Fertility & Pre – IVF Treatments:
One in seven couples in the UK experiences difficulty conceiving. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) has been successfully treating infertility for the past two thousand years.
Fertility is one of Doctor Acuherb's main areas of specialisation. With over Seven year’s experience of providing successful outcomes, we treat clients who want to greatly increase their chances of a natural conception and pregnancy.
Many of our clients have a complicated treatment history and have tried conventional forms of fertility treatment without success
Wei Ding is a qualified physician; she graduated from Harbin Medical University in 1990. She practised acupuncture and herbal medicine as a senior doctor in China for 15 years before relocating to the UK in 2005.
She is a Member of The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (ATCM) UK.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine is guided by ancient oriental philosophy and a body of practical treatments which have been built up and used successfully for more than two and a half thousand years. TCM aims to treat the whole body holistically, and not just deal with a specific set of symptoms. Principal technique include:
Acupuncture involves the shallow insertion of fine needles into the body at carefully chosen points known as acupoints. There are around 500 such acupoints located around the body along energy channels known as meridians
Acupuncture needles are only ever used once & then disposed of.
A growing body of independent treatment for a wide range of acupuncture can be a powerful treatment for a wide range of conditions "see "
Scientific comment on Traditional Chinese Medicine Techniques"). The world Health Organisation (WHO) lists 28 conditions for which acupuncture is proven to be an effective treatment including:
-Back Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Stiff Neck, Sciatica, Sports Injuries
-Headaches, Arthritis, Tennis Elbow, Complications Arising From Strokes
-Stress & Depression, Giving Up Smoking, Sinusitis, Chronic Catarrh
Acupuncture has been shown to increase the success rate of IVF as well as reducing the possibility of miscarriage. An authoritative review of seven scientific studies in the British Medical Journal in February 2008 showed that in truly scientific ("double blind") test conditions genuine acupuncture treatment could increase a woman's chance of becoming pregnant by 65% on average.
Treatment by TCM is effective:
• As a stand-alone treatment
• When no physical cause for infertility is found
• In conjunction with, or as preparation for, IVF treatment
• When IVF treatment has failed
The ways in which TCM prepares the body for conception and pregnancy include:
• Stimulation of acupoints: Acupuncture restores balance, enhances energy, improves organ function and harmonises the reproductive and hormonal systems.
• Improving blood flow to the organs involved in pregnancy: This results in a stronger uterine lining.
• Changing hormone levels: Hormones impact the menstrual cycle to help regulate ovulation.
• Improving sperm production and quality: Acupuncture assists male fertility by enhancing well-being, promoting mental relaxation, improving blood flow and altering levels of relevant hormones.
In TCM the soles of the feet contain reflex points which correspond to all parts of the body including internal organs. These areas are arranged in such a way as to form a map of the body in the feet. Users of reflexology have found that the most common outcomes from treatment include a sense of relaxation and an increased ability to cope with stressand anxiety pain relief and with helping to lift mood and promoting a source of wellbeing (source: cancer Research UK website 2014).
Chinese herbal therapy is an integral part of TCM. It is extraordinary effective for many chronic diseases as well as physical / emotional disorders such as infertility, skin problem, stress etc. The herbs used are entirely natural with no toxic ingredients.
Chinese herbs can be used as an aid to weight loss by helping the body process fat and by preventing the accumulation of unhealthy toxins in the system.
Herbal medicines can be taken individually but are more commonly used in prescriptions tailored to each patient by the practitioner. During the course of a particular treatment a prescription may even change as the condition alters.
Cupping therapy uses pressure from vacuum cups to warm up and unblock meridians by clearing away congestion from the soft tissues. It is an excellent treatment for Arthritis, muscle / sinew pain and also Cold and Flu.
Moxibustion works by applying heat to certain locations of the body by using "moxa wool" (a kind of Chinese herb).
Facial acupuncture, the reportedly safer alternative to surgery or Botox.
This cosmetic treatment is an extension of traditional acupuncture. It’s said to naturally help make the skin look younger, smoother, and all-around healthier. And unlike injection procedures, facial acupuncture addresses not only signs of aging, but also the skin’s overall health.