, by Robin A. McKenzie
- Treat Your Own Shoulder, by Robin A. McKenzie
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis
- Common Ground Meditation Center – Classes in Mindfulness, Yoga, Qigong offered free or on donation basis
- Center for Spirituality and Healing – Mindfulness and Wellness Program at the University of Minnesota
For individuals living with mobility disabilities such as severe arthritis, partial or total paralysis, multiple sclerosis, etc. People both in and out of wheelchairs welcome.
Acupuncture and Pain Research
- Chronic pain, migraines and headaches: A comprehensive study commissioned by the Department of Veterans Affairs found acupuncture to have a positive effect in the treatment chronic pain, migraine and tension headache. (Hempel S, Taylor SL, Solloway M, et al. Evidence Map of Acupuncture. VAE-ESP Project #05-226; 2013. )
- Period pain, labor pain, cancer pain: The same study found a potentially positive effect in dysmenorrhea, cancer pain, labor pain, insomnia, post-operative nausea and vomit, depression, and smoking cessation. (Hempel S, Taylor SL, Solloway M, et al. Evidence Map of Acupuncture. VAE-ESP Project #05-226; 2013.)
- Chronic pain: Acupuncture outperforms placebo in relieving the most common types of chronic pain: headache, low back, neck, shoulder and knee pain. ( Vickers AJ, Cronin AM, Mascino AC, et al. Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Sep 10:1-10.)
- Headache, low back, neck and knee pain: Acupuncture significantly outperforms standard care in headache, low back, neck, and knee pain.( Vickers AJ, Cronin AM, Mascino AC, et al. Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Sep 10:1-10.)
- Knee pain: Acupuncture is superior to most forms of physical therapy in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. (Corbett MS, Rice SJC, Madurasinghe, et al. Acupuncture and Other Physical Treatments for the Relief of Pain Due to Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Network Meta-analysis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2013 Sep;21(9):1290-8.)
- Low back pain: The American College of Physicians recommends acupuncture as a first-line treatment for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain.( Qaseem A, Wilt TJ, McLean RM, Forciea MA, Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians. 2017 Apr 4; 166(7):514-530.)
- Cancer pain: The American College of Chest Physicians recommends acupuncture for cancer patients when pain, nausea, vomiting, or other side effects of chemotherapy are poorly controlled. (Cassileth BR, Deng GE, Gomez JE, Johnstone PA, Kumar N, Vickers AJ; American College of Chest Physicians. Complementary therapies and integrative oncology in lung cancer: ACCP evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (2nd edition). Chest. 2007 Sep;132(3 Suppl):340S-354S.)
Recommended Reading & Viewing
- “Minding Your Mitochondria,” TED Talk with Dr. Terry Wahls
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis, by Allen C. Bowling
- MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter
- Fairview MS Achievement Center
- MS Yoga Classes at YWCA Minneapolis
- STEP Physical Therapy
- The Cancer Fighting Kitchen, by Rebecca Katz
- Five to Thrive, by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO
- Thriving After Cancer, by Lise Alschuler ND, FABNO
- The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
- The Patient’s Playbook, by Leslie Michelson
- https://www.rebeccakatz.com/the-cancer-fighting-kitchen/ Cancer Fighting Kitchen website, has recipes, blogs, and links to classes
- https://www.ted.com/topics/cancer Ted Talks with latest science on cancer
- https://www.livestrong.org/we-can-help Livestrong online cancer resource and support site
- https://www.mskcc.org/blog/how-talk-about-cancer-reflections-what-really-helps Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Support Blog, offers information and support
- Gilda’s Club Twin Cities – Gilda’s club is a non-profit offering support and classes for those living with cancer.
Cancer pain: The American College of Chest Physicians recommends acupuncture for cancer patients when pain, nausea, vomiting, or other side effects of chemotherapy are poorly controlled. (Cassileth BR, Deng GE, Gomez JE, Johnstone PA, Kumar N, Vickers AJ; American College of Chest Physicians. Complementary therapies and integrative oncology in lung cancer: ACCP evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (2nd edition). Chest. 2007 Sep;132(3 Suppl):340S-354S.)
Wellness & Meditation
- The Urban Monk: Eastern Wisdom and Modern Hacks to Stop Time and Find Success, Happiness, and Peace
- The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
- Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing, by Caroline Myss (not strictly about Traditional Chinese Medicine, but discussed as part of the author’s model of healing)
- Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha
- The Clarity Cleanse: 12 Steps to Finding Renewed Energy, Spiritual Fulfillment, and Emotional Healing
- The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations for Codependents (Hazelden Meditation Series), by Melody Beattie
- One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps, by Kevin Griffin
- A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life, by Jack Kornfield
- The Healthy Kitchen, by Andrew Weil and Rosie Daley
- The Nourishing Traditions: Book of Baby & Child Care, by Sally Fallon
- The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes and 5 Meal Plans to Shed Weight, Heal Your Body, and Regain Confidence
- Betty Crocker’s Indian Home Cooking
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