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Optimizing Insemination and IVF with Acupuncture

Optimizing Insemination and IVF with Acupuncture

We see many women and couples who work with assisted reproductive clinics in their journey towards getting pregnant.
What we want for all of our patients who are in this process is to optimize their DNA and Qi:  As a Naturopathic Doctor, I help with this through the use of supplements and herbs for the DNA and acupuncture for the patient’s Qi.

How does Acupuncture optimize the IVF process?

Acupuncture optimizes this process via the following:
*  Enhances blood flow to nourish the developing follicles
*  Supports the estrogen and progesterone phases of the cycle
*  Is instrumental in keeping stress hormones low so that they do not interfere with reproductive hormones
*  Optimize conception
*  helps to prevent early miscarriage

How often are the acupuncture treatments prescribed?

Everyone is different, however the most common recommendation is to have an acupuncture treatment 1/week.
For more information or to make an appointment with us in Mississauga, contact us today
Dr. Kirsten Almon ND

tiffany wyse nina barabas herb walk mississauga

herb walk in mississauga

Herb Walk in Mississauga

We had a marvellous herb walk this past Saturday to celebrate mid-summer.

The weather was gorgeous and we witnessed & learned about many of the earth’s herbs as medicine in full summer delight.
Thank you to Riverwood Conservancy and to Nina Barabas for inviting me to join in this year’s celebrations!
Here are some pictures from the herb walk:
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Dr. Tiffany Wyse walking with Dr. Nina Barabas on a herb walk in Mississauga

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nina barabas teaching on a herb walk in Mississauga
nina barabas teaching on a herb walk in Mississauga
Group picture June 2018 Herb Walk in Mississauga
June 2018 Herb Walk in Mississauga

mississauga riverwood Group picture June 2018 Herb Walk in Mississauga

Group picture June 2018 Herb Walk in Mississauga
Group picture June 2018 Herb Walk in Mississauga

tiffany wyse teaching herbs

For those interested in learning more about herbs, contact Dr. Tiffany Wyse and read one of her articles below:
Herbal Medicine for the treatment of drug resistant bacteria
Dr. Tiffany  Wyse Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga
Naturopathic Medicines & Treatments

How are your Hormone Levels?

How are your Hormone Levels?

Hormones play such an important role in our health, from balancing our blood sugar to helping us wake up in the morning.  At our wellness clinic in  Mississauga we discuss hormone levels often with our patients! Not sure if your hormone levels are a problem? Fill in the questionnaire below or connect to us for testing!

Are your hormone or cortisol levels normal throughout the day?

Are you feeling great in the morning but burnt out by lunch?

Have a stubborn belly even though you work out everyday and eat healthfully?

Do you feel like your “hormones are out of whack”?

Here is an example of a test that we offer at Erin mills Optimum Health in Mississauga:

cortisol hormone test example
Here is an example of a test that we offer at Erin mills Optimum Health in Mississauga. Our Naturopathic Doctors can requisition this test, interpret the results and help develop a plan so that you can start feeling amazing and shape-shift your way into the holidays.

Our Naturopathic Doctors can requisition this test, interpret the results and help develop a plan so that you can start feeling amazing and shape-shift your way into the holidays.

Call us for more info!

Take the questionnaire below to discover more about your hormone levels:

HORMONE LEVEL QUESTIONAIRRE
Download the word file of the hormone level questionnaire here.

Please check any of the following that you are currently experiencing:

Sex hormones 1A:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Foggy thinking
  • Memory lapses
  • Incontinence
  • Tearfulness
  • Depression
  • Heart palpitations
  • Bone loss

Sex hormones 1B:

  • Mood swings
  • Breast tenderness
  • Water retention
  • Foggy thinking
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Weight gain-hips
  • Bleeding changes
  • Headaches
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Cold body temperature
  • Fatigue

Sex hormones 2:

  • Acne
  • Oily skin
  • Excess facial/body hair
  • Weight gain
  • Insulin resistance
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Irritability
  • Loss of scalp hair.

Adrenal hormones 1:

  • Fatigue
  • Allergies
  • Aching muscles
  • Feeling cold
  • Neck stiffness
  • Increased sluggishness
  • “burned out” feeling
  • low sex drive
  • Feel unable to cope

Adrenal hormones 2:

  • Irritable
  • “tired but wired” feeling
  • weight gain waist loss of muscle mass
  • bone loss
  • high blood pressure
  • insulin resistance
  • low sex drive
  • Impaired memory
  • Loss of scalp hair
  • Depression

 

We will posts the answers to the questionnaire next week and you can see where you are balanced and where you may need some support.
IN health,
Kirsten Almon – Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health


Acupuncture Mississauga

Acupuncture in Mississauga

“Stick me with Needles!”

The concept of acupuncture is based on the concept of yin and yang and energy moving through channels called meridians.  When energy or “qi” is not moving freely through these meridians, vitality may be weakened or blocked. This can manifest in many ways; infertility, difficult or stalled labour and postpartum depression for example. The strategies used to ‘unblock’ these channels are to needle, add pressure or use moxibustion over specific points on the body. Once the technique is administered, it allows the body to overcome the blockage and i.e. enhance fertility, quicken and improve contractions in stalled labour and improve mood.

What can Acupuncture be used to help?

Acupuncture can be very effective for the following:

  • Low back pain
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Tennis elbow
  • Recovery from injury in sport (sprained ankle, torn rotator cuff)
  • Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats
  • Fertility and labour

Can acupuncture assist with fertility?

Acupuncture has a long history of use in the treatment of promoting healthy menstrual cycles in women to enhance fertility.

With respect to treating a patient with concerns of fertility, the May 2006 issue of the medical journal Fertility and Sterility presents several new studies that confirm the efficacy of acupuncture as an aid to In vitro fertilization (IVF).

Not only do needles work on an energetic level, it has also been shown to change chemicals in the brain, aiding in labour and postpartum care:

“There is evidence that acupuncture influences the production of and distribution of a great many neurotransmitters and neuromodulators, and that this in turn alters the perception of pain.”

-David Eisenberg, M.D., Clinical Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School

The following fertility concerns have been shown to respond favourably to acupuncture treatments:

  • Man and Female Infertility
  • Aids in turning a Breech Baby
  • Post dates Pregnancy to Initiate Labour
  • Stalled Labour
  • Painful Labour
  • Mastitis
  • Amenorrhea
  • Libido Enhancement
  • Painful periods

 

Book in today for a visit to try acupuncture!

Dr. Kirsten Almon ND, Doula in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Dr. Aisling Lanigan presenting at Goodness Me! Mississauga on preventing colds and flus

Naturopathic Doctor Spotlight – Dr. Aisling Lanigan

Naturopathic Doctor Spotlight – Dr. Aisling Lanigan – Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

We asked our Naturopathic Doctors in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health to give me their favourite meal/recipe, favourite treatment modality and to give us ‘a day in the life’ of themselves! Enjoy this one by Dr. Aisling Lanigan:

My Favourite Meal

Wild Salmon
Wild Salmon baked with garlic and ginger with mango salsa (mango, cilantro, blueberries, pomegranates, avocado, lime juice), steamed broccoli and a little brown rice or quinoa.

My Favourite Modaility

I love all of our modalities but if I had to choose – IV Therapy because patients improve their health so quickly with it.

A Day in the Life of Dr. Aisling Lanigan

  • Get up whenever my 9 month old decides to wake – hopefully 7:30am, often 5:30am!
  • Go for a run along the Lakeshore to Ashbridges beaches with babe in the running stroller or attend a baby yoga class.
  • Get home and make breakfast for babe – her favourite lately is a green smoothie (big win!!)
  • Get babe down for a nap and if running early sit down and have a relaxing breakfast and green tea and meditate or think about the day. However usually running late so scarf down whatever is left of babe’s green smoothie on the way to clinic.
  • See my wonderful patients in our Mississauga wellness clinic, taking breaks every 2-3 hours to breast pump so that I can continue babe on breast milk as long as possible. Usually eat lunch which is generally a salad with a protein and healthy fat and if I’m extra hungry a brown rice cake with almond butter or some brown rice crackers and hummus on the side.
  • Get home from clinic, play with babe, make dinner and get her to bed. Hang out with my partner for an hour and then try to get to bed before 10pm 🙂
Currently reading my book club book – The Orphan’s Tale – heavy content – would not have picked this to read if not for the book club but that what I like about being in the club, it forces me to read things I wouldn’t normally pick up!
By Dr. Aisling Lanigan – Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health