Management of Stress in Fertility Care

“Just relax, Honey, and you will get pregnant.” “You’re too stressed out to get pregnant!” “You just need a vacation so you can get pregnant.” Any patient who has been dealing with infertility for any length of time has heard one, if not all, of the above. While the person saying this means well, he or she has no idea most of the time what a fertility patient may need or not need. All of these statements are, at least for most of my patients, annoying, frustrating, and downright offensive. If all you needed to do was relax, you probably would be pregnant by now, right? So, let’s take a minute and examine this whole stress thing. I believe that there…
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Walk of Hope

The Walk of Hope is an annual event put on by RESOLVE in multiple cities across the country. RESOLVE is a national infertility association whose aim it is to raise awareness about infertility and provide support groups for the various aspects of dealing with infertility. Click here for more information and to find a support group near you for your specific needs. The Sacramento and Roseville chapters of RESOLVE just put on their 3rd annual Walk of Hope held at the steps of the state capital building on September 19th. Our office had a tent and table setup where we served organic lemonade and seed cycling treats (a natural way of helping regulate a menstrual cycle, but also, just a…
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Can Acupuncture help PCOS?

What is PCOS? Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is an “umbrella term” for a women’s endocrine disorder that affects the reproductive system and fertility. PCOS may or may not present with actual multiple cysts on the ovaries, may or may not present with insulin resistance (blood sugar issues), but will present with a hormonal imbalance. This imbalance looks like: elevated testosterone levels elevated DHEA-sulfate high LH to FSH ratio (~2:1) PCOS affects approximately 5 million women of childbearing age in the U.S. and can have a negative impact on egg quality and the ability to conceive. This condition can cause anovulation, irregular menses, and amenorrhea (lack of a menstrual period). If you think you may have PCOS based on these…
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Question about tongue diagnosis

I always notice that my acupuncturist looks at my tongue when I come in for acupuncture treatments. My acupuncturist (Jennifer Horton)  told me before that acupuncturists use tongue diagnosis.  I would like to know more about this. thanks, Tammy Tammy, You may have been surprised the first time your acupuncturist asked you to stick out your tongue! In fact, one of the more common questions I get in clinical practice is: “What does the tongue tell you?” Within the confines of Chinese medicine a practitioner can gather quite a bit of information about you and your condition just by a quick exam of the tongue. When we look at the tongue, we are looking at the shape, color, size, coating, and positioning or movement of…
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Miscarriage Prevention

I am wondering  about acupuncture treatment for miscarriage prevention.  I have had 2 miscarriages and would desperately like to try for another baby but have pretty much given up hope.  It is just so emotionally and physically taxing to deal with the ups and downs of loss of child this way.  I have had various tests done to rule out genetic factors, and for this last miscarriage I was on baby aspirin but that apparently did not work.  The only thing that My OB had to say was that I just have bad luck. He also suggested that I see Dr Horton or Dr Cherry for an evaluation to see if acupuncture can do anything to help me.  I feel that this is my last option…
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Acupuncture may break the cycle of urinary tract infections

Acupuncture May Break Cycle of Urinary Tract Infections By Michael Devitt It is estimated that up to 11 million people in the United States experience an acute urinary tract infection (UTI) each year.1Although they also occur in men, the overwhelming majority of urinary tract infections are seen in women, for reasons not altogether understood. UTIs can occur in any part of the urinary system, and are usually caused by bacteria that enter the urethra and begin multiplying. Whatever the cause, the condition is quite debilitating; some women have reported that having a UTI can be at least as, if not more, painful than childbirth.Antibiotics are the most commonly prescribed remedy for UTIs in the U.S. Given the growing resistance of…
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Foods to strengthen the spleen

Foods which strengthen deficient spleen: Well cooked rice, spelt, barley, sweet rice, mochi, winter squash, carrot, rutabaga, parsnip, turnip, garbanzo beans, black beans, sweet potato,yam, pumpkin, onion. leek, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, fennel, garlic, nutmeg, small amounts of cooked fruit, rice syrup, barley malt, molasses, cherry and date. If deficiency is severe small amounts of animal product is suggested in soup or stew. Mackerel, tuna, halibut, anchovy,beef, beef liver or kidney, chicken, turkey or lamb. Butter is the only recommended dairy product.  

Foods which Dry Dampness

Foods which dry dampness: Rye, amaranth, corn, aduki beans, celery, lettus, punpkin, scallion alfalfa, turnip, kohlrabi, white pepper, raw honey. chamomile, pau d’arco, and micro algae dunaliella and wild blue-green. Raw goats milk is the only dairy product that will not add to damp condition. AVOID: raw, cold, sweet, and mucus forming food. Sushi. Limit meats, eggs, dairy products, fats like lard and butter. oils, oily foods like nuts and seeds. sweeteners and fruits, and foods containing concentrated sweeteners. Avoid late nigh eating and overeating.

Blood Deficiency

Building The Imune System In oriental medicine, the concept of blood includes understanding the inherent energy within the blood. Blood is created in part from nutrients derived from the digestive tract (spleen, stomach, pancreas, small intestine). Blood is formed when these nutrients are combined with the kidney jing. The body’s jing is stored in the bone marrow, which correlates with the contemporary western knowledge that new blood cells are created in the bone marrow. Cells in the kidney also produce a hormone called erythropoietin that plays an important part in new blood cell production. Thus blood quality may be affected by a long-term kidney weakness. If you have a deficiency of the digestive organs, you will be unable to absorb…
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Building The Immune System

Why would you have a week immune system? One word: STRESS!! Stress is the most common cause of weak immunity and has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, strokes, cancer and a list of other diseases. It is so important to recognize and treat a low immune system because it is a precursor to many, many diseases. So when your acupuncturist asks you if you could possibly find some way to reduce the stress level in your life, it’s no joke! Yes, stress is our number one health enemy in this country. We may be unknowingly causing our body stress. Unresolved feelings of guilt, resentment or anger will slowly but surely take their toll. Forgiveness and gratitude are…
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