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Protected: Acupuncture, in Vitro Fertilisation and intracytoplasmic sperm injection

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By |January 30th, 2018|blog, fertility|Comments Off on Protected: Acupuncture, in Vitro Fertilisation and intracytoplasmic sperm injection

Miscarriage rates triple for women with top radiation exposures

This article is a 5 minute read that may be worth some consideration.

Reuters Health) – Pregnant women exposed to high radiation levels from sources like cell phones, wireless devices and cell towers miscarried at nearly three times the rate as those exposed to low levels, according to new research.

“I hope this study makes us rethink […]

By |January 2nd, 2018|blog, fertility|Comments Off on Miscarriage rates triple for women with top radiation exposures

Acupuncture and IUI

Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.

In this article, researchers have found Traditional Chinese medicine […]

By |November 20th, 2017|blog, fertility|Comments Off on Acupuncture and IUI

Acupuncture and Sperm

Some clinical trials suggest that acupuncture improves sperm motility (Dieterle 2009), increases sperm count (Siterman 2009, Siterman 2001), improves sperm quality (Pei 2005; Gurfinkel 2003) . The research results are promising but still at a preliminary stage in terms of numbers and quality of studies.

The British Acupuncture Council gives this summary:

Acupuncture may help (Stener-Victorin 2010), […]

By |November 20th, 2017|fertility|Comments Off on Acupuncture and Sperm

Effects of Acupuncture with Clomid on the Endometrium

ACUPUNCTURE AND BLOOD FLOW: Effects of Acupuncture on the Endometrium in Anovulatory Cases Treated by Clomiphene: A Clinical Observation

There is some research evidence that Chinese medicine treatment may assist in supporting specific fertility treatments, such as IVF, and there is also broad agreement by Chinese medicine practitioners and other health practitioners about acupuncture as an adjunct […]

By |July 24th, 2017|blog, fertility|Comments Off on Effects of Acupuncture with Clomid on the Endometrium

Protected: Conception-when to try

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By |January 5th, 2016|fertility|Comments Off on Protected: Conception-when to try

Acupuncture and dementia

This excerpt from the British Acupuncture Council:  About 80% of people with dementia will have behavioural changes or psychological symptoms at some time (Overshott 2005), which can reduce quality of life for both patients and carers, and often result in transfer to residential care and higher costs(Finkel 2000; O’Donnell 1992; Lawlor 2002; Donaldson 1997). The symptoms can include anxiety, depressed mood, psychotic symptoms, and behavioural symptoms such as aggression, agitation, wandering, sexual disinhibition, and screaming and swearing(Finkel 1997). Psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations occur in 30–50% of all patients with dementia(Jeste 2000), and in about 80% of patients with dementia with Lewy bodies(McKeith 2006).
How acupuncture can help
What is the evidence for acupuncture in dementia. One systematic review found that the evidence available for acupuncture does not demonstrate effectiveness in Alzheimer’s disease (Lee 2009),although only three randomised controlled trials (RCTs) were located for this. By contrast, a review for dementia in general found 22 RCTs, which demonstrated a significant positive advantage for acupuncture over control groups (Gu 2008). Since most of the trials were for vascular dementia, it’s notable that a Cochrane review one year earlier had found no suitable RCTs at all for this condition (Peng 2007)

There have been several randomised controlled trials published since these systematic reviews, all with promising results. All are for vascular dementia (not Alzheimers) and all are from China. All of them compared acupuncture to medication; two also used a combined acupuncture plus medication group. In five trials, acupuncture was significantly better than medication (Zhang 2011, Chen 2011, Wang 2010, Zhang 2008, Liu 2008b) and in three it was similar in effect (Zhao 2009, Chen 2009, Liu 2008a). Various different acupuncture treatment modalities were used: manual needling (Zhang 2011, Liu 2008a), electroacupuncture (Zhao 2009, Zhang 2008, Liu 2008b), moxibustion (Chen 2011, Wang 2010) and ear taping/pressing (Chen 2009). Most studies used recognised outcomes measures relevant to dementia and some also investigated possible biochemical mechanisms.

Despite this, there is certainly a need for larger, better quality trials, preferably from a wider range of countries.

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By |December 1st, 2015|Mental health|Comments Off on Acupuncture and dementia

Male factor infertility

Your semen analysis was less than perfect. Rest assured, you are not alone.

Male infertility is the most common reason for couples attending an IVF clinic. While IVF/ICSI is not a cure for male infertility – rather a bypass procedure; there is much you can do to improve your sperm.

There may be changes to some aspects […]

By |November 2nd, 2015|fertility|Comments Off on Male factor infertility

Preparing to Conceive

Did you know that it takes four and a half months from the time the follicle in your ovary starts to develop to the moment where the egg it contains is mature enough for ovulation?

There is much you can be doing in this time that will influence the development of that egg.

Diet: We are […]

By |September 2nd, 2015|fertility|Comments Off on Preparing to Conceive

Foods for a cold or flu: Chinese Medicine style

Getting a cold or flu is a natural course of life, and as your mum may have said, it’s a good clean out of your system (I am sure we can all relate to that). It’s not overly pleasant and sometimes can degenerate to bronchitis, sinusitis or pneumonia. However nature has provided us with foods […]

By |July 17th, 2015|blog, recipes|Comments Off on Foods for a cold or flu: Chinese Medicine style