We specialize in the treatment of infertility and other reproductive disorders.
It is thought that acupuncture’s positive impact on pregnancy rates comes in part from its effect on ovarian and uterine hemodynamics or blood flow. This renewed circulation flushes the reproductive organs with oxygen, nutrients and hormones improving follicular growth as well as the uterine environment and making it receptive to embryonic implantation.
The effects of acupuncture may contribute to the successful treatment of these conditions related to infertility:
- Unexplained Infertility
- Immunologic Infertililty
- Poor semen quality and quantity
- Recurrent Miscarriage
- Luteal Phase Defect
- Thin Uterine Lining
- Advanced Maternal Age
- Poor Egg Quality
- High FSH, Poor Responders
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
The Heart of the Matter:
For thousands of years Oriental Medicine has recognized that the ability to reproduce is dependent on the body being in balance. Further this physical balance is intimately connected with the health of our emotional and mental well-being.
When fertility is challenging it penetrates every aspect of our beings. It shakes us to our roots and is often the impetus for introspection. This process is not isolated to the challenge of fertility, but rather the challenge of fertility brings with it an opportunity for growth and resolve. It is from this centered place that emotions are soothed, hormones balanced and fertility enhanced.
As we work together to enrich your fertile potential I will share all of the details you need to know to achieve a healthy pregnancy and birth as well as support your inner journey towards wholeness. A peaceful heart is the highest expression of health as well as the greatest invitation for new life to grow.
The following mechanisms have been confirmed by peer-reviewed research. They are thought to be a factor in acupuncture’s positive effect on fertility.
- mediate the release of neurotransmitters and stimulate the release of gonadatropin releasing hormone, thereby influencing menstrual cycles, ovulation and fertility.
- stimulate blood flow to the Uterus, inhibiting uterine central sympathetic nerve activity.
- stimulate the production of endogenous opiods, which may inhibit the central nervous system outflow and the biological stress response.
- increase seratonin levels.
- beneficially influence cortisol and prolactin levels during the medication phase of IVF treatment with a trend toward more fertile cycle dynamics.
Acupuncture, Fertility Research Delivers Healthy Results:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practiced for thousands of years. Amazingly, the first written gynecological records date back to the Shang dynasty (1500 BC- 1000 BC), but here in the U.S. and other Western countries, people are just beginning to understand and appreciate the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It isn’t easy to compare Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western medicine because there are profound differences that underlie the basic notions of your health, body and treatment. Western medicine often takes a more mechanistic view of people – your body may be treated as if it is a collection of machine parts rather than one whole, integrated system. Alternatively, Traditional Chinese Medicine sees individuals as personal ecosystems, with each part depending on, and influencing, all the other parts. This “whole body” approach means that treatment addresses the complete systems of your body rather than just attending to your symptoms. As a result of such a treatment strategy, most patients experience an improvement in their specific condition and also a better overall sense of health and well being. Read More…
It has been a long time since I have posted, and it’s been quite a journey from where we last left off until now. Lots of little steps along the path of healing ourselves in the aftermath of the IVF, always a few steps forward and a few steps back. It has been really, really, really hard. As hard, if not harder, than any of our other loses. We were so sure it was going to work and be our magic bullet, so to have it fail so totally and completely was an incredibly bitter loss. All the hope and energy and money and planning and TIME that felt like it was wasted. Read More…