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Infertility: Complementary Medicine
Complementary and alternative medicine, as defined bythe National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. INCIID has tried to give you balanced information on this topic. For more information visi NCCAM
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Stress and Acupuncture By Marc Sklar, LAc, DA (RI), FABORM
Simply, acupuncture functions by affecting neural pathways along the body. Once these areas of the brain are contacted the body will respond by producing more or less of a certain chemical or hormone. (More)
Acupunture and IVF by Brian Acacio, M.D.
An old Chinese proverb states, ďA flower cannot blossom without sunshine.Ē The same holds true with fertility. Chinese medicine emphasizes the proper conditions for a successful and healthy pregnancy. This is where Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can play a very important role in improving IVF outcomes.
Yoga and Infertility by Leslie Daly
Yoga is a practice about connecting with oneself. It is about clearing the space - physically and mentally - to experience the prana, or life force, already present within you. Yogis believe that illness and suffering (douka) is in part caused by obstructions in our bodies and minds. Happiness (souka), on the other hand, is literally translated as "unobstructed space". Hatha yoga practice, with the intention of increasing fertility, focuses on clearing space in the reproductive environment so that more prana and breath (and oxygenated blood) can move into the system.
The Use of Herbal Medicine while undergoing ART By Anca Sira, Dipl. Ac, L.Ac.
There are many herbs that are used for treating fertility and herbal medicine may improve the success rate of ART.
Webinar --- Coping with the Holidays with Alice Domar, Ph.D.
A webinar is an educational module of a live event. This particular webinar is a discussion on coping with the holidays presented by Alice Domar, Ph.D. of the Mind Body Institute at Boston IVF.
Webinar - Fertility Enhancement with Complementary Medicine with Randine Lewis, Ph.D.
A new way of thinking about fertility and in particular infertility.
Staying Sane and Whole During Treatment By Jennifer Bloome, MS OTR, HWC
Some tips on staying in control and calm from Jennifer Bloom. Be sure to visit Jennifer's meditation forum to start your day!
Integrated Therapies for the Emotional Issues of Infertility By Barbara Blitzer, MSW
Managing the stressors of infertility through a mind-body approach.
TURNING BACK THE REPRODUCTIVE CLOCK: New Science, Old Wisdom By Randine Lewis MSOM, L.Ac., Ph.D.
Regarding the human egg: How old is too old? Perhaps we are asking the wrong question. Remember the psychological argument about nature vs. nurture? Letís rephrase the topic altogether. How can we help women in their mature reproductive years produce healthy children? I propose that the answer is found in the nature vs. nurture discussion. Nurturing the follicle in the 120 days before ovulation will produce a healthy egg, free of transmutation, free of the need for medical intervention.
The Mind/Body Connection: Its Role in Fertility and IVF
by Christo Zouves, M.D. and Suzanne Duffy
Western Medicine has traditionally been resistant to alternative therapies, focusing on the management of disease after it presents, often ignoring the fact that a particular organ or system actually belongs to a person or patient.