There are many things women can do to resolve their fertility crisis naturally and there are also ways Chinese Medicine can increase chances of success with assisted reproductive technologies like IVF
Arden, NC (PRWEB) May 26, 2010
Dr. Randine Lewis, Ph.D., Lic.Ac. will host a fertility-enhancing retreat for patients and spouses at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle June 11th – 14th. The work at these intensive retreats is based on Dr. Lewis’ book, The Infertility Cure, a program that uses ancient Chinese medicine for aiding in getting pregnant and having healthy babies.
With a regime of acupuncture, dietary considerations, and a mixture of Chinese herbs, 75 percent of Dr. Lewis’ clinical patients were successful in achieving a healthy pregnancy and birth. At this point in her career, she no longer has a clinical practice and prefers to work with small groups of patients at her intensive retreats held all over the world. She tends to work with women in their 40’s who have been told they have little or no hope. It is a tougher patient group than she saw in her clinical practice but she still sees impressive results in terms of pregnancies and deep therapeutic healing for all who attend her retreats. This is her first retreat in the Seattle area where there will be a focus on “integrative medicine” – bringing forth the best of both eastern and western medicine for fertility enhancement. During the retreat, there will be a special presentation by Dr. Gerard Letterie of the Northwest Center for Reproductive Sciences.
Dr. Lewis decided on a career in medicine when her first child was in the third grade. As she completed medical school, she remarried and began to try for a second child. As time grew on, she began experiencing hormonal problems which resulted in her inability to conceive. After refusing to listen to her doctors who told her the answer was to hyper-stimulate her ovaries, she looked into her own solution: acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment. After three months, she was pregnant. Dr. Lewis changed her focus to an education surrounding traditional Chinese medicine and her family eventually moved to China where she practiced traditional Chinese medicine. Dr. Lewis is the founder of Eastern Harmony Clinic in Houston, where she treated infertility and recurrent miscarriage with Traditional Chinese Medicine.
“There are many things women can do to resolve their fertility crisis naturally and there are also ways Chinese Medicine can increase chances of success with assisted reproductive technologies like IVF,” Dr. Lewis says. “Dr. Letterie recognizes the value of integrating the best of eastern and western medicine into his practice and so we wanted to conduct this special retreat in Seattle with him.”
Acupuncture is a main ingredient of the retreat, and has been found to be a key catalyst in assisting women to achieve successful pregnancies. Acupuncture has been found to lower the stress hormones responsible for infertility, boost fertility as it increases the blood flow to the reproductive organs, increase endorphin production, and normalize the hypothalamic pituitary ovarian axis. In a study done by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, 160 women who were undergoing assisted reproduction therapy were divided into groups of two: one group received acupuncture before and after the embryo transfer, the other did not. As a result, 46.5 percent of the women who received acupuncture became pregnant. Only 26.3 percent of the women who did not receive acupuncture in the other group became pregnant.
In addition to the acupuncture, each participant will have an individual intake to confirm their diagnosis according to Chinese Medicine, and an acupuncture treatment by Dr. Lewis’ staff. Patients will receive a full regime of reproductive massage, nutritional guidance and eating plan, as well as intensive group work and lectures on both Western and Eastern reproductive medicine.
Although this regime dramatically increases the chances of getting pregnant, the retreat does so much more for the long-term aspect of women’s lives.
“Although I have seen many women get pregnant using this method – including myself, Randine also helps lives beyond helping women conceive,” Kristin O. of Boston, Mass. says. “She somehow is able to remind us of who we are, and all that we are capable of. With her help we are able to crawl out of our sadness and into a stronger, more confident and aware self. I can honestly say that after three of Randine’s treatments, I have found a state of happiness and peace that I forgot was possible.”
Dr. Lewis says that with this program, women will learn to shift their paradigm into taking full control of their bodies. Women will learn different types of treatments that regulate hormone levels and will receive methods to increase reproductive response. Women in this program will also reduce their physiological response of stress.
“We are not trying to force a pregnancy,” Dr. Lewis says. “We are opening you up on every level. We are making changes in your life which reduce the stress of infertility… We go at [getting pregnant] like we devour everything else, and try to force it to happen. When life is our goal, these methods don’t work. Unsuccessful reproductive medical intervention often makes women crazy. We need a sane approach”
The infertility program is scientifically and medically based, and does not interrupt the body’s own functions. It is about helping to resolve deficiencies and imbalances and allow a pregnancy to happen. For more information and online registration for the June retreat with Dr. Lewis, visit http://www.thefertilesoul.com.