Acupuncture Helps Increase Fertility
by Dr. Jay Sordean
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Vera had been through every conceivable type of conception program Western medicine had to offer. Nothing worked. She remained childless. Fortunately, she met Dr. Randine Lewis who introduced her to Acupuncture. A little over a year later, she gave birth to a health baby boy.
A vibrant, cheerful young woman, Vera epitomizes the Southern belle, according to Dr. Lewis who tells her story in the book The Infertility Cure. This attractive and petite woman had been unsuccessful at achieving pregnancy, and this lead to numerous unsuccessful adventures at conception utilizing the techniques of Western medicine.
Vera had laparoscopic surgery because of painful periods and ovulation; she’d undergone hormone testing; and tried 6 months of the drug ClomidTM to stimulate ovulation at the recommendation of a doctor. As each procedure escalated in intensity and became more invasive she submitted to several cycles of intrauterine insemination and had one failed IVF (in vitro fertilization).
Growing discomfort with medical treatments brought her to the office of Dr. Lewis, where she was examined from a perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Dr. Lewis spent 4 years studying and practicing TCM in China and attributes her own successes with motherhood to this background. The Infertility Cure is one of her ways of sharing this information with everyone seeking to conceive.
A thorough examination of Vera’s condition lead Dr. Lewis to a diagnosis of hyperactivity (over activity) in her sympathetic nervous system. This was depriving the pelvic organs of blood flow. Twice a week Acupuncture was recommended to address the disharmony.
Dr. Lewis used traditional needle-type Acupuncture to address energy disturbances, reduce sympathetic dominance and to harmonize menstruation. Some electro-acupuncture to more strongly stimulate points in the lower back was also used. Vera was also introduced to self-administered femoral (upper leg) massage to increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.
“After beginning treatment, Vera’s next menstrual flow was heavier and without any pain,” says Dr. Lewis. The treatment was continued during the early phases of her next cycle of ovulation and changed only slightly about the time conception could occur. Dr. Lewis noted that 10 days after ovulation, Vera’s pulse became “rolling and lively.” This indicated to Dr. Lewis that Vera had conceived. This turned out to be true and months later Vera gave birth to a son!
Here is Dr. Lewis’s belief: “If you have been told you are infertile, I have one message for you: There is no such thing as infertility; it is a myth! Rarely have I met a woman of childbearing age with all her reproductive organs intact who isn’t capable of bearing children. As long as the anatomical structures are present, a medical diagnosis of “infertility” is often a fallacy. Many factors can cause a woman to have difficulty conceiving, but once these factors are overcome and a woman’s body is restored to health, conception can occur naturally.” Acupuncture is one of the tools that helps bring this about!
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