Acupuncture for Natural Fertility

Our Acupuncture Fertility Treatments have an overall 70% pregnancy success rate.

Acupuncture and oriental medicines have been used for thousands of years in order to increase the fertility and promote reproductive health in women. Records show that these methods were first used for fertility by Zhang Zhong Jing around the first century. He was known in the Han Dynasty for his medical work on treating disease in women. Acupuncture and oriental medicine practitioners are taught that the health of a person depends entirely on the balance of their life energy, or Qi.

Qi must be circulating in balance with blood in order for the body to function at its best. Normal functions can be boosted through the use of oriental medicine and acupuncture as well such as fertility which can be especially useful for couples who have been trying to conceive with no results. Fertility enhancement treatments depend on the person, but on average takes about twelve weeks. These treatments include methods such as herbal medicine, herbal therapy, diet changes, stress reduction courses, and acupuncture.

Natural Fertility With Acupuncture

Acupuncture and oriental medicine can help the reproductive system by:

– Lowering the chances of a miscarriage
– Enhancing blood flow in uterus
– Managing the menstrual cycle
– Heightening the chance of pregnancy for those performing in vitro fertilization
– Reducing anxiety related to reproductive problems
– Increasing hormone products in the endocrine system
– Enhanced fertility due to improved reproductive health

In addition to being an effective treatment for infertility, Acupuncture can be effective for treating PMS, painful menstrual cycles, and irregular periods, so if you are suffering from any of these then please call us as soon as possible to set up an appointment.

Labs 101

What Your Test Results Mean

If a woman has attempted to conceive for several months without a pregnancy, It is often recommended that she see her medical doctor for an evaluation. A physical examination and other tests may possibly be done. This will depend on her age, exam results, and any past medical history.

  • A hormone panel on the third day of her menstrual cycle is often ordered. Included in this panel are tests for FSH, LH, estradiol, and AMH.
  • FSH (Follicle-stimulating hormone) is an indication of the Ovarian reserve. Optimally, for fertility, this number should be around 10 mlU/ml. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine have been proven effective at lowering the FSH if it is elevated.
  • LH (lutenizing hormone). Triggers ovulation and stimulates the secretion of estrogen. The range on day 3 should be between 3-20 mlU/ ml.
  • E2 (Estradiol) Measures overall ovarian health. Healthy fertility values measure at 50-100pg/ml
  • AMH (Anti-mullerian hormone) Provides an approximation of the remaining egg supply. The normal range for a woman under 35 is 1.5 to 4.0ng/ml.
  • These test results are indicators of a healthy fertility quotient. Much can be done in traditional Chinese medicine to increase fertility, even if her test results are less than perfect.

Fertility Acupuncture Los Angeles

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Adjunct Treatment

fertilityWomen who were already in the process of in vitro fertilization or IVF, had an increased chance by sixty-five percent of getting pregnant when acupuncture was combined with this assisted reproductive therapy (ART) procedure.

Several trials were conducted to get these results. These trials involved more than thirteen hundred participants being split into three groups. One group received acupuncture before the embryo transfer, the second received it after the transfer, and the third did IVF without acupuncture. The results of the first two groups showed a sixty-five percent success rate. A recent study shows that IVF alone has a success rate if 13-43% depending on the patient’s age.

Scientists believe that acupuncture is able to stimulate certain neurotransmitters that are responsible for the production of a hormone that controls the menstrual cycles of women and their ovulation. It is also thought to improve blood flow in the uterus and causes the body to relax.  The treatment also reduces stress – which is a known deterrent to the success of IVF.

In addition to being an effective treatment for infertility, Acupuncture can be effective for treating PCOS, PMS, painful menstrual cycles, and irregular periods, so if you are suffering from any of these then please call us as soon as possible to set up an appointment.

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Pregnancy and PostPartum Care

Choosing Acupuncture for Support Throughout Your Pregnancy

pregnant womanA planned pregnancy is the beginning of a life-changing experience for a woman and her family. From the time she discovers she has conceived, she has many hopes and dreams. She anticipates exciting firsts. The nurturing a growing life inside her is a miraculous experience. Excitement, anticipation and fear are all in the mix when thinking about how much her life is about to change. One of the first, and most important, things she will have to consider is prenatal care so both mom and baby can be as healthy and happy as possible.

Acupuncture is a completely safe, effective and totally natural option for pregnancy support. Thousands of years of practice and development of the art of acupuncture, and now authentic, integrated training and a growing interest in the West attests to the wonderful results that so many pregnant women have experienced with acupuncture.

Acupuncture works by subtly opening and clearing the energetic channels of the body to correct imbalances, maximize flow and release tension. Imbalance, blockage and tension are really the underlying causes of discomforts during pregnancy.

Morning sickness: Morning sickness feels like your stomach is constantly being turned upside down and inside out. This usually occurs during the first trimester, but it can last throughout the whole pregnancy, and is not just in the morning. What is happening is the body is completely re-organizing itself to prepare to carry and nourish another life within. Acupuncture is able to address any physical resistance or structural imbalances that result in nausea and vertigo.

Fatigue: Dealing with fatigue during pregnancy can exacerbate all the other problems. It is especially important to conserve energy and feel strong and relaxed as the due date approaches. Acupuncture is non-habit forming, and does not involve any drugs that can harm the fetus – while allowing the body to relax into a good nights sleep. Sometimes a tired mother will even fall asleep during the treatment and wake up completely refreshed.

Acupuncture is also used to treat a myriad of other problems during pregnancy including: constipation, heartburn, swelling, sciatica and back pain.

What about pre-labor treatments?

Believe it or not, acupuncture is effective in turning a breech presentation (when the baby is feet-first) and can aid in natural induction in cases where the water has broken and labor has not initiated within 24 hours, for example.

What about post partum support?

Acupuncture addresses everything from baby blues and post-partum depression, to lactation support and mastitis. Remember, acupuncture works with the body’s energetic channels, balancing and opening to allow better flow and releasing tension. By choosing acupuncture, the mother-to-be is choosing one therapy that is natural, safe and effective support throughout the entire pregnancy.

For the best care and support using acupuncture throughout your pregnancy – contact us today.

Natural Childbirth

Are You Expecting? My Acupressure for Childbirth DVD Is a Must See!

Pregnancy is a truly miraculous time in a woman’s life. Nurturing a growing life brings with it so many dreams, anticipations and exciting firsts. It can also bring a lot of questions when it comes to how an expectant mother wants to experience childbirth and the entire delivery process.

Why Choose Natural Childbirth

I believe that the birth of every child can be a natural one with the right acupressure and breathing techniques. While conventional birthing options gain popularity each year, there are many reasons to choose a natural childbirth experience over a delivery that utilizes more aggressive medical intervention and the use of epidurals and other drugs. A major benefit for choosing a natural birth plan over a conventional birth plan can be found in studies whose results support lower cesarean section rates among women who do not opt for an epidural during labor. Many of these studies have shown direct links to the prevalence of cesarean section births in case where epidurals are used during labor (especially in the case of induced labors) both in the U.S. and world-wide.

Birth by cesarean section can often be frightening for a laboring mother, as well as her partner and increases a mother’s risk for infection from surgery. C-sections also significantly increase recovery time from childbirth. These factors, among many others, often help a mother decide that a natural childbirth is beneficial to both mother, and child. Of course, natural childbirth plans rely upon finding the right support and techniques to help accomplish the childbirthing experience each expectant mother desires.

I am proud to present all expecting mothers with our Acupressure for Childbirth DVD. “Acupressure and Breathing for Childbirth” celebrates the miracle of childbirth and discusses the effective use of acupressure for use throughout pregnancy and during labor, focusing on acupressure points and organized breathing techniques to create a superior childbirth experience.

A Healthy Pregnancy

Learn everything you need to know to maintain a healthy pregnancy, stimulate labor, and increase comfort during labor- as well as calming techniques for the mother, and so much more. Let me, Laurie Binder, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Class Educator (LCCE) RNCNP, MS, LAc, Doctor of Acupuncture, show you the simple acupressure points and breathing techniques that can transform your birthing process into the miracle you have been waiting nine months to experience!

While this informative DVD aims for a natural childbirth experience, it supports both natural childbirth plans and conventional birthing plans. The techniques allow all pregnant, and laboring mothers to enjoy the benefits of using acupressure points and organized breathing techniques throughout their entire pregnancy and birthing process, no matter their choice of birth plans

Laurie is the Best! Her treatments have been so helpful for my optimal wellness, especially in times of extra stress. Highly recommended!
Tyler Sussman
Tyler Sussman
I was not a believer in acupuncture but my trainer insisted that I go and try it for several issues I had going on. Laurie was great. She was very patient with me when I listed all my health concerns. She was very considerate and caring. She explained my conditions in traditional Chinese medical terms which made a lot of sense to me. I was concerned that the actual treatment with acupuncture would hurt but it didn’t at all and I felt great after! Acupuncture works! Highly recommend.
Jeffrey Nicholas
Jeffrey Nicholas
Laurie is the best acupuncturist in Los Angeles! She keeps my periods regular and pain free and treats my chronic back pain to keep me moving!
Tracy Anderson
Tracy Anderson
I truly wish I could give Dr. Laurie Binder more than "5 Stars" as she's worth at least 10! She has truly transformed my life in a very short time. I started meeting with Laurie about 5 weeks ago, having never done acupuncture and not knowing what to expect. She was so kind, ebullient, compassionate and patient (I ask a LOT of questions) while explaining the procedure, the needle point placements, the history of acupuncture and the benefits of the therapy. Just by taking a quick glance at my tongue and feeling my pulse, she was able to diagnose a Spleen Qi Deficiency. Obviously, I had no clue what that meant, but when she started listing the symptoms--chronic fatigue, anxiety, being a worrywart, trouble losing excess weight, bloating and gas--the diagnosis was spot on! And, honestly, I had resigned myself to the fact that "that's just who I was" at this point in life. But to my extreme delight, after just one treatment with Laurie I noticed tremendous improvements in most of these areas. Almost instantly, that incessant chatter and worry that had filled my brain for years was quieted; and, it has continually diminished with each additional treatment. I now have a clear headspace and can focus on things that matter and bring me joy - I signed up with a Personal Trainer (I had been "thinking about it" for 2+ years), I am eating a clean/healthy diet for the first time EVER, I have let go of toxic/unhealthy relationships that I held onto for far too long and I just signed the lease on a new apartment after vacillating for the last 6 months. All of this in 5 weeks! In addition to those tangible "life" changes, my energy is phenomenal, my sleep has improved, I have little to no mood swings (I'm a Cancer lol) and I am the happiest I have been in many many years. I can't thank Laurie enough for her truly gifted work. I am, quite frankly, amazed by just how quickly and dramatically she has helped me transform my life for the better. I recommend her without reservation.
Simon Smith
Simon Smith
Laurie gets six stars in my book. She is attentive, knowledgeable and a healer. She has always been present with me...every single time I've seen her. In my opinion, there is nothing more important, comforting and healing than that
Stephen Capaldo
Stephen Capaldo
Acupuncture may not be for everyone, but if you have a fear of needles, please don't let that be a factor in seeking treatment from Dr. Binder. Acupuncture needles are so thin that the sensation you feel is more like a "zing" than a pin prick. I know, because I'm one of those people who really doesn't like needles at all. It took me a long time to try acupuncture as a way to relieve some aches and pains that otherwise wouldn't go away. I tried massage, body work, chiropractic, everything but would wake up feeling stiff and tired - no it wasn't my mattress or pillow. After two treatments with Dr. Binder my energy levels had increased dramatically and my aches and pains were gone. Really. Since then, I have found acupuncture treatments to help a variety of issues in a natural, healing way rather than seeking medications that only mask symptoms. Dr. Binder is a kind, caring, healing person with an abundence of knowledge and an excellent "bedside manner." Her offices are calm and soothing and so is her treatment process. I highly recommend her to anyone, especially those of you who are not fans of needles.
Jill Mazur
Jill Mazur
I have seen Laurie for just over one month regarding weight loss. I have lost 10lbs so easily. Her acupuncture and her diet sheet is amazing. There was no pain but lots of gain (loss) in weight! I have never been so happy with any other method of weight loss, her scheme is enjoyable and certainly gets the results.
Victor Green
Victor Green
I started going to Laurie for pain. It was my first time receiving acupuncture and really didn't know what to expect. Laurie's office is comfortable, relaxing and quiet. Laurie took the time to discuss my concerns. She really listened and really made me feel comfortable my first time. I am very active; I was in a lot of pain and discomfort and did not know how to manage that. Within a few sessions with her I could feel a great difference in my over all heath and had a lot less pain. Every time I see her I feel better. She is truly amazing at her work and really knows what she is doing. She has changed my life and helped me get my body running it's best with very little pain throughout my day. I see her weekly and her services only get better, she never rushes my appointment, she always listens to my needs and I truly feel better every time I see her. Not just after the session but truly better and the pain does not come back. It's amazing, some of the issues I have had my entire adult life and have been seen by several doctors and they could never help me. Laurie is helping me with these issues and I have incredible results from her. I would highly recommend her acupuncture and alternative health services. She knows what she's doing and truly cares about her patients and bettering their health.
Gia Genau
Gia Genau
I'm so glad I found this wonderful acupuncturist in Dr. Laurie! I have had acupuncture with several practitioners but Laurie is the best. Great bedside manner and you can tell she genuinely cares about her patients.
Jim Carraway
Jim Carraway
I have had back pain for years and haven’t been able to find relief with doctors. Dr. Binder was very companionate, listened to my complaints, and was extremely thorough. Dr. Binder is very knowledgeable and explained the process in a way that was easy to comprehend. I felt at ease with her and the process was painless. I felt immediate relief after my first treatment. I highly recommend Dr. Binder for any ailment you may have.
Elaina Hassan
Elaina Hassan
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