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Acupuncture for IVF

14 Jun 2023

By: Tian Chi Peh

Article, Acupuncture, Fertility, IVF, Physician Peh 白医师

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a fertility procedure that fertilizes an egg with sperm in a laboratory dish. During IVF treatment, the ovaries are stimulated through the use of medication that is injected beneath the skin with a thin needle. Matured eggs from the ovaries are then collected and cleaned by the doctors before they can be fertilized by sperm in the lab. The successfully fertilized egg will then be prepared for implantation and placed in the uterus to achieve a healthy pregnancy. Acupuncture treatment can be regarded as a complement to IVF treatment  as it can stimulate blood flow and create harmony within the body. Moreover, acupuncture treatment can induce relaxation and improve the physical and emotional well-being of our patients. Acupuncture plays a major role in relieving stress and supporting IVF in various ways.  We hope to go through this stressful and intense procedure with you and make your IVF journey a pleasant one. TIMELINE OF ACUPUNCTURE FOR IVF The pretreatment phase of acupuncture for IVF is a crucial starting point. During this stage, you’ll consult with a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in fertility to assess your individual needs and create a personalized treatment plan. The goal here is to prepare your body for the upcoming IVF cycle by addressing any existing health issues, reducing stress, and optimizing your overall well-being. Acupuncture sessions during this phase can help regulate your menstrual cycle, balance hormones, and lay the foundation for a successful IVF journey. Ovarian stimulation is a vital part of the IVF process where fertility medications are used to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Acupuncture can complement this phase by promoting optimal blood flow to the ovaries. Improved circulation can enhance the response to fertility medications, potentially leading to better egg quality and increased egg production. Acupuncture sessions during this stage are carefully timed to align with your medication schedule to maximize their benefits. Just before egg retrieval, the final egg maturation phase is crucial. Acupuncture can be used to support the body as it prepares for this pivotal moment. By focusing on specific acupuncture points, your practitioner can help ensure that the eggs are of the highest quality and that your body is in the best possible condition for the retrieval procedure. Egg retrieval is a minor surgical procedure that retrieves mature eggs from the ovaries. Acupuncture can help reduce anxiety and discomfort associated with this procedure by promoting relaxation. Many patients find that acupuncture before and after egg retrieval helps them stay calm and recover more comfortably. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the process of fertilizing eggs with sperm outside the body. Acupuncture can support this phase by continuing to regulate hormone levels, improve blood flow to the uterus, and enhance overall reproductive health. These benefits can contribute to the success of fertilization and the development of healthy embryos. During the culturing of embryos, the developing embryos are monitored and nurtured in the laboratory. Acupuncture can aid this phase by promoting relaxation and reducing stress. Stress reduction is essential, as high stress levels can potentially interfere with the implantation of embryos into the uterus. Embryo transfer is a pivotal moment in the IVF journey. Acupuncture before and after the transfer can help prepare the uterus for implantation and support the embryo’s attachment. Acupuncture can also reduce stress and anxiety, which can positively impact the success of the transfer. The two-week wait refers to the period following embryo transfer, during which you await the results of a pregnancy test. Acupuncture during this phase can provide emotional support and relaxation, helping you manage the anxiety and uncertainty of this waiting period. It can also assist in stabilizing hormone levels to support a potential pregnancy. Stress Reduction Stress is a common factor that can negatively impact fertility. The emotional and physical toll of infertility and the IVF process can be overwhelming. Acupuncture offers a holistic approach to stress reduction by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural stress relievers. By reducing stress levels, acupuncture can help create a more conducive environment for successful IVF treatments. Improved Blood Flow Acupuncture enhances blood circulation by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs. Improved blood flow can lead to better nourishment of the ovaries and uterus, potentially enhancing the development of healthy eggs and a receptive uterine lining for embryo implantation. Hormone Regulation Hormonal imbalances can be a significant factor in infertility. Acupuncture can help regulate hormone levels by influencing the endocrine system. This can be particularly beneficial for women with irregular menstrual cycles or conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) that affect hormone production. Enhanced Egg Quality Acupuncture may contribute to better egg quality by reducing oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can damage eggs and sperm, affecting their viability. By minimizing oxidative stress, acupuncture can potentially improve the quality of eggs retrieved during IVF, increasing the chances of a successful pregnancy. Increased IVF Success Rates Numerous studies suggest that acupuncture can improve IVF success rates. By addressing various aspects of fertility, such as stress reduction, improved blood flow, hormone regulation, and egg quality, acupuncture can help couples achieve their dream of parenthood. This natural approach complements the medical interventions of IVF, offering a holistic solution to infertility. Personalized Treatment Plans Acupuncture practitioners create individualized treatment plans tailored to the unique needs of each patient. This personalized approach ensures that the acupuncture sessions target specific fertility issues, maximizing their effectiveness throughout the IVF process. Conclusion As an adjunct therapy to IVF, acupuncture offers a holistic approach to fertility enhancement. By addressing stress, improving blood flow, regulating hormones, and enhancing egg quality, acupuncture can increase the chances of a successful IVF outcome. If you are considering IVF or seeking natural ways to optimize your fertility, acupuncture may be a valuable addition to your journey towards parenthood. If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of acupuncture for IVF, consult with a qualified acupuncture practitioner who specializes in fertility treatments. Together with your medical team, they can help you create a comprehensive approach to support your fertility goals. For more information on acupuncture and IVF, or to schedule a consultation with our experienced practitioners, contact Yi TCM today. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your dreams of building a family through personalized and holistic fertility support.
Optimizing Stroke Recovery: A Comprehensive Timeline and Supportive Approaches with TCM

10 Aug 2022

By: Tian Chi Peh

Physician Peh 白医师, Article

“Recovery is a process. It takes time and patience. Never give up and let us help you rebuild your strength together” Stroke is a sudden interruption of blood flow to the brain, resulting in the loss of neurological function. It happens when blood flow is cut off by either blockage or rupture of blood vessels. Symptoms of a stroke will show up in the body parts that are controlled by the damaged areas of the brain. Every stroke patient has their own recovery timeline depending on the severity of stroke and its complications; despite that, the progression of stroke recovery timeline is rather similar. Timeline of Stroke Recovery   1st 24hours: Identify a Stroke When a stroke is suspected, you will be admitted to the emergency department. Doctors will identify the type of stroke you suffered from and immediately commence treatment. Rehabilitation will start quickly during the early stages of spontaneous recovery when the brain is rapidly trying to restore from an injury. The severity of stroke ranges from mild to severe. There are people who can recover fast – within 24hours – , while some may need to be placed in the intensive care unit for monitoring. When a patient visits the TCM clinic at this stage, the physician will call ambulance immediately once a stroke is suspected. 1 few weeks: Initial Recovery Phase Depending on the severity and complexity of your stroke, doctors and therapists will evaluate your condition and provide a treatment plan for you. Depending on your recovery, you may be discharged. Once you are ready for rehabilitation, you may continue rehab exercises with the therapists at home or the inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation center.  After discharge, you may visit TCM clinic or engage in TCM house call treatments to speed up the recovery process.  Acupuncture is one of the most commonly used practices to treat a post-stroke patient, it helps to recover the affected body and brain functions. 1st 3 months: Intensive Recovery Phase This is the most important phase where you may see rapid improvement in your progress. Keep in mind that you may experience seizures, second stroke or other complications anytime after a stroke. This is why it is important to work with a good support team who will closely monitor your condition while trying their best to reduce your chances of having recurrent strokes. This is a crucial phase where acupuncture can effectively stimulate the brain and speed up the healing; this will help to enhance rehabilitation therapy too.  Some physicians may prescribe Chinese medicine during this phase to improve body conditions and support recovery. 3-6 months: Continual Recovery Phase  Many stroke patients’ recovery rate will start to plateau here to see your progress slowing down. The doctors and therapists will continue to monitor your condition while you try to reclaim your independence such that you are able to handle activities of daily living (ADL) with minimum support. Some patients will continue to regain functions during this period while others may have ongoing impairments.  Patients may find that their circulation and constitution have weakened after the stroke.  In this regard, acupuncture plays a supportive role in helping the body optimize the meridian system while promoting better circulation. It also plays an crucial role in staving off the plateau that sees much slower recovery progress.  Physicians may encourage the use of Chinese medicine or emphasize Chinese Medicine oriented food nutrition to support the body in a more holistic manner. This is the phase when you learn to adapt to permanent lifestyle changes with care and support by family and medical care team. Your recovery is ongoing as long you never give up working on it. Some patients take up to a few years to regain their speech ability and mobility functions.  Physician will assess each patient’s condition and provide an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan to optimize their recovery in this phase while preventing recurrent stroke.