Dr. Maryam Acupuncture and TCM Clinic Inc

Dr. Maryam Mahanian, DTCM, RAc

Get Pregnant with Fertility Acupuncture

Dr. Maryam’s fertility services offers you a natural, personalized, and holistic approach to starting or expanding your family.

Having a child is such a vital aspect of life for many. Unfortunately, making babies does not happen easily for everyone. I encourage couples to use the power of customized Chinese herbal prescriptions and Acupuncture in their efforts to enhance fertility. 

I am dedicated to supporting your reproductive health and increasing your chances of conception and having a healthy baby. 

Some reasons you may be seeking out Fertility Acupuncture & Chinese medicine

  • you’ve been trying to get pregnant but it’s taking longer than you thought it would

  • you want to prepare your body for conception and a healthy pregnancy before actively trying to conceive.

  • you suffer from PCOS, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Cysts and other reproductive conditions and you don’t want them to get in the way of your fertility.

  • all of your blood work and lab results are normal but you’re still having difficulty conceiving.

  • you have irregular cycles or no cycles

  • you may not be ovulating

  • you’ve had one or more miscarriages in the past

  • you have high FSH levels or low AMH

  • your fertility journey for making babies has been causing you a lot of stress

  • you’re preparing your body for IUI and/or IVF

  • you have recently come off the birth control pill and had been on it for a long time

  • you’re looking for an IVF acupuncture clinic

Dr. Maryam's Fertility Program Consists Of:

Fertility Acupuncture

Customized Herbal Prescription

Dr. Maryam Chinese Herbs

Nutrition and Fertility Diet

Lifestyle Counselling

Supplement Recommendations



Lots of Listening & Genuine Care

Benefits of Chinese Medicine and Fertility Acupuncture

  • Increases blood flow to the uterus & ovaries

  • Balances reproductive hormones and the entire endocrine system

  • Reduces inflammation to aid embryo implantation

  • Promotes ovulation

  • Helps thicken the lining of the uterus if it is too thin

  • Improves function of the ovaries

  • Offsets effects of stress on the reproductive hormones

  • Strengthens the immune system

  • Supports a healthy pregnancy and prevents miscarriages

  • Treats the side effects of western pharmaceutical medications

  • Supports and enhances the effectiveness of IVF & IUI

  • For men, it improves the quality and quantity of sperm

What Does Dr. Maryam's Fertility Acupuncture Program Consist Of?

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, fertility diet plan / fertility food, 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
The treatment plan typically consists of acupuncture one to two times per week and customized Chinese herbal medicine for your unique constitution. 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 Digestion and Fertility Diet

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 / fertility food 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 For Your Hormones

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 (also called chemical pregnancies), Chinese herbs for fertility 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:

  • Stimulating hormone production

  • Altering rate of hormone metabolism

  • Changing response of hormone receptors

Chinese herbs for fertility 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 promote blood circulation, can promote ovulation, they can increase fertile 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).

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How Long Will It Take Me To Conceive?

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.

Dr. Maryam's Fertility Program & Your IUI/IVF Treatments

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.

Self-Acupressure for IUI/IVF

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. 

Dr. Maryam self-treatment, self-acupressure

"IVF With Confidence" Online Course

If you are undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), I strongly recommend my online self-paced course called “IVF with Confidence”. This course gives 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, fertility diet plan, exercise, lifestyle and other valuable tools used in Chinese medicine.

This program is meant for you if you are starting or in the middle of an IVF cycle. It is meant for you whether you have access to IVF acupuncture or not. You do not have to be an existing patient of Dr. Maryam. All are welcome to enroll in the course.

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.

Acupuncture Lowers Stress

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 of my patients who have used acupuncture for stress, report lowered stress almost immediately after treatment! 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The tiny thin acupuncture needles are typically inserted on the front of the body with the patient lying on their back. Needles are placed on the abdomen, lower legs, feet, top of the head and wrists. If wearing loose clothing, patients can roll up their pants and leave most clothing on.

No, acupuncture is not painful but some areas of the body can be sensitive to the needle insertion. You may feel a slight prick sensation with some points but not all. Acupuncture should be a comfortable relaxing experience and many of my patients even fall asleep during their treatments.

This is a very difficult question to answer as everyone is different coming from different fertility backgrounds. I typically like to give you acupuncture for three to six months for optimal improvement in egg quality, to regulate the menstrual cycle, balance hormones and improve blood flow to the reproductive organs.

Acupuncture is best done weekly if there are no underlying reproductive challenges. Patients with PCOS, endometriosis or other hormonal imbalances may have treatments twice per week.

Each acupuncture session is 50 minutes. The initial session, because it involves a thorough consultation, can take up to 80 minutes.

Most insurance plans do cover acupuncture but please look into your individual plan for details. You will pay for your treatments and then submit your receipts to your insurance company for reimbursement. Your receipts will have my registration number on them as I am a registered acupuncturist and registered doctor of TCM.

Come and see me for acupuncture as soon as you can. Acupuncture done for at least three months (six months is even better) prior to starting your IVF or IUI cycle is so beneficial in getting your body ready for your cycle. Some couples have even gotten pregnant naturally from having acupuncture before their IVF cycle even begins! Once your IVF/IUI has begun, you can see me weekly throughout the process until your embryo transfer. I also highly recommend my online self guided course called IVF With Confidence. In this course you can learn appropriate diet, lifestyle and self acupressure techniques at each phase of your IVF cycle to enhance the effectiveness of your acupuncture sessions as a complement to the sessions.

Yes, absolutely. Acupuncture can support you throughout your whole pregnancy and even into the postpartum time. Acupuncture can help with morning sickness, pregnancy back pain, digestive disturbances, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and can even help prepare you for efficient smooth labor.

Your initial visit includes an initial consultation plus acupuncture at $135 and each follow up acupuncture visit is $98. Herbal medicine is approximately $25 to $35 per week supply and may or may not be given. Click here for a breakdown of all acupuncture fees and packages. With packages, you pay for your sessions in advance and receive a reduced rate per session or up to six weeks of herbal medicine at no charge.

Herbal medicine in combination with acupuncture is very beneficial for improving fertility and I highly recommend it. Your herbal medicine will be customized to fit your fertility pattern (type) and is given in concentrated powder form (mixed into hot water) or pill form. In China, the primary treatment given for infertility and other gynecological issues is Chinese herbal medicine.

Any test results that you have are helpful to me but not critical.

No, this is optional. You may find it helpful to track your BBT’s but some of my patients find it can be overwhelming at times. I will discuss this with you at your initial visit to see if this is something that would be necessary or helpful to you.

Yes, you can bring your supplements or just a list is fine too. This is helpful as I almost always have suggestions on which supplements to add or subtract from your regimen.

How does Acupuncture Help Infertility?

Next Steps

The first step in taking part in my Fertility Program is to book an initial consult 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!

Dr. Maryam consultation with patient or couple

Thank you for your interest in Dr. Maryam’s Fertility Program!

With Warmth & Compassion,
Dr. Maryam

What You Can Do Right Away

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You have a number of options to get on top of your health from scheduling a video or telephone consult with me, seeing me in person, or even taking one of my online self-treatment courses. 

However, you can also start right away by taking my online female fertility assessment. This assessment is an 8 minute questionnaire which allows you to find out your unique fertility type. You also receive customized diet and lifestyle recommendations unique for your constitution. 

In addition, you can start taking vitamins or herbal supplements and educating yourself. Here are my top recommendations:

  1. Kettle & Fire Grassfed Pasture Raised Beef Bone Broth

  2. NutraSea Omega 3 Supplement Liquid Gels

  3. Basic Prenatal Multivitamin for Pregnant and Lactating Women

  4. Liquid Herbal Iron Extract

  5. Moxibustion Sticks (Moxa Rolls)

  6. Castor Oil (Huile De Ricin)

  7. UltraB Complex Capsules

  8. Vitamin D3 Liquid

  9. Vitamin D3 Capsules

  10. Coenzyme Q10 Slow Release

  11. Handbook: My Four Secrets For A Successful IVF Cycle (Amazon Kindle Ebook Or Paperback)

  12. Probiotic Capsules: HMF Forte

  13. Probiotic Powder: HMF Multi Strain

Online Female Fertility Quiz: reveal Your Fertility Type?

Dr. Maryam is offering an online female fertility quiz.
Take the online female fertility quiz to reveal your fertility type. At the end of the quiz, you'll get an explanation behind the imbalances in your body and what you can start to do to correct them.

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