Acupuncture Longevity Clinic
Pamela Miller, L.Ac.
Acupuncture • Chinese Herbal Formulas • Homeopathic Medicine
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Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine have a long and successful history of creating fertility and managing a successful pregnancy. Our approach, its success, and the science behind it are shown below.
Thousands of years ago, herbal formulas for fertility and injuries were highly guarded family secrets to be kept from warring clans. The production of progeny and rapid recovery from disease and injury is what kept a clan from defeat and bondage. These secrets are an essential part of the history of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. They have been known, rediscovered, studied, researched, written about, and used for more than a thousand years. The conclusion is that many infertility conditions can be corrected with Chinese Herbal Medicine and acupuncture alone. The Traditional treatment is far less physically invasive, less emotionally stressful and the cost is far less than any Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) procedure. The woman becomes healthier, and her ability to carry the baby to full term increases, particularly if she continues treatment during pregnancy.
Research indicates a dramatic increase in the success rate of IVF when used in conjunction with the certain Acupuncture protocols. We suggest acupuncture two times a week for two months prior to your procedure date. For maximum results, studies show that an additional specific acupuncture protocol done within 24 to 48 hours of the IVF procedure also increases the pregnancy success rate. We ask your permission to allow a free communication with your ER and are able to go on-site at your ER facility if necessary.
For couples who have been unsuccessful with ART, acupuncture can normalize the female hormone balance and can nourish and bring you closer to reproductive health.
Many hormonal problems are due to slight imbalances in the delicate endocrine system, which may alter a pathway by which the body produces hormones. A slight aberration can throw the entire system off so it no longer functions smoothly. For instance chronic sinus infections affect the body’s immune system, which affects the reproductive steroids. The body makes decisions based on survival or reproduction, thus prioritizing survival over reproduction. Our approach is designed to normalize the body’s chronic survival response (chronic stress, chronic infections, any slight imbalance that has become chronic), and as we do this, we are also gently balancing the hormonal profile. We accomplish this with sophisticated saliva hormonal profiles, acupuncture, herbs, and supplements, working to assist you back into balance.
Research has shown that acupuncture influences these hormonal pathways, and assists our own internal energies to restore endocrine harmony. Depending on the specific points chosen, acupuncture can influence internal organs, control reproductive organs, and affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis (responsible for ovulation and sperm production.) They all need to be balanced for optimum function. Our approach can improve the results of ART procedures, or it can be used independent of Western medical interventions.
Your monthly menstrual cycle is influenced by two key hormones. The first half of your cycle (called the follicular phase) is primarily influenced by estrogen. Estrogen helps your ovaries produce an egg that is released during ovulation. During the second half of your cycle (the luteal phase), progesterone takes over. The progesterone will dominate until it falls in anticipation of your menstrual period.
Estrogen is Yin; it is a “cool” hormone. Progesterone is Yang and is “warm”. Prior to ovulation, when estrogen is dominant, your body temperature is marginally cooler than after ovulation, when progesterone is in charge. Given these facts, an increase in your basal body temperature (BBT) indicates that you have ovulated.
BBT charting is a unique way to help understand your fertility pattern and pinpoint your fertile days to improve your chances of conception.
Use a digital basal thermometer. There are digital basal thermometers priced under $15 that beep when they are ready to go, light up, and store temperatures so they don’t have to be recorded right away.
If you do not have a graph, you can use the chart that comes with most digital basal thermometers. It can be enlarged and duplicated on any copy machine. We recommend that you do your charting on-line. Fertility Now provides this service free. You can post your daily temperatures online. The software also gives hints about your cycle.
Basal temperature is your temperature when you first awaken in the morning. To be accurate, the temperature must be taken at the same time every day. That means you take your temperature before you do any thing else. The alarm goes off and you stick the thermometer in you mouth.
It is best to begin charting on the first day of your cycle; this is the first day that you see true red menstrual flow. Typically, pre-ovulatory temperatures range from 97.0 – 97.6 degrees, although there is a wide range of “normal” temperatures. One day, you will notice that your temperature is higher than it has been on previous days. The general rule is that you have ovulated when your temperature rises 0.2 degrees higher than any temperature from the previous 6 days, and it stays elevated for at least 3 consecutive days. In general, post-ovulatory temperatures range from 97.7 upward.
You may experience a temperature dip on the day of ovulation. This is caused by an estrogen surge right at ovulation. Unfortunately, this does not always occur. In order to predict ovulation, it is necessary to track your cervical mucous.
When your period is over, you may notice that your cervical mucous is sticky or chalky. As you get closer to ovulation the fluid will get thinner. Eventually, the mucous turns to the consistency of egg whites. This is egg white cervical mucous, and it is highly fertile.
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