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Why Should I See an Acupuncturist?

Posted on: January 18th, 2023 by Anna Totzke

I found this great video clip summarizing how Acupuncture can help not only pain, but other conditions as well.

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What is Your Word of the Year?

Posted on: January 10th, 2023 by Anna Totzke

By Anna Totzke, Registered Acupuncturist

Happy New Year to you all!!

Over the last couple of years I’ve started a new tradition of choosing a new word for the upcoming year. After reflecting on the year that passed, I find that there is a word that naturally reveals itself as a theme for the year to come.

Last year I chose the word AUTHENTICITY. Throughout the year I would check in and ask, “Am I being authentic?” If I wasn’t, why? I found the exercise to be quite fruitful and also brought attention to the areas in my life that could use some growth.

This year’s word is quite different than last year’s. For 2023 I have chosen FELLOWSHIP as my word of the year. Choosing this word may be a reflection of the times we are in and knowing the importance of having a strong community around us and one that you can contribute to and cherish.

So, do you want to join in? WHAT IS YOUR WORD OF THE YEAR?


Posted on: November 2nd, 2022 by Anna Totzke


10 A.M. TO 12noon

Nutrition and mindfulness guidance for those who are trying to conceive.

An IN-PERSON workshop at TouchStone Health in Waterloo.
Fees: $60
Workshop includes:
Fertility Nutrition education
3 days fertility meal plan sample
Resources for mindfulness and nutrition
Tea and fruits
Participant limitation: 8-10 BOOK YOUR SPOT

Welcome Swapna Viswanathan, R.H.N. to TouchStone Health!

Posted on: October 13th, 2022 by Anna Totzke

Swapna is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Mindset Manifestation Coach.

She loves working with clients in the areas of FERTILITY, PRE-NATAL, POST-NATAL NUTRITION, PCOS, Diabetes / Pre-Diabetes, Stress, Healthy Skin and Hair, Digestion.

Swapna offers one-on-one nutritional counselling and coaching and also offers many group workshops. Appointments are available in-person and also virtually. BOOK IN FOR A FREE 20 MIN. DISCOVERY APPOINTMENT




A transformational workshop from Heal Your Life workshop series created by Louise Hay 



Acupuncture and Fertility: How Do Needles Help With Conception?

Posted on: July 28th, 2022 by TouchStone Health

Acupuncture is a critical component of traditional Chinese medicine. The procedure generally cures pain and promotes overall wellness, including stress management, by inserting thin needles on the skin at strategic points in the body. However, how do needles induce chances of conception in women? Here are some ideas.

Acupuncture and Fertility

Acupuncture is an effective solution for curing infertility in men and women. It is a successful treatment in restoring fertility among patients, improving sperm cell quality and ovary function through balancing the endocrine system and its hormones. But what does acupuncture do?

1. Regulates Female Reproductive Hormones

Acupuncture regulates the release of hormones in women to keep them in balance. If a woman’s hormones aren’t in harmony, chances of conception are low. When the reproductive system is not functioning correctly, the hypothalamus will send a message to the pituitary gland about the poor hormone levels. The pituitary gland will then release a follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) to boost the production of follicle-stimulating hormones.

The FSH will then stimulate the egg follicle growth and ovulation. But finding the right level of FSH is a challenge. If the FSH is too high, the ovarian follicles will accelerate rapidly, and ovulation may not happen. If the FSH is too low, the egg will not be released. Acupuncture works by balancing the female hormones and nutrients.

Acupuncture improves ovulation, increases the number, and regulates female reproductive hormones. It helps balance the hormones that affect ovulation, increase the number of eggs in the reproductive system, balance the stress, and treat the underlying cause of infertility.

2. Improves Blood Flow and Egg Quality

Acupuncture helps increase the blood flow to the ovaries and improves egg quality. More blood flow to the ovaries means more nutrients, hormones and oxygen to the tissues. It offers sufficient oxygenation to the ovaries to sustain their normal development. Not only does acupuncture improve ovulation, but it also improves egg quality. The excellent quality of the eggs will increase the chances of conception.

3. Boosts Sperm Quality and Count

The beneficial effects of acupuncture on the reproductive system may offer a solution to the problem of infertility in men. Improving the quality of the sperm and sperm counts can affect the chances of conception. By scanning the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, the testes and the thyroid gland, acupuncture stimulates the body to improve the function of these glands, promoting the production of hormones and sperm cells.

4. Helps in Embryo Implantation

Embryo implantation is an essential step before fertilization occurs. Fertilization occurs when the sperm cell reaches the uterus and joins an egg. Acupuncture helps improve the potential of embryo implantation by increasing the chances of conception.

Acupuncture helps reduce stress and fatigue, supports the body’s functions, improves blood circulation and metabolism, boosts libido, and helps regulate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. All these benefits help increase the chances of conception.

5. Reduces Anxiety

Acupuncture can help cure anxiety and improve mood. It is a common problem among many women undergoing infertility treatments, reducing their chances of conception. An improved mood can increase the chances of conception as stress may affect endocrine hormones and the chances of embryo implantation.


Women who have infertility can benefit immensely from acupuncture. It can help balance the endocrine system, regulate the hormones and boost the chances of conception. While acupuncture doesn’t guarantee that you will conceive, it improves the odds of pregnancy. Acupuncture has the potential to regulate and improve the chances of conception in women. It may be effective for women who have tried other conventional fertilization techniques and have failed.

TouchStone Health aims to help cure infertility through acupuncture services in Waterloo. Our Fertility acupuncture targets early signs of infertility like PCOS, ovulatory disorders, and prolonged menstrual cycles. Speak to a registered acupuncturist today and schedule an appointment with us now.

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Waterloo, Ontario