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Advanced Healthcare Solutions has been providing Fertility treatments and support for over 25 years.  We have treated 1,000’s of men and women seeking care for fertility and sub-fertility challenges.

One of our operating theories is that one must be healthful to get pregnant and during this preparation time, our healthcare team will work with you to improve sleep, reduce stress, improve digestion and improve blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.

In the table below are our success rates.  They tend to vary depending on age, medical history and length of time in treatment.

These are combined statistics of Natural (non-art), ART-within six months and ART six months and longer

Number of total patients 1,867

< 35 years           86%

35-37 years         79%

38-40 years         77%

41-42 years         64%

43 plus                47%

For women suffering from recurrent miscarriage, our pregnancy success rate is approximately 85%

“Improving Pregnancy Outcomes, Everyday, Naturally.”

We at Advanced Healthcare Solutions understand your struggle (both personally and professionally) to conceive.  You may have given up hope, especially if you have tried a variety of options without success; this can put undue pressure on you and your spouse and create a sense of stress, anxiety, even depression.

These factors have been shown to put even more stress on your body and perhaps cause other physical and emotional illnesses that may inhibit conception even further.

Our purpose is to assist couples that want to have a family to:

  1. Get healthy enough to become pregnant
  2. Become pregnant
  3. Carry to full term
  4. Deliver a healthy baby.

Why Continue the struggle, stress and disappointment?

We know and you know that your biological clock is running and we offer clinically proven, time-tested techniques to help you reach your goal of conception and full term pregnancy.

Our practice is dedicated to helping women and men who are experiencing difficulty in conceiving and we have helped 1000’s of individuals and couples suffering from fertility and sub-fertility health problems just like you.

AHS is the area’s leading Integrative Fertility Center.  Our goal is your goal, to assist you in becoming pregnant and carrying healthfully to full term.

I encourage you to call our office today for a Complementary Consultation.  Our specialists will be glad to answer your questions and set up the consultation- so that you can reach your goal of having a baby!

We look forward to assisting you in giving you the greatest gift life has to offer – having a child of your own.

The Benefits of utilizing Acupuncture/ Integrative/ Functional Medicine to become pregnant

For 25 years the protocols and treatments used at Advanced Healthcare Solutions have benefitted thousands of our patients.

The following list is the researched findings of the benefits of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine in supporting fertility.

  • Improve the function of the ovaries to produce higher quality of eggs
  • Increases blood flow to the uterus and increase the health of the uterine lining.
  • Improve sperm count, motility, and morphology
  • Increases chance of conceiving
  • Help prevent uterine contractions post IVF embryo transfer, this allows for more successful implantation.
  • Reduces the chance of miscarriage
  • Reduces or prevents morning (or all day) sickness
  • Lessen side effects of drugs used in IVF and other procedures
  • Strengthen and regulate the patient’s immune system
  • Relax and reduce anxiety
  • Assists in a more speedy recovery after the baby is born
  • Treats post-partum hormone imbalances including depression.
  • Supports hormone of the reproductive organs, the hypothalamus, and the pituitary.

We have treated 1,000’s of men and women seeking care for fertility and sub-fertility challenges.

TAILORED FERTILITY PLANS

At Advanced Healthcare Solutions, we believe in individualized care. That is why we design and formulate a customized treatment plan specifically for you. Using a combination of the following techniques, we have achieved excellent results for our patients.

  • Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Phytotherapy
  • Chinese Herbal formulas
  • Pre and Post Conception Massage
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Stress Management, Relaxation Techniques and Mind-Body Connection exercises
  • Hormone Testing
  • Lifestyle and Wellness Counseling

OUR COMMITMENT

Acupuncture for FertilityYour experience at Advanced Healthcare Solutions will be unlike any other. Our center is nurturing, warm, inviting, and cheerful. It exudes a sense of healing and tranquility. We have designed Advanced Healthcare Solutions to reflect our purpose; reducing stress and enhancing the health of your body. As a result, we have taken great care to create a healthy environment, free of toxins. The walls are painted with Low V.O.C. paints and our floors are bamboo, chosen because it is gentle on the environment and is a renewable resource. In addition, each room has its own air filtration system to ensure clean, fresh air. Our highly qualified, dedicated staff are amongst the best trained in the United States and each is extremely compassionate and understanding. As you come to know us, you will see our attention to detail and professionalism is well balanced with authenticity, integrity, and a sense of humor. We have excellent relationships with many of the Fertility Specialists, Reproductive Centers and General Practitioners here in North Carolina and combine our techniques with their expertise on your behalf. We will work as part of your team to help with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), or work with you one-on-one in returning your body to a place of balance using our natural techniques.

Why choose us?

  • We have over 25 years of experience in treating fertility and sub-fertility health problems
  • We have treated over 1,800 cases
  • Our patients who have participated in our fertility programs using natural, or ART have received some of the highest success rates in the United States.
  • Our practitioners are amongst the best trained, and most knowledgeable in the country.
  • We are sticklers for detail and are very thorough in nature.
  • We truly enjoy helping couples become pregnant!

RESEARCH

Research from Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York (April 2003) shows that Acupuncture helps to:

  • Increase blood flow to the uterus and increases uterine wall thickness, which improves the chances of an ovum implanting in the uterine wall
  • Reduce anxiety, stress, and hormones secreted during stressful situations which can significantly decrease fertility
  • Normalize hormone and endocrine systems that regulate ovulation, especially in women with Polycystic-Ovarian Syndrome
  • Positively affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a key role in fertility
  • Impact plasma levels of the fertility hormones: Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Estradiol (E2) and Progesterone (P)
  • Regulate the menstrual cycle

In the journal of Fertility and Sterility (April 2002) German researchers concluded that by adding Acupuncture to Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) the success rates of IVF increased significantly. The standard in-vitro group had a 26.3% pregnancy rate, while the acupuncture group showed a 42.5% success rate.

Acupuncture treats infertility

A study found that auricular acupuncture was capable of producing results comparable to those of drug therapy in the treatment of infertility. I. Gerhard and F. Postneek, [Possibilities of Therapy by Ear Acupuncture in Female Sterility], Geburtshilfe Frauenheilke 48, no. 3 (March 1988): 165-71. A study examined the effects of moxibustion and acupuncture on 30 cases of infertility in women ranging from 24 to 37 years of age. Results showed that after just one course of treatment 9 women conceived, with another 8 conceiving after 2 courses of treatment.

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In China, acupuncture has been used in the treatment of infertility for centuries. The first published account of this is seen in medical literature dating back to 11 A.D. The Chinese look at five principal organs – the liver, spleen, heart, lung, and kidney – and use acupuncture to release blockages from these systems so that energy or chi can move freely. This helps the body return to good health. Promoting fertility is one benefit that can be obtained. Acupuncture to kidney points releases psychological blocks that interfere with reproduction.

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The women treated with acupuncture? Twenty-two pregnancies (and no side effects). Finally, a study at the Fertility Clinic Trianglen in Denmark concluded that “acupuncture … significantly improves the reproductive outcome of IVF (in vitro fertilization) and ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) compared to no acupuncture.” Best of all, acupuncture for infertility is truly a “whole person” treatment that looks at the woman as much more than just a dysfunctional reproductive system. “People come into my office and they’re completely unprepared for conception,” Lawrence told me.

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In a preliminary trial, women who did not ovulate were treated with acupuncture 30 times over three months. Effectiveness was determined by a combination of measures indicating ovulation was returning to normal. Acupuncture treatment resulted in a marked improvement in 35% and slight improvement in 48% of trial participants. The beneficial results achieved with acupuncture may be due to alterations in the hormonal messages from the brain to the ovary. Auricular (ear) acupuncture has been studied in a preliminary trial and compared with standard hormone therapy for treatment of infertility.

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Acupuncture has proven to be effective in treating many cases of infertility. Consult a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine who will make a diagnosis of the cause and advise on how best to treat it with acupuncture. Herbal formulas may also be recommended.

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You might want to consider acupuncture. Acupuncture might not be the first thing you think of if you’re having a problem with infertility, but maybe it should be. Studies – and a great deal of clinical experience – suggest that it might help, even if you’re already undergoing standard therapies like in vitro fertilization or intrauterine insemination. Acupuncture is actually one of the oldest medical practices in the world.

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The World Health Organization has published a list of over fifty diseases successfully treated with acupuncture. Included on the list are sinusitis, asthma, arthritis, the common cold, headaches (including migraine), constipation, diarrhea, sciatica, and lower back pain. Acupuncture has also been effective in the treatment of allergies, addictions, insomnia, stress, depression, infertility, and menstrual problems. Chinese herbs are the most common element of Chinese medicine as it is currently practiced in China.

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Hirsch connects another psychological issue – low self-esteem – to endometriosis and infertility: “In treating self-esteem issues, I work on the heart and kidney points. The acupuncture points that seem extremely valuable for this are pericardium 5 and 6. If a practitioner is having a problem with understanding whether or not a psychological issue is involved in the infertility, and the patient does not know what the issue is, pericardium 5 can be needled. If something is holding the person back, that will bring an event or dream to memory, and the patient will understand why she is stuck.

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Natural methods for infertility are most effective in anovulatory dysfunction. Acupuncture can increase pregnancy rates in women undergoing fertility treatment. The decision to pursue conventional fertility treatments depends on age, the duration and cause of the infertility, the results of ovarian-reserve testing, finances, other health issues, emotional well being, and thoughts and emotions about adoption or surrogate options. Seek a fertility specialist if considering conventional fertility treatments.

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One small, preliminary study found that auricular acupuncture (acupuncture of the ear) was as effective as hormone therapy in treating infertility due to endometriosis.

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A controlled study of men with reduced sperm function found that one measure of sperm function significantly improved in the men treated with acupuncture (two times per week for five weeks) compared to controls. Similar results have been reported in other studies. Nevertheless, double-blind trials are needed to determine conclusively whether acupuncture is a useful treatment for male infertility.

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Hirsh sees many patients in conjunction with Western doctors for infertility problems and is able to design acupuncture treatments that complement and support the other medical procedures. He frequently gives acupuncture treatment to women who have just been artificially inseminated, and he works with patients taking Clomid (a fertility drug) to help regulate the woman’s fertility cycle. As Dr. Hirsh states, “Traditional Chinese medicine can increase the success rate of Western medicine and at the same time slow down the clock on a woman’s aging endocrine system.”

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As of this writing, more than eight million American adults have had acupuncture treatment. As practiced by licensed practitioners who undergo extensive training and are often trained in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as well, it is completely safe and quite effective for a number of conditions. One of those conditions is infertility. The Yin, the Yang, and Baby Makes Three Acupuncture, like TCM, is based on a concept of the body as a balance of forces – yin (the cold, the slow, and the passive) and yang (the hot, the excited, and the active).

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Chinese herbal medicines in combination with clomiphene citrate and progesterone have proved more effective than treatment with either Chinese or Western drugs alone, and a Chinese technique combining moxibustion and acupuncture has had success in treating infertility. Factors shown to contribute to difficulty conceiving are smoking, even moderately; exposure to nitrous oxide; and environmental hazards like pesticides, methyl mercury, and lead in tap water.

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Forty patients were treated with neon laser acupuncture, retention enemas, and injection into the endometrial nodes with common sage root, which is a blood-vitalizing or blood-moving herb. In the forty patients treated, the size of lumps diminished and symptoms disappeared in seventeen. Thirteen women conceived. Among these, six had suffered from fallopian tube blockage and seven from ovulatory dysfunction. There was a total amelioration rate of 97.5 percent. Another important consideration in reversing endometriosis and infertility is good sexual hygiene.

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Acupuncture by a licensed professional with experience working with fertility issues appears to be safe and well tolerated. Ginseng species are an important consideration in infertility due to their ability to enhance overall health, vitality, stamina, and endurance. Siberian ginseng may be able to promote regulation of reproductive hormones, thereby regulating the timing of ovulation.

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Various complementary medicine systems provide treatment for infertility, including homeopathy, acupuncture, and chiropractic; inquire from their respective professional associations. Above all, keep hoping. Conception involves a fair amount of mystery and miracles are constantly taking place. I recently heard about a woman who conceived her second child normally after having to undergo in vitro fertilization treatment to conceive the first time because her cervical mucus made antibodies against her husband’s sperm.

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Weschler encourages women to spend more time outside during daylight hours, and to try traditional Chinese medicine practices like acupuncture, which has proved very helpful both in reducing stress and in resolving the hormonal imbalances that can lead to infertility.

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Kidneys and bladder are related and have to be treated as one in acupuncture. Within the kidneys’, ‘essence’ is stored, and they govern all that is secluded and dormant and that is hoarded up. Their condition is disclosed in the bones and head hair.” CHINESE FOLK MEDICINE relates to the urine and the sexual secretions. The health of the Water element affects the energy flow during the sexual act, and the health of the function of reproduction. Sexual fluids help lubricate and protect the sperm and egg. Problems like impotence or infertility may arise from a Water imbalance.

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