Garden Acupuncture Fertility Program
- Individualized Attention and Instruction for 3 months
- 24 Acupuncture Treatments
- 16 Chinese Herbal Formulas
- Gua-Sha, Tui Na, Cupping, Ear Seeds
- Nutritional Support, Information, & Education
Acupuncture for Fertility
At Garden Acupuncture we believe that family is the greatest gift and we are passionate about helping people create them. We understand that the journey to conceive can be physically, emotionally and financially challenging. Whole System TCM and our approach to fertility can make this journey easier, less complicated and more successful whether you are trying naturally or through assisted means.
The co-founders of Garden Acupuncture, Alex Goldberg and Lisa Metzger, have dedicated their studies and private practice to fertility helping many people, both men and women, to conceive. They have also successfully used their own Whole System TCM methods in conceiving their two daughters. Alex is an active certified member of Clinical Excellence in Fertility Professionals. He is also one of the few in New York whom has had the esteemed privilege to directly study with Dr. Randine Lewis, a leader in fertility medicine and author of “The Infertility Cure”. They have built a team of practitioners that are uniquely qualified and successful in helping people create families. Garden Acupuncture has over 50 years of combined experience – experience that is unparalleled in New York. Some of our collective experience includes training with masters in our field, studying across the United States and abroad in China, working in genetics and contributing to the Human Genome Project, pioneering acupuncture at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, completing a residency in GYN and infertility at the Shenzen TCM hospital in China and working as a guest medical professor at a Chinese University.
We would like to share with you a bit about how our office views fertility and why it is so common in our culture today.
Take the typical woman walking down the streets of Brooklyn. More than likely she lives a high-pressure lifestyle, which makes her secrete the hormone prolactin, which stops ovulation. Although western medicine is amazing, it cannot change biology’s adaptive response so it tries to override her inability to ovulate. They use drugs to inhibit prolactin—trying to force her ovaries to ovulate more mature eggs. When it attempts to override her body’s natural response and can’t force a baby, they say that she has “failed.”
Did you know sperm and egg quality, both male and female factors, contribute equally to fertility and infertility issues? Often the responsibility of fertility falls on the female reproductive system and health but it is important for us to note that men participating in conception should also be active in their fertility health. Egg and sperm meet in a number of ways, but all known participants contributing to conception must also contribute to fertility health. For example, if you are using your sperm for insemination, if you are using your egg to be inseminated or if you will be carrying the pregnancy.
Perhaps the “problem” does not reside in you. Perhaps the solution does. Just suppose for a moment that our temporary inability to reproduce is also a part of our perfect response. It may be your poor diet, chaotic lifestyle, stressful job, ill-suited relationship, or your whole outer surroundings, which is putting your flawless physiology into a natural state of adaptation. Maybe it’s also the way we have been conditioned to look at ourselves as passive and inherently flawed and needing to be fixed by someone else. As we have lost touch with the essence of our recreating capacity, we have become submissive recipients of reproductive technology.
What happens in our office?
When patients arrive, we explain that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) works on the principle of cycles—just like your body. And we look at fertility in 3-month phases.
Most women and their partners, by the time they come to see us have tried various options including:
• Mediation & yoga
• Diets & herbs
• They’ve visited the doctors completing labs, drugs (like clomid), IUIs, & IVFs
They all come confused and are no closer to their goal—it feels like nothing has worked or will ever work. I ask for 90 days.
- In most cases the answer is not out there, but inside you. It’s within your own wisdom, waiting to be unleashed. Egg or Sperm quality today is the reflection of health three months ago. Your diet, nutritional status, blood oxygen, hormonal levels, even your emotions and stress three months ago impact the quality of this months ovulation, eggs and sperm.
Within those 90 days we will teach you to breath differently, eat differently, express your emotions honestly, and rid your body of the negative effects of stress. We direct your body’s attention to your reproductive organs, which in most cases have been starved of circulation and attention.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture for Fertility?
The effects of Whole System Traditional Chinese Medicine are dramatic. This system includes acupuncture. When used as a complete system, combined with our specialized knowledge, we can help people find and express their fertility by improving these factors:
- Increased egg quality
- Improved blood flow to the uterus
- Decrease of blockages such as cysts or polyps
- Improved uterine lining allowing for implantation
- Increased blood flow for placenta growth
- Restoration of energetic balance in the mind, body and reproductive organs
- Improved sperm morphology, motility and count
- Improved success rates of IVF and IUI
- Decrease in effects of long term stress on the body that impact fertility by affecting ovulation, cortisol levels, impeding embryo implantation, testosterone levels and sperm production.
The practice of TCM incorporates the deepest belief that the mind, body, spirit, and soul are one, and to achieve a state of health, they all must be addressed. This is nowhere more important than in addressing our deepest self, our fertility. Using TCM, and its mind/body process, every individual is nurtured through physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. This process allows you to give birth to your true self.
Book your appointment with Garden Acupuncture Fertility Specialists online today or feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
At Garden Acupuncture, we believe family is the greatest gift and it is our passion to help people create them. We are fully supportive of GENESIS embracing the benefits and increased positive outcomes for their patients by offering them the opportunity and option to participate in truly integrative care. They are forward thinking and always prepared to offer their clients cutting edge choices. GENESIS is a leader in their field; helping to pave the way for people to access our Whole System TCM Fertility specialists that have demonstrated increased IVF & IUI success rates with preparatory and concurrent supportive treatment.
If you are in need of Assisted Reproductive Technology methods such as IVF and IUI, we invite you to learn more about GENESIS here.
Interested in learning even more about our thoughts on fertility?
Check out this video we made explaining TCM and IVF.
Click here to learn how to accurately take your Basal Body Temperature.
“My husband and I had been trying to conceive for almost 2 years. I was almost out of hope until I did some research on acupuncture and infertility. I decided to give acupuncture a try. I saw Lisa on a regular basis for approximately 3 months. Lisa was very open, explained things to me, and she always made sure I was comfortable. I truly believe she helped get my body back in balance through her acupuncture techniques and with that help, my husband and I conceived!
Something else I always appreciated about Lisa was if I was also struggling with other issues such as back pain or a cold, she would try different acupuncture points to help relieve these issues. To anyone with questions, I would certainly contact Lisa. She is very open, friendly, and has a sense of calmness to her.
I would definitely recommend her to anyone!” -Joy
I can’t be grateful enough to have found Garden Acupuncture.When I got to Garden Acupuncture,I’ve been trying to conceive for over 2 years.During that time we were successful but the pregnancies ended in miscarriages. We tried IVF with the same results. After losing all my hope I decided to try acupuncture. I loved it and the first time I tried I got pregnant.They also help me stay healthy and keep my pregnancy through the first 12 weeks. All the staff is great!” – BK MOM
“The only thing that I did differently while trying to get pregnant, at 42, was get acupuncture at Garden Acupuncture and it worked. Two failed IVF cycles and multiple fertility treatments did nothing for me but the acupuncture helped to conceive naturally and without any drug or fertility treatments. Alex prepared me for pregnancy, assisted me in keeping the pregnancy and helped to maintain a healthy hormonal level. I delivered a healthy baby boy after believing that I was done. I wasn’t. And I have Garden Acupuncture to thank for that. I cannot recommend them more highly. – DD.