Acupuncture Treatment for Chronic Anemia

Q:Hello, I have been referred to you via a mutual friend. They think you can help me. I have chronic anemia and therefore low energy. I have sleep issues (falling asleep, staying asleep) after years of shift work and then narcotic use prior to my hip replacement in 2009. I have been on sleep aids since spring of 2010 but no narcotics since 2009. Then in January of this year I developed some issues with breathing and inability to take in a deep breath. The doctors feel it is asthma. I have never smoked nor been in a toxic environment so I find this odd. I am 44 years old, female, and have way too much I want to do to be held back by these issues. If you think you can help, I’d love to chat more with you! You should also know I did a trial of 4 acupuncture treatments here in Spruce Grove about 6 months ago for my sleep issues to no avail. I would love to know your thoughts.

A: From my experience, especially since your issues are chronic, you would require more than 4 treatments. In fact 3-10 would be the minimum plus some Chinese herbal medicine to strengthen your blood. These methods, along with some lifestyle changes, could really make a huge difference. Chronic issues take time to treat, but can be treated very successfully with Chinese medicine if time and lifestyle commitment is put in! If you would like to talk further, just email me your phone number.

Alternative Therapy for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Q: Hello, I am looking into different alternative therapies right now and am just looking for more information. I had a recent ultrasound that showed cysts in my ovaries, which they think may be poly cystic ovaries but I am skeptical because I don’t fit the picture of someone with that condition. I have had very irregular periods and bleeding though for quite some time and no longer have faith in my doctors helping me fix my problems. I have looked into Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and really liked what I read so I am wondering if you could give me more information on your methods of diagnosis and treatment. Thank you, I appreciate your time!

A: There is a small percentage of women whom do not fit the ‘typical type’ with PCOS, we see a lot of both types in our clinic. Truth be told, many women have cysts on their ovaries. The methods we use for diagnosis involve both the info we gather from you through your western examinations, and through Chinese medical diagnosis. The Chinese diagnosis involves spending some time with you gathering a health history and putting the pieces of the puzzle of ‘imbalance’ together in order to form this diagnosis. We look at your tongue, palpate areas of your body, read your pulse (28 different characteristics), and listen to you tell us about issues you may be having with your body. Are you sleeping well, how is your urination, what is your cycle like, etc. We then put all that info together in order to come up with a plan of action to get your body back on track.

First, we will want to get your cycle regular, we achieve this by adjusting your lifestyle in small ways. For PCOS what foods you are or are not eating is very important for blood flow to the ovaries, exercise and stress reduction are two other areas we work on, and then of course acupuncture and possibly Chinese herbs. Couples that have the most success in our practice are the ones who can practice 70% of what I just mentioned. It can work very well.

I hope that I answered your question, if not please do not hesitate to call or email. And if you would like you can call to book in a consult to get some more info and to get started. PCOS if in fact that is your issue or part of it, can be difficult to treat and may take some time, 3-6 months of regular treatment, but with great success if one is willing to put in the time.

Acupuncture without Needles

Q: Do you do acupuncture without needles? I have had the traditional needle type with the electro stimulation and it was too harsh for me.

A: We sure do. Plus my training is in Japanese style acupuncture which is very gentle and not harsh at all. There are several non-needle/ harsh techniques we can use. If I can set up an appointment for you to see what we are all about and to alleviate your concerns, please let me know.

Infertility Treatments & Consultations

Q: I turned 43 in March and just tried a cycle of IVF. Only two eggs were fertilized, and the resulting embryos failed to implant. We have a healthy 7 year old, but our second daughter died of a recessive genetic disease. Since child #2, we terminated an affected pregnancy and then miscarried a year ago at 7 weeks. This last pregnancy was after one cycle of clomid. I want a Chinese medical diagnosis of how my organs are doing and balancing hormones necessary for conception and pregnancy. I suspect I may be affected by some grief and stress in my fertility journey. Also, should I try a cleansing diet or herb support?

A: Sounds like you have been through a lot! I cannot really comment in a cleanse or herbs specifically until a consult. But generally, yes, herbs will probably be a necessary part of getting your body in balance in order to maintain a pregnancy. Another thing to bring up is that the majority of pregnancies fail to maintain because of sperm issues. So it may be, and often is, crucial for the male to be seen and treated. If you would like a consult please let me know.

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine for Endometriosis

Q: Hi there! I found out that I have endometriosis at the age of 22. Since then, I have been though hormone treatments that didn’t do more than make me gain weight that now I can’t lose. My endometriosis is degree IV severity. I had a baby on my own 3 years ago, but I had 4 surgeries and I am about to go to my 5th. I have bad pain and I am always bloated. Do you have any treatments for that?

A: Sorry to hear about your pain and menstrual issues. Yes we do help many women in the same situation that you are in, all with varying degrees of endometriosis. We use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to help, and with much success. Someone with your degree of endometriosis usually requires 3-6 months of treatment. But if you stick with it, it is well worth it.

Acupuncture Treatments for Infertility

Q: I have had 2 acupuncture treatments for infertility, and had an IUI today. I am planned for surgery for endometriosis treatment/diagnosis in October. Basically I am looking for acupuncture specifically for fertility issues and am wondering what you would recommend.

A: Yes that is what we specialize in. I am not sure exactly what you are asking but I will tell you what I do know. In order for your chances to be very good at pregnancy and dealing with the endometriosis, you will need a minimum amount of treatments, and that is one treatment per week for 3 menstrual cycles. That is because it takes that amount of time to effect a positive change on your follicles. That being said if you do not have those three months before an IUI or IVF then we would do a short researched protocol that works well.

If you would like to talk give me a call at 780-756-7736 and I would be happy to explain further.

Acupuncture & Massage Therapy for Nerve Pain

Q: I’m looking for some information for my mom regarding some pain she is having and wondering if you have any acupuncture treatments or know of Chinese medicine that could help. She has nerve irritation down the full arm and down the shoulder from a total mastectomy and node removal. The doctor said the burning would resolve within 6 months but she is wondering if there is anything else she could try.

A: Yes there are a few things we could try, mainly acupuncture. However the combo of acupuncture and massage, not on the same day, usually works really well. A lot of the issue is usually scar tissue and how that inflammation can put pressure on the nerves. Of course this is a bit of a guess until I take a look at her. So this is all about restoring proper blood flow and reducing her inflammation, which is what acupuncture does best.

Optimal Timing for Infertility Treatments

Q: Hello, I’ve been trying to get pregnant and unable to conceive. I was recommended to Cecil from a friend who was also trying to get pregnant, and with the help of acupuncture was finally able to. I’m wondering when in a women’s cycle is best to come for treatment(s)? I would like to know some more information about fertility help and acupuncture and when I could get started.

A: Thanks for the email. The optimal timing for treatments is one time per week for three menstrual cycles. This would be equally the case for men and women. The reason we use this time frame is due to the fact that men’s sperm regenerates every 90 days and a women’s eggs are rips from a follicle every 90 days or so.

Plus with some stress reduction techniques some dietary and exercise changes it takes time to re-balance the body. It’s not a fast process, but very effective.
We would start off with a consult for you and your significant other.

Fertility Therapy After Miscarriage

Q: I had a miscarriage in August 2011 and since then I have been trying to conceive but it is not working. I need your help on how to go about it, though presently I’m not using any medication. I’m 29 years old.

A: Sorry about your loss. If you would like, I can call you to discuss. Too much info to write. Just email me your number and I can call you tonight or tomorrow. But yes, we treat a lot of miscarriage with good success. There are a lot of possible factors involved and it is a process that takes time to set your body up for success. And keep in mind a major cause of miscarriage is sperm issues.

Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Q: I have very tight muscles in my upper back and shoulders. Though my yoga instructor has been addressing this issue specifically I am finding I’m increasingly challenged with pain in this area. In addition I have recently discovered I’m expecting. Is acupuncture something that could help address this muscle tension in a way that would not put the child at risk?

A: Yes absolutely it can. It is very safe. We treat these types if issues regularly. Just make sure you are comfortable with your acupuncturist and that they have training in obstetrics.

Acupuncture & Weight Loss

Q: I am interested in the idea of Acupuncture assisting weight loss efforts. How does it work?

A: Acupuncture can be very helpful in weight loss especially as part of a program. What we typically do is offer advice in terms of diet and possibly herbs as well as weekly acupuncture treatments for a period of time, and this is determined on a case by case basis. After your first consult we would have a better picture although giving yourself 6 weekly treatments is often a reasonable amount of time.
Where acupuncture shines in terms of treatment is when there are metabolic and hormonal imbalances that have led to the weight gain as well as when high stress levels are major contributing factors. This is because of the connection of stress and high cortisol levels in the body that encourages weight gain particularly around the mid-section.

The other aspect that is important to focus on is the entire digestive process and by ensuring this is functioning optimally weight issues can often be overcome not to mention an increase in energy and a greater sense of well-being.

Q: Hi there. I have recently been diagnosed with gallstones and my doctor wants to have my gall bladder removed. I do not want to have it done if it can be remedied naturally and then prevented with a proper diet and activity levels. Can you help me? I have several various issues, such as constant fatigue as a shift worker, and am more than willing to come in for a visit if required.

A: We have helped many a person with gallstone issues, most with success, but as you have mentioned already diet and activity play a key role, especially in combination with Chinese herbs and acupuncture. The triple combo works really well to break the gallstones up and strengthen the gall bladder.

If you would like to come in for a consult or you have any further questions please let us know.

Q: Recently I’ve noticed some changes in my health and I’m wondering what the process is to find out if I have a hormone imbalance. I’m a 32 year old female and have recently started to feel as though I have many symptoms and would like to talk to an expert about it. What steps would I take to find out whether this is the case and what is the process of dealing with it if I do? Are you able to provide some guidance, insight and advice on how to go out this? Any information would help. Thanks you for your time.

A: A consultation can help to pick a part your symptoms in order for us to figure out what is going on with your hormones. Menstrual cycle history, birth control history and symptomology as well. Along with that having a blood test completed by your GP is a great idea, although even if it comes back normal, from a Chinese medicine point of view we can see hormonal issues if they are present anyway.

But a blood test is a simple and great solution in order to see your hormone levels, thyroid etc..

Regardless of hormonal issues, if you do feel lousy and out of balance we can come up with a drug free solution to getting your body back into balance, that would involve acupuncture, Chinese herbs and an exercise and stress reduction plan. We treat hundreds of women with hormonal issues and for the most part can get them back on track.

Let me know if you have any further questions or would like a consult. Call your GP and go for an appointment for a blood test.

Q: I am 6 weeks pregnant and have severe morning sickness. I am nauseous all day and evening and vomit frequently especially during the morning and evening. Can you guys help?

A: Yes we can! We treat morning sickness regularly with great improvements. Are you available to come in tomorrow?

Q: Hi there. I’m currently taking clomid to help me ovulate, and have been taking it for 6 months now. I’ve heard of acupuncture being used for infertility, and I’d like to learn more. What would a typical course of treatment look like?

A: Yes acupuncture and Chinese herbs are an excellent addition to a clomid cycle, albeit they are also work well on their own! A typical course of treatment is based on a 3 month cycle. It takes at least three menstrual cycle to get things rolling, of course that depends on what is happening with the body, often times a couple conceives with in that time frame. The reason for three months is that a follicles genesis is 90 days and sperm regenerates every 90 days. It would be great for you to come in for a consult to see if this is what you would like to do.

Q: I’ve recently been diagnosed with PCOS. I’ve started on a weight reduction program (I’m 5’8″ and weigh almost 200lbs) and I’ve been taking herbs (My sister is an acupuncture fertility specialist in Toronto). I’m looking for some information on acupuncture for fertility including the frequency of visits (as we live west of the city on an acreage).

A: That sounds like a great start. Typically we would want to treat a patient once a week for at least three menstrual cycles and for those who have PCOS it can take between 3-12 months of regular treatments. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Q: I received acupuncture treatments from you in the past to help treat my infertility due to PCOS. I have had one pregnancy since (as a result of fertility meds). I would like to try acupuncture again to manage my PCOS and regulate my cycles. I hope to conceive again in the future without using fertility medication. I am currently nursing twins (9 months), and have not had a cycle yet. I am wondering if I should wait to begin treatments once I am finished nursing?

A: Of course I know who you are!! If your goal is to manage your cycle we can start anytime. It also really depends what your plan is, if you will stop nursing at a planned time etc. But we will want to make sure in any event that you have had enough time to nurse and often times after a first pregnancy, hormonal issues can rectify themselves. Coming in for another consult to develop a plan is a good idea.

Q: I have not gone to a doctor about my issues conceiving. I was pregnant last year and miscarried in July (at the 3 month mark). We have been trying ever since and it has gotten so stressful that we have taken a break from trying. Now that we want to start again do you think this would be a good idea for us or should we see a doctor first?

A: Sorry to hear about the miscarriage. Unfortunately a doctor won’t provide you with much help. I always say that the good news in all this is that you can in fact conceive so that is a great start. Chinese medicine is really great at helping a couple to prevent miscarriage and go on to have a healthy baby (except if due to genetic factors, which a doctor would only determine after three miscarriages). At the very least you can come in for a consult and see if our treatment plan is something that works for you and makes sense. Please let me know if this is something that you are interested in or if you have any further questions

Q: My gynecologist has suggested I try acupuncture to see if it could be helpful with the vaginal pain I have during intercourse. From what I can understand the pain is caused by muscles tightening when they shouldn’t be. I see you deal with a number of women’s health issues, is this something acupuncture could help? And does your clinic deal with issues like this?

A: Yes we have a lot of experience in this area and have treated many women successfully for vaginal pain, using acupuncture and Chinese herbs. What days and and hours are you available so we can book you in for a consult?

Q: I would like to find out more about what acupuncture could do for fertility.
My questions are:
How long does it take to see results?
Is it effective and how do you know it is working?
I have a severe fear of needles, would acupuncture work for someone like me?

A: The length of time for results varies from one individual to another and it also depends on what results you are trying to achieve.

Typically we would want to see a person for three menstrual cycles weekly. That’s the minimum amount of time. This time frame follows the genesis of a follicle.

We usually know we are getting somewhere is changes in the menstrual cycle are happening, less pain, no spotting, no PMS. Plus the cycle becomes more regulated. Also, a person feels more energy and less stress, then hopefully a pregnancy.

People that have a major fear of needles always end up doing well with acupuncture. They are usually very surprised. We would ease you into the process. It would not be the case where you would have too many needles put in at all.

Q: My daughter is having daily pain in her foot (she is a dancer). She has been to physiotherapy they say they cannot do much more and have recommended acupuncture. We have had custom orthotics made

This is her diagnosis: history of left plantar arch irritation with increased stance and gait. There is medial longitudinal arch collapse with weight bearing. Symptoms are consistent with plantar fascia strain

Is this condition something you would treat with acupuncture?

A: Yes! We do treat many foot related issues and many dancers. This is typically something that requires a series of treatments over 10 sessions. The feet take time to correct as we are on them daily. Let me know if you want to come in for a consult, or if you have further questions, as we do treat a lot of athletes.

Q: Hello, I’m interested in trying out acupuncture for my boyfriend and I. He is a labourer and often has a sore back. As for myself, I was wondering if acupuncture can treat urinary tract issues. I get frequent UTIs and I think it has moved beyond that and is seriously influencing our sex life. We’re both 22 years old. Thank you!

A: Yes acupuncture is well known for treating back pain and we do that often. And as far as UTI issues, we also have a lot of experience with that. Usually we would put a woman on a herbal formula as well as some acupuncture.

Q: I want to know if your acupuncture treatment can help a person with ulcerative colitis. Thank you.

A: Yes it does and more specifically Chinese herbs work extremely well at reducing inflammation in the gut and other issues associated with ulcerative colitis. We have been treating GI issues with great success for many years.
Let me know if you would like to come in for a consult.

Q: I am currently dealing with amenorrhea, and am wondering if you treat this condition using acupuncture (or other options)? How often and how many sessions might be involved, and how long is a typical session?

A: Yes we treat amenorrhea often with great success with a combination of acupuncture and herbs. The length of time taken to get the cycle and ovulation happening depends on what is going on with that specific person. Typically we like to treat once a week for at least three menstrual cycles. This is on order to get the cycle started and then maintained. That being said, women with more difficult diagnosis can take longer, sometimes 6 months. That is rare but can happen. First session is one hour and follow ups are 45min.

Q: Have you had any positive results in treating epilepsy? I am currently on Tegretol and Kepra, but still have about 1 mild seizure per month.

A: I have seen some great results with epilepsy and seizures, but have not worked too much with this, but have no problem treating seizures. Let me know if you would like a consult.

Q: I am interested in learning more about acupuncture treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and its related effects -fertility and weight loss.

A: Chinese herbs and acupuncture are an effective natural way of regulating a women’s cycle and especially getting it going with regularity if she has PCOS.

The fertility component comes into play as soon as the cycle has three consistent months of ovulation and menstruation. Three months is our minimum goal as we follow the cycle of follicle genesis. That is 90 days. Typically it will take more than three months.

The biggest change can happen with fertility if proper nutrition is involved. Read this https://www.wholefamilyhealth.ca/blog/2011/pcos-diet/

If a women can lose just a tiny bit of stomach weight, then she has much higher chance of conception. This is well proven.

Q: I’d like to book a fertility massage, and I’d also like more information on acupuncture and nutrition to support fertility.

A: We can do your fertility massage in conjunction with acupuncture or alone. Usually, depending on what we discover during a consult, you would have that massage pre-ovulation.

So a consult is a good place to start in order for us (you two and whole family health) to come up with the best game plan.

When we treat fertility, we like to follow the generation cycle of a women’s follicle, which is what releases an egg. That is 90 days with one treatment for each week of your cycle (so three menstrual cycles with weekly treatments). Same when we are treating a man, sperm regenerates every 90 days. And it’s a 40/40 split between sperm and eggs or fertility issues.

The nutritional support is equally, and if not more, important than acupuncture as it’s super important to be properly nourished to support human growth (well-nourished follicles, uterine lining, etc.). The great thing about Chinese medicine is that we treat each person a bit different; we pick out the right foods for your specific person as well as the ones that don’t support fertility. Plus we involve changes with all the free therapies, food, stress reduction, and exercise.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can have a real dramatic effect on both a woman’s and man’s health. And most important is that we say success in anything is only changing 70%. Let’s face it we are all fallible and want to enjoy a chocolate shake.

Q: I stumbled upon your website and think I can utilize a few of your services. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 3 years with only one miscarriage during that time in 2010. I am 34, overweight and have a lower back injury that is limiting the amount I can exercise. Can acupuncture and nutrition help me?

A: Great, we help a lot of couples with similar issues. Sorry to hear about the miscarriage, but the fact that you can get pregnant is really big for what we do, it usually means a good outcome for those that try our programs and stick with it at least 70% of the time. A consult is a good place to start in order to make sure you and your husband understand what you are getting into and that it is what you are looking for. More often than not miscarriage is due to sperm abnormalities so it will be important to see both of you during the first appointment.

Q: Hi, I am wondering if you have had any success with treating prolapsed uterus. I have read acupuncture is helpful; however, has your clinic had actual success in this area?

A: We treat many cases of prolapse (most with success). It depends on the scenario surrounding the prolapse and the degree to which you are prolapsed. We also use Chinese herbal medicine and physio to complement our treatments. It can work very well.

Q: My husband and I have been trying to become pregnant for almost 1 year now, after a vasectomy reversal in September 2011. According to his doctor, his count is acceptable and with recent blood work, my hormone levels are in the acceptable range as well. I have been asked to be referred to a fertility specialist. Recently, I was sharing our frustrations with a friend and she referred your clinic as her and her husband were very successful! I have a lot of questions about acupuncture (such as is it best to have treatments on specific dates of a woman’s cycle?). Gosh, I have a lot of questions but I guess I should ask if you think it would even be possible to have success since there was a vasectomy reversal? I look forward to hearing more about acupuncture and fertility treatments.

A: We love questions!! There is a lot involved with what we do and you have a ton of questions so why don’t I give you a call sometime Tuesday. Can I have your phone number please?

The short answer is yes. If all is flowing smooth then I don’t see why not. Typically we would treat a couple for 90 days. With one treatment a week for the time. So for a woman, we follow each week of the menstrual cycle. This is very important. And we use 90 days because sperm takes that amount of time to regenerate as the genesis of a women’s follicle is also 90 days.

Q: I am interested in learning about acupuncture for fertility. Early in the summer, I had an ectopic pregnancy and since then we haven’t had much luck conceiving. I realize it hasn’t been long but I was wondering if acupuncture might increase my chances of conceiving. Thanks.

A: Sorry to hear that. This is an area of medicine that we excel in. Actually, Chinese medicine excels in treating women with ectopic and who are having difficulty conceiving. Coming in for a consult is a great start. When are you available?

Q: I have had a miscarriage at the end of the 6th week in early December after trying to conceive for more than two years. I am interested in your program to help my body heal and prepare for another pregnancy. What would a treatment for this look like?

A: I am sorry to hear about your loss. We treat a lot of women who experience this as well who get great success. The key is in making sure your body if prepared and in shape enough before you try again. Also, more than 56% of miscarriages are due to sperm issues. Usually we would want to see a couple for three menstrual cycles with weekly treatments. This is because a follicle takes 90 days to generate ad sperm regenerates every 90 days. Let me know if you would like to come in for a consult.

Q: I would like to get some pre-natal acupuncture, when is an advised schedule to start. I want it for birth prep reasons and to not go past my due date.

A: The best time to start is at 36 weeks for 4-5 sessions. It works so well but we can never promise if someone will go past their due date. It’s up to the baby!

Q: I am wondering if I can get some information in regards to acupuncture. We are currently doing IUI. I do have disc issues in my lower back.

A: What would you like to know? Acupuncture is a really great addition to IUI given its ability to increase blood flow to the uterus. It’s great for helping sperm malformation etc. These are just a couple of examples. The best case would be to have two treatments a week for the 6 weeks leading up to the IUI. If time is short, then we adjust our strategy accordingly. The fact that we can also help your back at the same time is an added bonus. If you would like to have a free phone consult or chat I would be happy to call you?

Q: My name is Juliet and I am trying to conceive for the past one year without any success. I’m taking my second course of Clomid (serophene). I would like to have a consultation and go through my options with you. Thanks.

A: There are several options that we can discuss for sure. Also, there is a good rule of thumb to follow with Chinese medicine and acupuncture. What are good days and times for you to come in for a consult? Bringing your significant other is the best.

Q: I received acupuncture treatments from you in the past to help treat my infertility due to PCOS. I have had one pregnancy since (as a result of fertility meds). I would like to try acupuncture again to manage my PCOS and regulate my cycles. I hope to conceive again in the future without using fertility medication. I am currently nursing twins (9 months), and have not had a cycle yet. I am wondering if I should wait to begin treatments once I am finished nursing?

A: Of course I know who you are!! If your goal is to manage your cycle we can start anytime. It also really depends what your plan is, if you will stop nursing at a planned time etc. But we will want to make sure in any event that you have had enough time to nurse and often times after a first pregnancy, hormonal issues can rectify themselves. Coming in for another consult to develop a plan is a good idea. Let me know what you think.

Q: You treated my niece for a sore neck / whiplash and she is doing better. I was in a car accident 3 months ago and had 2 months of physio and I still have pain in my neck (especially in the morning after waking up and after a long day in front of the computer). Would acupuncture help?

A: This is the type of stuff we treat regularly and mostly with success. The reason why you are most likely in pain still is because you still are having acute inflammation and physio may be contributing to that. The only way to know if we can do something is to have a few treatments and see what happens. Typically a course of treatments is 3-10. It all depends on severity and length of time an Injury has been around. Think it would be great to work with you and give it a try.

Q: I am seeing Gabriella and am just wondering if the type of thermometer could be affecting my temperature. What type do you recommend? Also I am on day 24 of my cycle and had some spotting yesterday with a decrease in temperature and then today temperature is up again and nothing. I have been on the herbs for almost 2 weeks now.

A: Yes it could be. Mercury thermometers tend to be the most consistent and accurate

Q: Hi my doctor is in the process of getting me into a fertility clinic for injections…I’m just wondering if I can do this fertility acupuncture as well? I’m also on clomid and metformin; will this interfere with any of these medications? Are there prerequisites to getting this acupuncture? And how do I go about making an appointment or is it by doctor referral only? Sorry for all the questions, thank you for your time!

A: Great questions! Now is a great time to start with acupuncture, giving yourself as much time as possible, with three months being the optimal time to get your body ready for conception. Acupuncture does not interfere with those medications in fact it can really help to alleviate their side effects, if you are having any. No pre-requisite or doctor’s note needed. Some insurance companies require a note but only a handful. So you may want to check with them, I have yet to come across this.

Q: My husband & I have been trying to conceive since Dec 2008, since then we have discovered that I have severe endometriosis. Would acupuncture be helpful for us?

A: Our clinic has had pretty good success with treating women with endometriosis, of course we can never say with regard to any specific case what your chances would be. But we do know that we can indeed help bring fresh blood to your pelvic organs, regulate your hormones, and help your menstrual cycle to become less painful and more efficient. This of course is what helps a couple to conceive. And if at any time it was decided that you needed western medical intervention in order to conceive then the proper foundation for your bodies optimal functioning has been set, which can then increase your chances of conception with IVF or IUI from between 40-60%.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is a really non-invasive, effective way to treat endometriosis. Depending on each case, it can take some time to make a difference. At the minimum, a three month commitment with weekly treatments is optimal; this is because a follicle form the ovary is ripened every 90 days. So we need this time in order to make change happen, at the minimum. Some women require lengthy treatment.

Q: I am currently on a wait list to see an obgyn who is able to treat me for infertility (14 months trying). I have seen a naturopath and she recommended I do a cleanse, which I will start this weekend. Would seeing you and having acupuncture be an option as well? Can it help with infertility (without IVF as I am not there yet)?

A: Yes for sure. This is what we specialize in. We have a lot of training and experience using both eastern and western medicine to help couples conceive with IVF or naturally. But using the word infertility may not be a great idea; that implies that one is infertile, meaning you cannot get pregnant when rarely that is the case. You may have an impediment to fertility, there are many. But it is unlikely unless your doctor runs a tonne of tests that say you’re infertile, and then you are! That’s the good news. The other good news is that acupuncture and herbal medicine can increase your chances of conception with or without IVF by between 40-60%, depending on which research you look at.

The most optimal time for a couple to receive treatments is for a minimum of 3 menstrual cycles with one weekly treatment. This is optimal as it takes around 90 Days for a follicle to ripen and sperm to regenerate. It is also important for you to know that in over 50% of the cases of difficulty in conception, are due to sperm issues. We also need this time to regulate your cycle. Along with the minimum of three months of treatments, we set you up with a healthy lifestyle plan, which includes foods that aid and hinder fertility, exercise and stress reduction techniques. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. It’s always a good idea to arm yourself with as much knowledge of the options and process of both types of medicine and especially western before you see your doctor, so you know the right types of questions to ask, in order to make sure those options are the best course of action.

Q: My husband and I have now been referred to a Fertility clinic after we have been through some tests. I am curious what your clinics rate is in increasing fertility? Also how expensive are your treatments? We live out of town and it is a 2 hour drive but would like some more information as to what you offer for couples who both have problems. My husband has a low sperm count and I possibly have PCOS and signs of early menopause (limited amount of eggs). I would much rather go through some natural treatments to improve our fertility than go through hormones and IVF. Thank you for your time.

A: Our rate if success is roughly 75%! Usually the most optimal time to see a couple is for 3 months of weekly treatments in order to adequately prepare their bodies for conception. In addition, there is a lot a couple can do with regard to diet and lifestyle to get their bodies back on track. It would be good for you and your husband to come in to see what we are all about and what we can do for you. Also if you are out of town we can get you on some Chinese herbal formulas and then you won’t need to come in as much.

Q: I have an advanced diagnosis of PCOS, and have had many years of trying to conceive, paired with several attempts at clomid with no levels changing. We are now on the waiting list for the fertility clinic, but I have heard that acupuncture can be very effective. My biggest problem is that the idea of being poked with a whole bunch of little needles terrifies me. Do you think that it’s worth trying, and where do you put all the needles? In my stomach?

A: This is a fear many patients have, and 99% of them end up having no issues at all with the needles. Most people don’t even know they are in the body.
The keys with PCOS are using a combination of the following: acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, the right diet for women with PCOS, and exercise. When my patients take a 70% of the time, proactive stand in trying to get pregnant, they do! It takes hard work and dedication along with receiving acupuncture, the acupuncture works a lot better if the patients are proactive.

I always think it is worth a try, because I see it work all the time. The needles go in many different places in the body, including the stomach; however, if you are not ok with that, then we would not put them in your stomach. The process is as much about starting and maintaining a healthy life so that once you are pregnant, you have a healthy pregnancy with no complications. The minimum commitment with our program is 3 months of weekly treatments. With some, 6 months is required.

The best thing to do if you’re curious is to book a consultation.

Q: I have PCOS and hypothyroidism and my husband and I are trying to get pregnant. I have completed 2 rounds of provera to induce a period and then clomid during my cycle and haven’t had any success yet. I was doing acupuncture prior to starting the fertility treatments but I wanted to find someone more geared toward acupuncture for infertility. I was just wondering when would be a good time to start acupuncture. I was also wondering about the prices for initial and subsequent treatments and if there is an extra charge for the nutrition/lifestyle guidelines?

A: Any time is a great time to start! Usually we would want to see a person one time a week for at least three menstrual cycles, usually for more cycles if the case is more difficult. It can take some time for a period to start. But we do have much success.

Our prices include lifestyle, stress reduction, and dietary work.

Let me know if you have any further questions. Typically it can take some time to get a cycle going for someone with PCOS, but we do it all the time!!

Q: I am 27 years old and have been trying to conceive for 7 months now without success despite tracking my basal temperature and ovulation. Diet changes and a month long de-stress vacation to Thailand. Unfortunately, I have been unsuccessful at obtaining a family doctor in the city and have had no success with medicenter doctor assistance.

Based on my research, I do understand that conception can take up to a year to occur; however, I don’t think I can take many more months of waiting and uncertainty.

I am a healthy and athletic 27 year old woman. I do struggle with irregular periods and severe premenstrual cramping and irritability. Would I be a good candidate for acupuncture treatment?

A: Yes, acupuncture and Chinese medicine is probably exactly what you would need. We would start by regulating your cycle and getting rid of those nasty menstrual pains. This requires a minimum of three months with treatments taking place weekly. The reason for this is that the follicle cycle runs every 90 days, so to ensure good strong blood flow to your follicles and ovaries. The work that needs to be done requires time and patience and can be very rewarding. We do have a great success rate and I am sure we can help you get on track.

Q: I was wondering about your acupuncture for fertility treatments. My husband and I have been unsuccessful in trying to conceive over the past 10 months. I am just wondering what is involved with the treatments.

A: Regular weekly treatments for a minimum of three months are required for success in our program. We use well researched protocols to help re-balance your bodies. In addition to the acupuncture, we will also set you up with stress reduction activities and exercise and dietary changes.

Q: I am currently 34 weeks pregnant and I imagine I will be interested in induction acupuncture should the need arise. What is the earliest point at which this can be done? I know some therapists wait until 40 weeks but at the same time, the pregnancy is considered “full term” at 37 weeks…so I was wondering what your policy on this is. Thanks!

A: The best thing to do would be to be proactive and have pre-labour treatments which start from weeks 36 on to about week 40, one treatment a week. Research shows that these pre labour treatments can decrease labour time and cervical dilations, reduce pain, and increase natural levels of oxytocin. Our patients who go through with pre labour treatments have a much lower rate of induction and if they do have to be induced, it has been shown to reduce the amount of medication needed for this as well.

If we induce a woman, it is usually the three days prior to her having a medical induction planned. This is the proper and safest way to do so. The pre labour treatments are the way to go.

Q: I have been diagnosed with stage four endometriosis and PSOC in July 2010 after laparoscopy to remove a 10 cm growth (turned out to be a chocolate cyst). Both my husband and I have had some testing to start fertility treatment (everything is great on his end) but I haven’t gone through with any procedures as of yet. I just received 5 treatments of acupuncture over the last 2 weeks and noticed not as much bleeding (I have had almost continuous spotting for the last few months), less stress and hope that this could work. However, I don’t feel that who I was seeing was the best fit for me. I was wondering what you would recommend for a treatment plan and what your expected outcome would be and if you have had other patients with similar symptoms.

A: Until I get your number, I’ll try to briefly answer your questions. The issue is that there is no easy answer. All women who have the same issues with regard to endo and pcos can all have different treatment plans. But yes, I have treated many women with stage four endo and with pcos and chocolate cysts. Depending on whom their doctor is and what western medical route they take will also change what we would do.

Typically in cases such as yours if we had time to take before going the western route (ie. surgery etc.) stage four and pcos can take 6 months to a year of treatment. We would do one treatment a week for that period of time. Plus Chinese herbs, which are typically very necessary. A phone conversation may help us to figure out a plan a little more specifically or a consult in person.

It’s impossible to say what my expected outcome would be other than our combined goal and efforts bring you and your husband a little baby. But there are steps before that in order to make it happen (regular period, ovulation, assisting in the reduction of side effects from western medicine, less or no pain during periods, dietary and lifestyle changes).

However, probably the key component in our type and any type of medicine is a patient’s connection with their doctor. It’s very important that you find someone you trust, who understands your needs and goals. Be it me or anyone else.

Q: I’m looking for an acupuncturist that can try & help turn a breech baby. Do you provide these services?

A: Yes we do. We specialize in this type of treatment.

Q: What do you know about Prometrium? I talked with the fertility clinic yesterday and they said to go on progesterone to stop the bleeding and regulate my cycle. Do you know how this works and what it does to the body? My next appointment with the MD is January 13th. I read a little online about anovulatory bleeding and it said that if not dealt with it can keep compounding – meaning that the hormones will be thrown off more and more. Is that why I have had this going on for the last few months? Would you recommend going on this plant based progesterone?

A: Here is a link to a doctor that I follow; she has some great info and is well known.

What I typically would do is to have you start a Chinese herbal formula to stop the bleeding, which regulates your hormones at the same time following Dr. Northrups vitamin and dietary suggestions first. Only taking a synthetic if absolutely necessary, which in some cases it is.

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