“I did not know much about acupuncture or Chinese medicine when I first went to see Lori. I had been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for over a year and had started fertility treatment with oral medication and hormones. I was feeling stressed, anxious, and depressed about not getting pregnant. Lori really took the time to ask me a lot of questions and did a thorough evaluation before we even started treatment. My acupuncture treatments were very relaxing and I looked forward to them every week.
But Lori’s treatment was much more comprehensive than that. She gave me detailed nutritional & dietary recommendations, herbs to supplement my treatment, as well as other methods of coping with stress and getting myself in balance. My acupuncture/Chinese medicine treatment really made me feel like I was doing something proactive for my body so that I could increase the chances of getting pregnant. I ended up stopping my western medical fertility treatment but continuing with the acupuncture, herbs, & dietary changes. I was pregnant about 3 months after starting acupuncture.
I continued to have treatments weekly during my pregnancy. I now have a beautiful 19 month-old daughter! I am so thankful I was introduced to the world of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and I’m especially grateful that I have such a compassionate and knowledgeable practitioner.”
“Lori was very helpful when I was trying to get pregnant. My husband and I needed assistance and ended up pursuing IVF. On the day of the embryo transfer, Lori came to our home and did a treatment right in my bedroom. It helped me feel that I was doing everything I could to make the implantation more probable. We succeeded getting pregnant that cycle and now our little boy is 15 months old. I really liked the way Lori’s work complemented the Western approach to fertility.”
“My husband and I were trying to get pregnant for four years. I discovered that I had high FSH and severe endometriosis. The doctor said the only way we would get pregnant was to go through the in vitro process. I did not feel comfortable with injecting the synthetic hormones or with the creation of multiple fertilized eggs and that decision process.
I was recommended to Lori Guynes by a friend who told me that she had success treating endometriosis. As soon as I stepped into her office I felt comfortable and I knew I was in the right place. It was a huge breath of fresh air after all that we had been through.
I started having acupuncture treatments every week and I started to physically notice differences in my period. We were pregnant in three months.
We now have a beautiful, healthy three year old boy named Jack.”
– M. V.
“I give you so much credit for the success of my IVF. My bi-weekly sessions with you calmed my mind and helped my body prepare and endure the pregnancy. I always looked forward to seeing you. You have such a nice presence. Thank you for being a part of my dream to have another baby.”
“I was told by my doctor that I probably wouldn’t ever be able to conceive due to my high FSH level. My husband and I decided to try a few rounds of artificial insemination anyway. We did three rounds, all of which were unsuccessful. We decided to take a break and reassess our options. It was during this break that I started seeing Lori. I saw her on a weekly basis for acupuncture sessions and she supplemented the sessions with herbs. Within three months of treatment with her I was pregnant! We are very blessed to now have a beautiful, healthy and happy little girl.
Lori, I can’t thank you enough!!”
"I found Lori's services to be absolutely essential, and beyond that comforting, for both getting pregnant and then throughout my pregnancy. I had such a wonderful experience with her and genuinely felt like my sessions helped me have a smooth pregnancy (we also got pregnant within 1 month of started treatment with her).
Unfortunately, my 9th month of pregnancy coincided with essential COVID-19 social distancing measures and I was concerned that I wouldn't get to take advantage of Lori's labor prep. Luckily, we were able to have a virtual session where she walked my husband and I through acupressure points and techniques. The virtual session was wonderful and the at home treatments have been really helping with preparing my body and mind for labor and it's been great to have my husband involved."
"Being 38 at the time, I wanted every advantage possible with respect to a healthy conception and pregnancy. I was pregnant three months later. I continued to see Lori on a regular basis throughout my pregnancy and what a powerful and healing experience my work with her was. We worked through everything from the physical challenges of pregnancy (morning sickness, constipation, heartburn, etc.) to the emotional aspects of becoming a mother. What an essential gift Lori’s extraordinary treatments were both to me and to my baby.
I highly recommend Lori Guynes on the basis of my long-term work with her. I came to trust her as a highly principled, highly skilled and deeply caring acupuncturist. She has my infinite gratitude and admiration for the difference she has made in my life.”
“I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the work you did with me during my pregnancy. The acupuncture helped me in many ways. I initially came to you because I was having painful sinus headaches. The acupuncture sessions helped to alleviate those very well. The added benefit was that we worked on other problematic areas, my back and neck in particular. I had much less pain for those chronic conditions. I also had an overall sense of relaxation which allowed me to sleep much better than I had for some time. My OB/GYN said that I made a having a baby at my age look easy (I’m 53, but who is counting?). I have to give you some of the credit, because you definitely helped me to improve my overall well-being during my pregnancy. Thanks again for what you offer, and in such a nice manner.”
“Thank you so very much for all of your help and support during my last 15 weeks of pregnancy. I truly believe that without your help, our beautiful baby girl would have come much too early! Thanks also for all of your emotional and nutritional help; it made a huge difference in my daily life, and was much appreciated!”
“Thank you once again for seeing me when I was spotting while visiting Santa Barbara and for giving me the moxa which I used for several weeks.
As you see, baby Isobel made it!! She is lovely and healthy and we are so in love.
Thank you very much.”
“Thank you for all of your wonderful care during my pregnancy. I wanted to tell you that I think your labor prep points really helped me along during the labor. When I arrived at Cottage Hospital, I was already 4cm dilated (from your acupuncture I am certain) and they ended up breaking my water because I didn’t want drugs. Labor started on it’s own right after breaking my water and my son was born 6 hours later. The whole thing was only 6 hours! A crazy, trance like, bring you to your knees 6 hours, but still…I think your points are powerful! I guess it is very rare for a first time mom to have such a short labor.
No complications, peaceful, beautiful, un-medicated birth and I am so grateful. Thank you for your role in our journey!”
I found Lori's services to be absolutely essential, and beyond that comforting, for both getting pregnant and then throughout my pregnancy. I had such a wonderful experience with her and genuinely felt like my sessions helped me have a smooth pregnancy (we also got pregnant within 1 month of started treatment with her). Unfortunately, my 9th month of pregnancy coincided with essential COVID-19 social distancing measures and I was concerned that I wouldn't get to take advantage of Lori's labor prep. Luckily, we were able to have a virtual session where she walked my husband and I through acupressure points and techniques. The virtual session was wonderful and the at home treatments have been really helping with preparing my body and mind for labor and it's been great to have my husband involved.
“In the days after my son Liam was born, the joyous upheaval of having a new baby was complicated by the fact that my milk did not come in. Lori provided treatment to support and enhance my milk supply, for which I was deeply grateful. More than this, Lori’s care and concern for my wellness, both physical and emotional, made her office a sanctuary of security and rest. My visits to Lori were restorative on all levels, and I feel fortunate that I was able to share both my joys and fears with her during those early days of motherhood.”
“Lori Guynes has guided me through two major and very different life events. She is a gifted and masterful acupuncturist who cares deeply about her patients. I am impressed by the vast knowledge and deep passion she exudes relative to her work. She is a rare clinician who is warm and nurturing as well as meticulous and methodical in her approach. The following is a brief account of my work with this amazing healer…
In May 2005 I decided to quit smoking after 20 years. I found the quitting very easy – it was sticking with it that felt near impossible! I sought Lori’s help to deal with the intense cravings and all the associated emotional side-effects with which I was struggling. Lori’s assessment was so thorough and the treatment she provided gave me immediate relief! I worked with Lori for several weeks thereafter and am proud to say that I have been cigarette free since May 2005. My success is in large part due to the professional support Lori provided through acupuncture and herbs.