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Acupuncture And Herbs Increase Pregnancy Rates

This article is pretty technical but I would gladly answer any questions you have about Acupuncture and pregnancy. Please call me at 310-444-6212 or visit my website LucyPostolovAcupuncture.com Thank you!

Acupuncture improves fallopian tube patency and increases pregnancy rates. A combination of warm needle acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine improves tubal patency and increases pregnancy rates in women with fallopian tube obstruction. These are the findings of a study conducted at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of Tongchuan Chinese Medicine Hospital (Shaanxi, China). [1]

The study compared two groups. One received warm needle acupuncture and the herbal formula Tong Guan Tang. The other received Tong Guan Tang monotherapy. The sample size was 88 women with obstructed fallopian tubes. The total effective rate in the acupuncture plus herbs group was 93% compared with 70% in the herbal medicine monotherapy control group. A total of 39% in the acupuncture group became pregnant within 12 months of treatment, compared with 14% in the herb monotherapy control group. The study notes that acupuncture plus herbs is a safe and effective treatment for blocked fallopian tubes and is worthy of clinical promotion when applied in controlled clinical environments and only with treatment applied by licensed acupuncturists.

A total of 88 women were recruited for the study and were randomly assigned to the control group or the acupuncture group. The control group was comprised of 44 women, ages 22–37 (mean age 32 years). The women had been unsuccessfully trying to conceive for 1.5–8 years (mean 3.7 years) and there were 18 cases of primary infertility and 26 cases of secondary infertility. Of the 88 fallopian tubes in the control group, 46 were fully obstructed and 42 partially obstructed. The acupuncture group was comprised of 44 women, ages 23–38 (mean age 32.1 years). The women had been unsuccessfully trying to conceive for 2–7 years (mean 3.8 years) and there were 16 cases of primary infertility and 28 cases of secondary infertility. Of the 88 fallopian tubes in the acupuncture group, 43 were fully obstructed and 45 were partially obstructed. There were no statistically significant differences in baseline characteristics between the two groups at the outset of the investigation (p>0.05).

 

Acupuncture and Herbs
Both groups were treated with Tong Guan Tang, which was comprised of the following herbs:

  • Huang Qi 20g
  • Yi Mu Cao 20g
  • Gui Zhi 15g
  • Tao Ren 15g
  • San Leng 15g
  • Dang Gui 15g
  • Chi Shao 15g
  • Bai Jiang Cao 15g
  • Hong Hua 12g
  • Dan Pi 12g
  • E Zhu 12g
  • Chuan Xiong 12g
  • Fu Ling 12g
  • Lu Lu Tong 9g
  • Gan Cao 6g

The herbs were decocted in water and taken daily while warm, split into two doses for morning and evening. The formula was introduced 3 days after the last day of the menstrual period and stopped during menstruation. A course of treatment was comprised of one menstrual cycle. After each course, a pregnancy test was administered and treatment was ceased if it was positive. If the test was negative, treatment continued for up to a total of 3 cycles. In addition to this, patients assigned to the acupuncture group received treatment at the following acupoints:

  • Zigong (MCA18)
  • Zhongji (CV3)
  • Qihai (CV6)
  • Hegu (LI4)
  • Sanyinjiao (SP6)
  • Taixi (KD3)

Following standard disinfection, disposable, sterile needles were inserted and manipulated by rotation, using a balanced reinforcing-reducing technique. Once in situ, a piece of moxa roll was attached to the needle handles and ignited. The needles were removed once the moxibustion completed and the needles cooled. Treatment was administered for 5 consecutive days, followed by a 2-day rest. Treatment was stopped during menstruation and each menstrual cycle made up one course of care. A pregnancy test was administered at the end of each course to determine whether treatment would cease or continue.

 

Results
Outcome measures for the study included ovarian artery RI (resistance index) and PI (pulsatility index) as measured by abdominal color doppler ultrasound, complete blood viscosity (high shear), fibrinogen levels, and pregnancy rates after 6 months and 1 year. The total effective rates were also calculated for each group according to overall tubal patency.

Mean pre-treatment RI was 0.56 in the control group and 0.57 in the acupuncture group. Following treatment, it fell to 0.55 and 0.51 respectively. Mean pre-treatment PI was 2.95 in the control group and 2.96 in the acupuncture group. Following treatment, it fell to 2.89 and 2.48 respectively. Significantly greater improvements in both measures were observed in the acupuncture group (p<0.05).

Mean pre-treatment blood viscosity was 5.8 mPa-s in both the control group and the acupuncture group. Following treatment, it fell to 5.5 mPa-s in the control group and 4.2 mPa-s in the acupuncture group. Mean pre-treatment fibrinogen was 4.4 g/L in both groups. Following treatment, it fell to 4.2 g/L in the control group and 3.0 g/L in the acupuncture group. Significantly greater improvements were observed in the acupuncture group (p<0.05), indicating a possible additive or synergistic effect of combined therapy.

At the 6-month follow up, 4 women in the control group and 13 in the acupuncture group had become pregnant. At the 12-month follow up, a further 2 women in the control group and 4 women in the acupuncture group had become pregnant. The overall pregnancy rates after 1 year were 14% and 39% respectively (p<0.05).

The total effective rates were calculated for each group. Each case was classified as either recovered, improved, or ineffective, according to their tubal patency as assessed by radiography. In the control group, there were 15 recovered, 16 improved, and 13 ineffective cases, giving a total effective rate of 70%. In the acupuncture group, there were 32 recovered, 9 improved, and 3 ineffective cases, yielding a total effective rate of 93%. The difference in effective rates between the two groups was statistically significant (p<0.05).

The results of this study suggest that Chinese herbal medicine improves tubal patency and pregnancy rates, but its effects are greatly enhanced by the addition of warm needle acupuncture. No adverse reactions were reported in either group, indicating that these treatments are safe and well tolerated when applied by licensed acupuncturists in controlled clinical settings.

Blocked fallopian tubes may be caused by chronic pelvic inflammatory disease. To learn how to treat this disorder, visit the following courses. The first is PID and Chinese Medicine, Part 1, which is an ebook acupuncture continuing education course. The second is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Essentials, which is a video-based acupuncture continuing education course.

 

Reference:
Xiao Jinhuan (2019), “Clinical observation on treatment of infertility due to fallopian tube blockage with traditional Chinese medicine Tong Guan Tang and warm acupuncture,” Shanxi Medical Journal Vol. 48 (16) pp. 1991, 1992.

2020-02-27T12:12:02+00:00February 27th, 2020|

Satipharm initiates clinical research into the use of CBD for relief from menopause symptoms

PMS premenstrual syndrome Asian woman holding head in pain having headache, stomach cramps, acne, mood swings with symptoms written on blackboard background in chalk.

DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 20, 2020 /CNW/ – Health and wellness company Satipharm Ltd. (“Satipharm” or the “Company”) has initiated clinical research into the use of CBD for relief from menopause symptoms. Following the successful completion of its Phase II clinical trial demonstrating that Satipharm CBD capsules reduced seizures in children with treatment-resistant epilepsy by an average 73%, the company is now turning its attention to perimenopause and menopause.

Satipharm Ltd. (CNW Group/Satipharm Ltd.)

Utilizing Satipharm’s Advanced CBD capsules with Gelpell® delivery technology, manufactured under Good Manufacturing Practice (“GMP”), the aim of the clinical research is to demonstrate that Satipharm’s patented CBD formulation will provide significant relief from symptoms associated with these physiological changes.

Jonathan Hartshorn, CEO of Satipharm, commented “providing clinical evidence to our customers, on which they can base their health decisions, is a priority focus for Satipharm. Following the success of our Phase II clinical trial in epilepsy, we have been identifying new areas of research to advance the understanding of CBD. We are seeing increasing evidence that CBD is beneficial to women seeking relief from perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms which warrants further clinical investigation.”

Perimenopause for most women starts between the ages of 42 – 52, and can cause a number of undesirable symptoms, including:

  • irregular menstrual cycles
  • hot flushes
  • night sweats
  • fatigue
  • sleep issues
  • mood swings

Visit CannapyHealth.com for all your CBD needs

2020-02-20T11:50:03+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Coronavirus: Chinese researchers claim TCM herbal remedy could ‘inhibit’ 2019-nCoV

 

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Coronavirus: Chinese researchers claim TCM herbal remedy could ‘inhibit’ 2019-nCoV

CORONAVIRUS: Chinese Researchers Claim Formula Shuang Huang Lian could “ inhibit” 2019-nCoV. On Jan. 31, China’s state press Xinhua published an article that claims that the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM, under the Chinese Academy of Sciences) and the Wuhan Institute of Virology had discovered that the Shuanghuanglian oral liquid could be used to “inhibit” the 2019-nCoV. Call our office if you are planning to be on #airplane or #travel 310-444-6212 to buy this formula #coronavirus #chinesemedicine #acupuncture #health #healing #bh #brentwood #chineseherbs #research #clinicaltrials #pubmed #askdrsuzanne
Made from a blend of honeysuckle, Chinese skullcap and forsythia, shuanghuanglian is believed to be antiviral, antibacterial and good for the immune system; thus, it is often used to relieve symptoms such as fever, cough and sore throat.
I have this formula now in stock. Please call my office for more information. 310-444-6212
Stay well and healthy,
Dr. Lucy

2020-02-20T09:52:26+00:00February 17th, 2020|

Happy Chinese New Year 2020-Year of the Metal Rat

The Year of Metal Rat 2020 January 25, 2020-February 11, 2021 According to the Chinese Astrological Horoscope and Feng Shui, the year 2020 is the year of the Metal Rat. The personality of this sign reflects the mood and specific energy of this year. Financial: It is a year of renewed ambitions and strategies, where one turns their back with no regrets. An atmosphere of financial opportunity dominates the year 2020. However, wisdom and diplomacy remain your best allies to avoid the pitfalls and betrayals of partners. Lifestyle and Health: You should avoid extreme exhaustion. Try to prevent respiratory conditions, colds and flu. Watch out for skin discolorations. Acupuncture and meditation with breathing techniques are especially helpful in this year. Love and Family: Metal Rat is generous only with a member of his family, and is a passionate lover. Lucky colors: in the year of the Rat are gold, white and blue.
Since the rat is a very resourceful animal, I would like to offer you a complimentary treatment when a new friend and/or loved one you refer, comes to my practice. Please have them call Ron @ 310-444-6212 to schedule. Stay well and be healthy, Dr. Lucy
Copyright © 2020 Lucy Postolov, L.Ac., All rights reserved. #chinesenewyear #rat #horoscope #astrology #dalailama #askdrsuzanne  #healingjourney #oprah #acupuncture #chinesemedicine #integrativemedicine #cbdproducts

2020-01-24T15:48:07+00:00January 24th, 2020|

Is Cosmetic Acupuncture The New Botox?

acupuncture treatment in Los Angeles by Lucy Postolov

Article in Forbes Magazine about Facial Acupuncture which I have been using on my patients for 27 years. Come see me if you would like an alternative to injections and surgery.

Botox injections to erase facial lines are commonplace today but facial acupuncture, a treatment that’s been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is becoming increasingly popular as a natural alternative to plastic surgery and Botox. Acupuncture needles are a well-accepted treatment in the West for migraines or stress but facial acupuncture for aesthetic purposes is a more recent phenomenon. However, there are already dozens of clinics offering this service in London alone. Dr John Tsagaris, a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, was one of the first in the UK to offer facial acupuncture and is now one of London’s top practitioners in non-invasive aesthetic techniques. He combines the ancient traditions of Chinese medicine with new scientific medical insights to promote what he describes as “ageing well.” Dr Tsagaris’s methods have been praised by his loyal customers, including celebrity ones. Penelope Cruz in London’s Evening Standard recently described Dr John Tsagaris as “one of the best acupuncturists in the world.”

Using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Dr John Tsagaris uses acupuncture, specific bodywork, as well as herbal, supplement and lifestyle recommendations to help clients “age well” rather than to try to artificially hold back time. His signature treatment, “beauty acupuncture,” combines acupuncture with traditional facial treatments. Before the dozens of fine needles are applied to the face, the skin is prepared using Dr Tsaagaris’s own SkinPointEight products that cleanse and gently exfoliate. After the acupuncture, a SkinPointEight mask is applied and facial acupressure/shiatsu plus a derma-roller Chinese tool (that doesn’t include needles) is used to enable the ingredients in the mask to penetrate deep

So how does facial acupuncture actually work and does having at least 50 tiny needles inserted across the face hurt? The needles are incredibly fine so they make the slightest of painless pricks but what these tiny punctures do is cause the body to go into repair mode, increasing circulation and oxygen supply to the skin. The technique, inspired from traditional acupuncture, encourages production of newer, stronger collagen and elastin fibres resulting in improved firmness, elasticity, reduced fine lines and a healthier complexion and texture overall. This micro-wound healing response, unlike Botox, can influence the longterm health of the skin, working on more than just the superficial signs of ageing.

The main result people experience from facial acupuncture is a brighter, plumper complexion. The treatment does help to smooth lines and improve the firmness and volume of skin. But unlike Botox or dermal fillers, or a more extreme procedure like a facelift, facial acupuncture isn’t a quick, instant fix and more than one treatment is advised. An initial course of four treatments is suggested, once or twice a month with follow-up sessions to ensure maximum efficacy and long term results. Keeping in mind that a Botox treatment is an ongoing treatment as it only lasts a few months and involves injecting Botulinum toxin, it’s not surprising that a more natural treatment like facial acupuncture is becoming more popular.

In addition to facial acupuncture, Dr Tsagaris uses 20 minutes of LED (Light Emitting Diode) light therapy, backed up by NASA research, to activate skin cells and focus on skin’s cellular performance, to further enhance the acupuncture results. The treatment concludes with a short lymphatic facial massage with a special sonic device, followed by facial cupping to maximise the skin’s microcirculation and plumpness. The eye area is also gently treated with an eye massage tool and various serums and creams.

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to Botox or seeking a treatment that will ensure you leave with a healthy glow and less fine lines (and who doesn’t want that?) Dr Tsagaris’s signature acupuncture facial is definitely worth considering. Dr Tsagaris moved his practice this year to the Harrod’s Wellness Clinic.

2020-01-02T15:06:21+00:00January 2nd, 2020|

True Acupuncture Shows Promise for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

By Hannah Slater for CancerNetwork.com
December 13, 2019

A phase III study published in JAMA Network indicated that true acupuncture resulted in significantly fewer and less severe radiation-induced xerostomia (RIX) symptoms 1 year after treatment compared to standard care control (SCC) in patients with head and neck cancer.1

This research suggests that acupuncture may be considered for the prevention of RIX, however further studies are necessary to confirm clinical relevance and generalization of this finding, as well as to evaluate inconsistencies in response to sham acupuncture between patients in the U.S. and China.

“Although a cost-benefit analysis was not an aim of the current study, acupuncture is minimally invasive and has a very low incidence of adverse effects,” the researchers wrote.

In this 2-center, phase III cohort of 399 patients, 112 patients received true acupuncture, 115 received sham acupuncture, and 112 patients with SCC. The adjusted least square mean xerostomia score in the true acupuncture group (26.6 [17.7]) was significantly lower than in the SCC group (34.8 vs 18.7; = 0.001; effect size = -.044) and marginally lower but not statistically significantly different from the sham acupuncture group (31.3 [18.6; = 0.06; effect size = -0.26).

True acupuncture was significantly different from sham acupuncture only at Fudan University Cancer Center, Shanghai, China, and no adverse events (AEs) were reported at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center were related to acupuncture. Only 1 AE related to acupuncture was reported at Fudan (pain from needling at 1 site in the ear).

In an accompanying editorial written by Matthias Karst, MD, PhD, Hannover Medical School, and Changwei Li, MD, PhD, MPH, University of Georgia College of Public Health, it was suggested that because in China most patients are well aware of the differences in sham acupuncture and t