Acupuncture makes a dream come true…

Shropshire Star, Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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Anita Hunter though she would never have children. And after failed fertility treatments, the 33-year-old from Shrewsbury almost gave up hope. “Then I started having acupuncture,” She says. “Six months later I was pregnant.”

Remarkably, Anita is not alone in having frustration turn to joy by the Chinese practice of having needles inserted into the skin. In the space of 18 months, a total of five women who thought they would never have kids fell pregnant after treatment from the same Chinese acupuncturist – Dr Daian Zou, based in St. John’s Hill in Shrewsbury.

Wellington-based Kathrine Griffiths, along with Caroline Tanner and Debbie Walker of Shrewsbury are among those who also became pregnant following treatment.

The amazing news comes amid continuing claims that common fertility treatments do little or nothing to boost many people’s chance of getting pregnant. Medical experts now say that rather than taking a fertility drug or undergoing a form of insemination, couples would be just as successful conceiving if they were encouraged to ‘keep trying’.

And judging by the delight on Anita’s face as she cradled her seven-week-old bundle of joy, daughter Daisy-Rose, when we met last year, maybe they should try acupuncture.

Anita explains the predicament that she and her partner Lester were faced with.

Delighted mum Anita Hunter with baby and Dr. Daian Zou

Delighted mum Anita Hunter with baby and Dr. Daian Zou

“We were trying for about a year and a half but had been told many moons ago by a GP that I may not be able to have children because my mum and my nan had early menopauses. I had tests  and my eggs were decreasing and I knew there was a possibility that I might not be able to conceive.

“When my partner and I started trying we got checked out at the fertility clinic and it was found that I did not ovulate frequently and I was told that I might have an early menopause.

“I was gutted, but to be honest not all that surprised because in a way I had got my head around the fact that I might not ever get pregnant – but now I’d met the man of my dreams.”

She had also been diagnosed as having polycystic ovary syndrome,  which contributes to difficulties conceiving. Part of Daian’s acupuncture treatment was directed at this.

A course of fertility treatment followed, in which Anita took clomid tablets and underwent an operation of ovarian drilling to help her ovulate – something she describes as “a process”;

For her, the treatment didn’t work. Then she heard about the effects of acupuncture.

Daian says that while fertility treatments such as IVF increase the chances of failing pregnant by around 20 per cent, acupuncture can increase the chance by up to 50 per cent.

As Anita began a course of acupuncture after researching its benefits of fertility, she says she immediately began to feel ‘more relaxed and less anxious about getting pregnant”.

Daian explains the effects of acupuncture: “One lady tried IVF three times and it just failed. She nearly gave up hope when she came here. Coming here was her last hope and she because pregnant”.

How acupuncture works, says Daian, is that it treats not the symptoms but the whole body.


Any fertility problem can be treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture along with herbs help to treat elevated follicle stimulating hormones, unexplained infertility, frequent miscarriages, polycystic ovarian syndrome and a man’s low sperm count.”

She explains how after  a consultation with the patient, needles are inserted into the skin at so-called acu-points and can help regulate the way the body functions. It is said that acupuncture promotes the circulation of blood in the pelvic cavity and can improve ovarian functioning and regulate hormonal imbalance.

Another factor is that it can reduce stress levels which can be high when couples are trying for a baby.

Daian says she feels honoured to help couples have children. “It’s the best news in the world.” she says.

Kathrine Wyant works in Wellington and had been trying to conceive for almost a year when she began to make the trip to Shrewsbury for acupuncture with Daian.

At the same time she was having fertility treatment which did not appear to be working, but in May last year she became pregnant, she believes after one extended session with Daian.

“It definitely did help”, she says, “I believe it did  because if nothing else it relaxed me. The last session I had was an extended session and I’m convinced it helped.”

Anita herself can barely describe her feelings when in October 2007 she discovered she was pregnant.

She says: “I did not believe it – I thought I was going through early menopause and I would not believe it fully until we had the first scan. I think I put my feelings on hold, I was a bit in denial.”

Seeing her unborn child bouncing around on a television monitor, however, changed that.

“It was incredible. I was in complete amazement and I was so extremely happy. It was real and I had that feeling of completeness. She is my little miracle. It’s my miracle baby and I’m seriously convinced that Daian helped”.

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Having been diagnosed with unexplained infertility I went for treatment with Daian. She made me feel at ease straight away and gave me support and advice alongside the weekly acupuncture sessions. Three months later I discovered I was pregnant (without any other interventions). We welcomed our baby into the world almost 11 months to the day after my first visit to Daian. I really believe it would not have been possible without her!I remain a regular client and I can’t recommend Daian highly enough.
Richard BishopRichard Bishop
11:31 24 Jan 21
Daian is an extremely talented and caring professional and I cannot say enough about how helpful and effective her treatments have been. I highly recommend a visit here if you are thinking about acupuncture. The atmosphere is peaceful and calming and Daian’s highly effective skills and treatment provides welcome relief from chronic pain in a calm in a restful environment.
Emma SchorEmma Schor
19:19 21 Aug 20
It was an incredible experience and I would like to call it “magic”! I had not been able to sleep well for several months, and my whole body felt hard when I lied in bed, especially the neck and shoulders. Daian found a little lump on the back of my neck at the consultation . 30 minutes of acupuncture after, I immediately felt my neck relaxed. I did it again two days later, and the lump just disappeared! I went to sleep easily for the first time in months! Thank you, Daian! Thank you, the wonderful Chinese medical treatment!!
Sally NuttallSally Nuttall
20:37 22 Dec 19
I have been going to Daian for treatment for many years now. She is a kind and compassionate lady who is also very accomplished in Acupuncture. I have suffered with severe Vertigo for many years, having had medication, exercises etc to no avail. Having treatment with Daian has completely changed my life - I very seldom have symptoms now, thanks to acupuncture but, if it flares up, a visit to the clinic soon settles it down again. My husband has also recently started to attend her clinic to have treatment for migraines and this, also, has been very successful. I would recommend Dr Daian Zou highly.
rachel powellrachel powell
21:55 07 Dec 19
Can highly suggest acupuncture especially with this wonderful lady (Daia) she is nothing but kind, compassionate & proffesional. Acupuncture has really helped me with my healthy problem, I'm so thrilled with the results. I really look forward 2 my acupuncture every week its so relaxing & Daia is such a wonderful lady. Don't suffer call Daia (SJ Hill Clinic) up & she can help you out she is amazing....highly reccomend to anyone. Can't thank you enough Daia you deserve 100 stars x x x x

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