One Medicine to Create a Family

 

I attended the annual Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) conference in Vancouver last weekend and it was a pleasure to hear so many excellent presentations and to learn about the latest research in the field of reproductive medicine. One of the highlights for me as a participant was to see the holistic component present in the lectures and discussions....how are western reproductive treatments affecting couples relationships? What are the financial considerations and constraints? How is the environment impacting health and reproduction? What are the effects of treatment on the health of men, women and the children being born to them?

Included in these discussions were two lectures on acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Dr.Paul Magarelli, a reproductive endocrinologist, was one of the presenters and has co-authored a groundbreaking study (journal- Fertility and Sterility, Dec.2009) , which identifies how acupuncture regulates the stress hormones that impact ovulation. Dr. Magarelli explained the benefits of blending eastern and western wisdom and beautifully articulated that "the goal of this one medicine is to create a family". Below are a couple of interviews with Dr.Magarelli that were conducted while he was in Vancouver attending the CFAS.

CBC Radio Interview (6min) - Acupuncture's Ability to Regulate the Body's Stress Hormones to Improve IVF Outcomes.

CKNW Radio Interview (19min) - Acupuncture & Hormone levels during IVF.

Note: In the CKNW interview, Dr. Magarelli mentions that it is important to choose an acupuncturist with experience in fertility treatment and a good knowledge of Western medical treatment and protocols, and he refers to the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). We are pleased to be the only clinic in the south island with a fellow of the ABORM and are proud to provide a high level of TCM care and commitment to our patients.

~ blog entry by Stephanie Curran

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