Having Trouble Getting Pregnant?

If you have been trying to conceive a child for more than a year, there is a good chance that something may be interfering with your reproductive function.

Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after having regular unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or more.  A normally fertile couple’s average chance of conceiving is approximately 25% per menstrual cycle.  Many things play a part in achieving a successful pregnancy.  Simply put, for women the ability to produce healthy eggs and to regularly ovulate (the release of the egg into the fallopian tube) and men need to produce healthy sperm to fertilize the egg. A woman’s ability to produce healthy eggs dramatically decreases after the age of 35. However, it is not just a woman’s concern- a problem with the male as sole cause or contributing cause of infertility is seen in approximately 40% of infertile couples. Another 10-15% of couples have no identifiable cause for their infertility. If infertility is suspected, it is important for the couple to get thorough medical exams to rule out the possibility of any internal blockages, hormonal imbalances and low sperm count.

Recent medical studies have shown that traditional acupuncture points used for female infertility not only increased the blood supply to the uterus but as a result increased the lining of the uterus which is responsible for nourishing the fertilized egg. In addition, the stimulation of acupuncture points was shown to almost double the success rates for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Chinese medicine considers many things when diagnosing infertility-a person’s constitution, level of stress, sexual activity, diet and exercise.  To achieve pregnancy the body must be in balance. Acupuncture and herbal medicine work hand in hand with traditional medical approaches by regulating periods, reducing cysts, helping with endometriosis and fibroids, increasing sperm counts, balancing hormone levels and reducing stress. There is hope. The Chinese believe it is important to eat nourishing food, maintain a healthy lifestyle, include daily exercise and keep positive thoughts. By bringing the body back into balance on all levels, couples have a better chance at becoming pregnant and maintaining that pregnancy.

For more information on how Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can address fertility issues- please contact Kathleen Kenneally L.Ac. @ 661-252-4100

Acupuncture? What is it? How can it help Me?

Acupuncture is the stimulation of the specific acupoints along the skin of the body involving various methods such as the application of heat, pressure, and more commonly used penetration of thin needles. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, which aims to treat a range of conditions. According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of Qi (means energy) through channels known as meridians.

The precise start date that acupuncture was generally held to have originated in ancient China and how it evolved from early times are uncertain. Traditional Chinese religion attributes the introduction of acupuncture to the god Shennong. Hieroglyphics and pictographs have been found dating from the Shang Dynasty 1600-1100 BCE.

Here are a few ways acupuncture will change your life:

  • Reduce Stress Acupuncture takes the edge off, by mellowing out the nervous system. It can help you feel less affected and better equipped to manage stressful aspects of your life.
  • More Energy Acupuncture can help give you more energy. Many people report having more energy in the hours, days, and even weeks after an acupuncture treatment. You may notice that your not experiencing that after lunch droopy eye and you may be more motivated to hit the gym.
  • Improve Sleep Insomnia is a common complaint seen by acupuncturist, but even people who do not mention or recognize sleep problems, acupuncture has a tendency to produce more restful nights sleep.

Many people turn to traditional acupuncture for help with a specific symptom for condition. Others choose to have treatment to maintain good health. Traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather that specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of health complaints.

The most common ailments acupuncture can treat tend to be pain related conditions. For Example: arthritis,  back, neck, knee, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica.

Acupuncture is also used to treat the following:

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders

  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Hay Fever
  • Earache
  • Nerve Deafness
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Dizziness
  • Poor Eyesight

Circulatory Disorders

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Anemia

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Spastic colon
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food Allergies
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Hemorrhoids

Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Fibroids
  • Chronic Bladder Infection
  • Complications in Pregnancy
  • Morning Sickness
  • Kidney Stones
  • Impotence
  • Infertility in Men and Women
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Immune Disorders

  • Candida
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Allergies
  • Lupus
  • MS
  • Hepatitis


  • Smoking Cessation
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol

Emotional and Psychological Disorders

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Stress

Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders

  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Stiff Neck
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Polio
  • Sprains
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Shingles

Respiratory Disorders

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds and Flus

Acupuncture Also Treats

  • Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
  • Diabetes
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Weight Control

If you are suffering with any of these issues and have not tried acupuncture and would like to try it, Call Kenneally Acupuncture and The Healing Light Resource Center.

KathleenHeadShotKathleen Kenneally, L.Ac. received her Master’s degree in Oriental Sciences from Samra University of Oriental Medicine in 1999.  She has completed advanced training in Classical Five Element Acupuncture, NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique), Essential oils, and is a Reiki Master practitioner.  She is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist.  Kathleen comes from a family of doctors and medical professionals and has been involved with many areas of health care for the past 30 years.

Kathleen’s objective as a practitioner is to facilitate health and well being through treating the whole person versus just their individual symptoms.  In her practice she incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine with other aspects of her training to create a treatment plan specific to the individual’s needs.  Her specialties include but are not limited to: allergies, infertility/women’s issues, chronic/acute pain, emotional clearing/balancing, facial rejuvenation, stress relief and Seasonal Balancing treatments.

Kathleen was voted the Best Acupuncturist in the Santa Clarita Valley from 2005-2013.