This ancient system of healing emphasizes the creation, recreation, and/or homeodynamic maintenance of the vital energy within an individual, known as chi (qi) or ki.
It is based on the concept that imbalances of this energy, due to a variety of causes, can lead to illness and disease; These dis-ease states can come from within or from sources outside of us. Current research shows what Oriental Medicine has known for centuries–that within us exists a bioelectromagnetic energy that flows in coherent patterns throughout our entire system. Diagnosis involves, among other things, the “reading” of this energy by palpation of radial pulses. Traditional Oriental medicine is an encompassing term which involves the use of methods and techniques including acupuncture, herbal medicine, Oriental massage and various movement therapies, such as tai chi and qi gong. Acupuncture is the most well-known of these, and treatment consists of the stimulation of specific points in the body on specific pathways, primarily through use of a needle, although practitioners also utilize heat, pressure, friction, suction, or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the points.
“The beauty of Oriental Medicine is that there is no separation of body, mind, and spirit. Each factor interacts with the others and dis-ease in one area will affect all. In my work, I treat people of all ages whose energetic imbalances manifest in any number of ways. By harmonizing these imbalances, symptoms can be resolved, and health and well-being are optimized.”
- Pain Management
- Infertility (male and female)
- Immune Diseases/Disorders
- Chronic Fatigue
- Emotional and spiritual issues
- Auto/Work/Sports Injuries
- Back and Disc Problems
- Blood Pressure
- Pain Management
- Colds, Cough and Flu
- Diet and Nutrition
- Digestion or Intestine
- Eating Disorders
- Emotional Wellbeing
- Muscle Aches, Sprains and Strains
- Neck and Shoulder Pain
- Palliative Care
- Pediatric/Healthy Kids
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Skin Problems/Dermatology
- Spinal Problems
- Sports Medicine
- Women’s Health/ObGyn
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE & FERTILITY
Chinese medicine has a long history of treatment for infertility. Infertility was first referenced in oracle bones, the most ancient form of Chinese writing. Oracle bones were usually turtle shells and other bones inscribed with writing and dating back to the prehistoric Shang dynasty. Fertility also appears in ancient classics such as the Yi Jing, which predated extant Chinese medical texts such as the Nei Jing and Shang Han Lun. The continued importance of fertility drove the development of Chinese medical gynecology as a specialty. The concept of regulating the menstrual cycle to promote fertility has been strongly emphasized for centuries. In the song dynasty (960-1279CE), a doctor named Chén Zì-Míng claimed that “menstruation must be regulated first, if not, myriad illnesses may ensue; if menstruation is regular, the woman will get pregnant.” This idea germinated and many contemporary TCM reproductive specialists continue to focus on regulating the menstrual cycle in preparation for pregnancy.
Today, even high-tech reproductive specialists are looking to Chinese medicine to help those fertility patients for whom western science alone is not quite enough.”It can allow you to cross the line from infertile to fertile by helping your body function more efficiently, which in turn allows other, more modern reproductive treatments, like IVF, to also work more efficiently,” says James Dillard, MD, assistant clinical professor, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and clinical adviser to Columbia’s Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Numerous studies have shown that acupuncture can increase the success of in vitro fertilization. Dr. Paul C Magarelli at Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Center (http://www.rmfcfertility.com) and Diane Cridennda at East Winds Acupuncture (http://www.eastwindsacupuncture.com) have collaborated to conduct research providing acupuncture services to infertility patients & their findings confirm the efficacy of adding Acupuncture treatments to
Research finding confirm that integrating Acupuncture into an IVF program improves reproductive outcomes!
- Fewer Miscarriages
- Fewer Ectopic Pregnancies
- More Take Home Babies!
- Fewer Multiples
HOW TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE CAN ENHANCE FERTILITY:
- Normalize menstrual cycles & stimulates ovulation
- Assists in hormonal regulation, optimizing follicular growth & improving egg quality (takes 3 months approx)
- Builds & harmonizes immune function & decreases inflammatory responses
- Decreases side effects of medication, improving response to hormonal stimulation
- Increases uterine blood flow & endometrial thickness, encouraging implantation
- Reduces sympathetic nervous system arousal, encouraging appropriate hormone responses, facilitating implantation & optimizing pregnancy
- Lessens potential miscarriage by inhibiting/reducing premature uterine contractions
- Helps alleviate tension involved with medical tests and procedures
- Improves potentiality for positive outcomes
- Assists in maintaining overall feelings of good health and well-being while attempting to create and sustain new life…
- And Specifically for Men!
Improves semen quality & sperm quantity/motility/morphology (3 months)
A WORD ABOUT Stress!!
Research indicates that stress has a significant mpact, affecting fertility in a variety of ways, including:
- Increases output of specific hormones that can negatively influence menstrual cycles, ovulation & implantation
- Inhibits ability to utilize progesterone
- Decreases blood supply to ovaries & uterus
- Inhibits sperm production
- Decreases erection/ejaculatory responses
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE’S JOURNAL OF FERTILITY & STERILITY REPORTS THAT STRESS IMPAIRS THE SUCCESS RATE IN IVF CYCLES UP TO 93% !!!!!!
BUT! ACUPUNCTURE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO DECREASE STRESS LEVELS!