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Fertility Enhancement by Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. Cathryn Hu, Ph.D., O.M.D., L.Ac. Advanced Acupuncture, Inc . . Hormones in the Menstrual Cycle. Eggs Maturation and travel process. Celebrate New Life. Fertility Enhancement Program -an integrative approach.

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fertility enhancement by acupuncture chinese medicine

Fertility Enhancement by Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Cathryn Hu,

Ph.D., O.M.D., L.Ac.

Advanced Acupuncture, Inc.

fertility enhancement program an integrative approach
Fertility Enhancement Program-an integrative approach
  • Two phase of treatment in Chinese Medicine

1.Preparation phase:

Treating the causation of infertility, nourishing the reproductive organs

2. Trial phase:

Promote the ovarian functions, follicle maturation and increase the lining of the uterus

preparation phase
Preparation phase
  • Hormone Balancing
  • Sperm quality & quantity improvement
  • Increasing mucus secretion
  • Stress relief
  • PMS treatment
  • Endometriosis
  • Causation of infertility
integrative trial phase
Integrative Trial phase
  • Promote follicles maturation
  • Promote the ovulation
  • Balance FSH, Estrogen, LH and progesterone
  • Acupuncture & IVF procedures
  • Acupuncture & IUI procedures
causations of infertility in chinese medicine
Male-

Kidney Yin deficiency

Kidney Yang deficiency

Liver Qi stagnation

Spleen deficiency

Blood stagnation

Female-

Kidney deficiency

Cold uterus

Blood deficiency

Liver depression

Stagnant heat

Phlegm dampness

Causations of Infertility in Chinese Medicine
the hormonal imbalanced conditions
The Hormonal imbalanced conditions:
  • High FSH level
  • Luteal phase defect
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndromes (PCOS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Assistant Reproductive Technology ( ART)
other causations of infertility
Other causations of infertility
  • Stress-

-Flight-or-fight response

-Glucocorticoids can raise its level and weaken the reproductive system, potentially making infertility condition worse

  • Age-

30’s, 40’s, decline 5-10 % each year for conception

> 35-the rate of develop chromosomal abnomalities is 1: 400 compare to 1:2000 < 35

  • Miscarriage- <30 ( 15 %) >40 (40 %)
kidney deficiency signs symptoms
Kidney deficiency signs & symptoms
  • Scanty, dark discharge at the end of the period or amenorrhea
  • Severe lumbago, dizziness, tinnitus
  • Cold sensation in the lower abdomen, loose stools, copious, clear urine
  • Dark facial complexion
  • Tongue is pale with thin white coating
  • Pulse is deep, thread and weak
cold uterus
Cold Uterus
  • Prolonged menstrual discharge but scanty in volume and mixed with dark clots
  • Cold lower abdominal pain relieved by warmth
  • The tongue coating is thin and white
  • The pulse is sunken and slow
blood deficiency signs symptoms
Blood deficiency signs & symptoms
  • Withered, sallow complexion
  • Scanty menstrual discharge during the last days of the period but light in color, dizziness, blurred vision, dry skin, constipation
  • Insidious pain after menstruation.
  • Tongue is pale
  • Pulse is thread and weak
liver depression signs symptoms
Liver depression signs & symptoms
  • Early or late menstruation,scanty in volume and dark in color
  • Abdominal distention
  • Premenstrual breast distention
  • Mental depression, eructation and sighing
  • Tongue is red with a thin coating
  • Pulse is wiry and rapid
stagnant heat signs symptoms
Stagnant Heat signs & symptoms
  • Scanty menstrual volume, red purplish in color and mixed with clots.
  • Distention and pain in the lower abdomen, especially along the sides, which refuses palpation.
  • History of lumbar soreness
  • Distension & pain of the chest and hypochondrium
  • Tongue is red with a thin coating
  • Pulse is wiry and rapid
phlegm dampness signs symptoms
Phlegm dampness signs & symptoms
  • An obese constitution
  • History of excessive phlegm
  • Pallor or puffiness
  • Delayed menstruation or amenorrhea and excessive leucorrhea
  • Tongue has a thin, white coating
  • Pulse is wiry and slippery
acupuncture treats infertility
Acupuncture treats infertility
  • Regulating the menstrual cycle
  • Invigorate the sperm qualities
  • Enhancing the ovarian functions
  • Healing PMS, Amenorrhea, Endometriosis and blocked fallopian tubes
  • Balance the hormone
  • Increase the effectiveness of IVF, GIFT, ZIFT, and ET. procedures
acupuncture enhances fertility by
Acupuncture Enhances Fertility by
  • Enhance hormone regulation
  • Regular menstrual cycles
  • Protect the fragile embryo
  • Reduces stress
  • Strengthen the immune system
acupuncture mechanism a clinical observation in shanghai china
Acupuncture Mechanism- a clinical observation in Shanghai,China
  • Highly increase of the egg production
  • Regulate the function of hormone levels
  • Influence in the gene expression in the brain, normalizing secretion of GnRH, LH, and E2.
mechanisms of acupuncture in treating infertility a study in harvard
Mechanisms of acupuncture in treating infertility - a study in Harvard
  • Endorphins releases

mitigate one’s responses to stressful stimuli, enhance the possibility of conception

  • Minimize prolactin

Elevated prolactin could cause irregular ovulation

acupuncture protection of embryo
Acupuncture & Protection of Embryo
  • Acupuncture boost blood flow to women’s reproductive organs and providing better nourishment
  • Improve the lining of the uterus, enhance the embryo becomes embedded after conception
  • Improve implantation and prevent the risk of miscarriage.
acupuncture ivf procedures research in christian laurizen institute in germany
Acupuncture & IVF procedures-Research in Christian Laurizen Institute in Germany
  • 160 women getting IVF
  • Acupuncture before & after the embryo transfer
  • 50% of the patients increased successful implantation.
  • IVF group= 26.3 %
  • IVF plus acupuncture

= 42.5 %

  • AAI successful rate is 64.3%

as of 2006.

cost effective
IVF procedure

Approximately $ 15,000 per cycle

Acupuncture Fertility Enhancement program

Approximately $ 1,500 per cycle

Cost Effective
researches for acupuncture benefits the fertility
Sandra Emmons, M.D

Oregon Health Science University

-Acupuncture before the IVF, improve the success rate of pregnant woman.

-Rate significantly higher in the patients combine the herbal treatment.

Cornel University’s Weil Medical college

- Summed up acupuncture’s positive effect o infertility issues.

- There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine and treatment of female infertility.

Researches for acupuncture benefits the fertility
acupuncture sperm quality improvement
Acupuncture & Sperm Quality Improvement
  • 35-40 % of infertility are caused by male factors
  • Acupuncture effects on sperm production and quality without causing any changes in behavior and sexual desire.
  • Study of 28 men who ere diagnosed with idiopathic infertility received acupuncture twice a week over 5 weeks, significantly increase the quantities of normal sperm and equally reduces in structural defects.
acupuncture stress relieve
Acupuncture & Stress Relieve
  • Reduce stress and relaxes the body
  • By release certain chemicals and neuro-transmitter, such as endorphin, ekenephilin and serotonin.
  • Benefits the ART patient go through their procedure smoothly
length of acupuncture treatment
Length of acupuncture treatment
  • Cumulative effect of series
  • 10-12 sessions to begin cellular change.
  • Speed of improvement proportional to the length of time of imbalance.
  • Regulate cycle: 3-6 cycles
  • Trial phase: 6-9 cycles
  • Average 6-12 cycles
  • Frequency at 2-3 /week
  • Less frequency with herbal prescription
acupuncture treatment plan
Acupuncture Treatment Plan
  • Individualized treatment plan based on etiology
  • Minimum 3 cycles to regulating and balancing hormones
  • During Trial cycles

average 2 to 4 treatments before ovulation and 3-6 post ovulation.

recommendations during menses
Recommendations during menses
  • Avoid fear, anger and excessive emotional outbursts
  • Dwelling on negative thoughts or emotions
  • Avoid eating cold and raw foods
  • Guard against external pathogenic cold
  • Avoid sexual intercourse during menstruation
  • Avoid strong an vigorous exercises
  • Maintain regular sleeping and waking hours
  • Avoid spicy and stimulating foods
  • Being happy is the best way to regulate the menses
herbal treatment
Herbal Treatment
  • Affects many parts of the reproductive cycle by triggering the bodies own natural processes.
  • Trigger the hypothalamus and pituitary to release hormones that stimulates the production of FSH and LH
herbal treatment prevents miscarriage a study from fudan university of shanghai 2001
Herbal Treatment Prevents Miscarriage -a study from Fudan University of Shanghai, 2001
  • The process of conception and pregnancy involves a suppression of the T-help immune response
  • Herbal medicine could inhibit specific immune injury, reprogram the immune system to not react to self-tissue, allow the normal suppression involved in implantation to occur.
herbs can improve sperm count and motility
Herbs can improve sperm count and motility
  • A 43 male with 3 months of herbal treatment
  • Sperm count from < 18 million/ml to 93 million
  • Motility < 50 % to 97%
  • Average treatment 3-6 month
classic herbal formulas
Classic Herbal Formulas:
  • 1. Yu Lin Zhu- kidney deficiency
  • 2. You Gui Wan- kidney deficiency
  • 3. Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan-kidney deficiency
  • 4. Ai Fu Nuan Gong Wan-cold uterus
  • 5. Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang-Blood deficiency
  • 6. Yang Jing Zhong Yu Tang-Blood deficiency
  • 7. Chai Hu Shu Gan San-liver depression
  • 8. Kai Yu Zhong Yu Tang-liver depression
  • 9. Qi Re Xiao Yu Tang- Stagnant heat
  • 10. Xiao Zhi Mo Dao Tan Tang-Phlegm dampness
  • 11. Qi Gong Wan-Stagnant heat
individualized herbal treatment
Individualized Herbal Treatment
  • Mainly to nourish the reproductive organs, enhance ovarian function, promote follicles maturation and increase linings of the uterus.
  • Classic Herbal formula
  • Individualized herbal formula modification
  • Length of treatment various from 2 to 6 cycles
  • Safe for early pregnancy and prevent miscarriage.
prenatal vitamins
Prenatal Vitamins
  • Folic Acid- 400mg/day- development of baby’s brain and spinal cord (fortified cereals, green leafy vegetables, citrus, grapefruit)
  • Calcium- bone develop
  • Iron-prevent anemia ( green leaf vegetable, red meat)
  • Fibers- 30-35g/day (unrefined grains, whole wheat, beans, fruits and vegetables
vitamin for men
Vitamin for Men
  • Zinc-15 mg/day,
  • Vitamin E 100-400IU (Olive oil, wheat germ)
  • Calcium 1000mg
  • Vitamin D 10 mcg
food flavors
Food Flavors
  • Sweet-Tonifies, harmonizes and relaxes.
  • Pungent- Dispersing and invigorating, promote circulation, moves Qi, blood, & body fluid.
  • Sour Astringent-Absorbing, consolidating
  • Bitter- Dries damp, disperses, often clears, damp, edema and heat
  • Salty-softens and dissolves hard masses. Moistens and lubricates the intestines
  • Bland- diuretic, promotes urination and relieves edema
food recommendations men
Food Recommendations-men
  • Oyster
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Coffee