Traditional Chinese Medicine

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine

*Comprehensive natural health care system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses
*Concept of vital energy or Qi that flows through the body
*It regulates a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance and is influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang
*When the flow of Qi is disrupted disease or pain may result

Goal of Traditional Chinese Medicine

*To balance the yin and yang by promoting the natural flow of Qi (pronounced Chee)
*Treatment involves:
*Herbal medicine
*Exercise-Tai Chi & Qi Gong
*Dietary therapy

What is Chinese Herbology

*Plants, minerals, animal products
*Over 7000 are used in China
*Over 400 are commonly used in the US

*********Always advise your treating physician about the supplements which you are taking*********

What is acupuncture?

*Insertion of very fine needles in different points of the body
*Acupuncture points are strategic conductors of electromagnetic signals
*14 major energy channels run through the body that are called meridians

The five elements

*Wood- liver and gall bladder
*Anger, frustration, irritability
*Fire- heart and small intestine
*Joy, inappropriate laughter
*Earth-stomach and spleen/pancreas
*Worry, over-thinking
*Metal-lung and large intestine
*Sadness, grief and letting go
*Water-kidney and bladder
*Hormones-kidney system (kidney nourishes the brain)

Why might acupuncture help in IVF

4 possible mechanisms
*modulating neuroendocrinological factors
*increasing blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
*modulating cytokines
*reducing stress (decreases cortisol), anxiety, and depression