Reproductive Health, Infertility & TCM
In order to treat a woman for infertility or any other condition related to the reproductive system, your TCM practitioner must have a thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and the myriad of events that occur during the complex process known as the menstrual cycle, along with how they correlate in terms of Qi (“chee”), Blood, Yin and Yang.
Coleen Smith has been a Eastern Asian Medical Practitioner for more than 6 years with a specialty in fertility. As you walk your journey seeking a family, Coleen is an excellent caregiver to help.Acupuncture and western medicine complement each other and should be used together.
At Point of Origin using acupuncture, customized herbal prescriptions, targeted nutritional supplementation, and mind-body lifestyle guidance, we may see improvements in patients with these and other conditions:
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Enhancing libido
- Poor Ovarian Reserve
- High FSH
- Thin endometrial lining
- Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Hormonal imbalance
- Stress, anxiety, and depression
- Advanced maternal age
- Relieving stress, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue
- Unexplained infertility
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Improving success of ART (IUI, IVF, ICSI)
- Relieving menopausal symptoms
- Male factor issues such as low sperm count,quality, motility, and morphology
For now, we know from good quality, peer-reviewed research on Acupuncture and Infertility that five potential physiological mechanisms have been postulated for its positive effects: (1) Acupuncture may mediate the release of neurotransmitters and stimulate the release of gonadatropin releasing hormone, thereby influencing menstrual cycles, ovulation and fertility. (2) Acupuncture may stimulate blood flow to the Uterus, inhibiting uterine central sympathetic nerve activity. (3) Acupuncture may stimulate the production of endogenous opiods, which may inhibit the central nervous system outflow and the biological stress response. (4) Acupuncture may increase seratonin levels. (5) Acupuncture may beneficially influence cortisol and prolactin levels during the medication phase of IVF treatment with a trend toward more fertile cycle dynamics.Check out the research links to read on the research available.