ART/IVF Support - Call 07536033109 to find out how acupuncture can helpSupporting IVF is quite a specialised area of acupuncture and in America ,such support would require to be board registered. This is because it is essential to understand how Western treatment works in order to optimally support that treatment.
My own training is informed by Jani White, an IVF acupuncture specialist trained by Jane Littleton, also renowned in the field of fertility support. I also follow the work of Jenny Longbottom who lectures in this same specialist field. The protocol I follow at Accuhealth clinic is a tried and tested formula devised by Jenny, utilising a hybrid of Western and Chinese acupuncture. To understand this process fully please look at her peer reviewed clinical paper, by following the link www.csp.org.uk/sites/files/.../acpwh103_08_theuseofacupuncture.pdf Also look at the research by Stenner Victorin.
Look also at How To Assist Fertility: Your Own Eden Project
Your treatment involves following a four phase protocol.
Phase 1 Is a preparation stage, preferably prior to the use of IVF medication and involves the moving of qi and blood, particularly to the uterine area with relaxation acupuncture points.
Phase 2 (if down regulation is involved) Acupuncture now focuses upon the side-effects of down regulation.
Phase 3 For the 2 weeks prior to oocyte retrieval, treatment focuses upon clearing and opening the appropriate channels (preferably 3 treatments)
Oocyte matures for 3 days plus.
Phase 4 Prior and post implantation, one treatment takes place as close as possible to both hospital visits. Treatment to regulate and nourish.
Du 20 bai hui, si shen cong and P 6 nei guan to raise qi and hold the pregnancy and calm the shen, as recommended by Liang (2003). Such points focus upon stress relief and 'containing,' the foetus.
Much can also be done, as Jenny explains in her paper, to help the process of IVF by understanding relaxation techniques, including, where appropriate the practice of Yoga. Because I am also a qualified teacher of Yoga and relaxation, I can help you with this. Do feel free to contact me for any further information regarding how acupuncture is able to complement IVF treatment.
Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the US, published their findings in the British Medical Journey. Such findings were based on the results of seven separate trials involving 1,366 women in four different countries. (Manheimer et al, 2008)
Read more: http://www.bmj.com/content/336/7643/545.full.pdf
Research by London's Royal Free Hospital, indicates that the success rate for IVF is doubled, for those who take a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement, especially formulated for fertility.
Several studies also link a lack of Vitamin D with impaired fertility. Vitamin D is produced naturally via exposure to sunlight. It is also available as a supplement and for overall insurance can be taken as Omega 3 or as a cod-liver oil, flax seed oil supplement. Check first that Vitamin D is in the oil.
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