Women with autoimmune disease are clearly at risk for miscarriages and poor reproductive outcomes. Western Medicine often recommends blood thinners (Aspirin, Heparin and Levenox), steroids and intravenous immunoglobulin.
Chinese medicine has been treating autoimmune infertility for thousands of years. Treatments focus on achieving inner body balance such as:
- Clearing the heat and draining dampness to reduce inflammation.
- Helping circulation to move obstruction and stagnation.
- Reinforcing Yin energy to tonify Kidney Yin deficiency.
- Strengthening both Kidney Yin and Yang to prevent miscarriage.
- Reducing stress to prevent excess heat and Qi stagnation.
Based upon Chinese Medicine assessment, patients usually receive weekly acupuncture and herbs for their particular imbalance. They also will learn how to take care of themselves to avoid exhaustion and release stress by using meditations. Generally, we suggest patients stay away from processed foods, sweets, spicy foods, caffeine and non-organic meats. Other lifestyle changes such as moderate exercise and at least seven to eight hours of sleep each day.
If you suffer from recurrent pregnancy loss or been diagnosed with autoimmune infertility please contact us at 9726716688. For more information on how acupuncture can help with infertility in general visit our website.
Last time, we discussed how Acupuncture and Chinese herbs help endometriosis. Today, we will discuss the treatment plan. Dr. Zhou recommends weekly treatments for three months, once the symptoms are stabilized and the treatment will be reduced to maintaining the results. For people wanting to conceive, weekly treatments will be six months or longer according to the severity. Chinese Medicine categorizes endometrial lesions into different patterns. Dr. Zhou will do assessment using the principles of Chinese Medicine according to the pulse, tongue, and symptoms. In each case, Dr. Zhou will devise a treatment plan that will address the symptoms using Chinese herbs, Acupuncture and dietary/lifestyle advice according to each individual’s patterns presented.
During the treatment process, Acupuncture and herbs tonify the activity of the Yang Qi which reabsorbed the endometrial lesions or at least slows down their development. It also breaks up blood stasis, removes inflammation by clearing the damp heat, and also moderates autoimmune reactions. Acupuncture reduces stress by quieting the mind and emotions which are important as part of pain management. Endometriosis is also related to hormonal imbalances. For example, in the case of estrogen dominance, it is important to relieve the body of excess estrogen by resolving Liver Qi stagnation.
In order to prevent further endometriosis from forming, Chinese medicine treatment is deeply rooted in improving the pelvic health and function. This is one of the major reasons Dr. Zhou emphasizes commitment to weekly treatments for those who suffer from Endometriosis. For more information please visit our website or give us a call at 9726716688 or email us using the form in the sidebar.
Endometriosis is the presence of endometrial tissue located outside of the uterine cavity. Most often, it is located on the ovaries but can also be found on any of the organs in the pelvic area. It leads to inflammation of the reproductive organs and causes pelvic pain, painful periods and infertility. Additionally, scar tissue in the pelvis can also occur.
For patients who struggle with endometriosis and are trying to conceive, western medicine may not be useful because many suppress ovulation which prevents pregnancy. Additionally, most reproductive endocrinologists don’t recommend surgery prior to IVF unless the patient suffers from advanced endometriosis.
Chinese medicine views Endometriosis as a weakness of Qi, or a deficiency in the immune system, which makes it more likely to develop endometriosis. While Chinese medicine doesn’t claim to cure endometriosis, it does show a history of providing significant relief and increasing the probability of conception.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine address the inflammation associated with autoimmune reactions as well as clearing the stagnant blood from the abdomen. A study indicates that Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan reduces specific uterine IgM levels and clear the toxins. Some other herbs can also improve vital energy such as Kidney Yang and Spleen Qi. Strong Qi in the pelvic region will move the menstrual debris that shouldn’t be there and will allow it to be destroyed by a now functioning immune system.
For more information about acupuncture and Endometriosis visit our website for more information or give us a call at 9726716688.
Poor egg quality often refers to a mitochondrial or chromosomal issue. Mitochondria is an energy producing organelle that also contains DNA and majorly impacts egg quality. There is not much that Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help with DNA damage related to age however as most of the genetic material was created decades earlier. Chinese herbs like antioxidants can often enhance the function of the Mitochondria. Specifically, Chinese herbs that invigorate the QI and Yang are helpful in this case. It appears that Chinese Medicine can influence certain aspects of the egg(if not the DNA). Since Qi and Yang are highly related to the mitochondrial energy metabolism, the use of these herbs has been found to enhance mitochondrial ATP generation(Source). Also, these herbs have also improved the ovary’s response to IVF. This could in part be due to the increased blood flow to the ovaries that Chinese herbs provide.
If your IVF doctor has told you that you have poor egg quality/High FSH/Low Ovarian Reserve then Acupuncture and Chinese herbs used three months before IVF can help increase your IVF success.
On our website, we have several testimonials from patients who have conceived with poor egg quality using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Please give us a call at 9726716688 or visit our website for more information.
1.K.-M. Ko, T. Y. Y. Leon, D. H. F. Mak, P.-Y. Chiu, Y. Du, and M. K. T. Poon, “A characteristic pharmacological action of ‘Yang-invigorating’ Chinese tonifying herbs: enhancement of myocardial ATP-generation capacity,” Phytomedicine, vol. 13, no. 9-10, pp. 636–642, 2006.
The success rate of treating infertility with Chinese medicine can be hard to determine since acupuncture’s treatment of infertility is a cumulative one. However, in 2008 studies were done to show that Acupuncture may increase IVF success rates by 65%. While these numbers only show a quantitative increase, acupuncture also focuses on the overall well-being of a person. It’s not just the number of eggs produced, it’s the quality of the eggs produced. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine seeks to nourish and stimulate the eggs to grow. Acupuncture is also found to improve the thickness and quality of the endometrial lining(enrich the blood flow).
As we have mentioned before, the optimal time to start acupuncture treatment is three months before the beginning of the IVF cycle. This will help ensure that your eggs and sperm are of the best quality that they can be. It often takes about 3 months for the eggs and sperm to mature. Those three months are also used to make sure that the periods function well with no cramps and clots, no dark red flow. Additionally, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine will address any underlying issues such as PMS, Endometriosis, PCOS, ovulation issues, High FSH etc. So, it is these months of regulating the reproductive system that gives you a much higher chance of success with IVF/IUI.
It is common to have higher stress during the IVF cycle and the possibility of side effects from drugs. Acupuncture can help reduce stress and side effects during IVF cycle.
If you are about to start an IVF/IUI cycle or just failed a medicated cycle, please contact us at 972-671-6688 or visit our website for more information on what we can do. Additionally, we have testimonials from IVF patients who used Acupuncture to conceive.
Menstrual flow is all about shedding the uterine lining. The health of your menstrual flow can significantly influence embryo implantation. The orderly shedding and rebuilding of the uterine lining is important to stop any stagnation.
Pain is the main indicator for poor menstrual health which includes stabbing pain and cramps. Other main indicators include color and quality of the menstrual flow. If the menstrual blood is dark and black, this can indicate blood stasis. Likewise, if the flow is scanty or clotty this too can indicate poor menstrual flow.
Ideally, the menstrual flow should start and finish cleanly without any dark or clotty spotting before and after a period. The blood should also be a bright red, with no clots and not too thin or thick. There should also be little to no cramps or pain and should run relatively smoothly. This is the ideal menstrual flow that Acupuncture can help you restore. Therefore the previous cycle’s uterine lining should be completely shed so that a smooth base is provided for the healthier new lining to be built for the next cycle.
If you exhibit any of the above symptoms, or have a thin uterine lining and failed several frozen embryo transfer cycles please call our office at 9726716688 or visit our website.
As discussed in previous posts, bad blood circulation to the ovaries and uterus can cause infertility. Today we will discuss how to know if you have poor blood circulation to your reproductive organs.
Below are some signs that could indicate that you have a blood circulation issues particularly for fertility:
- Menstrual Cramps
- Ovulation Pain
- Varicose or spidery veins
- Menstrual blood clots
- Dark brown menstrual flow
- Cold hands and feet
- Breast lumps
- Diagnosed with endometriosis or uterine fibroids or uterine polyps
- Dark spots on tongue
- Blood clotting disorder
In Chinese medicine, the signs above does mean you have blood flow issues if you do have a few of the symptoms listed above and you are trying to conceive please give us a call at 9726716688 to discuss treatment plans to help improve pelvic blood circulation
Our previous topic was why is blood flow important to fertility, today we will focus on how Acupuncture helps blood flow for fertility patients.
Acupuncture increases blood flow by deregulating(slowing down) the nervous system which in turn causes the blood vessels to dilate. When the blood vessels are dilated, they release more nutrient rich blood to the ovaries and uterus. When you improve blood flow to the ovaries, it increases estrogen rates and lowers FSH which will ultimately help you conceive. Increasing blood flow to the uterus will also help make the uterine lining thick which makes implantation easier. Poor egg quality can also be attributed to decreased circulation to the ovaries and uterus. In that case, Acupuncture can help increase blood circulation and flow thus improving egg quality.
A study published in Human Reproduction showed that after 8 acupuncture sessions uteral blood flow increased greatly. Those treatments combined with an acupuncture session before embryo transfer resulted in significant increases in pregnancy rate. (StenerVictorin E, et al Hum Reprod 1996; 11:1314-1317. Human Reproduction).
If you suffer from poor blood flow please visit our website at www.acupunctureofdallas.com or give us a call at 9726716688. Next time we will discuss how to know if you have poor blood flow.
Everyone knows that stress negatively impacts your health, but how many people realize exactly how much stress may be affecting your reproductive hormones? When your body feels stressed it naturally releases hormones such as cortisol, which is derived primarily from progesterone, a reproductive hormone. Cortisol is similar to another hormone is known as adrenaline(i.e that fight or flight feeling), that might help us escape from danger but can actually prohibit fertility. Prolactin is a hormone that is released by the pituitary gland to inhibit a woman from becoming pregnant while nursing. However, prolactin can also be released in higher levels by the pituitary gland in times of stress.
Unfortunately, much of the stress we experience in modern times have nothing to do with that fight or flight response that triggered the above hormones. Most of our stressors arise from how we view problems instead of any real danger. For instance, we may be triggered by overworking, environmental pollution, worry, anxiety and other emotions. Under constant stress, our body does not deliver the necessary blood to the reproductive organs.
Next one we will discuss how Acupuncture reduces stress and balances the reproductive hormones. If you have any questions please visit our website to read more about Stress and Fertility.
There are many ways to balance your hormones naturally but here are the top five ways. As we mentioned previously in how to know you have hormonal imbalance and how acupuncture regulates reproductive hormones, hormones play a major role in Fertility. Go ahead and read these blog posts as they will tell you the symptoms of hormonal imbalance why they are important to fertility. In this blog post, we will discuss how to balance these hormones by a healthy diet and lifestyle.