acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine understands the human body as a brilliant network of channels. These channels take the most basic physiological energy, or Qi, of our bodies and utilize our most simple and complex actions as human beings. When any of these channels becomes blocked or this energy becomes stagnant there is the possibility for illness of disease.

Whether it is due to lack of exercise, environmental factors, emotional factors, or diet, everything we do interacts with the system. Acupuncture is an ancient practice of using specific points along these channels to direct the bodies healing capacity towards your specific needs and goals.

As an acupuncturist, it is my goal to understand what your those goals are, identify what internal imbalances must be resolved to meet that goal, and tailor a treatment to move you closer to optimum well being.

Acupuncture can help with these health concerns: 

 

Acupuncture and Fertility

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Fertility

TCM has been used for over 2,000 years and is one of the most ancient medical system and technique.  Chinese herbs, lifestyle, nutrition and exercise have been shown to restore imbalances found in the body and may improve outcomes by enhancing physiological processes that relate to reproduction and fertility.  Acupuncture addresses issues that affect fertility.

Female Fertility

The different facets of Chinese Medicine promote a healthier and more balanced individual – mind, body, spirit – which will better lend itself to conception. 

TCM has been clinically proven to:

Impact plasma levels of fertility hormones including FSH, LH, E2 and Progesterone. Improve quality of sleep and increase energy

  • Improve ovarian and follicular function to yield higher quality eggs
  • Increase blood flow to the uterus to promote a thick, rich lining which is important for implantation
  • Increase the success rate of IVF
  • Lower stress hormones, which can improve fertility, overall health and wellbeing to create a safe, cozy womb for baby to grow
  • Normalize the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis.
  • Prevent uterine contractions after an embryo transfer
  • Regulate hormones for increased production of follicles
  • Reduce the side effects of IVF medications or decrease risk of OHSS (Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome)
  • Regulate menstrual cycles
  • Strengthens the immune system, preventing illness and weakness that may reduce chances of fertility
  • Significantly increase pregnancy rates when  receiving acupuncture treatment before and after embryo transfer

Common Fertility Disorders Treated

  • Advanced maternal age
  • Amenorrhea
  • Elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)
  • Endometriosis
  • Irregular and/or anovulatory menstrual cycles
  • Luteal phase defect
  • Ovarian cysts & Uterine Fibroids
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Premature ovarian failure (POF)
  • Poor egg quality
  • Repeated pregnancy loss
  • Spasmed tubes (acupuncture may not help with blocked tubes)
  • Stress
  • Thin or unresponsive endometrium
  • Unexplained  infertility

Male Fertility

Infertility affects both men and women in equal proportion. Male infertility accounts for 40-50% of infertility cases.  More often than not, male infertility is due to low sperm count or production, misshapen sperm, immobile sperm, or varicoceles and other blockages that affect the delivery of sperm.  Other causes such as accidents, illnesses, injuries, chronic health problems, lifestyle choices and diet/nutrition can contribute to male infertility as well.   

It takes about 100 days for a male to create and mature sperm.  During this time, lifestyle and dietary habits are crucial to balance mind, body, spirit and overall health to improve sperm quality.  This is a beneficial time to get acupuncture treatments done and/or take Chinese herbs to modify lifestyle and dietary habits. 

TCM has been clinically shown to:

  • Significantly increase sperm production
  • Increase the percentage of healthy sperm
  • Improve sperm movement (motility)
  • Improve the levels of hormones responsible for fertility
  • Improve sperm morphology and reduce sperm DNA fragmentation
  • Increase the rate of pregnancy

Often times, women and couples seek out help from acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs after they have been trying for some time.  Starting acupuncture at any point is still better than receive no treatment at all.  However, it is recommended to start treatment three months prior to any treatment whether it be trying to conceive naturally, IUI, timed intercourse, donor-egg or –sperm, or IVF.   

Why three months is important: While the average cycle for most women is 25-31 days, a female egg takes about 90-150 days to grow from being a follicle to a mature egg ready to be ovulated.  This is why getting acupuncture treatment or taking Chinese herbs at least three months prior is important.  Within these three months, the treatment goal is to balance hormones and therefore create healthy and excellent follicles and prepare the body for conception.   

Trying to conceive naturally: 

When trying to conceive naturally, at least 3 months is recommended to regulate menses or improve the quality of menses and enhance each phase of the menstrual cycle.  Acupuncture treatments will follow the changes to thicken lining, replenish blood, trigger strong ovulation and support implantation.  It is OK to try to conceive while receiving acupuncture treatments as well.    

Preparing for ART (Assistive Reproductive Technology)/IVF 

Before starting your ART/IVF cycle, 3-6 months of acupuncture and Chinese herbs is recommended to bring your body back to optimal balance and to prepare for conception.  The treatment goal is to reduce stress, improve sleep quality, regulate menses, increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, improve sperm and egg quality, etc. 

Pre- and Post- Embryo Transfer Treatments

Studies have shown that receiving pre and post embryo transfer treatments increases pregnancy rates.  These treatments are done right before and shortly after the embryo transfer.  Receiving these treatments help increase uterine artery flow, decrease uterine contractions, reduce stress and support endometrial lining.  This is another important use of TCM during your IVF cycle. 

Overall, receiving acupuncture treatments and taking Chinese herbs may eventually include more subtle changes such as: balanced hormones, increase in blood flow to ovaries and uterus to heighten chances of an egg being penetrated and fertilized naturally or assisted, improve ovulation timing, support thick endometrial lining, which helps implantation success.

TCM will help maintain overall balance and peak health.   It also gives you a sense of empowerment over your health, lifestyle, and nutrition habits.  TCM helps keep your emotional, mental, and physical stress under control and balanced.  Altogether, Traditional Chinese Medicine will work to help increase your chances of conceiving in conjunction with ART or naturally. 

Treatment Schedule

Trying to conceive naturally: 

  • Start at least 3 months prior
  • At least 1x/week (increased frequency of treatments are determined on individual basis)
  • With Chinese herbs ideal
  • Timing of acupuncture treatment will ideally follow menstrual cycle: i.e. follicular phase, ovulation, luteal phase

Acupuncture w/ ART:

  • Start 3-6 months prior
  • With Chinese herbs ideal
  • 1 x/week until stimulation cycle
  • 2 x/week during stimulation cycle
  • 7 days post IUI or timed intercourse for implantation support
  • Pre- and Post- Embryo transfer treatments

Your First Visit

During your first visit, Shin-Di will take time to listen to your needs and goals. She does a thorough intake looking at your complete health history, past healthy history, eating and lifestyle habits, stress factors, and psycho-emotional health to holistically create the right treatment plan to support your wellness needs and goals. 

Shin-Di utilizes acupuncture, herbs, moxa, cupping,  lifestyle suggestions and nutrition/supplements to improve fertility. The focus is on promoting a healthy, balanced state that is conducive to conception and healthy pregnancy. 

Shin-Di works with patients that are trying to conceive naturally as well as with individuals/couples who are seeking help through Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), She works closely with reproductive endocrinologists (REs), and consults with a network of excellent health care practitioners who understand fertility issues.  She offers a wide range of support such as: pregnancy support, labor induction and post-natal support, general wellness, endocrine and orthopedic health issues.   

 

 
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MOXIBUSTION

Just as acupuncture utilizes the bodies internal network, so does moxabustion.

This heat based treatment is designed to specifically move qi and blood in the body. Moxabustion treatment includes burning a compact roll of mugwort at a distance that is safe to the skin but close enough to allow the traditional herb run through all of the bodies primary channels. Well known for its specific application to gynecological conditions, moxabustion is powerful treatment but can also be applied to many other conditions including chronic pain.

 
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cupping

Across the world, many cultures and traditions have found cupping to be powerful tool to treat illness and support the body.

By placing a series of suction cups in along energy channels and areas where stagnation exists we can optimize the movement and fluidity of qi and blood.

Cupping can be used to treat conditions such as pain, common colds, digestive issues, and gynecological conditions.

 
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chinese herbs

The discipline of Chinese herbal medicine is a finely tuned tradition that is thousands of years old.

Hundreds of herbs, each with several specific functions, give Chinese herbalists the ability to customize a formula to your specific conditions with ancient precision and a gentle mindfulness of your body’s needs. Each individual presents their own unique condition, with their own complex physiology, but Chinese herbal medicines allows us to tailor a formula that works with even the most subtle nuances of your body.

A Chinese herbal treatment can come in the many forms including teas, powder supplements, or capsules. Coupled with acupuncture, herbal medicine is a powerful modality achieve and maintain your most vibrant health.

 
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Nutritional counseling/supplements

Everything we consume influences our health. The wisdom of Chinese medicine reminds us that foods, just like herbs, have a significant affects on our health. Everything from the flavors we eat, to the temperatures we digest all interact with out bodies physiological balance or imbalance.

Having an intentional relationship to food is having an intentional commitment to health. Towards this end, a nutritional consultation offers you the opportunity to make your meals your medicine.

 
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lifestyle counseling

Being healthy and maintaining our health doesn’t begin or end in the treatment room. Health is a lifestyle, a combination of choices that inspire us to take hold of our longevity.

A lifestyle consultation will give you confidence in your ability to amplify your health in between treatments. Be it at work, at home, in relationships, or in our time of recreation and rest, we will discuss what are the specific choices you can make on the daily basis to move you closer to the wellness you desire.

Every moment is opportunity to be healthy.

 

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TUINA

The techniques of Tuina have a long tradition in Eastern medicinal practices. The practice utilizes a hands-on body work approach that follows the basic principles of Chinese Medicine.

Tuina involves massage techniques, joint movements, and acupressure work to stimulate energetic points and their corresponding channels. Coordinating these techniques with your acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments enhance its efficacy.

 
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