Pregnancy, Infertility, OBS
Acupuncture and herbal medicine provide an important contribution to obstetrics and gynecology. Together, they help many women and families enjoy a healthy life together. This page covers some of the conditions treated successfully at my clinic for over 25 years.
For many years, I have had the joy of helping couples with infertility issues. For women, Chinese medicine enhances the body’s natural abilities to balance hormones, properly mature eggs, and build a healthy uterine lining to hold the fetus securely. For men, the most common complaint is sperm motility deficiency or sperm count deficiency. The acupuncture and herbal medicine combine to help eliminate this issue. If you need support with this issue, I look forward to helping you make your dream of a new child become a healthy reality. With over 15 years of experience in the treatment of infertility and having published on this topic - I will bring you the very best that acupuncture and herbal medicine has to offer with effective fertility treatments.
Fertility treatments are successful with the use acupuncture and herbs exclusively. Also, acupuncture and herbal medicine can be combined to enhance the outcomes of procedures such as IUI and IVF. Whether your fertility care is exclusively Chinese Medicine based or combined with Western Medicine- I will customize your herbal medicines and acupuncture treatments to appropriately address your healthcare needs. Western data is welcomed. Many new research studies continue to contribute to our knowledge of the most effective herbal treatments for infertility. For example, for patients who have tested positive for AsAb (anti-sperm antibodies), we have special herbal medicines to quell the destructive autoimmune reactions. If you have charted your BBT (basal body temperature), please remember to bring this on the first day of your treatment. Also, blood tests and other panels such as those measuring FSH, LH, Estradiol, and Progesterone are helpful in determining the optimal acupuncture and herbal medicine choices. While these tests are not necessary, they provide supplemental information that may speed the process of fertility enhancement. In addition, ultrasound information is helpful especially in the case of infertility related to uterine fibroids or egg maturation issues. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are widely used to treat infertility issues. In recent news, singer Celine Dion successfully used acupuncture to improve fertility.
Remember, infertility is a symptom and is not a disease. I will determine the etiological factors contributing to infertility and make sure that the appropriate herbal medicines and acupuncture are applied to optimize fertility. This is often a very emotional issue for all involved. With the efforts of herbal medicine and acupuncture, the happiest moment is when a healthy baby arrives. This is a very rewarding part of my life's work. To have the privilege to help in this process is a great joy.
Morning Sickness and Contractions during Pregnancy
Other aspects of obstetric support include the treatment of morning sickness. In this case, acupuncture provides relief and provides for an uncomplicated pregnancy. In addition, acupuncture calms what is termed as ‘restless fetus syndrome’. Essentially, contractions that endanger the pregnancy can often be calmed with a very simple and comfortable acupuncture procedure.
A recent NIH (National Institutes of Health) study concluded that acupuncture is an effective treatment for morning sickness. This is nausea during pregnancy sometimes accompanied by vomiting. Many women have benefited from acupuncture care leading to a healthy pregnancy. Severe morning sickness (hyperemesis) can threaten the pregnancy and even leave the expectant mother bedridden. Often, the medications from the doctor cannot control this terrible condition. With proper care, the expectant mother can look forward to a comfortable and safe pregnancy
Breech Position, Labor Induction, Pain Management
Towards full term, acupuncture helps to turn a breech fetus with a very high rate of success. This is recommended at week 34 to 37 for optimal results and usually requires 1-2 acupuncture appointments. At term, acupuncture is an effective tool for inducing labor. This helps an expecting mother to have natural childbirth. Pain management is a very important aspect of obstetric support. Acupuncture often eliminates many musculoskeletal pain disorders such that the expectant mother need not take medications during her pregnancy.