Ama Fertility Center
Women's health and fertility

 

GENERAL

 

In Oriental medicine, there is a root imbalance that is causing gynecological problems. By treating this imbalance, you can eliminate or greatly improve these problems and symptoms associated with them. Generally speaking it takes about three months to see complete changes in a condition.

 

Acupuncture and herbal medicine can treat the following gynecological conditions:

 

  • Amenorrhea
  • Cervical Dysplasia
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibrocystic Breasts
  • Fibroids
  • Menorrhagia
  • Metrorrhagia
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Prolonged or Irregular Menses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREGNANCY

 

Oriental medicine is able to care for mother and baby in a non-intrusive and balanced way without the use of medication during pregnancy. Women who receive acupuncture during their pregnancy experience smoother and shorter labor with a quicker recovery.

 

Acupuncture and herbal medicine can treat the following conditions during pregnancy:

 

  • Anemia
  • Breech
  • Constipation
  • Colds/Flu
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive Problems
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hypertension
  • Labor Induction
  • Low Back Pain
  • Morning Sickness
  • Preeclampsia
  • Prolapsed Uterus
  • Threatened Abortion
  • Threatened Miscarriage
  • Varicosities
  • Vaginal Infections

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTPARTUM

 

Both Qi and blood are lost during labor, and Oriental medicine helps to replenish them so that long-term effects of delivery are minimized. After delivery, acupuncture is a wonderful way to restore the health and energy to a new mother so that she can function better and minimize the effects of postpartum. It is not uncommon that a new mother puts off her own health after a birth by focusing on care for her newborn.

 

Acupuncture and herbal medicine can treat the following conditions during postpartum:

 

  • Complications from Cesarean Sections
  • Insufficient Lactation
  • Mastitis
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Thyroid Conditions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MENOPAUSE

 

Nearly 50% of American women will be menopausal by the year 2015. Current estimations are that 20 million U.S. women are in menopause now and that by 2010 that number will be 60 million. Today's woman has many more options available to her than her mother or grandmother did to address the symptoms of menopause and effects of aging. Many women are convinced into taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as a means of preventing osteoporosis and heart disease. This can happen as early as when their menses start to become irregular. However, they are generally unaware of the serious risks to them by taking HRT for long periods of time. Many women do not realize there are other alternatives available. Regular exercise, calcium supplements and proper diet may prove to be a better way to prevent osteoporosis and heart disease. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are also helpful in treating bone loss associated with menopause.

 

Acupuncture and herbal medicine can treat the following conditions during menopause:

 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Hot Flashes
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines
  • Night Sweats
  • Osteoporosis
  • Poor Concentration/Memory Loss
  • Vaginal Dryness and Itching

 

 

 

 

 

 

To begin your treatment with me please complete the appropriate FORMS and either fax them to me or bring them with you when you come in.

 

Read the following MENOPAUSE STUDY for more details on fertility.

 

 

 

FERTILITY

 

IT IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED THAT COUPLES TRY ORIENTAL MEDICINE FIRST before attempting assisted reproductive therapies. Not only is it a fraction of the cost, but also the body will be more receptive to fertility medications if assisted therapies are needed. However, if you are already beginning an IVF cycle acupuncture and herbs can greatly enhance the outcome and success of that cycle.

 

WHEN SHOULD ONE CONSIDER ACUPUNCTURE FOR INFERTILITY? Most people end up in my practice after several months or years of trying to conceive. For couples that have unexplained infertility, acupuncture and herbs are very effective with high success rates. The reason is that a root imbalance can be detected from a holistic point of view and thereby treated successfully. Acupuncture, together with herbal medicine can help regulate the menstrual cycle, invigorate the sperm and create a general sense of well being which aids in conception.

 

The endocrine system is very delicate and affected by many things that can throw it off, one of them being stress. Acupuncture can aid in relaxation, which creates an environment where conception occurs more readily. Research has shown that acupuncture directly affects hormone balance and uterine blood flow, enhancing fertility and improving the chances for conception.

 

ACUPUNCTURE AND HERBAL MEDICINE OFFERS A SAFE, COST EFFECTIVE AND NON-INVASIVE APPROACH TO CONCEPTION AND CAN TREAT THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

 

  • Advanced Maternal Age
  • Amenorrhea
  • Anovulation
  • Endometriosis
  • High FSH Levels
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Immunologic Infertility
  • Luteal Phase Defect
  • Male Factor Infertility (except sterility)
  • Polycystic Ovaries
  • Recurrent Miscarriage
  • Tubal Obstruction
  • Unexplained Infertility
  • Uterine Fibroids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Oriental medicine cannot treat infertility due to physical deformities such twisted fallopian tubes.

 

 

IF ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE THERAPIES SUCH AS IN VITRO FERTILIZATION (IVF) OR INTRA UTERINE INSEMINATIONS (IUI) ARE NEEDED, which are the common assisted therapies many women are trying, acupuncture and herbal medicine can help prepare the body to function optimally so that the best possible outcome is achieved. It does this by assisting the ovaries in producing more follicles and eggs raising the chances of conception, and preparing the uterus and body for pregnancy. Acupuncture performed 20 minutes before and after an IVF transfer increases the chances of pregnancy by about 50%.

 

In my practice there are a large amount of women undergoing IVF because of male factor infertility. Whether it's low sperm count, poor motility or morphology or sexual dysfunction, acupuncture and herbal medicine can address these conditions very successfully. If the men had sought appropriate treatment at the onset of the diagnosis, it is most likely they would not have needed to do an IVF and would have been able to conceive naturally. If the only reason a couple can't conceive is due to male factor infertility, then acupuncture and herbal medicine should be considered as a primary approach.

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN TREATMENT, please start by copying and recording your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) as soon as possible. Begin recording your temperature with a digital thermometer every morning upon awakening (before rising) noting the quality of your mucous as well. Your BBT chart will allow me to see where in the cycle the body needs the most assistance so that the proper herbal medicine can be administered and any imbalance corrected.

 

You can download the BBT CHART in PDF format. Go to Adobe's website to get your FREE PDF READER if you don't already have it.

 

To begin your treatment with me please complete the appropriate FORMS and either fax them to me or bring them with you when you come in.

 

Read the following STUDIES for more details on fertility: