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After nearly 2 decades on oral contraceptives, I stopped them with the hopes of conceiving a baby within the next year or so. Much to my surprise, my cycle didn’t resume as expected. Prior to starting the pill, my periods had always been regular, moderate to heavy, lasting 5 days or so. Now my period was little more than a bit of visible spotting lasting 2-3 days. I became increasingly worried as the months went by and the flow didn’t increase.
After 3 months I went in for hormone testing. The results revealed that my AMH was a bit low at 0.928. My healthcare provider recommended that we not delay any further and also consider seeing a fertility specialist.
Wanting to try a more holistic approach first, I sought out Hongji and began weekly acupuncture treatments. She also advised me on some supplements to help improve AMH, which I started taking.
After a few treatments and another light period, she added a special tea which was supposed to help me grow eggs and more substantial endometrium. I drank the tea faithfully every day during the follicular phase of my cycle and waited.
I never got to see if it increased my flow because my period never came! After a few days I took a test and found out that I was pregnant. I now have a healthy baby boy and am very grateful to Hongji for helping make that happen!
I absolutely loved my experience with Hongji and Point Acupuncture. Hongji really cares about your well being and takes the time to understand your health history to provide the most effective care possible. My experience with Hongji began as my husband and I were exploring ways to support pregnancy. Each appointment was catered to my needs based on past health history and the treatment was adjusted based on the results of the previous appointment. I saw Hongji for about 3 months before we successfully conceived identical twin boys. We were elated and were so appreciative of the support Hongji provided. I highly recommend investing in the quality acupuncture care that Hongji provides!
Hongji has helped me manage many ailments. I had a knee issue that was resolved after years of issues. She helped clear a pesky sinus infection and headaches. The greatest treatments of all were the fertility assistance. I had an AMH of .003 and FSH 50! The doctors had said infertility treatment with those numbers wasn’t going to help.
I went to Hongji weekly for fertility treatments and guess what!? On June 20th 2016 we welcomed a beautiful baby boy! Doctors looked at my chart when they learned I was pregnant and said some things we just can’t medically explain. I believe after years of trying (4 to be exact) acupuncture at Point with Hongji gave us the child we prayed for!
I truly believe that because of acupuncture treatments I have my son!
I would highly recommend Hongji!
My husband and I struggled with infertility for 2 years. We were at the point where the Dr. was suggesting invitro and other major fertility treatments. All of that scared me to no end. Through testing we found out that my husband had a slightly low sperm count. As a last resort before these big treatments, I decided to do some research on acupuncture. That is how I found Point Acupuncture! At our first appointment, Hongji explained to us how everything worked within our bodies and the various cycles. She said it would be about 3 months before possibly seeing results. We left our first appointment with some herbal pills to take and a lot of hope.
We had weekly appointments for about 3 months. My husband was also being treated for anxiety which was very high due to the circumstance we were in and wondering if we were every going to have a baby of our own. I honestly thought this was just going to be something added to our other million attempts of conceiving. But then, just as we were coming up on three months and I was starting to get nervous that it wasn’t going to work, there it was-a double line! I was pregnant by the end of month 3 and I couldn’t believe it. We continued treatments monthly throughout my pregnancy and then weekly after 36 weeks to prepare for delivery. My labor ended up being about 3.5 hours long which I again credit somewhat to acupuncture! I cannot thank Hongji enough for helping us achieve the family we had wanted for so long, and honestly feel it would not have happened without Hongji.
As I write this, my baby boy is peacefully sleeping on my chest and I am so thankful in every way for him. We are planning on returning to Point Acupuncture for baby number 2. My only regret is not trying this right away in the beginning, but instead waited over 2 years. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are truly grateful for everything you have helped us with! Just a note to anyone in the same situation as we were: just give it a try. We had nothing to lose, but ended up gaining so much. Definitely the answer to our prayers! —Nicole
“Where to begin, as I sit here looking at my beautiful daughter, I continue to think of Hongji and the gift she has given my husband and I. After two years of struggling to conceive, a dear friend convinced me ‘to give Hongji a chance.’ You see, I was the poster child for regular menstrual cycles and I was leading a healthy lifestyle. My husband and I were defeated and struggled with the never ending comments of ‘when are you going to start a family?’ So, after much hesitation I called Hongji. Her success stories gave me the courage to make the call and our life changed because I made that call! I was on clomid for five months (July-December of 2013) and I started infertility treatments with Hongji in November of 2013, in December my husband and I decided to take a break from Clomid and strictly focus on acupuncture. While taking herbs and following Hongji care, we were excited to find out on Friday, February 14, 2013 that we were expecting. Hongji has truly been a gift to our family; she not only is a phenomenal person she also took the time to get to know me. She allowed me to share with her at every session how I was feeling, what I needed and how she could help. I have had the chance to refer my friends and family to Hongji and their response after visiting her is always, ‘wow, you are right…she is the best!’ Thank you Hongji, for taking care of my family, friends and being the best of the best!”
Forever grateful for you,
“My husband and I married in 2008 and were hoping to add to our family right away, unfortunately over 4 years later we were still struggling to fulfill that dream. We had just finished our fourth cycle of fertility treatment (which was unsuccessful) when a family member mentioned acupuncture and specifically Point Clinic. I met with Hongji soon after and felt a new sense of hope after discussing my treatments with her. She not only discussed acupuncture but also nutritional changes I could make to increase my chance for pregnancy. My OB was floored with how my body, specifically follicle growth, responded to the treatments. We were ecstatic to learn we were pregnant after just a few months of acupuncture. I continued to see Hongji throughout my pregnancy and know the treatments helped with nausea and energy levels. I am so thankful for Hongji as I believe 100% we wouldn’t be expecting our little girl if it wasn’t for her phenomenal care. I love telling people about our success with Hongji and would highly recommend anyone having fertility issues to contact her!” —Lisa
“I tried to conceive my second child for over a year, using Clomid and rigorously monitoring my cycle. I had a very early miscarriage after about 9 months of trying, and then finally decided I wanted to approach the whole process more holistically. I am pretty traditionally oriented, regarding my health and wellness, but I was very curious about the science behind the benefits of acupuncture. I was blown away immediately. After my first consultation, I felt so incredibly relaxed and energized, and this experience was (and is) consistent for my sessions. My first appointment was in August 2013, and I conceived in early October of that year. I am now 8 months pregnant with my second son, and I look forward to every appointment because of the immediate physical benefit. I have no doubt that if my husband and I attempt a third pregnancy, I will work with Hongji.” —Margie
“I fully attribute my getting pregnant to acupuncture and will be visiting Hongji again when it’s time to start trying again! We truly couldn’t be happier and I just don’t know if it would have happened, or happened as quickly once we started IUI without your assistance. So thank you, thank you, thank you for all the work you did–my husband and I are so very grateful!”
“After having my son, my husband and I struggled for 3 years to have another child. I had three miscarriages. We tried fertility treatments, but 5 rounds of IUI and one round of In Vitro were not successful. We were devastated, having spent so much time, money, energy, and emotions. We were starting to think about adoption, but I was not quite ready to give up yet. My friend, who also struggled with infertility, and my OB both recommended acupuncture. That friend gave me Hongji’s phone number. I felt this was my last chance to get pregnant. I was done with all of the fertility drugs. Meeting Hongji changed my life forever. She told me my body needed 3 cycles of acupuncture, some herbs, and a special diet to help me get pregnant. Sure enough, after three cycles, I did get pregnant! I just had a healthy baby girl last week! Not only did acupuncture help me get pregnant, it also improved my chronic sinus headaches. I owe it all to Hongji and acupuncture. I highly recommend anyone having fertility issues or chronic sinus problems to start acupuncture with Hongji immediately!” —Kristine
“My sincere, heartfelt gratitude to you – I am certain beyond a doubt that the acupuncture (and your expertise) truly helped the outcome of our IVF cycle. We are in a dream-like state, and simply cannot believe that months and months of despair and disappointment have turned into such intense joy that cannot be contained! It will take us a while to realize that we are parents now forever…and we have our daughter….our baby that we wanted and longed for, for so many years. It is indeed a strange feeling when your most cherished dream comes true…” —Thank you so much, once again.
“Anyone with fertility issues should give Hongji a try! I have very severe endometriosis and have had multiple surgeries over the years and was even sent to the Mayo clinic in Arizona because my case was so severe (along with trying rounds of Lupron and continual birth control for years)! ALL of my doctors told me I would have trouble getting pregnant and should consider IVF down the road. My husband and I tried for a while with Clomid, but I couldn’t get my cycles regular. We decided to take a break from trying and heard about Hongji. When we were ready to try again Hongji suggested I give acupuncture at least three cycles. By about the third cycle I had regular cycles and three months after that, I was pregnant! We are expecting our first baby this November and we couldn’t be happier! We were able to conceive with ZERO medications! We both highly recommend seeing Hongji if you’re trying to get pregnant!” —Jessica
“I would highly recommend Hongji to anyone looking for help and guidance within the infertility world!! One would say I am still very young at twenty six years old. We received devastating news from our doctor that I would most likely need to have my tubes removed by laparoscopy due to severe blockage and that my husband also had a very low count combined with low morphology and motility. We were told the only way we would be able to conceive a child was through IVF after my tubal removal. I was emotionally exhausted! I was neither physically or emotionally ready to put my body through the laparoscopy or IVF. I spent many hours doing research and finally came across Point Clinic. I started seeing Hongji regularly for acupuncture treatments and both my husband and I started taking herbal supplements provided by Hongji.
After a few months of seeing Hongji I decided I was ready to go back to my doctors and have the surgery. To our much grateful surprise, my tubes had cleared and unblocked on their own during the course of acupuncture treatments and neither tube had to be removed! Needless to say this was the start to our great news! A repeat sperm analysis was done for my husband and not only did his numbers improve with the herbal medicine, but so did his morphology, enough so that our doctors decided that we could try IUI before considering IVF. I knew that I needed to continue my treatments with Hongji while going through our IUI. I am so glad I did because we are currently four months pregnant!! I truly credit most of our success in becoming pregnant to Hongji and her wonderful patience and guidance. She was always only an email or phone call away whenever I had news from my doctor and she would help guide me in the right direction. I have and will continue to recommend Hongji to anyone struggling with infertility (or any other health concerns). Thank you so much!” —Our Happy Family
“I could not be happier! My husband and I knew from the start that we wanted to have a child. I unfortunately have suffered from severe endometriosis and I also have two blood disorders which make it difficult to carry a child. To treat my endometriosis, I had two laparoscopies and I went on birth control. Becuase of this I did not have my menstrual cycle for over ten years. When we wanted to try to conceive, I struggled greatly. I had irregular periods, sometimes not getting it for months, and other times only a week or so in between, with severe pain. In addition, I was never ovulating. My husband and I tried for over 16 months. During this time I was seeing my OBGYN regularly to treat for infertility, but still no success. My friend suggested I see Hongji since she too struggled with infertility and was helped by Hongji. Within a few weeks of seeing her, my period became regular and by the third month I started ovulating. It took only the first time of ovulating and we were expecting!! I continued to see Hongji throughout my pregnancy to help sustain the pregnancy because I was considered high risk due to my blood disorders. We now have an amazing 3 and a half month old girl and we could not be more grateful and happy for all that Hongji has done for us. Hongji is kind, thoughtful and understands the frustration, costs, anxiety, sadness and worry that couples face with infertility. Hongji meets you were you are in this struggle and helps support you through it. I know that once we are ready for another child that I will see Hongji again.” —Angie
“After trying for a year to get pregnant and having a miscarriage, I began seeing Hongji. At our first appointment she explained that it may take approximately 3 months of treatment for me to get pregnant and by the third month I was! We are expecting a little boy in December. I have been seeing Hongji throughout my pregnancy for various pregnancy symptoms and it has been very helpful. Hongji is caring and a great support!” —Molly
“I started treatments for infertility due to issues with ovulation. My husband and I had been trying naturally to get pregnant for almost 2 years and my cycle was never regular. I was put on several medications to induce a cycle and promote regular cycles. I was not 100% sold on only using Western medicine and felt like I needed additional help to get my body on track. I met with Hongjii who explained the acupuncture process and what to expect when using it for infertility. My husband and I also took herbs and by month three, I actually ovulated! This was also the month that through IUI I was able to get pregnant, and I am now 38 wks along! There is no doubt in my mind that acupuncture was the missing component in my overall infertility treatment. Hongjii has been encouraging and supportive throughout this entire process, is incredibly professional and genuinely cares about the individuals she treats. I have and will not hesitate to continue to recommend Point Clinic in the future for infertility treatments or any other condition people may be suffering from.” —Sarah
“A year ago I found Hongji when my husband and I were about to begin our first cycle of IVF. I had experienced 2 failed pregnancies in my 30’s and now being in our early 40’s, we weren’t sure if we still had a chance to conceive a child of our own. I met with Hongji and she felt we had a good chance using acupuncture. We had heard of other people having success using both IVF and acupuncture, so we decided to do both simultaneously. Hongji provided treatments for the time leading up to and during the IVF cycle. Unfortunately, the 3 perfect embryos we transferred did not result in a pregnancy. Our doctor then wanted us to take a month off before beginning another IVF cycle. During that time off I continued my treatments with Hongji. To our surprise we became pregnant naturally during that one month break on our own! We believe that it was Hongji’s treatments that helped us become pregnant naturally. I have continued my acupuncture with Hongji to help support my pregnancy and will soon deliver our baby girl. It has been a dream come true for us and we cannot be more thankful to Hongji for her excellent care and attention. I highly recommend Hongji to anyone who is open to exploring an alternative approach to infertility.” —Melissa
“After being on the pill for 10+ years, a really early miscarriage and a laparoscopic surgery (which ultimately was unnecessary and exploratory) my body needed a nudge in the right direction in order to regulate my cycles and to get pregnant. I wasn’t prepared for Western medical intervention quite yet and wanted to try acupuncture first. My body responded to Hongji’s acupuncture and herbal treatement right away, bringing my cycles and ovulation well within normal range. My husband took herbs too. I got knocked-up during my third cycle of acupuncture and herbs and am now 20 weeks along with a healthy baby! I don’t hesitate in recommending Hongji. She’s professional, fun, she always wanted me to feel 100% comfortable with the treatment plan and she completely respected any concerns I had.” —Nicole
“I came to Hongji after multiple attempts with Clomid, no period for 6 months, and a doctor telling me our only hope was IVF. After just a few months of treatment my periods became regular, and I was ovulating! I went into the process knowing that I wanted to conceive naturally and that it would take patience. It did take patience and many more months of treatment, but it worked and I am now pregnant! I know that we would not be where we are today without Hongji and her magic needles. Not only did acupuncture work for me, but Hongji was the best! I looked forward to seeing her every week!” —Paige
“I had my 36 week check-up today and figured it is time to give credit where credit is due. I don’t think this would have been possible without Hongji! In the midst of my third miscarriage in the span of a year, I walked out of my OB/GYN office with the painful words ‘you will have to have another miscarriage before we will look further into it’ ringing in my ears. I knew I needed to take action. I started seeing Hongji shortly after my miscarriage. At this point I wasn’t just searching for answers, I was seeking healing. Hongji provided a therapeutic environment where the healing could begin, as well as the confidence to try again. After 3 months of ‘therapy’, just as we had planned, I found out I was pregnant. With regular treatments throughout the pregnancy, I have been able to hold on to this one and will be meeting my little miracle soon. I am truly grateful to my friend who recommended Hongji to me, and will undoubtedly recommend her to many others.” —Krista
“I came to Hongji with no ovulation, symptoms of menopause and an FSH of over 30. My doctor suggested that having kids was not really an option for us. A few months of regular acupuncture, and we are now 25 weeks along with a baby girl! We are still pretty amazed but ever grateful to Hongji.” —Kelly
“My husband and I really believe this baby would not exist without you. I don’t say it enough, but know how much we appreciated your help in getting knocked up. Who knew it takes more than two people to get that done?! Ha!” —Roberta
“My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant since 2007. I’ve undergone multiple types of infertility treatments including 3 cycles of IVF. I started treatments with Hongji before my last IVF cycle. Once she worked her magic powers, my egg count was higher than it had ever been and I actually had day 5 eggs which I’ve never had before. I’m currently 5 months pregnant! Yay!
I felt at ease right away with Hongji. She’s knowledgeable, professional, funny and personable. I would definitely recommend her for not only infertility treatment, but also for any other ailments. She’s great!” —Kristine
“Hongji at Point Clinic is an excellent practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Her advice, reassurance and positive attitude helped my husband and I get through the struggles of infertility. We started fertility treatments with Hongji in 2009 after several years of trying to conceive and suffering a miscarriage. Once I started with her recommended regiment of Chinese herbs, weekly acupuncture and some dietary changes, my cycles became regular and predictable, after years of suffering from irregular periods. In addition, my mood significantly improved after falling into a depressive state after a miscarriage. I cannot recommend Hongji enough for her great work in treating our infertility issues.
We were able to conceive our daughter in approximately 6 months of treatments, and I continued acupuncture through the first trimester to prevent a miscarriage and returned again in the last few months of my pregnancy to prepare my body for delivery. Our daughter is now one year old and is a happy and healthy little girl! Many thanks to Hongji for all of her help!” —Sybil
“When I first sought out Hongji for fertility issues, my cycles had stopped and become very irregular. My stress level was incredibly high, and my anxiety was starting to affect me physically. Hongji immediately went about treating not only my desire to conceive, but also the general health of my body. Within three months of beginning treatments, I found out that I was pregnant. I am now almost 37 weeks along and I can’t wait to meet my son! Thanks to Hongji for not only helping me conceive, but also for changing my outlook on alternative medicine.” —Emily W.
“Like so many ‘older’ couples today, we had trouble conceiving (and carrying) a child. After 4 years of fertility treatments, and before our last round of artificial insemination, our fertility doctor told us that he thought that the only way we were going to have a successful pregnancy was through egg donor–IVF just wasn’t going to work for us since I had such a low egg count. We were devastated, to say the least! With one AI treatment left, I decided to search for an acupuncturist. I had so many friends and family say how well acupuncture worked for them. I found Hongji and she changed our lives forever! After our first consultation, I knew I was in good hands. We had only 3 weeks prior to our next (and last) insemination. Hongji told me that she usually likes 3 months of acupuncture treatment before we would see any real results.
Well, after 3 weeks of 2 treatments/week, I went in for my pre-insemination ultra-sound to check out my eggs. I couldn’t believe what I saw! There were more eggs and bigger eggs than I had ever seen in an ultra-sound. Even the nurse conducting the appointment was impressed. After several weeks, I went in for my pregnancy test. We were pregnant! We have the most beautiful little boy! There is no question in my mind, under Hongji’s care, we were able to have a healthy baby.” —Leanne L.
“Looking back provides 20/20 clarity. I am now the proud mother of a 9 week old healthy and bouncing baby boy! However, almost a year ago I was struggling with infertility that was going on 1.5 years of failed attempts to become pregnant. Not until after 3 months of acupuncture and the continued unconditional support and encouragement from Hongji, did I fully realize how imbalanced my body was. Infertility causes it’s own stressors, on top of work and life stress, which both left my body and mind fatigued! I felt renewal, healthier, higher levels of energy, and optimism slowly build over the 3 months of treatment. Hongji was a miracle worker! She was able to take me under her wings, instilled a sense of confidence (I was slightly skeptical and desperate, but also hopeful when I started) in me as a result of her high level of competence, her empathic ear, and her professional yet witty personality.
Acupuncture can really help couples who are struggling with infertility—I am proof! I would go back for other struggles in a heart beat—I turned from skeptic to believer through my experience. (She also worked on my chronic sinusitis—which resolved itself as well!!!) I only wish I would have started it earlier! I am confident it can help other couples too—so give it a try!” —Sue S., Saint Paul
“My first attempt at IVF was a complete failure 4 years ago…few embryo’s and low quality. A friend suggested I try acupuncture with my next attempt to improve my egg quality. I was skeptical, but low and behold, many eggs were retrieved and I now have a beautiful 2 year old daughter. My 3rd IVF resulted in a pregnancy as well but ended with an early miscarriage. I came to Hongji with my 4th (and final) IVF attempt, switching acupuncturists in hopes for improved success with this last try. Her confidence, professionalism, and knowledge impressed me right off the bat. I’m now 30 weeks pregnant with my miracle baby boy. I started this whole process as a skeptic but now firmly believe acupuncture can help infertile couples achieve fertility success.” —Mary J.
“After many months of trying to conceive our second child without success, I went to Hongji to try acupuncture as a means for fertility assistance. My OB recommended waiting even longer and then if I still wasn’t pregnant to start on Clomid. That did not make sense to me since I did not have a problem ovulating. Making my body work for me versus chemically altering it seemed like the right decision. From my first visit I felt as if the ‘infertility’ weight was taken off my shoulders. We began weekly acupuncture and herbs. I was enhancing my overall health while being proactive. I also had the added benefit of significantly reducing my stress of trying to get pregnant. I thoroughly enjoyed my visits with Hongji. She is calm, reassuring, knowledgeable, and professional. I’m happy to report after a very short time, I became pregnant with our second child! I am certain that my acupuncture and herbal treatments were a major factor in helping us conceive our beautiful daughter.” —Anne T.
“Our previous two children were conceived using infertility treatments, each time took at least 6 months to have a lasting pregnancy. I suffered three miscarriages while trying. My husband and I decided to try on our own for a third child. A friend suggested that I see Hongji. After two months of acupuncture, I got pregnant. I continued to see Hongji in order to try and maintain the pregnancy. I now have a third healthy baby. I am a firm believer in acupuncture for infertility and other ailments. Hongji is very professional. I do not like needles, but Hongji was able to make me feel comfortable and relaxed with each appointment. I highly recommend Hongji to my friends and acquaintances for their health issues.” —Emily K.
“I am very thankful for and impressed with the level of care, attention, skill and expertise that I received during my treatments with Hongji. My husband and I recently relocated to Saint Paul from Florida. I worked with an acupuncturist in Florida for infertility and was worried I would not be able to find anyone in Saint Paul with the same level of knowledge regarding fertility issues. Not only was Hongji successful in helping us achieve pregnancy after only two months, she also alleviated pain I was having as a result of TMJ. I went from not being able to chew to no pain at all. It is like I received two for the price of one treatment. I am pregnant and have no jaw pain after 2 month. I would and have highly recommended Hongji to everyone I know. She is extremely knowledgable, kind, fun, and ethical. Her clinic feels much more like a spa than a clinic. The whole experience was relaxing and wonderful.” —Suzanna, new mother of 8lb 9oz girl
“After years of not knowing what was wrong with me and why I could not have a child on my own, I sought out infertility treatment through traditional medicine. As much as I enjoyed my clinic, I knew my body needed more than just western medicine. With the help of Hongji and Point Clinic, I learned so much more about my body and how to relax and treat myself, where western medicine could not. After a number unsuccessful IUI’s(4) and a failed IVF, I was devastated to learn that I was diagnosis as having poor egg quality, I immediately was given help and hope from Hongji and after 3 months of treatment and adding herbal medicine as well to my next IVF cycle, I was amazed and thrilled to not only have had increased egg quality, but my body responded superior to the cycle and I am currently pregnant and due this month! I know it would not have happened without the extra help my body needed. I strongly would recommend to anyone going through infertility to give acupuncture and herbal medicine a chance for at least six months before western medicine…Thank you Point Clinic!!!” —Shannon, new mother of 7lb 13.6oz girl
“After 9 long months of unsuccessful infertility treatments, I decided to add acupuncture and herbs into my plan of care. I had no idea how relaxing it was. It was, by far, the best thing I could have done for myself. I took power naps during each treatment and the herbs offset the adverse effects of the infertility meds. After 3 months of acupuncture and herbs, and skipping a month of infertility treatments, I became pregnant. Unbelievable! Had I know then, what I know now, I would have begun with acupuncture and herbs first. I cannot recommend the Point Clinic highly enough.” —Amy, new mother of 7lb 1.8oz boy
“We are firm believers that a couple undergoing fertility treatments could have their chances improved with acupuncture and herbs. We had two unsuccessful IVF attempts (without acupuncture or herbs) in Chicago and felt hopeless. The rollercoaster of emotions was relentless. After relocating to the Twin Cities, my wife met Hongji and developed a trusting relationship. She not only worried about points that addressed overall reproductive health, but understood other emotions related to infertility, i.e. anxiety, stress, depression, etc. We were prepared for our third and probably final IVF attempt. Hongji was great and extremely compassionate to our needs! Thank you for all your help and support during our journey.” —New proud parents, D & E…baby dust to all ttc