Having a child is such a vital aspect of life for many. Unfortunately, having a child does not just happen easily for everyone. I encourage couples to definitely incorporate Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture in their efforts to enhance fertility. It causes you to become healthier physically and emotionally along the way not only aiding in conceiving a child but also carrying a healthy child to term.
1. Your Initial Consultation
Book your initial consultation online and fill out the appropriate paperwork. When you meet with me, we’ll do a thorough gynecological history, we’ll talk about your menstrual cycles, digestion, body temperature, diet, sleep and any other symptoms you may be experiencing. Your consultation will only consist of questions – there are no physical examinations done. After I’ve asked the questions, I will take a quick look at your tongue and take your pulse.
2. Your Customized Fertility Type
After asking about all of the many intricate details of your body’s systems, I’ll come up with your customized fertility type. This will be one or a combination of Blocked, Dry, Cold, Damp or Warm. Here’s a hint: you will most likely be a combination of more than one fertility type. Your customized treatment plan will cater specifically to the fertility type(s) that you fall into.
3. Your Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Protocol
Your Acupuncture/Chinese Herbal Medicine Protocol
The treatment plan typically consists of acupuncture one to two times per week and Chinese herbal medicine. I prefer to start you on your treatments right away on the initial visit.
The Chinese herbal medicine I carry in my clinic are concentrated powdered extracts that are to be mixed in hot water made into an instant herbal tea (very easy) and the acupuncture is so comfortable and relaxing – you will love your treatments!
Your treatments are aimed to address any obstacles to your fertility. It stimulates blood flow to the reproductive organs, enhances egg quality, calms stress, nourishes the digestion and balances your hormones and more.
The amazing thing about Chinese medicine treatments for fertility is that it is CUSTOMIZED. Your treatments are catered to you and you only. It’s NOT A “ONE SIZE FITS ALL” – making it very effective.
4. Your Diet & Digestion
Your digestion is so critical to your reproductive system. I can’t stress this enough! Not only what you put into your body but also how well your digestive system can absorb what you’re putting in is crucial. I’ll find out from you what you’re eating in a typical day, if you’re having any digestive imbalances and I’ll give you plenty of dietary tips that you can put into practice right away to nourish your reproductive system and balance your hormones.
5. Your Lifestyle & Emotional Well Being
All aspects of your life are important to your health and especially to your fertility, including your lifestyle. This involves exercise, overwork, over-sexual activity, your stress levels and more. I will be here to guide you and give you insight on these areas.
6. Your Supplements
The right supplements can be very key to your fertility. Having had a lot of experience in the area of nutritional supplementation, I will guide you on what you’re already taking and what to add or take away.
Chinese herbal medicine affects fertility in a variety of ways and have been used for centuries. Unlike western drugs which are chemically based substitutes for the body’s natural hormones, Chinese herbs allow the body to produce proper levels of hormones on its own.
Chinese herbal medicine acts on the endocrine system by doing one or all of these things:
Chinese herbs come in formula’s meaning that there are many herbs put together because they work synergistically together. It is very different from going to your local health food store and picking up a single herb which is what most people are used to doing.
Many of the ingredients in a formula may have little or no hormonal effects but the effect of the entire formula will substantially increase hormone levels.
The herbs can promote ovulation, they can increase cervical mucus, they can even stimulate the uterus or assist in producing adequate progesterone for proper implantation.
Yes…Chinese herbal medicine is incredible for fertility (and plenty of other women’s health issues).
There’s a Chinese proverb that states that “when the soil is prepared, the harvest will be bountiful”. When trying to conceive, it’s important to spend the time to prepare your body to not only be able to conceive but also to be able to carry your healthy baby to term.
The general rule of thumb is that at least three months is needed to regulate your menstrual cycle, mature and nourish your eggs, balance the hormones, thicken the uterine lining and to free the flow of blood sending nourishment, hormones and oxygen to your uterus and ovaries. Of course, if you have an irregular menstrual cycle or have experienced previous miscarriage(s), we may need a longer amount of time to balance and replenish your endocrine system.
Using acupuncture with IVF can greatly increase the success rates. It has shown to increase the effectiveness of IVF by up to 50 %!
I believe that eastern and western medicine can be a beautiful union and bring excellent results… especially in the area of IVF.
Ovaries ultrasounds of women who have had acupuncture show that the color of women’s ovaries change from cloudy to bright and clear, the follicles usually double in number, the lining of the uterus becomes thicker and the number of embryos increases significantly. On top of all of that, women generally experience less side effects from the hormones that they’re put on.
Keep in mind that the treatments you receive prior to IVF is important to properly set yourself up for a successful retrieval and transfer. I recommend that we begin Chinese medical treatment at least for 3 months prior (ideally).
After a positive pregnancy test, I like to continue your treatments for the first trimester to prevent miscarriage and to set you up for the healthiest most comfortable pregnancy possible.
For more details on how acupuncture and Chinese medicine increases the effectiveness of IVF & IUI, please read my article below posted in the Resources Library.
Acupressure has also been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It’s based on the same ideas as acupuncture but without the use of needles. Acupressure sends a signal to the body to turn on it’s own self-healing and regulatory mechanisms. Qi (vital energy) and blood circulate throughout various channels in the body and sometimes when this flow is blocked or there is an imbalance of yin and yang, imbalance or illness can result. Acupressure removes blockages within the channels and corrects imbalances which bring the body back to a state of well-being. Acupressure has no side effects and is one of the most used healing techniques in the world. It’s easy, effective and is backed by science. Self-Acupressure is one of the highly effective ways to self-administer treatments in the comfort of your home, or anywhere you are in the world, in between acupuncture sessions to enhance the success of the treatments.
In cases where it is unfeasible to visit a clinic, I have created an Online Digital Program called “IVF with Confidence” to give you the tools to help you feel more confident and become more successful in your journey to motherhood or just to a healthier you. In this program we delve into self-acupressure, diet, exercise, lifestyle and other valuable tools used in Chinese medicine.
The online program consists of step-by-step instructional and how-to videos, plus downloadable PDF guides and cheat sheets. All the digital material is at your fingertips and incredibly easy to follow and it’s yours for life, as long as the digital program exists.
More and more research studies are concluding the positive effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for fertility.
A December 2002 study at Weill Medical College of Cornell University on the role of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility stated, “There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine and treatment of female infertility.
According to Psychology Today, “as many as three quarters of people undergoing western treatments for infertility use some form of alternative therapy as well.”
In 1996, the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations endorsed acupuncture treatment for a wide range of conditions, including reproductive problems like infertility, impotence, PMS, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and many more.
There are plenty of more research studies that have been carried out proving the effectiveness of acupuncture during IVF cycles that I’ve not listed here.
We live very stressful lives and going through the fertility journey adds to this stress considerably. Whether you’ve been trying to conceive for years, you’re going through the process of an IUI/IVF, or you’re anxious about how long it will take you to conceive if you’ve just begun….it is all stressful.
When the sympathetic nervous system is stimulated constantly with stress, the reproductive system (the ovaries and uterus) is starved of its fuel. Its blood supply is diverted away and the hormones become unstable. In recent years, researchers have found a strong link between stress and infertility.
Acupuncture can do wonders for lowering stress levels. Many patients report lowered stress almost immediately following acupuncture treatments! It shifts your nervous system from a sympathetic state (fight or flight) to a parasympathetic state. When your body is in a parasympathetic state, your other systems (like your reproductive system) are nourished and balanced and work properly…the way nature intended.
If you’d like to learn more about your health and fertility, Dr. Maryam’s Resource Library contains a great collection of articles. Sign up for free to become a VIP Insider Member, and have access to the entire health resource library, absolutely free. Here are a sampling of some of the related articles in the Resource Library:
The first step in taking part in my Fertility Program is to book an initial visit through the online booking calendar. You can also contact me by email if you have any questions or concerns. I understand that addressing your fertility concerns and seeing me may be a big step for you…so please feel free to contact me. I’m here to help!
Thank you for your interest in Dr. Maryam’s Fertility Program!
With Warmth & Compassion,