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The Verdict on Alternative Treatments and Fertility

More and more infertile couples are turning to holistic techniques to increase their odds of conception and to cope with the stresses of trying to conceive. There is increasing evidence of the effectiveness of alternative medical approaches. Learn more from A Baby at Last!: The Couple’s Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant — from Cutting-Edge Treatments to Commonsense Wisdom, by Weill Cornell Medical Center physicians Zev Rosenwaks, M.D., and Marc Goldstein, M.D., along with Mark L. Fuerst.

Some fertility clinics, including Weill Cornell, recommend that couples introduce yoga, relaxation, and nutrition into their fertility treatment plans or, in difficult cases, try acupuncture in addition to assisted reproductive technologies (ART).

We recently evaluated the utilization of complementary alternative modalities (CAM) among three hundred of our female patients undergoing infertility treatment. This represents one of the first documentations of the prevalence of CAM usage in infertility patients. The women, average age thirty-seven, had an average duration of infertility ranging from one to five years. The results of anonymous questionnaires showed that they used a range of CAM treatments, primarily acupuncture but also herbal therapy, yoga, massage, special diets, vitamins, stress reduction, and meditation. About half of the women who completed the survey reported using CAM while undergoing ART.
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Stress and Infertility

Twenty years ago the rate of unexplained infertility was between 10% and 20%. Today it is up to 40%. Women’s bodies aren’t different, but their STRESS levels are, and combined with the ticking of the biological clock, it sets the stage for infertility.

Moreover, often the stress of actually undergoing infertility treatments can be so great it can stop even the most successful procedures from working. The whole process of undergoing fertility treatment is pretty nerve racking, partly because it’s a series of hurdles that must be jumped at each step of the way. It’s a period of time that in and of itself is very stressful. If you already have problems with stress, the treatments themselves can definitely turn your tension up a notch or two. It’s becoming more and more important, in terms of many studies, to focus our efforts on the physiological effects of stress and how they may play a role in conception.

While the exact pathways between fertility and stress remain a mystery, we believes hormones like cortisol or epinephrine — which rise and often remain high during times of chronic stress — play a key role. What we do know now is that when stress-reduction techniques are employed, something happens in some women that allows them to get pregnant when they couldn’t get pregnant before. While it may be a while before the pathway between stress and infertility is completely clear, what is known right now is that reducing stress levels absolutely helps infertility. It’s possible that reducing stress may help enhance proteins within the uterine lining that are involved in implantation and stress reduction may increase blood flow to the uterus, which also affects conception.

Good news is Acupuncture can help you overcome Infertility Stress! Click here to read more »

Chinese Medicine and Menopause

About 6 months to a year before your periods stop, your estrogen starts to drop. When it drops past a certain point, your menstrual cycles stop. After a year of no menstrual periods, you are said to have “reached menopause.”

Millions of women are looking for relief from menopause symptoms but are worried about the risks associated with taking hormone therapy? Chinese Medicine has been effectively treating women’s hormonal imbalances for over 2000 years, and provides an effective, natural, safe alternative to hormone therapy.

Western medical studies are showing that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can effectively treat hot flashes, anxiety, insomnia, night sweats, and many other symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause.

Rather than trying to restore your hormones to the levels they were in your 20s or 30s, Chinese medicine works to smooth your transition by nourishing the kidney system and bringing your body into balance. Click here to read more »

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Infertility

Infertility is generally defined as an inability to conceive after a year or more of regular sexual activity without using birth control. Women who can get pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant are also said to be infertile.

The new report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics tracked U.S. fertility problems from 1982 through 2010. They found that still 6 percent of married women aged 15 to 44, about 1.5 million women, were considered infertile and 10.9 percent of women ages 15-44, There are about 6.7 million women with impaired fecundity.

Acupuncture might not be the first thing you think of if you’re having a problem with infertility, but maybe it should be. Studies – and a great deal of clinical experience – suggest that it is actually one of the safest and most effectiveness treatments for infertility known to modern science, even if you’re already undergoing conventional treatments, like in vitro fertilization or intrauterine insemination.

Today IVF became the preferred infertility intervention because lab controls minimized infections, the biological status of the newborn was less questionable, and the occasional donor pregnancy was eliminated. But the success rate of IVF alone is not so great, around 20-40 percent (depend on the individual clinic). And it is expensive. Most health insurance plans won’t even go there.
However, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) has quietly been establishing efficacy at increasing fertility in both men and women. This has come to the attention of the western medical scientific community, which must “prove” empirically established procedures by randomized double blind testing. Click here to read more »

Welcome to Tower Plaza Acupuncture!

Welcome to Tower Plaza Acupuncture! Our new office is conveniently located in Temecula, CA in the Tower Plaza shopping center near Ynez Road and Rancho California road.

We offer a number of professional Acupuncture services to help with fertility, managing pain, managing stress, and much more.

For more information or a FREE consultation, please call (951) 693-5555 or write to us today!