How many treatments will it take?
have seen a woman who conceived after only one-month
treatment, and in some cases it took eight to ten months to
correct all the underlying disharmonies. However, in my
experience, it takes minimum of 3 months for women who take
herbal decoctions and a little longer for those who take
powder or pill forms. Herbal decoctions are much stronger
and work faster even though these are not the patients'
What is the frequency of acupuncture treatment?
could be once a week or twice a week depending on the
severity of your condition, response of your body to the
acupuncture treatment, and specific time of your cycle. For
example, you wonĄŻt have any treatment during your
menstruation. If you have an elevated FSH, you may get more
frequent treatments during the follicular phase. I will
decide as we closely monitor changes in your system.
How long is an acupuncture treatment?
The initial visit will take about
one and half-hour. Subsequent visits should take less than
How do the Chinese herbs help with fertility?
herbs are designed to help the body produce the proper
levels of hormones on its own. Many of the ingredients in
Chinese herbal formulas may have little hormonal effects,
but the effect of the whole formula substantially increases
hormone levels. Herbs contain natural energetic substances
that correct the underlying problems. The synergy of these
substances produces their potent effects. The active
ingredients are buffered by the whole plant and blended with
other herbs, reducing their side effects. This is why I
prescribe you an herbal formula instead of a single herb to
improve your condition.
Which form of Chinese herbal medicine am I going to take?
is up to you. You can cook raw herbs daily and drink the
decoction, take extract powder mixed into water, or take
pills. Personally I prefer herbal decoction since I found it
has the strongest effect and works faster than any other
forms. My Korean Master prescribed his patients raw herbs
only. However, the smell and taste of decoctions are not
quite pleasant and make Western patients less compliant.
Why are your programs three-months long?
an egg to grow from a follicle in its resting state into a
full-blown egg ready to be released takes up to 150 days.
Follicles are selected from the pool of resting follicles
almost a year before ovulation. Over the course of 5 months,
the follicle has quadrupled in size and has gone through
many stages of proliferation. Therefore, it is ideal to
receive TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) treatments for five to six months. However, I am
giving you a chance to review the progress after the first
three months. If you (or I) think you are ready to try to
conceive, itĄŻs ok. If we decided you need more treatments,
you can do another three months or month-to-month.
If I plan to try IVF or IUI, when do I need to start your
you try any ART procedure, you have to make sure the quality
of eggs your ovary produce is healthy. For an egg to grow
from a follicle in its resting state into a full-blown egg
ready to be released takes up to 150 days. I expect my
patients begin their treatment at least three month prior to
any ART cycle.
you have used ART for more than one cycle, itĄŻs vital that
you understand the effects of hormonal manipulation on a
womanĄŻs reproductive health. Drugs that compel the ovaries
to produce more eggs have a long-term energetic effect of
depleting the Essence of the Kidney. It is therefore wise to
give your body a break between hormonal cycles to recover
the Kidney Essence.
Do I need to have acupuncture treatments during IVF?
many infertility physicians do not allow use of herbs during
the ART cycle, it is solely patientsĄŻ decision and
responsibility if they want to keep utilizing acupuncture,
herbs, or both during their ART cycle. If you had a
successful TCM pre-IVF treatments and I decided your body is
ready for the ART, you may be fine without any TCM
treatments during your ART. However, if you did not have
enough time (minimum of three months) to address the
underlying problems, or if I decided your body is not ready,
then it becomes your decision. Remember I said minimum
of three month. That means many patients need more time than
just three months to make their body ready for pregnancy.
My husband has problems with his sperm. When does he need to
start your program?
process of sperm maturation averages 70-90 days. Therefore,
it is beneficial that the male receive acupuncture and
Chinese herbal medicine for at least three months before
trying to make his partner conceive or trying any ART
Am I to be concerned about my irregular menstrual
medicine does not pay much attention to abnormalities of
menstrual cycle. In Western medicine, the main factor for
the pregnancy is your age. However, in TCM, the key to
natural conception is a healthy, normal monthly cycle.
Therefore, it is crucial to address/resolve your menstrual
problems to be able to conceive naturally or with help of
What is the success rate of your clinic?
to my experience, the success rate was the highest in Korea
and then China. The success rate in the U.S. was the lowest
among those three countries. The reasons are:
- Patients always
take herbal decoction instead of herbal powder or pills
in Korea. Herbal decoctions are much stronger in the
potency and work faster.
- The use of TCM
for infertility is common in the Asian countries. By the
time patients come to see me, they have already heard of
or talked to other women who had conceived with help of
TCM. Therefore, they have more confidence in TCM and
follow through the program. Most of time, it takes
minimum 3 months up to a year to restore womenĄŻs
reproductive system healthy enough to conceive. I found
it difficult for many patients here to continue their
treatment longer than three months.
our success rate is around 60% for female infertility and
95% for male infertility.
Will my insurance cover acupuncture?
most insurance companies do not cover for infertility
treatments. Some companies offer flexible spending accounts,
which can be used for acupuncture treatments. Please check
with your employer.