Acubalance Wellness Centre First in Western Canada to Offer Revolutionary New Laser Acupuncture for Fertility Treatment

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A new technology -- low-level laser therapy (LLLT) -- may significantly boost pregnancy rates of women who are struggling with infertility.

Dr. Lorne Brown

What is exciting about this study is that it shows that our laser actually improves the energy production--or ATP--of the egg cells, making them function more like younger eggs, says Brown.

Let there be light! A new technology is offering renewed hope for the one-in-six BC couples struggling with the challenges and emotional burden of infertility. A growing number of studies are showing that low-level laser therapy (LLLT) may significantly boost pregnancy rates of women who have been unsuccessful with other assisted reproduction treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Acubalance Wellness Centre (acubalance.ca) is the first natural fertility clinic in Vancouver British Columbia to offer patients this clinically-tested system that uses LLLT to stimulate blood flow to the reproductive organs and enhance cellular energy production. The LLLT treatment is particularly promising for couples coping with ageing-related reproductive problems.

Until recently, Western reproductive medicine has traditionally maintained that ageing and declining egg quality is an irreversible process. However, ground-breaking research with low-level lasers conducted in Denmark and Japan is showing that it may be possible to improve egg quality, slow down the ageing process, and significantly improve fertility in women and men. The studies show that LLLT used on acupuncture points on the neck and over the ovaries appears to enhance mitochondrial activity and ATP production, and help reduce oxidative damage.

Founder and medical director of Acubalance Wellness Centre and author of The Acubalance Fertility Diet, Lorne Brown, Dr.TCM, sees enormous potential in this research for women who are struggling to conceive—particularly those who are of advanced maternal age, diagnosed with poor egg quality, or have been diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS.

“What is exciting about this study is that it shows that our laser actually improves the energy production--or ATP--of the egg cells, making them function more like younger eggs,” says Brown. “All our cells are powered by little structures called mitochondria. Eggs have about 200 times more mitochondria than any other cell. When eggs are developing, they use a tremendous amount of energy. After 35 years, the mitochondria wear down. At age 40, nine out of ten eggs are abnormal.”

Studies show that mitochondria of older eggs are capable of producing significantly less ATP, which is the source of cellular energy. This has a significant impact on fertility, as the rate of division and successful implantation of embryos has more to do with their rate of ATP production than with maternal age per se. Consequently, the capacity of LLLT to improve the ATP production of eggs has a potentially dramatic effect on their viability.

Furthermore, it is known that older follicles have fewer defences against cellular damage caused by oxidative stress, and that this is related to poorer IVF outcomes. Studies suggest that LLLT treatment could also help with this condition, along with other complications which impede fertility later in life.

“Increased energy level (ATP) in the cells, improved blood circulation, softening of scar tissue and a reduction in inflammation. These factors are all beneficial to female reproduction in general and to the receptivity of uterine lining,” says Brown.

Recent studies in Japan and clinical results in Denmark have delivered very promising results in this direction. The Danish report showed that LLLT had a pregnancy rate of 68% success for women after at least 4 years of failure with other ART methods [Grinsted, Arne. "Laser Therapy for Female and Male Infertility." The Annals of Laser Therapy Research. N.p., 4 Dec. 2016. Web. 04 May 2017].

LLLT studies have also pointed to the efficacy of laser treatment in raising the quality of the male partner’s semen, in particular, motility [Laser Therapy and Fertility in Practice” PowerMedic Lasers. April 3rd, 2017].

Similarly, the Japanese studies have shown a connection between improved fertility and laser therapy, concluding that even in very low doses, laser therapy can help improve the woman’s chances of conception. Under the direction of Dr Toshio Ohshiro at Sanno Hospital, an extended trial on LLLT was performed on 701 infertile patients, 156 (22.3%) of whom became pregnant. This resulted in a successful live birth rate in over half (50.1%) of those pregnancies.

LLLT has also been shown to be beneficial for a host of other medical issues, particularly those related to women’s health. Laser treatment has been used successfully to treat frequently recurring abdominal infections and inflammations in women, including herpes, candida, allergies, and chlamydia. In addition, it has been used to address hormonal imbalances such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone which results in the growth of ovarian cysts. There have also been promising results in the treatment of endometriosis [Cited in Doidge, Norman. The Brain’s Way of Healing. New York: Viking, 2015].    

Dr Brown is a passionate believer in the contribution that state-of-the-art techniques like laser acupuncture treatment can make to integrative reproductive care. He stresses that innovative technology such as the LLLT is just one element of a holistic treatment that combines eastern and western medical health practices. “I bring together the best of Chinese and Functional Medicine with new technology to provide my patients with the best chance of having a healthy baby.”

Dr Lorne Brown will be hosting an information session on June 8th at 6:30pm to review natural approaches to help you reach your peak fertility, including using LLLT.

http://acubalance.ca/events/laser-for-infertility

About Acubalance

Acubalance Wellness Centre (Acubalance.ca) is Vancouver British Columbia’s leading reproductive wellness clinic, specializing in natural integrative care for fertility, pregnancy, and women’s health. As the first clinic in Western Canada to introduce fertility acupuncture, Acubalance has helped thousands of women and couples find the way to conceive and have a healthy baby.

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