Fertility acupuncture lecture in Dublin, Ireland - by Dr. Lorne Brown
Dublin, Ireland - May 13th, 2018 - Registration NOW OPEN!
AFN and ABORM members: €159 (contact us for discount code)
Early-Bird Registration: €189
"My Favourite Fertility Acupuncture Protocols" – Plus Laser for Fertility
Lorne Brown, B.Sc., CPA, Dr.TCM, FABORM, CHt
As fertility acupuncturists there are certain conditions you see regularly and after a while you figure out which acupuncture approaches work.
This lecture distils my 18 years of clinical experience (since 2000) plus the several hundreds of hours of continuing professional development (CPD) into my favourite acupuncture points and combinations for treating the following:
- Unexplained Infertility
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Stress and infertility
- Increase Blood flow for egg and sperm quality
- Thin uterine lining
- Male infertility
- IVF Support
The lecture will also discuss the pioneering research and theory behind using laser acupuncture for challenging fertility cases.
- Learn the first step in treating all infertility conditions
- Acupuncture points and combination for polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) & Ovulatory disorders
- Acupuncture points and combinations to Build the uterine lining
- Acupuncture points and combinations for Male Factor Infertility
- Acupuncture points and combinations for IVF support
- To know the current research of low level laser therapy (LLLT) for fertility
- To understand the 4 main mechanisms of laser acupuncture for fertility
- How TCM can optimize female and male infertility
- Understanding unexplained infertility according to TCM
- Acupuncture point prescriptions for treating unexplained infertility
- Understanding PCOS according to TCM
- Acupuncture point prescriptions for PCOS & Ovulatory disorders
- Acupuncture point prescriptions for increasing blood flow and building uterine lining
- Acupuncture point prescriptions for Male Factor Infertility
- What acupuncturists need to know about IVF
- How to communicate to an IVF doctor (REI)
- How to use acupuncture leading up to and during an IVF cycle
- Laser acupuncture for Fertility
- How to effectively communicate the benefits of fertility acupuncture to the public
- Time for Q&A during after lecture
Why should we care about Laser Acupuncture for Fertility?
Laser acupuncture treatments can offer new hope for couples coping with ageing- related reproductive problems whether trying to conceive naturally or with IVF.
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 light therapy conducted in Denmark and Japan is showing that it may be possible to improve egg quality, slow down the ageing process and improve fertility in women. The studies show that low level laser therapy (LLLT) used on acupuncture points on the neck and over Zi Gong appears to enhance mitochondrial activity and ATP production, increase blood flow and helps to reduce oxidative damage.
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. And early embryo division and implantation requires lots of energy. After 35 years, the mitochondria wear down. At age 40, nine out of 10 eggs are abnormal.
Studies show that the mitochondria of older eggs is 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 how much energy (ATP) than with maternal age per se. Consequentially, the capacity of the cold laser to improve the ATP production of eggs has a potentially dramatic effect on their viability.
Increasing 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.
The 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 66% success for women after at least 4 years of failure with other ART methods. LLLT studies have also pointed to the efficacy of laser treatment in raising the quality of the male partner’s semen in particular motility.
Similarly, the Japanese studies have shown a connection between improved fertility and laser therapy, concluding that even in 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 in 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.
This lecture will discuss why bringing together the best of Chinese Medicine with laser acupuncture can provide our patients with the best chance of reaching their peak fertility and having a healthy baby.
Throughout the day’s lecture and during the Q&A Dr Lorne Brown will share how to communicate what we do as TCM practitioners to the public and to the IVF clinics so they are open and receptive to what we offer and motivated to seek acupuncturists our for fertility support.