Archive for June, 2011

Infertility Acupuncture and IVF

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Acupuncture helps improve IVF success rates for the same reason it helps improve the reproductive response in those who conceive naturally. Recent research has verified that acupuncture has the following effects:

– balances hormones
– improves blood flow (and therefore response) to the ovaries
– reduces the physiologic response to stress
– improves uterine receptivity to embryo implantation

It is important to note, however, that each of the items addressed have cumulative effects over time. Thus, having one or two acupuncture treatments before retrieval or after transfer are not going to make a substantial difference in outcome. It takes at least one to two months to make lasting improvements in ovarian blood flow. The process of folliculogenesis (where egg quality is determined) lasts three months. When the menstrual cycle has been irregular or hormonal imbalances have been present for months or years, it takes a few months to restore hormonal balance so egg quality can be optimized. Although acupuncture can reduce uterine reactivity immediately, it takes much longer to induce changes when immunologic issues are present. Chinese medicine is individualized to each person and their specific patterns of imbalance. Acupuncture is merely one tool we utilize. Others are herbal prescriptions, meditative movement exercises, diet, nutritional supplements, and helping restore mental and emotional harmony. I encourage patients who are planning an IVF to begin treatments with Chinese medicine at least three months before their IVF is scheduled to optimize their chances. Once you have a healthy routine going, you can continue treatments with TCM for morning sickness, miscarriage prevention, and routine care throughout your pregnancy.

Dr. Randine Lewis and The Fertile Soul Goes to Denver

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Dr. Randine Lewis and The Fertile Soul will be flying West to the Rockies for this retreat July 8th – July 11th at the Omni Interlocken Hotel located in Denver (Broomfield), Colorado.

The retreat will begin on Friday afternoon around 3:00 – 4:00pm with an introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and an overview of the schedule ahead (specific times will be posted upon registration). This is a great opportunity to meet with Randine and your fellow guests that are on a similar journey! The Retreat will continue Saturday and Sunday morning and go throughout the days until early evening. The Retreat will end at 12 noon on Monday afternoon with a group Healing Circle and acupuncture treatment with Dr. Lewis. There will be intermission breaks for Lunch and a few shorter breaks to stretch your legs and get some fresh air throughout the day. Meals will be entirely on your own during these breaks, but there will be refreshments and snacks available in the meeting space during the day. We recommend that you stay close during these breaks as the schedule is full and we will need to start each session promptly in order to maximize your time with Dr. Lewis.

The Primary/Partner price includes full retreat program tuition and an Acupuncture Appointment (with Treatment Plan) with our Fertile Soul staff practitioner, Liz Roseman L.Ac. Also, our staff will contact you with further retreat and travel details in an event welcome email soon after your place your order OR feel free to contact us at any time! Room reservation info is posted below (not included with tuition).

There is also an option for a those seeking further custom herbal evaluations from your Fertile Soul practitioner. A full TCM diagnosis and treatment plan is included in your acupuncture session with herbal, dietary, and supplemental recommendations. However, those who are not currently working with herbs and would like to receive a custom chinese herbal prescription (raw herbs from chinese pharmacy in tea form) will need to recieve a further evaluation from our practitioner. Option “TCM-004 Herbal Prescription” : www.thefertilesoul.com/shop/phone/tcm

For mor information or to make a reservation go to:
www.thefertilesoul.com/shop/retreats