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Old Nov 6th, 2012, 10:39 AM   21
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I am taking ginseng as a tonic and also tea, she made it herself so not sure what herbs exactly she mixed. I checked Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan which seems quite good but unfortunatelly you cant take it with ginseng.



 
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Old Nov 6th, 2012, 11:25 AM   22
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I am taking ginseng as a tonic and also tea, she made it herself so not sure what herbs exactly she mixed. I checked Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan which seems quite good but unfortunatelly you cant take it with ginseng.
Yeah, sometimes some herbs don't go well together.

Another thing, I use to take prenatal multivitamins, B complex etc. I gave up ALL of that. Apparently taking them for too long (me- 2.5 years) is not healthy (too much folic acid=> breast cancer; too much iron=> inflamation in body=> cancer)
Try googling prenatal and cancer. The acupuncturist turned my attention to this.
And when you think about it, in the past women weren't taking prenatal before becoming pregnant, but only once they became pregnant and took it for the 1st trimester only.

Sorry, don't want to freak you out, I'm just trying to be cautious.



 
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Old Nov 6th, 2012, 14:07 PM   23
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MalaMae, that's very interesting about your doctor. mine also asked me about my period but she did not explain that having periods with clots means stagnant blood in uterus. Do clots also mean that the uterus is not getting enough blood? What did your doctor recommend about clots? To be honest I thought clots were normal I have them every time for a day or two. Can you tell us what pills are you taking for each phase? is it something that they make themselves or you can buy it elsewhere? I am asking because they sold me various herbs in form of pills which are much cheaper if you buy them online.

Blythe, the doctor recommended these herbs for hubby's low sperm count
http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=she...9,r:0,s:0,i:69

I bought them for 40 pounds (she gave me 20% discount) but apparently you can get them for 30 pounds on line. She also wanted to prepare tea for him but I am quite sure he is not going to take it so did not want to waste 42 pounds a week on this. The doctor is in Uxbridge so quite a long way from me but I think it's worth it because my friend's family have been going to her for years and are quite happy with her treatments. She does not specialise in fertility though and also there is a language barrier for example It was quite tricky to explain to her what FSH is. She also suggested that I should take their herb tea but I still have some from my visit to a different Chinese doctor 6 months ago. I barely manage to force myself to drink it 2-3 times per cycle. I think acupuncture is the key really.


yes the herbs make me heave! still i take powdered wheatgrass and maca in the am and it has the same effect...

I spoke with my old chinese doc and asked about blood clots and he asked how big - i said no larger than a 10pence piece and for first couple of days of cycle only - he said that is totally normal. I know the TCM diagnostics pay a lot of attention to a woman's cycle and secretions - i have lots of books on it so must check up about clotting and when its an issue.

my dh was moaning this morning saying the supplements had given him wind and were giving him other symptoms (i completely tuned off so did not hear him continue!) but honestly, I'm the one thats paying for them and doing all the obsessing so he should just shut it and eat them without moaning!

im glad you have found a good doc - the language thing can be a barrier but i believe a good doctor will know what is right for you from his examinations of your pulse, tongue, skin tone and even the tone of your voice BUT it would be nice if they were more au fait with the acronyms etc



 
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Old Nov 6th, 2012, 15:00 PM   24
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hello all of you fabolous ladies!

I'm 40 and ttc #2 for a year now. Currently on our first FIV cycle so I started doing accupuncture. I go to a clinic that specializes in fertility (they do nothing else). Though all of the visits add up (twice a week before egg extraction, before and after embryo transfer, etc etc. almost 1000$ now during our two month fiv cycle yikes!!) they do seem to know what they`re doing. They know all of the fertility lingo, ask the right questions etc. They cater each session to where you are in your cycle.

I went from huugue skeptic (i'm an engineer so very logical, fact based) so a huuuuge convert. I leave the sessions feeling soooo relaxed I can barely walk - I look drunk haha.

I'm also trying hard to follow the diet. Warm foods only. No tea at all, especially green tea (which I LOVED booo) which is considered a cold food. Only 'spicy' herbal teas. In fact she said no herbal tea at all is even better, only hot water with lemon, for the liver

There are 4 major researches on whether acupuncture helps with fertility. 2 say they do, one a little bit, the other a lot. 2 say they don`t. I`ve reviewed these and I find the samples are small and the improvements do seem a bit arbitrary. But we'll see, I'm crossing our fingers!



 
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Old Nov 6th, 2012, 15:01 PM   25
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I'm so glad this thread was so high up in the ratings. I was just about to start researching this. Saw the gynacologist last week and he said that I have unexplained infertility as my hormone levels are fine, my tubes aren't blocked and I'm ovulating. My partner's sperm are fine also, no issues there. I've noticed a lack of fertile CM over the last few months but he didn't seem bothered by that. I do have polycystic ovaries but not the syndrome. He said it was nothing to worry about.

He's going to refer us for IVF but I was thinking maybe I should try acupuncture. Any tips for finding a good practitioner in London?



 
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hello all of you fabolous ladies!

I'm 40 and ttc #2 for a year now. Currently on our first FIV cycle so I started doing accupuncture. I go to a clinic that specializes in fertility (they do nothing else). Though all of the visits add up (twice a week before egg extraction, before and after embryo transfer, etc etc. almost 1000$ now during our two month fiv cycle yikes!!) they do seem to know what they`re doing. They know all of the fertility lingo, ask the right questions etc. They cater each session to where you are in your cycle.

I went from huugue skeptic (i'm an engineer so very logical, fact based) so a huuuuge convert. I leave the sessions feeling soooo relaxed I can barely walk - I look drunk haha.

I'm also trying hard to follow the diet. Warm foods only. No tea at all, especially green tea (which I LOVED booo) which is considered a cold food. Only 'spicy' herbal teas. In fact she said no herbal tea at all is even better, only hot water with lemon, for the liver

There are 4 major researches on whether acupuncture helps with fertility. 2 say they do, one a little bit, the other a lot. 2 say they don`t. I`ve reviewed these and I find the samples are small and the improvements do seem a bit arbitrary. But we'll see, I'm crossing our fingers!
Interesting what you said about green tea....might have to reduce my intake! Bugger been chucking back the powdered maca stuff...it's like rocket fuel. So she only suggested hot water with lemon as your only drink?

It's so expensive isn't it....I'm having a break from it this month.



 
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I'm so glad this thread was so high up in the ratings. I was just about to start researching this. Saw the gynacologist last week and he said that I have unexplained infertility as my hormone levels are fine, my tubes aren't blocked and I'm ovulating. My partner's sperm are fine also, no issues there. I've noticed a lack of fertile CM over the last few months but he didn't seem bothered by that. I do have polycystic ovaries but not the syndrome. He said it was nothing to worry about.

He's going to refer us for IVF but I was thinking maybe I should try acupuncture. Any tips for finding a good practitioner in London?
I have found that grapefruit juice and cough medicine ( containing guaifensin) helps with cm....I have been to about 4/5 different practioners in London over the years for one thing and another...I have had mixed results so would not recommend any of them especially although I did go to talk to one in balham a couple of weeks ago and got a good feeling about him so will go to him if no BFp in the next month or two. Briss is another London lady in this thread who has just started with a new London practitioner....



 
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Thanks for the grapefruit juice & cough medicine tip. Do you take it only in the run up to ovulation or throughout the cycle?



 
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Thanks for the grapefruit juice & cough medicine tip. Do you take it only in the run up to ovulation or throughout the cycle?
Only run up to ovulation which is any day now. Only started this month and it works!



 
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Old Nov 7th, 2012, 08:02 AM   30
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Hi Hope, I had a very unfortunate experience once with a Chinese clinics in London so was a bit cautions, but recently a friend recommended a Chinese doctor in Uxbridge and I had my first session on Sunday, they do not specialise in fertility though but I think Chinese medicine treats the body as a whole so anything they do will help fertility as well. She took her time to check my pulse and tongue and then said I was very stressed inside although I do not appear to be. I hope I get good results and will definitely keep you posted. One thing I noticed yesterday which was very unusual as I was seating with my bear feet on the sofa my feet were warm! and I was drinking cold GFJ! I never ever have warm feet I think (or hope) it's acu working.

I decided to just do acupuncture and force hubby to take herbs. My hubby is also complaining about vitamins and herbs while I am the one doing all the research and spending tonnes of money on them, not fair

I also drink GFJ every day up until O and take EPO. I am considering getting off my vitamins for 1-2 months and just do Chinese herbs for a change.

Blythe, please keep me posted on your research about clots, I really want to understand whether they are an issue, I had them all my life



 
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