for Infertility, fertility, IVF, IUI support
FOR ACUPUNCTURE IVF SUPPORT – Ann P.
I have long been a proponent of
acupuncture. My first experience with Chinese Medicine led me to
become a firm believer in its amazing benefits. For years I
suffered from severe pain in my wrist due to repetitive strain
injury. After several doctors and surgeries with no relief, I
decided to go a different route and came upon acupuncture. It was
the only treatment that gave me relief from the pain. Moreover, I
noticed that other problem areas with digestion and sleep patterns
improved. From that point on, I have used acupuncture to help with
any issues that arise.
This year another issue arose when after trying
for 9 months, I could not get pregnant. I made the decision, that
at 41, I should consult with a Reproductive Endocrinologist to
assist with my fertility issue. And, so began the process of trying
to get pregnant with medical assistance. I actually got pregnant on
my first cycle of IVF, but it ended in a early miscarriage. People
say that going through fertility treatment is stressful and all
consuming, but until one is really going through it, no one truly
understands just how much stress it puts on a person emotionally and
physically and financially. And, stress is one of the critical
components that are supposed to be managed when a woman is trying to
After the miscarriage, I began to think about the next cycle and
what else I could do to enhance it. Of course, I thought of
acupuncture, but I needed a practitioner, as I had relocated. I
came upon the website of Houston Acupuncture and Herb Clinic and was
amazed to find an IVF Support Treatment plan. The clinic is one of
the very few to offer a comprehensive treatment plan for infertility
and IVF. Additionally, Jo-Mei Chiang’s credentials ensured a
practitioner with the right background and experience. I was very
excited and made an appointment immediately.
I was very pleased with the thoroughness of
my first visit. Acupuncturist Chiang does a thorough intake
regarding health, diet, lifestyle and history and discusses the
treatment in depth. The treatment does not just involve the
acupuncture itself, it is a comprehensive program that involves
herbs and certain dietary requirements. All of this is discussed
in depth and explained why it pertains to the treatment. I made a
commitment to the plan and began my treatment going three times a
week and taking 30 pills a day! Of course, while going for the IVF
support, again, I noticed improved sleep and digestion. But, also,
each session is like a deep relaxation and I always get a deep sound
nap. And, while on the herbs, I most definitely noticed improved
mood. All so positive! During the cycle, I complained to her
that I was not simulating as before, when I had 13 eggs. This round
I had 6 and I was beginning to worry. She stated, I don't care
about the quantity, we only need one good one! It is always
enjoyable going to see her, she has such a charming personality and
knows how to put a smile on your face, or alleviate your worry.
And, so we continued. At the transfer, my doctor told me that " I
never cease to amaze him". I had 4 textbook grade 1 embryos.
The last round I had only good/good and good/fair embryos.
I just smiled! Because I know without a
doubt, that the embryos were textbook directly because of the
acupuncture treatments. And, of course, Jannie was right! We only
needed one good one. It was a long two week wait. The
preliminary results looked promising, but I was very cautious due to
the disappointment of the last round. I went last week for my
weekly checkup, and I had a beta HCG of 5200 at 5 weeks and saw
the gestational sac on the ultrasound! I highly highly recommend to
anyone undergoing fertility treatment to make this IVF Support
treatment a part of your IVF cycle. Baby dust to everyone!
for Infertility, fertility, IVF, IUI support.
Acupuncturist, Jo-Mei Chiang,
is specialized in the women’s health, especially the fertility
issues. She goes through a depth consultation before the
infertility treatments because she believes to understand the
patient’s condition fully enough first is a foundation of the
treatments. She has applied acupuncture and Chinese medicine to
discover the underlying problems and promote the fertility function
specifically for more than 20 years. Not just taking care of the
physical conditions, Jo-Mei Chiang also carefully evaluates
patient’s emotional stress and life style. Her goal is encouraging
a healthy attitude for both mental and physical concerns, as well as
a peaceful and effective treatment plan.
When we treat infertility, there are some
aspects we are always look into and try to improve.
The first important thing is the foundation which is the condition
of menstrual periods: Is the menstrual cycle normal? Is there any
period? Is it coming every month? Is there any spotting in between?
Are there any severe PMS symptoms along the period? The blood flow
is good, too light or too heavy? How many days of bleeding?
Second, it is the ovulation. Are there any cysts in the ovaries? Do
you have PCOS? The levels of hormones are normal or not? Is there
any ovulation? Is the ovulation regular every month? The egg quality
is good or not?
Third, it is the implantation. Are there
frequent miscarriages? Are there any uterine fibroids? The lining
is good enough or not? Is there any severe cramping during the
Fourth, How is the husband’s conditions? The
sperm count is normal or not? The shape and activities of the sperm
are great or not?
Fifth, it is the emotional stress, diet and
life style. Stress, bad eating habit, and any addiction such as
smoking, drinking also play important roles in the infertility
Chinese medicine looks infertility with
different explanations and approaches. In many cases there are
unexplainable in western medicine but could be successfully treated
by Chinese medicine. Without utilizing hormonal replacement
medicines, Chinese tonic herbs and acupuncture could simply enhance
the Qi and blood flows that rebalance the hormone disorders,
strengthen the functions of reproductive organs for the egg quality,
conceive, implantation and a healthy full term pregnancy.
When menstrual periods are shot, light or irregular, in
Chinese medicine it is blood deficiency. There is not enough blood
to nourish the body and the reproductive organs. Cold hand, feet,
overall feeling cold are the common seen symptoms. When the body is
lack of the nourishment from enough blood circulation, the function
of ovaries and uterus of course fail automatically. The consequence
is the hormone level becomes irregular, the egg quality is pool, the
uterus lining won’t be thick enough to support the implantation, and
the whole womb won’t have sufficient nutrients to support the embryo
to grow. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs promote the blood flow
first, warm the body and rebalance the hormones, then enrich the
reproductive organs. Because of the replenishment form the
sufficient blood flows, the ovaries would develop good quality eggs,
the lining of uterus could be thick, rich, and developing a suitable
environment for the successful implantation as well as a healthy
full term pregnancy.
Fatigue, shortness of breath, no appetite, generally feeling
no energy are the indication of Qi deficiency in Chinese medicine.
Qi is the force to move the blood and body fluids and circulation of
all other substance in the body. Lack of Qi, the nutrients could not
evenly distribute to the organs and the activities or functions of
the organs would be impaired. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is
specialized in promoting and regenerating of Qi and blood.
Strengthen the Qi, the whole body becomes more energetic, more
activities produced in the reproductive organs. The Uterus and
ovaries are stronger from the replenishment, the performance of the
reproductive organs are much more vivid and sufficient. Clinically
the deficiency conditions often indicated at the Basal temperature
chart as well: averagely the body temperature is lower than 97.5,
no obvious spike on ovulation, and declining quick after the
In Chinese medicine blood stasis means the obstruction of
the blood flow such as blood clots, irregular spotting, or severe
menstrual cramps, etc. The blood stasis usually is the result of
long term of blood deficiency. This kind of obstruction could easily
interfere the function of the reproductive organs. The blood stasis
not only reduces the blood flow to the uterus, but also fails the
implantation. In addition, the stasis builds up the stagnation to
interrupt the flows of menstrual cycles such as scanty or light
bleeding or skip and stop the periods. There are different types of
blood stasis: Qi stagnation, cold coagulation, Qi deficient.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs replenish the organs and create more
blood flows to invigorate and remove the stasis, improve and
strengthen the blood supplies to the uterus, regulate the
menstruation and hormones, normalize the FSH level, upgrade the egg
quality, and provide a nutritional environment for the embryo.
Stress is an enormous negative influence to the fertility.
How does stress impact the reproductive organs? Stress creates
obstruction to the flow of Qi and blood that impairs the normal
connection of the entire body. when the communication of hormones
disturbed, the hormonal imbalance would be the result. High FSH
hormone, abnormal prolactin, low progesterone, low estrogen, no
ovulation, and poor lining are the possible consequence. Stress
could cause spasm of ovaries and fallopian tube that could easily
block the pathway for egg or embryo. In additional, stress
interrupts sleep pattern and emotional status. Acupuncture and
Chinese medicine very effective to release stress and relax the
systems that will enhance the communication of the entire body.
Western researches believe that acupuncture increase the release of
endorphin that helps body to relax. Besides reducing stress,
acupuncture increases the flow of Qi and blood that nourish the
tissues, organs and promotes the functions of the whole body.
Acupuncturist, Jo-Mei Chiang, is a specialist in acupuncture and
Chinese medicine for infertility. In past 20 years, she has been
helped many of patients get pregnant successfully. Her personal
care is warm and professional, and she develops a treatment plan
individually to fit for each patient’s condition.
Houston Acupuncture & Herb
|Monday - Friday
||9:00 am - 6:00 pm
||9:00 am - 1:00 pm
|After hours by appointment
|West Holcombe Clinic
||South Shepherd Clinic
Location 1 :
2431 West Holcombe @Kirby (between
Kirby and Fannin St./ Medical Center), Houston, TX
This clinic is at the corner of
Kirby Drive and next
to the Flower Corner.
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Location 2 :
2405 South Shepherd @ Westheimer (between Westheimer
and Fairview), Houston, TX 77019.
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