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18
Nov

Video: Dr. Kiltz Shares Insights on the Importance of a Holistic Approach to Fertility

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Recently, Dr. Kiltz took some time to share some of his great insights with our Support Coordinator, Lisa Stack. In the video below, they discussed the importance of looking at the entire person (or couple), taking a holistic approach, and inviting both Eastern and Western Medicine and thought into your journey to fertility.
If you are interested in a private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is available as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.
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9
Jun

Creating a Fertile Environment with Acupuncture

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Acupuncture for fertility can be traced back to Chinese medicine as early as 11AD. Using combined practices of Eastern and Western medicine may help to increase the chance for fertility.
In Eastern medicine, bodily functions are regulated by an energy called “qi” which flows through the body. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for issues that people experience with fertility. Acupuncture may help to correct imbalances in the flow of qi by stimulation of acupuncture points. The needles are so small, almost hair-like, that they are rarely felt by clients! The needles are placed in energy points which correspond to and help improve energy flow to reproductive organs.
Acupuncture creates a fertile environment by:
• Reducing stress by increasing the production of endorphins which help to make you feel good!
• Helping to increase a woman’s fertility by improving blood flow to the ovaries and uterus which can help thicken the lining of the uterus, increasing the chances of conception by producing better quality eggs.
• Helping to correct problems with the body’s neuroendocrine system and releasing hormones that will stimulate the ovaries, adrenal glands and other organs that are involved in reproduction. It also helps to produce a greater number of follicles.
• Increasing the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).
• Reducing the risk of miscarriage.
Recent research in a study published in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology has indicated that acupuncture has been shown to prevent egg implantation failure (1).
Dr. Rob Kiltz is such a firm believer in the benefits of acupuncture for fertility that CNY Fertility Center is now offering it complementary for all clients to utilize either pre- or post-embryo transfer, at his Albany and Syracuse centers.
(1) Gui, Juan; Xiong, Fan; Li, Jing; Huang, Guangying. Effects of Acupuncture on LIF and IL-12 in Rats of Implantation Failure. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. Am J Reprod Immunol. 1600-0897. 2012.

Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, click here to request a phone or in-office visit, or call us toll free with your questions at 800-539-9870.

 

24
Aug

Chinese Medicine and Male Infertility

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Male infertility comes in several forms and has several causes. This is a condition that can benefit very much from Chinese Medicine. Several common types of male infertility are Tetratospermia (abnormal sperm morphology), Asthenozoospermia (reduced sperm motility), Oligospermia (decreased number of sperm), Azoospermia (absence of sperm cells), Spermophlebectasia ( varicose vein ) and antisperm antibodies. These common conditions are very treatable with Chinese Medicine. Causes such as trauma, radiation and drug use may need the assistance of a western medical approach.
The goal of Chinese Medicine is to maintain reproductive energy while treating the symptoms related to the infertility. Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Formulations, Diet and Lifestyle all play a major role in promoting fertility and reversing infertility. After a brief medical history to determine the cause of the infertility a course of treatment may be as simple as lifestyle changes or as involved as lifestyle changes with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Formulas.
Chinese Medicine has been used for hundreds of years to correct the imbalances causing infertility. A select group of acupuncture points can redirect Qi (energy) to key points in the body to help assist the smooth flow of blood to the penis and scrotum. Treatment plans range anywhere from 3 to 10 visits depending on the severity of the condition. A Chinese Herbal Formula may be recommended for 2-3 months before conception and taken throughout the first trimester of pregnancy to increase volume, motility and morphology.
Lifestyle changes can have a dramatic role in treating male infertility. Simple steps can be taken to increase the health of sperm.  Try to limit the frequency of masturbation and avoid tight fitting underwear. An increase in testicular temperature can have adverse effects on sperm production. Exposure to environmental toxins, smoking, high levels of stress, lack of sleep, certain types of medications and recreational drug use all lead to abnormal sperm cells. Regular exercise, Yoga and meditation can help balance the stress of daily life. Studies have shown that just 30 minutes a day of meditation or yoga help lower blood pressure and increase libido.
The first and most essential step in increasing fertility is through diet.  A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean meats all support healthy immune function and sperm production. Organic and free range foods have the least exposure to environmental toxins. Try to eat seasonally. When eating seasonally the body can acclimate much easier to seasonal stress’s such as the heat of summer, dryness of the fall, cold of winter and dampness of the spring. Try to avoid too much caffeine, refined sugars, fried foods and hot sauce. Remember, moderation is the key to health and longevity.
Change takes time. It takes a sperm cell between 50-70 days to mature. The sooner lifestyle changes are made the sooner sperm will benefit. It is important to understand that when trying to get pregnant, treatment may be necessary through the first trimester of pregnancy. If a pregnancy loss was to occur, healthy sperm needs to be available for conception. Take the time to find local resources. Talk to an acupuncturist in your area, visit farmers markets or join a Yoga class. Making small daily changes will lead to large life changes in time.
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Donald J. Clarke is an Acupuncturist at CNY Healing Arts. He specializes in Male and Female Fertility. He will be giving a talk at Syracuse CNY Healing Arts on October 9th from 1:00-2:00 on the topic of male fertility.  For more information please call 315.671.5755.

5
Oct

Integrating Acupuncture and Conventional Infertility Treatments

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AcupunctureFertilityThe natural progression of the advancement of medicine is found in the inclusion of more avenues of treatment.  This is seen at our CNY Healing Arts Center in Latham, NY.  Here conventional infertility treatments occur on the first floor while the second floor holds a serene and nurturing space providing holistic therapies like acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  The beauty of the environment is unique, providing warmth and quietude that assists in the healing process.  For those trying to conceive, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can treat infertility by improving egg quality, regulating the menstrual cycle, by treating endometriosis, irregular periods, painful periods, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and by assisting in the implantation of the embryo during IVF.  Studies show that acupuncture affects the endocrine, circulatory and nervous systems, all of which are important in the proper functioning of women’s reproductive systems.
At CNY Healing Arts the benefits of acupuncture are expanded to include the treatment of back pain, knee pain, frozen shoulder, neck pain, carpal tunnel, headache, digestive issues, stress, anxiety, depression, menopausal symptoms and immune support.  Acupuncture can address such a wide range of conditions because it is a holistic medicine.  Chinese theory holds that we are affected by the state of our internal organs health.  Our body is made of different organs and tissues each with their own roles but also interconnected and having the ability to influence each other.   When out of flux this shows up as specific symptoms of disease or imbalance. Read more

11
Aug

April's journey to fertility: Week twelve

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Fertility SymbolApril is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately two years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face.
Week 12: Acupuncture
Last week, I promised to let you know how taking my days “a little bit at a time” went, and for the most part, I was able to do just that. Dealing with scheduling and attending various appointments is definitely tricky and is always a balancing act. The way to move forward is to simply focus on the task, or tasks, at hand….and to constantly remind myself that when I have my baby, it will not matter how many appointments I had to fit in, how many doctors’ exams I had to endure (and you know what I am talking about!), or how many blood samples I had to provide. Being a mother will be such a blessing, that I will know it was all worth it!
A number of you have asked about acupuncture and are interested in an overview of this treatment. I have included the technicalities of acupuncture as well as my own perspective.
Acupuncture: The Technicalities
The purpose of acupuncture is to balance the body’s flow of energy, which acupuncturists refer to as Qi, and is pronounced Chi. To do this, a variety of fine (oftentimes no thicker than a strand of hair) needles are inserted into a series of points on the meridians of the body. Acupuncture is used to treat many health-related issues, including infertility because it may increase the flow of blood to the uterus, which can help thicken the uterine lining. Additionally, acupuncture can assist in regulating the body’s hormones and often creates a sense of well-being and relaxation for patients. It is important to remember, however, that acupuncture requires commitment. Although some women see results within one to two months, the benefits of acupuncture may not be as immediate for each person. Read more

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18
Nov

Video: Dr. Kiltz Shares Insights on the Importance of a Holistic Approach to Fertility

by

Recently, Dr. Kiltz took some time to share some of his great insights with our Support Coordinator, Lisa Stack. In the video below, they discussed the importance of looking at the entire person (or couple), taking a holistic approach, and inviting both Eastern and Western Medicine and thought into your journey to fertility.
If you are interested in a private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is available as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, in-office or over the phone, please visit this link and fill out our New Appointment Form or call us toll free at 800-539-9870.
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9
Jun

Creating a Fertile Environment with Acupuncture

by

Acupuncture for fertility can be traced back to Chinese medicine as early as 11AD. Using combined practices of Eastern and Western medicine may help to increase the chance for fertility.
In Eastern medicine, bodily functions are regulated by an energy called “qi” which flows through the body. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for issues that people experience with fertility. Acupuncture may help to correct imbalances in the flow of qi by stimulation of acupuncture points. The needles are so small, almost hair-like, that they are rarely felt by clients! The needles are placed in energy points which correspond to and help improve energy flow to reproductive organs.
Acupuncture creates a fertile environment by:
• Reducing stress by increasing the production of endorphins which help to make you feel good!
• Helping to increase a woman’s fertility by improving blood flow to the ovaries and uterus which can help thicken the lining of the uterus, increasing the chances of conception by producing better quality eggs.
• Helping to correct problems with the body’s neuroendocrine system and releasing hormones that will stimulate the ovaries, adrenal glands and other organs that are involved in reproduction. It also helps to produce a greater number of follicles.
• Increasing the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).
• Reducing the risk of miscarriage.
Recent research in a study published in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology has indicated that acupuncture has been shown to prevent egg implantation failure (1).
Dr. Rob Kiltz is such a firm believer in the benefits of acupuncture for fertility that CNY Fertility Center is now offering it complementary for all clients to utilize either pre- or post-embryo transfer, at his Albany and Syracuse centers.
(1) Gui, Juan; Xiong, Fan; Li, Jing; Huang, Guangying. Effects of Acupuncture on LIF and IL-12 in Rats of Implantation Failure. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. Am J Reprod Immunol. 1600-0897. 2012.

Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, click here to request a phone or in-office visit, or call us toll free with your questions at 800-539-9870.

 

24
Aug

Chinese Medicine and Male Infertility

by

Male infertility comes in several forms and has several causes. This is a condition that can benefit very much from Chinese Medicine. Several common types of male infertility are Tetratospermia (abnormal sperm morphology), Asthenozoospermia (reduced sperm motility), Oligospermia (decreased number of sperm), Azoospermia (absence of sperm cells), Spermophlebectasia ( varicose vein ) and antisperm antibodies. These common conditions are very treatable with Chinese Medicine. Causes such as trauma, radiation and drug use may need the assistance of a western medical approach.
The goal of Chinese Medicine is to maintain reproductive energy while treating the symptoms related to the infertility. Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Formulations, Diet and Lifestyle all play a major role in promoting fertility and reversing infertility. After a brief medical history to determine the cause of the infertility a course of treatment may be as simple as lifestyle changes or as involved as lifestyle changes with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Formulas.
Chinese Medicine has been used for hundreds of years to correct the imbalances causing infertility. A select group of acupuncture points can redirect Qi (energy) to key points in the body to help assist the smooth flow of blood to the penis and scrotum. Treatment plans range anywhere from 3 to 10 visits depending on the severity of the condition. A Chinese Herbal Formula may be recommended for 2-3 months before conception and taken throughout the first trimester of pregnancy to increase volume, motility and morphology.
Lifestyle changes can have a dramatic role in treating male infertility. Simple steps can be taken to increase the health of sperm.  Try to limit the frequency of masturbation and avoid tight fitting underwear. An increase in testicular temperature can have adverse effects on sperm production. Exposure to environmental toxins, smoking, high levels of stress, lack of sleep, certain types of medications and recreational drug use all lead to abnormal sperm cells. Regular exercise, Yoga and meditation can help balance the stress of daily life. Studies have shown that just 30 minutes a day of meditation or yoga help lower blood pressure and increase libido.
The first and most essential step in increasing fertility is through diet.  A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean meats all support healthy immune function and sperm production. Organic and free range foods have the least exposure to environmental toxins. Try to eat seasonally. When eating seasonally the body can acclimate much easier to seasonal stress’s such as the heat of summer, dryness of the fall, cold of winter and dampness of the spring. Try to avoid too much caffeine, refined sugars, fried foods and hot sauce. Remember, moderation is the key to health and longevity.
Change takes time. It takes a sperm cell between 50-70 days to mature. The sooner lifestyle changes are made the sooner sperm will benefit. It is important to understand that when trying to get pregnant, treatment may be necessary through the first trimester of pregnancy. If a pregnancy loss was to occur, healthy sperm needs to be available for conception. Take the time to find local resources. Talk to an acupuncturist in your area, visit farmers markets or join a Yoga class. Making small daily changes will lead to large life changes in time.
~~~
Donald J. Clarke is an Acupuncturist at CNY Healing Arts. He specializes in Male and Female Fertility. He will be giving a talk at Syracuse CNY Healing Arts on October 9th from 1:00-2:00 on the topic of male fertility.  For more information please call 315.671.5755.

5
Oct

Integrating Acupuncture and Conventional Infertility Treatments

by

AcupunctureFertilityThe natural progression of the advancement of medicine is found in the inclusion of more avenues of treatment.  This is seen at our CNY Healing Arts Center in Latham, NY.  Here conventional infertility treatments occur on the first floor while the second floor holds a serene and nurturing space providing holistic therapies like acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  The beauty of the environment is unique, providing warmth and quietude that assists in the healing process.  For those trying to conceive, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can treat infertility by improving egg quality, regulating the menstrual cycle, by treating endometriosis, irregular periods, painful periods, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and by assisting in the implantation of the embryo during IVF.  Studies show that acupuncture affects the endocrine, circulatory and nervous systems, all of which are important in the proper functioning of women’s reproductive systems.
At CNY Healing Arts the benefits of acupuncture are expanded to include the treatment of back pain, knee pain, frozen shoulder, neck pain, carpal tunnel, headache, digestive issues, stress, anxiety, depression, menopausal symptoms and immune support.  Acupuncture can address such a wide range of conditions because it is a holistic medicine.  Chinese theory holds that we are affected by the state of our internal organs health.  Our body is made of different organs and tissues each with their own roles but also interconnected and having the ability to influence each other.   When out of flux this shows up as specific symptoms of disease or imbalance. Read more

11
Aug

April's journey to fertility: Week twelve

by

Fertility SymbolApril is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately two years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face.
Week 12: Acupuncture
Last week, I promised to let you know how taking my days “a little bit at a time” went, and for the most part, I was able to do just that. Dealing with scheduling and attending various appointments is definitely tricky and is always a balancing act. The way to move forward is to simply focus on the task, or tasks, at hand….and to constantly remind myself that when I have my baby, it will not matter how many appointments I had to fit in, how many doctors’ exams I had to endure (and you know what I am talking about!), or how many blood samples I had to provide. Being a mother will be such a blessing, that I will know it was all worth it!
A number of you have asked about acupuncture and are interested in an overview of this treatment. I have included the technicalities of acupuncture as well as my own perspective.
Acupuncture: The Technicalities
The purpose of acupuncture is to balance the body’s flow of energy, which acupuncturists refer to as Qi, and is pronounced Chi. To do this, a variety of fine (oftentimes no thicker than a strand of hair) needles are inserted into a series of points on the meridians of the body. Acupuncture is used to treat many health-related issues, including infertility because it may increase the flow of blood to the uterus, which can help thicken the uterine lining. Additionally, acupuncture can assist in regulating the body’s hormones and often creates a sense of well-being and relaxation for patients. It is important to remember, however, that acupuncture requires commitment. Although some women see results within one to two months, the benefits of acupuncture may not be as immediate for each person. Read more