With the combination of acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and these advanced bodywork techniques, Inner Peace can address many aspects at once.
Bodywork therapy is a variation of massage therapy focusing more on the biomechanics aspects of the human body.
Bodywork is designed to help release tension in the nervous, muscular, and circulatory systems. When tension is relieved, stress levels are reduced, bodily awareness is heightened and emotions are more balanced.
What makes bodywork particularly unique is that it works in conjunction to address issues that are both physical, like pain, and emotional, like stress. Bodywork can be administered in a variety of ways, but the desired outcome of bodywork is essentially the same.
Your treatment plan may include the following:
– Detailed health history intake
– Regular acupuncture treatment
– Chinese herbal medicine prescription
– Diet and lifestyle counseling
When used in conjunction with IUI/IVF procedures, acupuncture reduces the side effects of fertility medications, improves blood flow to the ovaries to enhance follicle growth and egg quality, and improves blood flow to the uterus, which helps to thicken the uterine lining.
Additionally, acupuncture helps to reduce uterine contraction after the insemination procedure and embryo transfer, and reduces the anxiety and stress commonly associated with preparing for assisted reproductive
The customized treatment protocol for you typically includes the following components:
– Customized treatment based on each of your personal patterns.
– Special protocol for each phase (prep, stim, retrieval, transfer) of the IUI/IVF process
– Use of research-based protocols before and after embryo transfer or insemination procedure.
– Customized treatment post-procedure to increase chances of implantation.
– Chinese herbal formulas may be prescribed prior to the start of fertility medications.
– Herbal formulas will be stopped once you begin your fertility medications. This is to minimize any interactions between them because there is little research about the effects of using herbal medicine with fertility medications.
– We work with you to ensure that your diet is in alignment with your treatment plan, as diet impacts your fertility and your overall health.
While not necessary, it is best to start a treatment program 2-3 months prior to beginning the ART procedure. If your IUI/IVF procedure is less than a month away, we can still help because even a single treatment can be effective.
If you are undergoing or considering IUI/IVF, or want to learn more about how we can help you, please feel free to contact us.
If you’ve been told that you have high FSH, diminished ovarian reserve, and that conception is not possible with your own eggs, our treatments can help to stimulate the ovaries to lower the FSH level and help to maximize your reserve.
FSH is one of the many hormones needed to produce healthy eggs. The FSH level measures the responsiveness of the ovaries when they are stimulated either by medications or by naturally-produced hormones. The more receptive the ovaries are, the lower the FSH number. A high FSH level often indicates that the ovaries are not responding to the signals coming from the brain.
Elevated FSH is a result of hormone fluctuation caused by the lack of communication between the brain, the pituitary gland, and the ovaries. Many factors interfere with the balance of the HPO (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian) Axis, including diet, lifestyle, stress, and age.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can successfully increase blood flow to the entire pelvic region, including the ovaries. Better circulation improves the functions of any organ, and the same is true for the ovaries. Egg quality can improve, even in women with low ovarian reserve, and we frequently see a decrease in FSH levels with consistent treatments.
Environmental factors have been shown to dramatically influence egg quality regardless of age, so diet and lifestyle counseling is part of our treatment protocol in addition to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
It typically takes three months to see results, whether it’s pregnancy or lowered FSH and higher AMH levels. If you have been diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve, elevated FSH, or if you have had to cancel an IVF cycle due to poor response to stimulation, find out how acupuncture can make a difference for you.
With the combination of acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and these advanced bodywork techniques, Inner Peace can address many aspects at once. We’re not just helping you; we’re helping you help yourself. We delve into the root of the issue and help you achieve your goals in a healthy, holistic way.
Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). This is a small, spongy herb that can expedite the healing that comes with acupuncture. Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is best used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.
Tui na means “pushing grasping,” and is a powerful form of Chinese medical bodywork. Based on the same Oriental medical principles as acupuncture, tui na seeks to improve the flow of qi through the meridian channels. Though tui na is a form of therapeutic massage, it is not generally used for pleasure and relaxation. It is designed as a treatment to address specific patterns of disharmony. Tui na is particularly effective for conditions involving muscles, tendons and joints, such as structural misalignment, orthopedic problems, and sports injuries.
In this ancient technique, a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation.
Cupping is very relaxing and generally not painful. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles and encourage blood flow. Traditional cupping sometimes referred to as “fire cupping,” uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups.