WFAS 2012 Bandung

Heather presented papers at the

2012 WFAS International Congress and Workshop on Acupuncture

16th – 18th November 2012 in Bandung, Indonesia.

    The information here and what I presented sometimes may rattle your beliefs as ‘everyone’ knows .. . and the problem is often that the Emperor has no clothes on.

We are looking in the wrong place and asking the wrong questions to get the right result. This is more and more prevalent the more acupuncture training is becoming immersed in RCT and evidence based medicine – forgetting that we are unique,  and that traditional medicines work WITH not against by forcing the body.

We could ask ourselves, ‘is taking the lead of the orthodox medicine which if it were so useful, would have no need to investigate alternatives’ useful? Possibly we need the fresh air of the more traditional and practical/common sense approaches.


1) – The use of indirect moxa on the sacrum alleviating pregnancy back pain, leading into an easier natural birthing outcome.


Lower back pain in pregnancy is often the cause of considerable life disruption in pregnancy. Back pain in pregnancy affects at least half of all pregnant women. The back pain experienced in pregnancy or before, may continue after birth and lead to a lifetime of deteriorating comfort. Orthodox medicine may marginalise back pain in pregnancy, because whilst it is often debilitating, it is not life threatening.

Rather than seeing the presence of pain as only a local structural phenomenon, back pain can be viewed in Chinese medicine as one of many warning signs of serious maternal depletion.

Back pain viewed through the Chinese medicine model is the most common symptom of Kidney complex deficiency. In Chinese medicine, maternal Kidney Qi is seen as supporting her developing‘s life force.

The direct impact of improving maternal Kidney Qi is baby’s enhanced growth and constitution. The easy steps for anyone to enhance the mother’s Kidney Qi, thus improving the outcome of her pregnancy by remedying the deficiency warning signal of lower backache are given.

Using indirect moxa on mum’s sacrum is an easy, safe and effective way to improve her pregnancy and the baby’s positioning; thus ensuring a better birth outcome. Taking more note of maternal intake of water and common nutrients may also be invaluable.

The intended recipient of this information is the prospective dad – with this nightly ‘hands on’ intervention he can make the difference by allowing his baby’s mother peaceful sleeping, creating a great foundation for the comfortable growth and birth of their family. 

See Heather’s presentation on alleviating pregnancy back pain here.

2) – Linking BBT with sperm quality: working with couples, using male BBT charting as an indication of fertility success


We may be missing half the problem in quality baby making, by ignoring what our own medicine can offer. Now, where a great baby is not assured, a seemingly silent half of the baby’s inheritance – the male contribution – is often ignored. Much focus and effort is placed upon her age and gynecological problems, rather than in the reasons for the recent drop in what is deemed to be fertile sperm.

The least possible fertile level was dropped in the early 1980’s from 80 % looking normal, to 30 % in the late ‘90’s to 15% in the early 2000’s to anything over 3% (97% with significant visual abnormalities, let alone the DNA secrets) two years ago.  His sperm may be in no shape to make the next generation.

Basal Body Temperature charting was used in the world of female fertility, for western medical specialists to propose when ovulation may be occurring, before the heavy reliance on scans and blood tests.  Today, we as acupuncturists commonly use BBT as a measure of metabolism management and tracking the menstrual cycle, identifying irregularities that may be contributing to her infertility.

We can predict the state of the HIS Jing, hence fertility, by the simple BBT test.  A low reading (under 36.6 C) can be seen to be an instant ‘fail’ for useful sperm. Attention to improving his Three Heater function (metabolism) leads on to less stress responses, hence better gut performance, enhanced sexual function and overall better general health.  Quality of his Jing is then automatically improved.

Combining the western physiological model (metabolism and the role of the adrenals /thyroid) with the Three Heater one from Chinese medicine allows us to go further than just predicting pregnancy likelihood and Jing quality into how to sustain wellness within the general patient population.

See Heather’s presentation on Linking BBT with sperm quality here


Immediately prior to the WAFS was a workshop on autism and acupuncture.

I was so outraged at the outdated and patently wrong information presented, (one presenter postulating that the child was autistic as his mother was 35 when she had him!! Against all research that shows it is PATERNAL age that increases its prevalence)  I have this site up for those who do want to assist those who find themselves so challenged with a family member.

Both (medical specialists) presenters suggested poisons/chemicals were to blame.  We need to discuss how to get these out – Magnesium is a start – look to the S & S of autism – all that rigidity is a straight give away – and the hair analysis of an autistic person shows far more mercury being released if there is sufficient magnesium on board.  PLEASE look to the role of micro and macro nutrients in all patients – it is not the role of a naturopath – Food is Medicine . .

Yes, avoid all gluten and dairy ( As a parent, I knew to do this 26 years ago – it is not new news) Also avoid all sugar /fruit and fruit juice (don’t need any more inflammatory processes than are already on line – especially as most of the autistic behaviours are toxin and gut related. Ensure mum’s gut works as well as designed with a plethora of gut enhancers before pregnancy so her body makes the best baby possible. Avoid all vaccination and maternal dental work anywhere near pregnancy and lactation.

Where was the information on resolving DAMP and HEAT and the therapeutic use of magnesium?

Of maternal minerals stores being abundant in pregnancy and before hand – and NO exposure to modern neuro toxins anywhere near her body pre and post baby. . (breast milk a great way to poison baby)

How to avoid autism

One family’s list of attentions that helped.


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