Acupuncture & Fertility
What is Acupuncture?
The Chinese discovered over five thousand years ago, the complex relationship between stimulating a point on the skin to influence a particular organ or organ pathway. Acupuncture uses very thin sterile disposable needles that are inserted into acupuncture points to cause an effect in the body. In acupuncture, the doctor does not only treat the symptoms but also the whole person – body, mind and soul.
What are the benefits of acupuncture for fertility and reproduction?
- Improve ovarian function a better quality to produce eggs
- Regulation of hormones, produce more follicles
- Helps Increasing the blood flow to the uterus and improves the thickness of the uterine’s lining
- Normalization of endocrine function (hypothalamus, pituitary LH, FSH adrenal, ovarian, thyroid)
- Strengthens the immune system
- Increases energy
- Significantly reduces stress levels
- Prevents uterine contraction after embryo transfer after IVF
- Reduces the side effects of IVF medications
- Reduces sperm count, motility, morphology, and sperm DNA fragmentation
- Increases your chances of getting pregnant
- Reduces the risk of miscarriage
- Normalization of neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, epinephrine)
- Standardization of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight)
- Standardization of the parasympathetic nervous system
Conditions that Acupuncture helps
- Unexplained Infertility
- Elevated FSH
- Irregular Menses
- Decreased Ovarian Reserve
- Stress-Related Hormone Imbalances
- Immunological Factors
- Ovarian Cysts
- IVF & IUI Support
- Luteal Phase Defect
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Recurrent Miscarriage
- Male Factor Infertility
Chinese Herbs for Fertility
What are Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbal medicine has a long history of use in China (over four thousand years) to treat many diseases and conditions. There are over 470 single herbs and more than 400 herb formulations currently used by most Chinese medicine practitioners.Chinese herbs are comprised of plants, minerals, shells, and animal products and only a licensed acupuncturist herbalist should dispense them.
Our clinic uses only the highest quality herbs to ensure the patient’s safety. We have selected Taiwan’s sulfur-free and pesticide-free herbs to ensure the best clinical outcome. These are prepared according to strict Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and subject to high levels of quality control. Herbs combine well with acupuncture to balance the energy of the reproductive cycle to restore the body back to health.
Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching for Fertility
Confused about what to eat to improve fertility? Not sure what a “Healthy Diet” is? What exercises I should be doing? You are not alone. There is so much confusing and conflicting information regarding what to eat and how to exercise to be fertile and healthy that it can be overwhelming. Our experts are very experienced in various diets and will dispel the myths of the S.A.D. (Standard American diet). We teach you how to recognize and eliminate the toxic foods and how to properly prepare healthy foods that optimize fertility. Not sure if a good diet can impact your fertility? Harvard thinks so. A recent Harvard study shows just how important the right diet can impact your reproductive health.
Laser Therapy for Fertility
Low level laser, cold laser or light therapy, is a treatment which uses different types of light to stimulate the tissues and cells of the body. Our cells have little powerhouses inside called mitochondria. Through stimulation with a low level laser, we are able to stimulate an increase in cellular energy, promoting healthier cell growth and improved egg quality.
With a cold low level laser, there have been great results seen after treatment:
~ enhancement to mitochondrial activity and the production of ATP (cellular energy Improved egg quality
~ regulation of inflammation
~ increased blood flow
~ increased synthesis of protein, collagen, DNA
~ reduction of oxidative damage to the cells
~ quality of motility in semen
~ softening of abdominal scar tissue from surgery or c-section
There have been many studies recently which show that low level laser and LED (light emitting diode) therapies can significantly increase pregnancy rates of women, even if they haven’t found luck with other treatments such as IVF. Through use of a cold laser, we are able to stimulate the flow of blood to the reproductive system and help to enhance production of cellular energy. The egg has more mitochondria than any other type of cell, therefore they require a tremendous amount of energy when developing. As a woman ages, the eggs typically tend to have less energy (ATP) in the cell, which impacts fertility greatly.
Hypnosis for Fertility
Around one third of infertile couples are labelled with Unexplained Infertility – meaning there is no medical reason for their fertility challenges. Often couples resort to IVF or IUI without success and some may be contraindicated to the fertility drugs, leaving them few medical options. Hypno-Fertility is a natural means of enhancing fertility and even better response to IVF, so every couple has a chance to start a family How does it work? Hypno-Fertility is a form of hypnotherapy, or guided visualization while in a relaxed state. The practitioner may ask you to visualize sperm and egg meeting, or holding a baby in your arms. Several sessions will be done, all positively suggesting how natural it is for you to get pregnant and all the joys of motherhood you have to look forward to. Each session would last approx 1hour.
- Break through fertility age barriers
- Optimize your ability to conceive
- Transform lifestyle patterns affecting your ability to conceive
- Release emotional pain from past pregnancy loss
- Transform mental blockages such as sadness, fear and anxiety
- Release subconscious blocks
The hypnotherapy sessions are often done in conjunction with acupuncture to open blocked energy points. This technique can double the success rate of IVF and increase conception rates by up to 55%. This program can help you to transform that fearful energy into a powerful, constructive force. Unlike traditional medical treatments, hypnosis may also be beneficial for future male and female parents. Hypnosis is safe, requiring no drugs or expensive equipment. It can be mixed with almost any medical procedure with impressive results, often making any such procedure work much better! Fertility is a reality for Hypno Fertility clients, even those for whom assisted methods have failed.
Scientific Data on Hypnosis for Fertility
An Israeli study showed that the success rate of IVF treatments doubled in his test group from 14% to 28%, when the subjects underwent hypnosis during implantation. Professor Eliahu Levitas conducted this study with 185women. Read some of his findings on hypnosis for fertility.
Dr. Gayle Peterson has developed a technique called Body-Centered Hypnosis. Dr. Peterson has found that high anxiety states in the mother must be reduced in order to normalize pregnancy and birth. She sites several research studies that suggest a positive link between fertility and treatments based on hypnosis. She is a pioneer in the field of mind/body states and their effects on fertility, pregnancy and birthing. Click here to Read Dr. Peterson’s article on fertility and depression. To read more about Dr. Peterson and her work, Click here.
Dr. Alice Domar has been published in several important journals, such as Fertility & Sterility(1990 and 2000) and the Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association(1999). She emphasizes “mind/body” techniques that include self-hypnotic suggestions to reduce stresses that interfere with conception and healthy pregnancy. Domar is the author of Conquering Infertility, and other books on the topic. See more about Dr. Domar’s research here.
Dr. Ernest L. Rossi specializes in psychobiology, or the relationship between the mind and physical body states. He has done extensive research to suggest that human genes must be in a state of physical readiness for conception to take place, and that hypnotic-type suggestions can activate specific genes, including the IL-1, c-fos, and the CYP17 in a specific order. See a list of his research papers here. Click here to read about his book, The Psychobiology of Gene Expressions.
At the Institute of Applied Psychology in Lisbon Portugal, a team of researchers led by Katharina Hirschenhauser has concluded that men who actively want to be fathers automatically adjust their testosterone levels at exactly the right time (the middle of their partners’ menstrual cycles). Perhaps there is no better hypnotic suggestion for a male partner than the idea that he wants to become a father.
Japanese Fertility Massage
Japanese Fertility Massage is a gentle non invasive therapy that works by bringing the organs in the abdomen into alignment, strengthening the surrounding muscles and ligaments. This will improve blood flow, nerve function and lymph flow. It moves toxins to be flushed and nutrients that help to tone tissue and balance hormones.
The massage also focuses on breaking down any scar tissue, helping to loosen harden debris, encouraging a natural movement and clearing both and emotional physical congestion, leaving you and your abdomen feeling lighter and freer.
Some of the benefits of Japanese Fertility Massage are:
- Increases circulation to the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes
- Helps to realign a tilted uterus
- Increases circulation to the digestive system enhancing immune system
- Promotes hormonal balance
- Helps the body to rid itself of old stagnant blood, tissues and scar tissue