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I have endometriosis, am 30 years old, and want to get pregnant. My doctor wants to do surgery and put me on the birth control pill. I have such painful periods and despair of ever getting pregnant.2016-02-28T18:34:40+00:00

You are not alone! Many women are struggling with medical conditions that are painful and debilitating. Using a natural healing approach will really support your body’s ability to heal. I use a combination of diet, castor oil compresses, Chinese herbs and acupuncture, and natural progesterone cream. I am not opposed to a woman using surgery when the endometriosis is severe. This can often offer a woman “clean slate” and allow her to get pregnant. However, I would be actively using acupuncture and herbs, so that you are supporting the body in as many ways that you can. Many people believe that endometriosis is an autoimmune disorder. Dr. Randine Lewis, PHD has an excellent article on treating endometriosis with Chinese medicine in her book, The Infertility Cure, and it is also on her website www.easternharmonyclinic.com.

I am 2 months pregnant, and have bad morning sickness. Can this method help me?2016-02-29T23:53:32+00:00

I use acupuncture routinely when I have a patient with severe morning sickness. I usually treat with acupuncture once a week, until it gets better.

I am 50 years old, having irregular periods, bad insomnia, and hot flashes. I don’t want to go on HRT. What can you do to help these symptoms?2016-02-28T18:38:16+00:00

I take a comprehensive health history and look at your risk for breast cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. I combine dietary and lifestyle recommendations, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, phytoestrogens from foods and herbs, and natural human identical hormones when appropriate, depending on each woman’s preference. Please read my “Relief From Menopausal Symptoms” page for more information.

I am pregnant, 34 weeks along, and my baby is breech. I have heard from my gynecologist that acupuncture can safely turn my baby. How does that work?2016-03-01T00:00:50+00:00

The treatment for that is very simple. I treat a woman with a moxabustion stick (this is an herbal warming therapy that is used on acupuncture points), on Bl 67, on the outside of the little toes. I show her partner how to do this, and have them do it twice a day for 10 days, or until the baby turns. It is most effective from week 32 through 36.

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I have recurrent bladder and yeast infections, and am tired of being on antibiotics all the time. How can this approach help me?2016-02-29T23:58:46+00:00

I use a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary suggestions, treatment for Candida overgrowth, probiotics, and cranactin supplements. We have to restore your intestinal flora and strengthen your immune system. I give women herbs to take, along with a supply of antibacterial formula at the first sign of recurrent cystitis. Foods that make this worse include coffee, SUGAR, fruit juices, alcohol, and junk food.

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I am currently working with a fertility doctor, and am taking clomid. Can I still benefit if I come to see you?2016-02-29T23:39:00+00:00

Chinese medicine can address your underlying imbalances, the reasons you are having difficulty getting pregnant in the first place. By addressing the issues I mentioned in the previous question, your chances of getting pregnant improve. Many times women will chose to take a break for a few months from using Clomid or other medications, to let their bodies recover and restore their hormonal balance. This would be an excellent time to focus on using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to strengthen and rebalance your body. If you don’t get pregnant with this approach by itself, you can then go back to using these drugs and procedures, along with acupuncture.

I am 40 years old, have had two miscarriages, and want to get pregnant. How can you help me?2016-02-29T23:40:01+00:00

I have had very good success rate working with older women who are having trouble getting pregnant or keeping these pregnancies. I recommend waiting 3 months before trying to get pregnant again. Working with Chinese medicine will safely help you balance your hormones, increase the thickness of the uterine lining, improve egg quality, clear any autoimmune problems if that has been determined to be a problem, and improve circulation to the uterus and ovaries. By strengthening “kidney qi, blood, spleen qi, clearing liver Qi stagnation, stagnant blood, and excess heat conditions”, your body gets stronger and more fertile.

What other therapies do you offer?2016-02-29T23:51:13+00:00

Herbal medicine, dietary counseling, massage and moxibustion, (which is the burning of the herb Artemisia vulgaris sinensis over the affected area to warm it), are typical adjunctive therapies. I also offer electrical stimulation to the needles, cupping, gwa sha, ear acupuncture, natural hormonal products, therapeutic exercises, and meditation practices to quiet the mind and body.

Can Chinese medicine be used with other medical treatments?2016-02-29T23:42:08+00:00

Yes. Chinese medicine works well in combination with other treatments. In addition, it can help you get off pharmaceutical drugs and in many cases avoid surgery. For women who are undergoing treatment with reproductive endocrinology specialists, (IAI, IVF, GIFT), acupuncture is recommended by these specialists as a way to enhance the success rates of these treatments. Researchers in Germany found that adding acupuncture to the treatment of invitro fertilization increases the chance of getting pregnant from 26% to 42%.

If I don’t choose do have acupuncture, is there an alternative?2016-02-29T23:41:02+00:00

I also use laser therapy, which is painless, and does not pierce the skin.

Is acupuncture safe?2016-02-29T23:42:52+00:00

Yes! Acupuncturists use sterilized, individually packaged, single-use needles. This eliminates any risk of contracting a communicable disease from a contami­nated needle.

How many treatments will I need?2016-11-02T20:33:11+00:00

This will vary with each person depending upon the duration and severity of illness. Acute ailments (recent injury, infection or colds) might take from one to five treatments. Chronic problems could take from five to 15 treat­ments, and in some cases, long term treatment is necessary. With women who wish to enhance their fertility, I recommend treatment at least twice a month, along with herbal therapy.

How does it work?2015-11-14T00:14:06+00:00

Chinese medicine works by enhancing the body’s own self-healing mechanisms. As long as our Life Force energy flows easily and is strong, there is health. If it becomes depleted, imbalanced or stuck, illness occurs. Various causes of illness are recognized including poor diet, emotional upsets, overwork, physical trauma, poor constitu­tion at birth and the effects of the physical environment on our bodies: excess cold, heat, wind, dryness and dampness. Acupuncture affects the electro­magnetic energy field of the body. Acupuncture points lie just below the skin surface. They are approximately 1/10 inch in diameter. They are located along meridian pathways of energy, which cover the whole body. When acupuncture needles are inserted at these specific points, the balance and rhythm of Life Force energy is influenced. This procedure is usually painless.

What can Chinese medicine treat?2016-11-02T20:33:11+00:00

Medical conditions that have been successfully treated include: Gynecological — menstrual problems, PMS, infertility, vaginal discharge, uterine prolapse, ovarian cysts, fibroids, breasts lumps, infections, endometriosis, HPV virus, herpes simplex, cervical dysplasia, excessive uterine bleeding, polycystic ovarian disease, and menopausal symptoms. Musculoskeletal — arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, low back pain syndrome, pinched nerve, acute sprains/strains. Ear, Nose, Throat — earaches, sinusitis, tinnitus, vertigo, allergies. Gastrointestinal — colitis, hemorrhoids, food sensitivities, irritable bowel, hiatal hernia, diarrhea, constipation, Crohn’s Disease, dysentery, ulcers. Urinary — cystitis, prostatitis, kidney infections, anuria. Neurological — headaches, tics, neuritis, neuralgia, sciatica, shingles, numbness, TMJ, pain syndromes. Mental / Emotional — anxiety, nervous tension, insomnia, depression, and stress related illnesses. Respiratory — asthma, common colds and flu, acute and chronic lung infections.

What is acupuncture?2015-11-14T00:11:57+00:00

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into the skin at specific spots on the body in order to affect the energy flows and restore health.

What is Chinese medicine?2016-02-29T23:44:31+00:00

Chinese medicine is a practical yet sophisticated system of healing that is about 5,000 years old. This system of healing includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary counseling, moxabustion, health exercises (Qi Gong and Tai Chi), Oriental massage techniques, and meditation.