Chinese medicine and acupuncture offer you natural ways to increase fertility during the critical three to six months before conception. Our preconception program uses a blend of lifestyle counseling, mind-body techniques, herbal formulas, supplements and acupuncture to balance your hormones, improve your fertility, reduce stress and boost your overall health and well being.
How Does Chinese Medicine help Improve IVF Success?
Increase blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining
Improve male sperm factors
Relaxes the patient and helps reduce stress
Aid in preventing uterine contractions during embryo transfer
Diminishes the side-effects of the IVF medications
Improve circulation to the ovaries, nourishing the follicles as they mature
What to expect:
While receiving your acupuncture treatment, you will be lying down comfortably in a pleasant environment. Most people find acupuncture to be relaxing and may even fall asleep. Depending on your treatment plan, points will be selected on your arms, legs, head, ears, back or abdomen. You will be treated with respect and sensitivity.
To help achieve maximum benefit from your treatment, it is suggested that you:
- Wear loose clothing
- Make sure and eat before your treatment, and avoid caffeine for three hours prior
- Relax and breathe
- Ask questions
- Refrain from strenuous activity
- Drink plenty of water and nourish yourself with fresh food
Paradigm plans to officially open in 2021 and will offer Acupuncture with Jershua at the new building. In the meantime you can begin your Paradigm acupuncture at Jershua’s own clinic.
Initial Acupuncture Treatment
An Initial Acupuncture Treatment is a 1.5 hour appointment that includes acupuncture, dietary and lifestyle recommendations, and herbal prescription (if appropriate).
Follow-up treatments are between 45 minutes to one hour in duration.
A 30 minute appointment for Chinese herbal prescription only. Cost of herbs not included.
A 30 minute acupuncture treatment in the ear only.
Jerusha D. Stephens, LAc, FABORM
Jerusha is licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure and is a board certified Diplomat of Acupuncture and Herbology, nationally certified by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). She is presently Founder and President of the Mississippi Oriental Medicine Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to acupuncture advocacy. Her work with MOMA helped to usher in Mississippi’s inaugural Acupuncture Practice Act in 2009, which allowed for the licensure and regulation of the profession in her home state. Jerusha has been studying and practicing Oriental Medicine since 1998. She graduated from the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, Texas, in 2002, with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine.
When to use chinese medicine with ivf
For best results, acupuncture should be used before and during IVF. A recommended 6-8 weeks of weekly treatments in advance of your egg retrieval may maximize the benefits of acupuncture for use in conjunction with IVF. Your progress should also be monitored during the stimulation phase of your IVF. Continuing acupuncture after your embryo transfer is optional.
Acupuncture is safe during pregnancy in the hands of a highly skilled acupuncturist and can be used on an as-needed basis. If you have a history of Repeated Pregnancy Loss, it is recommended to continue treatment through the first trimester. For Frozen Embryo Transfers, many recommend four weekly treatments, with the last treatment on transfer day, if possible.
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