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High FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) and POF (Premature Ovari

by Warren Cargal, L. Ac.

Warren L. Cargal, L. Ac.
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One of the most frequent questions we get at the clinic is concerning high levels of FSH. A typical question is: I am a 35 year old female and my Doctor has informed me that my FSH is 20, he has diagnosed me with POF and said that even with donor eggs it would be difficult for me to conceive. Can acupuncture and Chinese medicine help me?
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The answer is yes; Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can reduce FSH levels and improve ovarian function. Our approach is to view the whole body as one interdependent system: body, emotions, environment, spirit, all interdependent. No event in reproductive medicine is an isolated occurrence, but as with all other physiologic processes, each event is interdependent on the proper workings of the entire endocrine system.
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The hypothalamic - pituitary - ovarian axis (HPO), an invisible network of hormonal relationships, which govern our reproductive status, is affected by stress. Stress either physiologic or emotional affects the reproductive system in adverse ways, often causing unexplained infertility. When this happens, it can cause blood flow to be redirected from digestive system, endocrine and reproductive systems. As a result, the ovaries become less predictable because of the hormonal fluctuations and the eggs contained within quit responding predictably to the hormones. Acupuncture techniques have been proven to regulate the HPO axis. The result will then be manifest in the ovaries and their hormone production.
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This protocol involves maximizing the blood flow to the ovaries to ensure a constant and steady supply of hormones and nutrients needed for their normal growth. Building blood and relaxing the patient\\\'s whole body, through the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas, accomplish this goal. The protocol reduces the competition of the blood flow to the rest of the body and allows more blood flow to the ovaries at the same time.
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Herbs, which help, nourish the blood and relax the patient, (and, when taken for the correctly diagnosed Chinese medical pattern can lower FSH levels) are: Astragalus, Ginseng, Chasteberry, False Unicorn, Vitex, Angelica, Epimedium, Dipsacas, Atractylodes, Dioscorea, Eucommia, Codonopsis, Rubus, Cuscuta, and Cornus. [NOTE: Do NOT take herbs if you are undergoing a hormonally stimulated cycle for any assisted reproductive technique without your primary physicians specific consent and approval.
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Successful treatment with acupuncture and herbs can reduce FSH or stabilize levels to allow IVF treatment to commence or to increase the chances of a natural pregnancy.
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Reprinted by permission.

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This article was published on Wednesday September 20, 2006.
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