A word about acupuncture, IVF, and early pregnancy care

Recently, a patient of ours was given a recommendation to discontinue her ongoing acupuncture treatment leading up to embryo transfer and during the 1st trimester of pregnancy. The patient was apparently told that she could be “over-stimulated” by acupuncture and to avoid it until after her first trimester. While we recognize that occasionally what patients hear and how they interpret it may be different, we did want to take an opportunity to clarify this point. To the best of our knowledge, there is no medical evidence that acupuncture has produced an “overstimulation” in a patient undergoing a frozen embryo transfer, or otherwise. We have used, and continue to use, the protocol established by Elisabet Stener-Victorin, et. al., in 1996 (Human…
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Postpartum acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Any mom will tell you that the most beautiful and most difficult time of a woman’s life is immediately after the birth of a child. At Acupuncture Fertility Specialists, we are experts at relieving the difficult so the new mom can enjoy the beautiful. We believe that every new Mom is different and presents to us with unique needs. At Acupuncture Fertility Specialists, we tailor each woman’s therapy to her individual needs. We also believe that there is a deep spiritual connection that occurs between the new parents and the baby that is established during this very special time. Acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbal medicine and dietary therapy are part of a multifaceted approach to recovery during the postpartum period of…
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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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What is your pattern?

Fertility Support What Is Your Pattern? Acupuncture Clinics of Dr. David Cherry and Associates David Cherry L.Ac. OMD, Jennifer Horton L.Ac. MS TCM Kidney yin deficiency Do you have lower back weakness, soreness, or pain, or knee problems? Do you have ringing in the ears or dizziness? Is your hair prematurely gray? Do you have vaginal dryness? Is you mid cycle fertile cervical mucus scanty or missing? Do you have dark circles around or under your eyes? Do you have night sweats? Are you prone to hot flashes? Would you describe yourself as afraid a lot? Does your tongue lack coating? Does it appear shiny or peeled? Kidney yang deficiency Do you have lower back pain premenstrually? Is your low…
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