Many People, Including Professionals, Still Don’t Know Acupuncture is Good for Infertility

Many People, Including Professionals, Still Don’t Know Acupuncture is Good for Infertility

Like anything else, when it comes to the topic of acupuncture everyone has an opinion. It’s scientifically proven that acupuncture can help or cure many diseases and conditions, but still many people don’t believe it. For acupuncture for infertility, tremendous scientific research has been done in China over the past 60 years indicating that it can affect our body in every way such as molecular, cell, tissue and system levels, etc. through regulating the nerve system and the endocrine system directly or indirectly, specifically the reproductive system such as ovary function, pituitary gland and adrenal gland function etc. The details can be found in the book Scientific Foundations of Acupuncture and Moxibustion by Zhu Bing Ph.D (Qing Dao 1998). There are many more books and publications about it, this book is just one example.

Many countries have started to use acupuncture for medical purposes. The National Institute of Health (NIH) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services published a Consensus Development Statement on acupuncture in 1997, which concluded that acupuncture can help many diseases and conditions. About 10 years ago, there was research done in Europe that stated acupuncture increases the pregnancy rate at a 50% chance. However in recent years, a study stated acupuncture can only relax people instead of helping them become pregnant.

There are many theories in medical fields that continuously change over time, depending on the latest developments. Take the CPR procedure and the principal of dealing with shock patients for example, these theories go back and forth, proving and disproving each other as the time goes on. We don’t think one or two scientific studies are able to represent the whole truth about acupuncture for infertility. The reality of acupuncture helping infertility issues in daily practice indicates that it works very well, otherwise acupuncture clinics for infertility wouldn’t have survived.

In the past years, just like other clinics, we have helped many infertility patients conceive with acupuncture and Chinese herbs treatment without IVF or IUI, aged from 30 to 45. Some of them are diagnosed by other specialists that they can not pregnant naturally or at all in their life time. We even helped patients get pregnant naturally with our protocol at ages 45, 47 and even 49.

Our first patient of this kind was a 35 year old woman from Brazil. In the initial visit, she told us her OB/GYN and the IVF specialist informed her that she will never get pregnant, according to her situation. After consultation and examination with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) methodologies, we concluded that she was not hopeless and she still had a good chance to get pregnant naturally. After 15 sessions of acupuncture treatment with TCM herbs, within two months she became pregnant naturally. Twelve months later, she surprised me by coming to my office with her baby in the stroller. She told everyone in the office that we made the impossible possible. This patient is just one of many examples. We’ve also helped many M.D.’s themselves from different medical specialties in different medical facilities, such as: New York Presbyterian Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical School Hospital, New York Hospital, etc. to become pregnant in similar ways. One of our physician patients from New York Hospital was referred to us by her patient, who got pregnant by our acupuncture treatment, after experiencing three failed IVF procedures. We found that she had an irregular period, and was always tired with ice cold extremities, which means her hormones were imbalanced. We told her to stop trying IVF until her body was ready in terms of TCM diagnosis. Within two months she had 12 acupuncture sessions. Her period was regulated and she stopped experiencing ice cold extremities. We suggested that she should continue acupuncture treatments with IVF procedures, and in four months she was pregnant. Ten months later she gave birth to a healthy baby. Some physicians have tried IVF as many as five times without any results. Many of them after combining IVF with acupuncture treatment became pregnant too. We’ve had a patient from Australia that told us she tried IVF 18 times without any results, which is far too many times for one person to try. If the body is not well balanced and not ready, it is useless to try IVF again and again.

In the last 40 days, at our clinic, we’ve had four out of the seven couples we treated get pregnant. Three of these couples became pregnant naturally, at ages 34-37, who had been heading for IVF procedures. One couple had 12 acupuncture sessions and became pregnant within two months, the second couple got pregnant in the 3rd month, the third couple tried 24 sessions and within four months they were pregnant.

To understand why acupuncture can help infertility we must first become familiar with Chinese culture and tradition. One of the most important rules in Chinese culture and the tradition is: you must reproduce. Otherwise, it’s a sign of disrespect to your parents, family and ancestors. Essentially, you would be blamed for discontinuing the family lineage. Therefore, one of the important duties for Chinese doctors is to help patients conceive and have their own babies. This kind of practice dates back at least 2,000 years. Chinese doctors have spent centuries developing methodologies for infertility issues in both men and women. The procedures for female reproductive health include the care of: menstruation, pregnancy, breast feeding/lactation, inducing labor, and diseases and conditions related to postpartum; while for males this includes: ED, ejaculation problems etc. According to TCM and acupuncture theory, unless your missing an essential organ(s), some fundamentals to becoming pregnant as a woman are a healthy body and a regular and normal menstrual cycle etc.

Last year there was a book published in China by a colleague of mine from medical school. After reading the book I realized we have similar experiences regarding infertility issues with Chinese medicine and acupuncture. The book gives us many examples of cases labeled by specialists as ‘impossible’ without the help of IVF who got pregnant naturally with acupuncture and Chinese herbs treatments. I couldn’t agree more with one point of view from the book that the lab results are one thing, but the balance of the body is another. As long as the body is well balanced the lab results are not the most important as what is supposed to be, at least in terms of infertility issues. Otherwise there shouldn’t be so many so called impossible patients eventually getting pregnant and having healthy babies.

Nowadays, specifically in the United States, the cause of infertility for women, according to our clinical experience – apart from having organ problems – are: stress, aging, too low Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) etc. Other factors include an imbalance of hormones due to diet, drugs, and other related diseases such as thyroid problems etc. If the related diseases and conditions are not our specialty, we do refer the patient to corespondent specialists. We found that many of our patients do not have a clear picture about their infertility issues even after seeking treatment from other infertility specialists. We also found from our patients some infertility specialists, do not suggest to see acupuncturists for help. We don’t know why, maybe because they don’t have enough information about acupuncture as a beneficial infertility treatment. Whatever it is, professionally and morally for the patient’s benefit it is fair to let the patients try acupuncture or combine acupuncture with IVF treatments. We truly believe from clinical experience that to let the patient understand what we are doing is important. If the patient cannot get the whole picture of this process, the results of the treatment will be poor. We also truly believe that the cooperation between patient and doctor is very important. That is why, in our clinic, when we see patients we always give them a clear picture of the whole procedure in a very detailed way according to our knowledge and experience, then the patients can comply.

The most unique part of Chinese medicine, for thousands of years, is the pure trial and error based only on human beings without the testing on animals. That is why the principals and treatments of TCM and acupuncture, some people believe, are closer to the reality of human being’s diseases and conditions. Many Chinese follow the Chinese medicine rules in their daily life activities for well being and to maintain their well being, especially, when they have medical problems such as infertility and it’s related problems. That is why some people say that Chinese medicine and acupuncture contribute to the Chinese population, obviously it shows today with its large size. 

How Does Western Medicine Explain Acupuncture?

How Does Western Medicine Explain Acupuncture?

Even though acupuncture has been practice in China for about at least 2-3,000 years  and spreading in the adjacent countries such as Japan, Korea, etc. as the time goes on. For the rest  of the world it is maybe only acknowledge less this 400 years and the spreading of it is much slower than the origin  area. It is being said that Japanese, in the early 1950s declared that even though acupuncture was orientated in China, the explanation with modern medicine theory would be done in Japan and there ambitious is to develop acupuncture furthermore then that of Chinese. This stimulated Chinese government to organize a big acupuncture program from 1950s and on until in the end or 1980s for about thirty years. Chinese government wanted to do the research with the modern medical theory, bigger, stronger, wider and faster than that of Japanese.

What they have  achieved so far:

1. Develop a new method of anesthesia  with acupuncture for operations in the head, neck, etc. even though it isn’t perfect yet.

2. We found about 10% of Chinese are general sensitive people which means if  you put needle on one point on one channel then the sensation are for the chi movement or sensation can go through the whole channel which approved the existing channel. Even though we do not know the nature of it.

3. They have found the traditional acupuncture points area/spot are higher electrical resistance than the none acupuncture areas/spot. Which proved the existing of acupuncture points.

4. They also found 90% of the acupuncture points are more or less are associated with the nerve system.

5. This speed of chi traveling in the channel slower than nerve but quicker than the endocrine system. They assumed that channel system is another balancing system in our human body other then nerve and endocrine system – the third balancing system.

6.  In session of acupuncture needle and manipulation can affect our body in every level meaning from organ to tissue to cell to molecule.

7. One of the most important finding about acupuncture is  what is called both direction regulations which means  making the high abnormal level lower until normal level or vice versa. This explains why the same acupuncture points on one person it can make the high blood pressure lower until to the normal level, and on the other low blood pressure person it can increase the blood pressure higher to the normal.

8. About 450 conditions under diseases can be helped by acupuncture. Overall during that 30 years period of time almost all the medical schools and the other related scientist were involved in this program which is one of the biggest in scientific work research because of this the first world wide scientific organization were headquarters in China in November of 1987 in Beijing.

Ever since the spreading of acupuncture is getting quicker. Many scientist including doctors all over the world started to do more research about acupuncture because of its treatment results. Acupuncture is based upon channel theory according to traditional Chinese medicine. Even though we can see the channel existing with instrument, but we still don’t know what is the nature of it because of the restriction of science and technology. Acupuncture is not perfect explained by modern medicine yet. However, it has many advantages over the modern medicine theories such as it always promotes our bodies ability for fighting diseases with no side effects if you perform it right it stresses the connections and affects each other of the body It also stresses individual differences so in turn it is always tailored treatment procedure. We hope modern medicine can borrow some ideas from acupuncture to make modern medicine perfect.

Looking “Outside the Box” for Acne Treatment

Looking “Outside the Box” for Acne Treatment

Dr. Wang was recently featured in the Dermatology Times article “Looking ‘outside box’ for acne treatment“. You may read the article online (as a registered user) by clicking here or download a printable PDF of the article by to download the Dermatology Times Article in PDF.

TCM Therapies

Shaobai Wang, M.D., uses a combination of acupuncture, herbs and diet to treat acne. In traditional chinese medicine (TCM), he says, “We consider that everything is related. The weather, diet, and season and other such factors can have pathological effects on human functioning. For TCM science, everybody is different; every problem is different. … We treat disease according to the method of differentiation.

(Missing Picture)

The above patient is a female, age 25 with acne around mouth area, shown with acupuncture needles in the facial area and lower extremities area.

“Here in the United States they treat according to diagnosis: acne,” he says. “With TCM, acneform lesions may result from one of a variety of imbalances. We observe and analyze the imbalances to get at the cause of the lesions; this is differentiation.”

Dr. Wang is a New York State-licensed acupuncturist who, in July 2004, left his position of 13 years as visiting professor and research scientist in the department of medicine at Columbia University in New York City.

Dr. Shaobai Wang

Dr. Wang considers several factors when choosing a course of treatment for his acne patients, including how the acne responds to changes in season, hormonal cycle, mood and diet, as well as where acne occurs on the body. Based on the principles of TCM, every acne patient receives an individualized therapy, he says, so it is not possible to conduct a clinical trial examining a specific, uniform TCM treatment for acne, as is done with Western medicine. Clinical trials of TCM treatments can be performed only if the study incorporates the standard procedures for TCM diagnosis and differentiation.

Combo Effective

Dr. Baker also looks at the big picture when treating acne with acupuncture and other TCM tools. “It is also important to treat the patient’s underlying TCM imbalances for optimal results, which translates into treating problems like an irregular menstrual cycle first, and then observing the effect on a patient’s acne,” he says. “… Patients who have an incomplete response to antibiotics but do not want to take Accutane can benefit from combining topical therapy and monthly acupuncture as maintenance therapy, while using doxycycline for acne flares.” Dr. Wang, who was educated in China, doubts whether most Western physicians truly appreciate the amount of training that is necessary in both TCM theory and practice. In China, doctors of TCM must undergo a minimum of five years of intensive training, including one yearof clinical internship. He does not believe that a few hundred hours of training in acupuncture or a similar TCM treatment is enough to permit doctors to use these tools correctly. Thus, he says, it would be best for Western dermatologists who want to incorporate aspects of TCM into their practice to work in collaboration with a TCM practitioner who has spent several years studying TCM full-time and is familiar with Western practices. In the wrong hands, he says, TCM, like any medical therapy, can even be dangerous.

For more information:

Additional information about TCM can be found on Dr. Wang’s Web site at acupuncturechineseherbs.com. The role of vitamin B in acne is described on the Web site for Evolution-X at www.b5supplements.com