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Why Finding A Skilled TCM Practitioner Is Essential for the Treatment of Infertility

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If you’ve been suffering from infertility and have decided to try acupuncture to resolve your problem, what will you do if your physician does not have any referral sources or if you don’t know anybody who has been treated by an acupuncturist? Do you just pull out the phone book and start calling people or do you go online and search for a practitioner who’s offering his services near your area? How will you be able to locate an acupuncturist whom you can trust and has the experience and skill to treat your infertility?

It is not that easy to find the right practitioner who can address your needs. Some acupuncturists are very friendly and accommodating but unfortunately have poor medical skills. On the other side of the spectrum, there are practitioners who have excellent medical expertise but suffer from poor people and congeniality skills. Acupuncturists are human beings and so have personalities and abilities of their own. Some are contented with the skills and knowledge they already have and are not motivated in enhancing those assets while there are some who would devote a huge part of their energy and time to become better skilled practitioners.

When it comes to infertility, acupuncture has shown to be a powerful consistent modality throughout the years. Because of this, a growing number of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners are deciding to emphasize infertility treatment as their field of specialization when advertizing their services. Sadly, most acupuncturists receive inadequate training when it comes to infertility treatment. A lot of TCM schools usually do not offer specialized training for this type of problem. So, if a practitioner labels him/herself a “specialist” in infertility, this does not necessarily mean he/she has received the right amount of training in that particular field.

These days, Chinese medicine schools are now offering acupuncturists who wish to acquire more training in a particular field of specialization clinical doctorates in Chinese medicine. There are now colleges that offer specialized study on geriatric medici9ne, women’s health, cancer therapies, and so on. They provide the student a chance to have a more in depth study in certain fields of Chinese medicine where there demand is great and that will help them acquire a doctorate degree in that field of study. However, this will take a certain amount of time since most acupuncture schools are not-for- profit organizations and are usually small.

To help you find a practitioner that has the proper skills and experience to treat your infertility, you should be proactive and bold enough to ask them specific questions. The following are some important question that may help:

Have you received extra education and training in the treatment of infertility?
What kind of conditions do you usually encounter in your practice and how many of these conditions deal with infertility? An acupuncturist who has treated a substantial amount of infertility cases is more likely to have more knowledge in that specific condition. If the practitioner only encounters infertility problems occasionally ., he/she most probably will not have the right amount of skill or experience to provide the best possible treatment for the infertile patient; this does not mean, however, that the practitioner may not be helpful at all.
Did you have proper training in herbal medicine?
Where did you get your training?
How much training did you receive in the treatment of infertility?

There are TCM schools that offer acupuncture programs only and do not provide training in Chinese herbal medicine. Herbal medicine in China has been practiced for dozens of centuries and is a very important modality for infertility treatment in TCM. It is even used more for frequently than acupuncture for infertility treatment. Usually, women more commonly take a number of herbal remedies at specific times of their menstrual cycle based on their own unique condition. One shouldn’t be surprised if a woman takes 4 different or more herbal formulas throughout the month.

As with any form of medical treatment, you need to ask questions about the plan of treatment you will be receiving. The human body is perceived very much differently in Chinese medicine compared to the viewpoint of Western medicine. If you were raised in the West, reorienting yourself to Eastern medicine can be challenging in terms of comprehending TCM theory. It is the job of your acupuncturist/practitioner to explain to you what would be a reasonable prognosis and the process you need to undergo to treat your condition.

Your acupuncturist/practitioner should recommend that you be examined by a reproductive endocrinologist so that both you and your acupuncturist/practitioner get a better understanding of your condition. If you suffer, for example, from fallopian tube obstruction, the only possible option you have to help you conceive is to be treated by a medical doctor. If this is the case, Chinese medicine may be utilized as a complementary treatment to prepare you for IVF or other forms of assisted reproductive therapies. But if your practitioner does not know about that diagnosis it will just be a waste of your precious time and money to avail yourself of natural treatment.

What you need to avoid

Practitioners advertising implausible high rates of success (ex., 75% to 80% of all his/her patients attain pregnancy) should be avoided. You may need to ascertain the practitioner’s sample size. For example, your acupuncturist may claim a success rate of 100% although he/she has only treated 3 infertility patients all of whom were able to get pregnant. Does the practitioner list just pregnancies and not live births in his/her success rates? Does he/she consider patients who have undergone IVF and received acupuncture as success stories? These are all relevant questions when it comes to deciding if the success rates of the practitioner are helpful or not.

Practitioners who promise outcomes that sound too good to be true (ex. promising pregnancy within a month) also needs to be avoided. The truth is, when it comes to treating infertility, no one knows for sure, not even the practitioner, when results will manifest. However, in TCM infertility treatment, it takes at least three months for certain significant results to show. Of course, there will be patients who may require a longer care that may extend to up to a whole year. If after a year there has been no improvement in your condition, then it is time to seek out other options.

Nelya de Brun, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33436
(561) 932-3905

Written by Valerie

January 7th, 2016 at 2:01 am

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The Benefits Related to Acupuncture for the Treatment of Infertility

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A lot of individuals who are experiencing infertility are seeking out ways that will help them overcome their condition without resorting to uncomfortable, highly invasive and very expensive therapies. Acupuncture treatments for infertility have shown to not only to be effective but are also much easier for the patient to undergo than almost all treatment modalities for infertility.

Practiced for thousands of years, acupuncture is a unique Chinese treatment that can treat several and different kinds of disorders and illnesses. Throughout the course of history, it has shown to be very safe and effective when it is performed by a person properly trained in its use. Acupuncture is able to balance the body’s neurohormones and affect the central nervous system in a positive way.

Acupuncture is quite an effective treatment for infertility because it boosts the circulation of blood to the reproductive system, especially, to the reproductive organs. The result is an improvement in the health of these organs. Acupuncture infertility treatments are very potent when it comes to resolving women’s irregular cycles than it would be for resolving structural problems such as fallopian tube blockages and other fertility-related issues that result from structural issues. Oftentimes your doctor will advise you on why and how acupuncture can benefit you if you talk to him about your problems concerning infertility.

Acupuncture infertility treatments not only are effective for women but for men, as well. It also produces the same effect on men by boosting the flow of blood into the male reproductive system.

A lot of individuals deem acupuncture to be a very safe treatment procedure for infertility as compared to other infertility treatments. It actually does not use any type of medications and it is 100% safe when administered by a licensed and qualified practitioner. Acupuncture is an attractive option as a standalone infertility treatment but it is especially effective when it is used as an adjunct to other infertility therapies. It lowers the risk of experiencing a dangerous drug interaction and it augments the effectiveness of other treatment programs when used in conjunction with these programs.

You need to talk to a licensed and qualified acupuncturist who preferably specializes in infertility treatment for any concerns you might have regarding discomfort and safety related to the treatment. They will be able to tell you that acupuncture procedures are much less uncomfortable than they might seem due to the kinds of needles utilized. Needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin generating less pain than one can experience when injected with a hypodermic needle.

The needles used for any type of acupuncture treatment are sterile, disposable single-use needles. This effectively rules out any risk of disease transmission or infection or transmission via the needles themselves. Incorrect needle insertion and other risk factors are virtually eliminated when treatment is done by a licensed practitioner.

It’s easy for people to underestimate acupuncture for the treatment of infertility. This wonderful modality can be used not only as the sole treatment for infertility but also as a complementary therapy for reproductive-assisted procedures such as in vitro fertilization. One can also experience extra health benefits such as an overall improvement in one’s health with acupuncture.

Vital Gate Acupuncture
107 W 82nd St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-4244

Written by Valerie

October 22nd, 2015 at 2:47 am

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Infertility – Coping and Support

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Learning How to Cope

Infertility can cause a wide range of emotions for those suffering from it making effective coping skills quite necessary. Listed below are some helpful advices to better control and lessen the stress caused by infertility:

  • Make sex more of a recreational activity than a means for procreation – Simply put, keep sex fun and enjoyable. The problem is sex can become more of an obligation than a great way to express love for the partner.  It’s good to stay romantic and do certain fun activities like watching movies that are romantic or dine under lighted candles. This keeps your relationship from becoming tedious and boring.
  • Make infertility a minor issue in your life – There are so many ways to be happy. One way is to not let infertility problems become a serious issue in your life. Learn to accept it and move on to more important and positive aspects that will better your life and make you happier.  If you cannot avoid talking about your infertility, set a certain time and period to talk about it and make use of the rest of your day to think about other things.
  • Understand your fertility problems as much as possible – Learning about your problem and identifying good alternatives like living without a child or adoption can make you more willing to consider these options.
  • Communicate with your partner – Always talk to each other and express your feelings with each other. Try to be understanding with your partner. Your partner may have his/her own unique way of expressing her mind and feelings and if you love him/her you will be able to accept your partner the way he/she is.
  • Acupuncture – This alternative type of treatment has proven effective in treating certain types of infertility for certain types of people. This incredibly versatile therapy has been shown to significantly increase the rate of pregnancy when it is used to complement IVF therapy.  By itself, it has been able to aid some individuals in the treatment of their infertility.
  • Acknowledge your feelings – Express your feelings of frustration, anger and sadness in a way that does not harm others. Don’t bottle up your emotions as it can only impact your health and mind in a more negative way.
  • Find support – Keep in touch with people with similar fertility problems as you have. This can now be easily done online through forums. You can also go for counseling and join a non-online support group who are composed of people who know what you’re experiencing and can morally support you.
  • Go for counseling – Counseling is beneficial for infertile couples to help them unload the emotional stress that comes with infertility. A lot of fertility clinics are now requesting couples to undergo counseling before and during their therapy. If sad thoughts and feeling persist and if you find them starting to seriously affect your life, then it is highly recommended that you consult with your doctor and speak to him about your concerns.


1245 West Broadway #302
Vancouver, BC V6H 1G7, Canada
(604) 733-2632

Written by Valerie

September 13th, 2013 at 1:59 am

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