Fertility Acupunture: Resources
At Westlake Complementary Medicine, we have found the following resources to be essential in assisting our patients on their Journey to Parenthood:
Reproductive Endocrinologists, IVF Specialists
Fertility & Surgical Associates of California
Dr. Richard Buyalos Jr., M.D., FACOG, Gary D. Hubert, M.D. and
Ashim Kumar, M.D.
325 Rolling Oaks Drive, Suite 110
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Nourishing Life Yoga
Dr. Robin Saraswati Tiberi, DAOM, L.Ac., MTSOM, RYT
Fertility Support Groups
Resolve: The National Infertility Support Association
The American Fertility Association
Fertility Enhancing Retreats
American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine
Basal Body Temperature Charting
- Making Babies, A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility
Sami David, M.D. and Jill Blakeway, LAc
- The Infertility Cure
Randine Lewis, Ph.D.
- The Way of the Fertile Soul
Randine Lewis, Ph.D. (FABORM)
- The Tao of Fertility
Daoshing Ni, D.O.M., L. Ac. Ph.D. (FABORM)
- Fertility Wisdom
Angela C. Wu, L. Ac. OMD
- Taking Charge of Your Fertility (Revised Edition)
Toni Weschler, MPH
Fertility Acupuncture Specialists
Traditional Chinese Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Spence Pentland
2618 w. broadway
Vancouver BC Canada
The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness
Director - Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABORM
Doctor of Acupuncture (RI)
Acubalance Wellness Centre
Dr. Lorne Brown, B.Sc.,CA, R.Ac, Dr. TCM, FABORM
250-828 W. 8th Ave
Vancouver BC Canada V5Z1E2
Eastern Harmony Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic
Sadhna Singh, M.B.B.S, MSOM, LAc, FABORM
4611 Montrose Blvd, Suite A201
Houston, TX 77006
Oriental Health Solutions, LLC
Dagmar Ehling, MAc,LAc,DOM(NM),Dipl OM,FABORM
907 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705, USA
The Fertile Soul Institute
Randine Lewis, MSOM, LAc, PhD (India), FABORM
26 Glen Cove
Arden, NC 28704
Toll Free: 1-866-4MYFERTILITY
Caylie See, MS, L.Ac., FABORM
2339 3rd. St., Ste. 4R-70
San Francisco, CA 94107
Tel: (415) 553-5999
Gerald Williams, LAc(CA),DA (RI),MSTOM,FABORM
Marc Sklar, LAc(CA),DA (RI),MSTOM,FABORM
2425 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 180
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 265-0291
Eastern Center for Complementary Medicine, Inc.
Brandon Horn, PhD, JD, LAc, FABORM
Wendy Yu, PhD(c), LAc
5910 Monterey Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Phone: (323) 551-5962
East Winds Acupuncture, Inc.
Diane K. Cridennda, LAc, FABORM
1422 N. Hancock Suite 5 South
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 520-5056
Martin J. Herbkersman, MTOM, Dipl.OM, FABORM
1920 Bull Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
East West Health Center
Treasurer - ABORM
Wenying Lin OMD, L.Ac., FABORM
8200 E Belleview Ave, 280E
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Ilumina: A Peaceful Path to Pregnancy and Healing
Secretary - ABORM
Dana Price, DOM(NM), L.Ac., Dipl. OM, FABORM
7520 E. Camelback Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The Zoll Center for Reproductive Wellness
Stuart J. Zoll, DOM(FL), L.Ac., FABORM
7301 W. Palmetto Park Rd., Ste 103C
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Having a baby is a truly joyful and miraculous event. And for those of us over the age of 40, we need every bit of help that science and nature can offer. I was 38 when my husband and I got married. We immediately started trying to have a family. My gynecologist had warned me about decreasing fertility levels in females over the age of 35, but nobody can predict when cupid's arrow will strike and the instinct for motherhood will kick in.
After six months of trying to conceive the natural way, we went to see my OBGYN, who also happened to specialize in infertility. My husband and I both went in and had several tests done to evaluate our fertility status. As it turned out, my husband - a smoker of 30 years - had a low sperm count, and I had one blocked fallopian tube. Per our doctors recommendation we began the process of assisted reproductive medicine with fertility medications and artificial insemination. After several tries without success, we proceeded to stronger medications and an in-vitro insemination - again without success. This routine did not work for us, and it was quite emotionally and financially draining. After 2 1/2 years we decided to try something else, or just adopt.
Quite coincidentally, at a holiday party, I ran into an old girlfriend who appeared to be about six months pregnant. I knew that they had been trying for a second child for at least a decade! She told me that Chinese Medicine had been the key for her. A week later I ran into an old friend who asked me what my fondest wish for the New Year was. Without hesitation I replied that I wanted a baby, and I grimly related the difficult process we had been through for the past two years. Both of these friends mentioned the same name - Dr. Rubio. I made an appointment the next day and began the process of Traditional Chinese Medicine in my hopes of conceiving.
Dr. Rubio told me at my first visit that despite my age and fertility history, I should not lose hope. He said that it was definitely possible to get pregnant, but that it would take some time. I was an active professional in the entertainment industry and had international duties to oversee as well. Dr. Rubio suggested that I might need to prioritize my life a little different if pregnancy was my number one goal. He recommended that I decrease my work hours and eliminate my travel requirements as much as possible to lower my stress levels. He told me that stress can affect reproductive hormones adversely and that it was these hormones that we would be trying to bring back into balance in order to assist my fertility.
At first it was very difficult to cut back on my work duties. However, the thought that I was actively assisting my efforts to get pregnant empowered me to make the necessary choices. It was also difficult to get used to the taste of the Chinese herbal teas he prescribed as part of my fertility treatments. He even had my husband taking herbal pills to bump up his sperm counts. Despite the long drive from work to Dr. Rubio's office, the treatments themselves became a respite and refuge for me.a time to recuperate, be still, relax and visualize myself being pregnant.
After 14 months of treatment, miscarrying twice along the way, our dream came true: we were pregnant. And we did it the old fashioned way.
When I think of those first few weeks of my pregnancy - how Dr. Rubio strongly suggested that I rest and cancel my international travel plans - I can only smile and be thankful that I listened. My son Cameron is now almost two years old, and even though I am now 44 years old, I am again making the weekly pilgrimage to Dr. Rubio's office in hopes that miracles come in twos.