Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

Today a patient called me–She said she labored this morning and gets a baby girl after our 2 session acupuncture treatments.

Her labor was over-due at 42 weeks and 2 days pregnancy, her OB doctor suggested her using medication to induce the labor. But she liked to try acupuncture first. It was worked! She got two days’ treatments in our center for “acupuncture labor induction”.

However, another patient (with 40 weeks pregnancy) got two acupuncture treatments during this week in our center, she did not start the labor yet, only got more intermittent cramping, she did not resume our acupuncture treatment. She said she likes to wait and see what will happen.

Acupuncture does help some of the patients whose labor is over-due. Based on our experience, two to three session acupuncture is needed–once a day, each for 45 to 60 minutes. We had 7 cases for “acupuncture labor induction”– 4 were successful, 2 were not (did not have enough cramping with 36 hours after the second acupuncture treatment) , one stopped only after one acupuncture(too hurry to start the medication).

I find there are more and more needs in natural way to accelerate/ induce the labor. Some video are online:


For more information is at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19922252

J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Nov;15(11):1209-14. doi: 10.1089/acm.2009.0100.

Effect of acupuncture on induction of labor.


Division of Chinese Medicine, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Bundoora Campus, Victoria, Australia celim@unswalumni.com



The objective of this study is to review the existing scientific evidence on the potential role of acupuncture on induction of labor during pregnancy.


The Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine), and NCCAM (The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) databases were searched to identify relevant monographs from 1970 to 2008.


These criteria included all available human acupuncture studies on pregnant women carrying a viable fetus due for third trimester induction of labor.


These criteria included studies not meeting the inclusion criteria, in languages other than English, or animal studies.


Ten (10) studies on labor induction were identified. The duration of labor as a result of acupuncture treatment ranged from 10 hours 20 minutes to 29.1 hours. All of the studies demonstrated labor induction by acupuncture treatment. However, because two randomized controlled trials reported that there was no statistically significant effect of acupuncture, these results are more suggestive than definitive. Furthermore, although the relationship between cervical ripening and interleukin-8 (IL-8), prostaglandin F(2alpha) (PGF(2alpha)), and beta-endorphin is well documented in the literature, there is no evidence to suggest that acupuncture alters these mediators. Serum levels of IL8, beta-endorphin, and PGF(2alpha) were not found to be significantly influenced by acupuncture.


Although the definitive role of acupuncture in inducing labor is still yet to be established, the existing studies suggest that acupuncture may be beneficial in labor induction. Further randomized clinical trials are needed to investigate this further.





[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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Last year, I tried to call and e-mail my former patients, who had treatments in our office  due to various infertility conditions, to see exact how many cases of pregnant (and rate) after our treatments of acupuncture, or/and Chinese herbology. I wanted to do a statistical work and give our patients a real data.  However, I found this task seems very difficult -I got frustrated, because some people don’t like to  discuss their personal stuff over the phone or in e-mail.

This week, a patient saw me for her low back pain. She told me she saw me because she feels comfortable with me and my acupuncture. She said she got a pair of twin boys after my one acupuncture treatment 5 years ago–this is really a good news, but I spend 5 years to get it!

There have been over 55 pregnancy success cases after our treatments since January, 2007.  Actually, there may be some more didn’t report to me. I hope I could get the news in time.

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Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the management of female infertility: A systematic review.

Ried KStuart KComplement Ther Med. 2011 Dec;19(6):319-31. Epub 2011 Oct 5.

Original information from http://www.pubmed.gov


Discipline of General Practice, School of Population Health & Clinical Practice, The University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005, Australia.



To assess the effect of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) in the management of femaleinfertility and on pregnancy rates compared with Western Medical (WM) treatment.


We searched the Medline and Cochrane databases and Google Scholar until February 2010 for abstracts in English of studies investigating infertility, menstrual health and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We undertook meta-analyses of (non-)randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or cohort studies, and compared clinical pregnancy rates achieved with CHM versus WM drug treatment or in vitro fertilisation (IVF). In addition, we collated common TCM pattern diagnosis in infertility in relation to the quality of the menstrual cycle and associated symptoms.


Eight RCTs, 13 cohort studies, 3 case series and 6 case studies involving 1851 women with infertility were included in the systematic review. Meta-analysis of RCTs suggested a 3.5 greater likelihood of achieving a pregnancy with CHM therapy over a 4-month period compared with WM drug therapy alone (odds ratio=3.5, 95% CI: 2.3, 5.2, p<0.0001, n=1005). Mean (SD) pregnancy rates were 60±12.5% for CHM compared with 32±10% using WM drug therapy. Meta-analysis of selected cohort studies (n=616 women) suggested a mean clinical pregnancy rate of 50% using CHM compared with IVF (30%) (p<0.0001).


Our review suggests that management of female infertility with Chinese Herbal Medicine can improve pregnancy rates 2-fold within a 4 month period compared with Western Medical fertility drug therapy or IVF. Assessment of the quality of the menstrual cycle, integral to TCM diagnosis, appears to be fundamental to successful treatment of female infertility.

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“Dr.Arthur Fan, Could You Tell Me by Taking My Pulse–If I Already got Pregnant?”

Many patients or friends of mine have asked me such a question,my answer is “NO!”


Maybe, a little bit?

Some Chinese Medicine doctors/practitioners may tell their patients–they could tell if the female gets pregnant or not–by Taking patient’s pulse only.  To the patients or people who don’t know Chinese medicine, it seems really very magic! And this may attract some patients to see such providers.

However, I have to tell you the truth–We COULD NOT tell you if the woman already got pregnant or not, only according to the Pulse diagnosis. 

The condition is very complicated.

Indeed, when a woman gets pregnant, her pulse should be stronger and bigger than before, we call this style pulse is “slippery Pulse”(Hua Mai).

But, if a female has slippery Pulse, we could not say–“it is sure you got pregnant”. The slippery pulse only reflects that the body’s Yang Qi is over strong or at moving.

When a female gets pregnant, her Yang Qi is stronger and stronger day after day due to her hormone changes during the pregnancy, such as HCG’s increasing significantly over the time.

However, when a female does not have pregnancy, such as getting her period, or getting ovulation, or she just had a sex, or just after an exercise; sometime, we also could find she has a slippery Pulse (or similar pulse)!

When a female takes some special medications/drugs, her pulse also becomes slippery!!  For example, using prednisone or Progesterone.

When a female has hypertension, or headache, her pulse may become slippery too!!!

Only, when a female during her good age for pregnant (between her first menses to menopause), had sex with male (or IUI,IVF), then her period stopped over one week, her pulse becomes slippery, we could say this female has a bigger possibility–she may get pregnant. 

However, the golden criterion is her HCG hormone significantly increasing, not the Slippery pulse.

So, if a provider tell you–“you get pregnant”–only after pulse taking and did not ask you the period condition, medication and other related issues, you should question him/her–“Did you had good training in Chinese gynaecology?”

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In middle of this month, we got a phone call from Ms. J.N. who reported “got pregnant” during our acupuncture treatments.

Ms.J.N. , married for 3 years. Did not have any pregnancy. Using 3 month’s medications to activate the ovulation, but still could not get pregnant.

Ultrasound and hormone examination did not show abnormal.

She said she planed to use IUI.

She got totally 4 sessions acupuncture, then the pregnancy test showed positive. (Actually after 2 sessions, she got pregnant already)

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This morning (07/31/09), one of my patient e-mailed me and informed me she got her first pregnancy in 39 years old after our 8 sessions’ acupuncture. She is the no. 25 infertility women getting pregnancy by acupuncture, Chinese herbology treatments in our office since 2007.

She said: 

“Dear Dr. Fan,
I’d like to thank you for helping me with my abdominal pain. I am feeling a lot better. It makes me very happy.
Also, I got pregnant. I think the acupuncture somehow helped me with that too. It’s really a miracle. I am almost 39 years old and this is my first pregnancy.
Thank you very much,


Centreville, VA.

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