14. February 2019 · Comments Off on Acupuncture And Acupressure Can Help Overcome Infertility Problems · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Couples who have been together for a certain period of time may decide one day to raise a family of their own. For many of them however, the dream of having a child of their own may be just that, a dream. A partner or both may have a problem conceiving a child. For some, it is their age that may be hindering their ability to conceive.

A couple I know, in their 40s, have decided one day to have a child. They kept trying for over a year and then decided to undergo tests to make sure they had no medical problems. By now, the woman 42 and her clock seemed to be ticking less. The tests confirmed something she had been aware of; that her periods have been gradually diminishing. She thought she was going to early menopause but her doctors found out her problem was Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS, a condition where there are a cyst or cysts on a woman’s ovaries. To treat the cysts, her doctors recommended birth control pills. However, if the cysts are large enough, surgery is usually recommended. On top of her problem, due to her age, the doctors told that her production of eggs had slowed down. She went home dejected and crestfallen angry at herself why she did not get pregnant much earlier and wondered if she would ever get pregnant.

Even though she worked hard all her life, the thought of never ending invasive and costly treatments did not appeal. She was told she may experience some nasty side effects as well.So, she started reading books and began researching the Net for other options. What she discovered was truly amazing and felt like she uncovered a treasure trove of natural healing solutions. This is when she realized that there is an entire universe of holistic healing techniques at her disposal.

My patient realized that for millennia, the Chinese had been using acupressure and acupuncture to help infertile women get pregnant. One day, she walked into my office and told me all her problems as well as her medical history. I performed some tests specific to Chinese medicine diagnosis. I prescribed several herbal remedies and administered more acupressure treatments than acupuncture treatments on her. I recommended a low GI-diet made up of morsels such as yogurt, lentils, whole milk, fish and whole-grain bread and fruits such as prunes and peaches that can help lower insulin levels in the blood stream, a significant cause of PCOS in women. During sessions, besides acupuncture and acupuncture, I also administered Tuina Massage on her body to boost her immune system and help lower her stress levels. I advised her as well to perform light exercises every day at home.

My patient and her husband were very cooperative and,sure enough, she got pregnant not long before. She could not believe it. She and her husband were happier and healthier than they have ever been in their lives and with the added gift of having a baby very soon. All these techniques have been around for thousands of years but somehow they have been overshadowed by quick fixes courtesy of Western medicine. We are now hearing more news of couples turning away from standard infertility treatments and have found the same success.

If you suffer from infertility but nonetheless, want to get pregnant, before deciding to go through painful procedures or take drugs, keep in mind that holistic remedies are available that will work on your body as a whole to help you overcome your problem.

Megan Dauphin is a California board certified acupuncturist and herbalist, with specialty certifications in infertility, sport’s medicine, and orthopedics.

20. July 2017 · Comments Off on TCM And Acupuncture Combined With ART Procedures Can Help Infertile Couples Conceive · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Some people think that infertility treatment is basically a product of modern day science that’s conducted through the use of modern sophisticated reproductive techniques. However, a lot of couples are now turning to Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture in Fort Lauderdale to help them conceive. It is interesting to see several specialists of high tech reproductive methods are now looking to the world of Chinese medicine to help their patients more so when their techniques don’t bring about any positive results.

Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture offer a number of benefits to infertile couples. Those benefits can be read in early Chinese medical documents that date as far back as the 1100 A.D. However, the origin of these therapies goes back even further (five thousand years ago) and they are as still as effective as the new medical techniques used in the world today.

Infertility affects one in eight couples. These days, a lot of women who are unable to conceive mainly consider IVF (in vitro fertilization) to help them start a family. New clinical trials have revealed that the likelihood of getting a healthy and successful pregnancy can be maximized by combining Chinese medicine and Western medicine. This has been validated by a recent German study that used acupuncture along with IVF to attain a 42 percent rate of clinical pregnancy compared to the 26 percent achieved by the control group. The study comprised of administering acupuncture right before and after embryo transfer.

A “whole body” or holistic approach taken by acupuncture and Chinese medicine in which the entire systems of the body are addressed instead of treating only the symptoms has been seen to be a more effective way of treating health issues. In this type of approach, improvement in their specific condition is not only experienced by the patients, it also leads to an overall improvement of their well being and health. A few of the great positive side effects of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) treatments include weight loss, reduction of stress, enhanced levels of energy, and a better sleep pattern.

The truth is TCM has been proven to resolve issues related to reproduction including:

 Poor Sperm counts
 Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
 Painful Periods
 Miscarriage
 Endometriosis

It is no wonder then that after being treated with a whole body approach, women discover that their bodies are able to do what they were supposed to do, which is to conceive and carry a healthy baby to term.

30. March 2017 · Comments Off on Cold and How It Contributes to the Rise of Infertility · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Infertility is known as the inability of a couple to conceive after a year of unprotected sexual intercourse. Tis condition affects more than 5 million couples in the U. S alone. Only around 10% of affected individuals seek medical help due to an unawareness of availability of treatments. This work will talk about the traditional Chinese medicine concept of “cold” in the treatment of infertility.

What is “Cold”?

Cold is considered to be a Yin pathogen and that tends to affect yang qi resulting in stagnation and coagulation in blood and contraction of the muscles as well as slow heart rate, and impaired kidney function and immune system as a result of lack of energy flow and slow qi flow.
Diagnosis

Impaired immune system

In winter, cold is often prevalent causing obstruction in defensive yang qi, resulting in an impaired immune system that fights against viruses, bacteria, and free radicals. This causes an elevated risk of the development of an antibody antigen. The abnormal functions of the reproductive system in sperm production in men causes to the immune system to attack the body’s own sperm.

Blood coagulation and stagnation

In traditional Chinese medicine theory yang qi is essential in the regulation of fluid and blood in the body. When cold enters the body, it lowrs the temperature in the body causing fluid and blood flow to slow down and coagulate causing fluid retention in men. In women, women are at risk of abnormal pain and muscle contraction when cold pathogen enters their body.

Accumulation of toxins

As cold invades, it causes the sweat pores and the muscular striae to close resulting in difficult movements of the muscle and raising the possibility of toxin accumulation that in turn leads to a sluggish immune and liver system which are essential for the normalizing abnormal cell growth such as adhesion, tumor, and implants in the testes and uterus.

Dr. Vickery is a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana, CA., and the founder and clinical director of Vickery Health and Wellness.

28. February 2015 · Comments Off on The Thyroid Gland, Acupuncture and Infertility · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Being a major component of the endocrine system, the thyroid gland is responsible for the metabolic function of the cells in the human body. Infertility can occur if a woman suffers from an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). Women with this condition may experience prolonged and severe menstrual bleeding as well as ovulation problems due to irregular menstrual cycles. If she does attain pregnancy, the likelihood for her pregnancy to end in stillbirth, premature labor or miscarriage will be very high.

Hypothyroid symptoms are caused by the body’s weakened ability to use carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Cold feet and hands, sensitivity to cold and increase in weight are common. Hypothyroidism can also increase triglycerides and cholesterol causing blood vessels to become leaky leading to edema or tissue swelling. The nails can turn brittle and thin, the hair brittle and dry and the skin can become rough and dry.

In terms of psychological impact, hypothyroidism can initially result in fatigue, weakness and depression. Eventually the affected person may become very forgetful and have problems concentrating. Women with fertility issues, mood and energy problems, and difficulty concentrating need to find out if they are suffering from hypothyroidism.

High levels of prolactin can also be seen in some hypothyroid women. This can have an inhibiting effect on ovulation. Ovarian cysts and hypothyroidism are also tied together as well as polycystic ovarian disease.

Women are quite susceptible to hypothyroidism and so they need to have their TSH levels checked.

Pharmacological modalities abound for hypothyroidism but naturopathic medicine can also be a very effective approach in dealing with hypothyroidism. The type of medicine can help restore a woman’s energy and health and help regulate her fertility as well.

Nutrition

If you are suffering from hypothyroidism, goitrogenic foods are types of food you should definitely avoid. This is because they can cause iodine deficiency. These foods combine with iodine and prevent it to be used by the thyroid. Iodine is essential for the production of thyroid hormones and without enough of it the thyroid gland cannot function normally. Goitrogenic foods include foods such as radishes, rutabagas, cabbage and turnips, all brassica family foods, as well as millet, pine nuts, peanuts, soybeans and cassava root. Cooking these foods is advised since doing so can break down their goitrogenic components.

Eating foods rich in iodine is highly recommended. These include konbu, nori, dulse, kelp, arame and other types of sea vegetables as well as iodized salt and sea fish. Zinc which can also be found in seafoods and seeds, nuts, spinach, liver, chicken, oatmeal, beef and seafood needs to be taken by hypothyroid women. Normal thyroid function can also be attained by eating B vitamin-rich foods such as liver, whole grains and yeast. If you can buy organic types of food, then so much the better since they tend to be rich in trace minerals vital for a normal functioning thyroid.

These trace minerals include selenium, copper and zinc. They are needed by the body to transform T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to the active T3 thyroid hormone. B8, B2 and B3 B vitamins are important to produce thyroid hormones. Kelp tablets that are rich in zinc and iodine are also highly recommended. You can talk to your nutritionist or naturopathic doctor to know the right dosages for you.

Herbs That Help Support the Thyroid

The list furnished in this article is in no way an exhaustive list of herbs recommended to help with hypothyroidism. If you want an herbal treatment for your condition, you need to talk to an herbalist naturopathic doctor. It is highly advised to not take any fertility drugs while you’re using any type of herb due to its potential interaction to the drug.

Mullein – This is an herb with anti-inflammatory characteristics. It is believed to protect the thyroid gland and is noted to help decrease thyroid swelling.

Bayberry – This herb can help stimulate the function of the thyroid and is believed to boost blood flow as well as help balance the hormones.

Kelp – This is a type of seaweed that makes the thyroid function healthily. Kelp contains iodine which is very essential in the resolution of an underactive thyroid.

Black Walnut – High in organic manganese and iodine, this herb helps fortify and nourish the thyroid gland enabling it to boost a slow metabolism.

Cayenne – This type of pepper helps enhance energy and blood flow. It also helps balance the body’s metabolic rate.

Ginger – A very common herb that, as with cayenne, can boost the thyroid gland’s metabolism, increase energy and enhance blood flow.

Motherwort – This herb is commonly used to treat menopause symptoms but it can help reduce a swollen thyroid and normalize the function of the thyroid gland.

Bladderwrack – This herb is loaded with iodine, and is usually used to treat goiter (swollen thyroid) and underactive thyroid gland as well as regulate food lipids and enhance metabolism.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has known to be practiced for as long 2,500 years. This treatment was introduced In the United States Canada relatively recently (44 years ago). If you are considering getting acupuncture for treatment of whatever ails you, it is very important that you find a naturopath physician trained in acupuncture or a licensed, experienced and acupuncturist in Boynton Beach, or a doctor trained in Traditional Chinese medicine (L.Ac), or a doctor of Oriental Medicine (D.O.M.). Acupuncture is a mode of treatment aimed at balancing yin and yang energy and moving blood and energy (qi). In the treatment of hypothyroidism, the acupuncturist needs to examine your pulse and tongue and ask questions that will help identify the specific syndrome or pattern causing your hypothyroidism. In a pulse and tongue diagnosis, certain possible patterns or syndromes may manifest and treatment will be based on the specific syndrome manifested by the patient.

Receiving regular acupuncture treatment is highly recommended to help balance the entire systems of your body. Regular acupuncture treatment may involve weekly acupuncture sessions of at least 2 months. Initially, twice or thrice a week visits will be recommended by acupuncturists. If you desire really good results, you need to religiously commit to your regular therapies. A lot of individuals who have tried acupuncture have experienced its power to enhance their well being, increase their energy and help them to truly relax and calm their mind.

04. April 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Infertility · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Infertility has certainly, so to speak, a unique connection to acupuncture.  However, before we look into that, we first need to get to know the methods of acupuncture.

Acupuncture has been practiced way, way back 5,000 years ago in China. It is widely practiced in other East Asian countries and some of them have their own unique way of performing acupuncture.  A little over 5 decades ago, acupuncture was introduced to the mass consciousness of Americans by a New York Times journalist named James Reston in 1972. He underwent an appendectomy and instead of using anesthesia, acupuncture was used to “anesthetize” him although instead of being asleep, he was wide awaked fully aware of what the doctors were doing to him during the entire operation.  This landmark operation ushered in the use of acupuncture techniques in the United States. Over the course of time, more and more people have experienced tremendous benefits from acupuncture. As this therapy gets to be known by an increasingly large number of people, schools for acupuncture are slowly increasing in numbers as well.

Even in brain surgery procedures and other kinds of surgeries, acupuncture is also used as a form of anesthesia sometimes.  More than 8,000 acupuncture practitioners are now practicing acupuncture in the US.

Relationship between Infertility and Acupuncture

Certain acupuncture techniques can cure problems in fertility. Both female and male infertility can be effectively treated with acupuncture.  Some of the issues that cause female infertility which acupuncture can easily reverse include PMS, obstructions in the fallopian tubes and amenorrhea among others.

Acupuncture is a holistic type of treatment which means that it not only targets the symptoms of a disease but the root cause of the disease as well. This therapy when combined with Chinese herbals remedies is the best treatment one can get for his/her fertility problem. The fundamentals of acupuncture were fashioned more than 3millennia ago by Chinese Taoists.  Acupuncture therapy aids in reenergizing the different organ systems of the body by enabling the uninterrupted flow of energy in the body. This results in the body functioning at optimal levels making it strong enough to repel any type of illness or disease. As mentioned in the beginning of this article, infertility and acupuncture are intimately connected. Certain meridian points are inserted with sterilized ultra thin needles during acupuncture treatment. This causes the reproductive systems to function normally since the needles stimulate processes that help remove the obstructions in the flow of energy making the reproductive organs function at their maximum.

The benefits that acupuncture give in the treatment of infertility are myriad. Acupuncture is versatile enough to work along with other TCM modalities and other conventional modes of therapy. Here are some of the benefits that acupuncture can give:

  1. Conventional drugs are not really needed in acupuncture therapy for the treatment of infertility although in the case of medical acupuncture, pharmaceutical drugs are combined with this therapy.  The fact is, for several causes of infertility, acupuncture is the best mode of treatment, bar none.  It is the one recommended by doctors which again goes to show that infertility and acupuncture are closely related. A combination of other TCM modalities such as herbal medicine can improve the overall potency of acupuncture techniques by several degrees.
  2. When combined with acupuncture, the level of success of assisted reproductive therapies (ART) like ICSI, TET, GIFT, ZIFT, AHT, and IVF dramatically increases. The reason for this is that acupuncture first improves the physical and emotional health of the individual making her/him more capable of responding positively to these ART procedures. Acupuncture combined with herbal medicine can perfectly balance a person’s endocrine system. This person’s overall physique becomes healthier. Women are able to conceive easily and the recuperation time during postpartum period gets shortened with acupuncture therapy.
  3. Female reproductive organs like the ovary, fallopian tubes and the uterus as well as the male reproductive system function are not treated per se by acupuncture. What acupuncture does is to address the underlying cause of infertility. This can have an emotional, mental or physical basis which acupuncture can address no matter what the cause is. Thus, the root problems of infertility are identified and removed. The end result is the self-healing ability of the body is boosted leading to the treatment of infertility.
  4. There are no serious side effects with acupuncture. Conventional drug therapy and other invasive procedures lead to the accumulation of toxins in the body. Acupuncture can help rid the body off these toxins and since it does not use any medications (except for medical acupuncture) no side effects from its use exist.

We have seen the close relationship between infertility and acupuncture. Holistic procedures treat a patient as a whole rather than the western medicine way of separating parts of the person’s body. In this regard, TCM and acupuncture are considered holistic procedures. Acupuncture and TCM specifically address stress. They help relieve stress by making the patient feel relaxed and his mind calmed. This makes the person, particularly the female to be more receptive to the benefits of ART procedures increasing her chances of attaining conception. Acupuncturists will also recommend changes in the diet and lifestyle of people with infertility problems. Oftentimes other holistic modalities will also recommend lifestyle and diet modifications for their patients to help them get well.

 

 

29. September 2013 · Comments Off on Infertility Symptoms · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: ,

The term infertility itself infers that the singular symptom of infertility is the person’s inability to produce a child. Most couples only find out about their infertility problems after trying for months or even years to conceive. To properly diagnose infertility, the doctor may do a number of exams and tests on you and carefully observe the symptoms associated with this problem. A woman trying to conceive but is always unsuccessful to do so is considered suffering from infertility. Exteriorly infertility does not manifest any symptoms. All symptoms of infertility can be gleaned on tests and examinations and of course from the couple’s absence of having a baby after at least a year of trying to make one. If the woman has not shown any signs of the condition, the doctor may then set his attention on the male. If the doctor does not find any symptoms of infertility on him, the diagnosis may be termed infertility due to unknown causes.

Unfortunately for some couples, it may entail years of several tests and prolonged waiting to verify whether one of the couple or both suffer from infertility. There are a few symptoms, however, where we can get to glean a person’s likelihood for infertility.

Some Symptoms of Infertility

One symptom can entail the might be no sign of monthly period but zero result on test for pregnancy. The physician might monitor this for a certain period. This symptom is a common manifested symptom on all infertile females.

Another symptom likely to manifest female infertility is pain originating in her pelvic area.

With regards to temperature, if your basal body registers a low temperature on the first half of your ovulation period, it can be assign of an above normal estrogen level. If your basal body on the other hand has a low temperature on the last half of your menstrual cycle, then it might indicate that you have a very low progesterone level. The proper and normal balance of estrogen and progesterone are important for a successful conception; having a higher than normal basal body temperature during the first half of your menstrual period can be a sign of low estrogen level in your body or an overactive thyroid gland.

Men have no physical signs of infertility except for impotence. This can be verified if he subjects himself to a semen analysis test.