Michelle Blum has a special interest in treating women and couples who are doing IVF or IUI or who are looking to improve their fertility naturally with Acupuncture.

Michelle Blum has over 18 years of experience as an Acupuncture professional. Her Brisbane based practice is geared towards IVF support, natural fertility, pregnancy and women's health.


Acupuncture is a highly popular choice of treatment for women and couple's undergoing IVF or ART.

The clinical trials around Acupuncture and their effects on pregnancy rates in IVF patients yield mixed findings however one thing we know for sure is that Acupuncture is relaxing and restorative to the nervous system which is always very helpful given the up and down nature of the IVF/IUI process.

Acupuncture may also increase micro circulation to the reproductive organs which would be of benefit for egg quality, uterine lining and implantation.

In terms of the timing of your treatments,  you would ideally start your Acupuncture treatments around 3 months before your planned IVF cycle. This is not however practical for everyone but the take home message is to start as soon as you can.

Normally prior to starting your IVF treatments, weekly to fortnightly treatments are best.

Once you have started a stimulated cycle, weekly treatments are recommended and then ideally you would have one treatment timed between trigger and egg pick up.

Evidence suggests that fresh embryos are often NOT best due to the effects the stimulatory drugs may have on the uterine lining. Most likely your IVF specialist will recommend that your embryos are frozen and then transferred at a later date.

Having weekly to fortnightly acupuncture treatments between egg pick up and embryo transfer would be recommended whilst we work on trying to create the best environment for your embryo. 

I also highly recommend that we go through a thorough naturopathic screening process as an adjunct to your Acupuncture treatment. This would be a very targeted approach that involves assessing your general and hormonal health status based predominantly on routine pathology tests and looking at nutritional and herbal remedies to address any anomalies.

The option of combining Naturopathic recommendations to your IVF Acupuncture treatments will be discussed at your first appointment. For further information on Naturopathy for IVF and natural fertility, please click here.



What exactly is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of medicine that was developed in China thousands of years ago. It involves the gentle insertion of very fine, stainless steel, single use needles into Acupuncture points on the body. 

There are at least 350 Acupuncture points that exist on meridians located throughout the body. Meridians are lines of energy in which Qi or life force energy circulates.

The insertion of needles into the Acupuncture points along the body’s meridian system helps to bring the body back into balance and hence helps to alleviate particular symptomology.

What will my Acupuncture treatment involve?

A typical Acupuncture session involves in depth questioning and an assessment of where an individual is at physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

The diagnostic process also involves examining the tongue, checking the pulse and palpating the “hara” or abdomen as well as feeling for pressure pain at various acupuncture points. All of these bodily checks provide the Acupuncturist with information and clues as to where the problem lies and therefore the best treatment strategy for a particular presentation.

Needles are then very gently and respectfully inserted into a number of acupuncture points to activate or influence the body’s energy system.

The treatment process is often described as being deeply relaxing and restorative. Many clients will often drift off into a calm and sleepy state.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

There are several conditions for which research proves Acupuncture is highly effective.

These include:

  • Hayfever
  • Low back pain
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Migraine prevention
  • Tension headaches
  • Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting
  • Depression.

Acupuncture has been shown to be moderately effective for the following conditions:

  • Acute low back pain
  • Acute stroke
  • Ambulatory anaesthesia
  • Anxiety
  • Aromatase-inhibitor-induced arthralgia (joint pain)
  • Asthma in adults
  • Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
  • Cancer pain
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Craniotomy anaesthesia
  • Depression (with antidepressants
  • Dry eye
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) with medication
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Labour pain
  • Lateral elbow pain (tennis elbow)
  • Menopausal hot flushes
  • Modulating sensory perception thresholds
  • Neck pain
  • Obesity
  • Peri-menopausal & post-menopausal insomnia
  • Plantar heel pain
  • Post-stroke insomnia
  • Post-stroke shoulder pain
  • Post-stroke spasticity
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
  • Recovery after colorectal cancer resection
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Schizophrenia (with antipsychotics)
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome (early stage) (with exercise)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Smoking cessation (up to 3 months)
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Temporomandibular pain (TMJ)

Does Acupuncture hurt?

There are many different styles of Acupuncture as well as many varieties of needling techniques. Most patients who attend Michelle Blum Natural Health report minimal to no sensation when needles are inserted.  Michelle has post graduate training in Japanese style Acupuncture which is a very gentle, comfortable and deeply relaxing style.

What is dry needling? How is it different to Acupuncture?

Did you know that all fully trained Acupuncturists must have a 4 year bachelor degree or equivalent and be registered nationally with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in order to practice Acupuncture ?

AHPRA sets the standard for education and public safety and ensures that all registered Acupuncturists comply with these.

There is often a lot of confusion between dry needling and Acupuncture. In fact Acupuncture IS dry needling. The only difference being that dry needling is an alternate term that is used by practitioners who are NOT degree qualified Acupuncturists and who are NOT registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as Acupuncturists.

These practitioners might include Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Musculo-Skeletal therapists who have merely attended weekend courses on needling.