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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (March 21 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316159212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316159210
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lewis, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, believes infertile couples should turn to Chinese medicine as an alternative to what she considers painful, invasive and time-consuming Western treatments. She first explains, "Traditional Chinese medicine holds that a woman's body must be gently nourished and encouraged to bear fruit.... I have found that most hormonal imbalances (which contribute to 40 percent of documented cases of infertility, yet are considered untreatable by conventional Western medicine) respond to Eastern methods of treatment." In Lewis's experience, women who have undergone three to six months of the dietary changes, herbs and acupuncture treatments become pregnant with no further effort. Lewis intersperses her somewhat technical examination of the program with anecdotes about her patients, weaving in discussions on diet, herbal supplements, acupuncture, older women and problems related to infertility. Lewis writes well and simplifies many complex concepts, such as the theory that there are four vital substances in the body (Yin, Yang, Qi and Blood), and that they're likely to be suffering from imbalance caused by energy excess, deficiency or stagnation. However, she trusts that her view is the solution for all infertile couples. Readers with infertility issues may well benefit by adopting some of Lewis's strategies, but they would also be wise to discuss her approach with their doctors before abandoning their current treatments. 41 line drawings.
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'A wonderfully authoritative answer to the collective prayers of the many thousands of women who want to have a baby but have been told that they're infertile' - Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom 'Lewis simplifies many complex concepts, such as the theory that there are four vital substances in the body (Yin, Yang, Qi, and Blood) and that they're likely to be suffering from imbalance caused by energy excess, deficiency, or stagnation' - Publishers Weekly

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "dlorance2" on Jan. 5 2004
Format: Hardcover
At 35 years old I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis and after several very invasive and unpleasant treatments was told that I would not be able to have my own children. I was not ready to give up and seeked acupuncture treatment. My acupuncturist happened to be Dr. Lewis. Within 2 months I noticed that I did not suffer from the painful symptoms that the doctors could not seem to stop. The doctors wanted to do a hysterectomy. After 7 months of acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbs I was pregnant, with twins. Her book "talks" to you on your level, as if she is actually talking to you. I recommend this book to anyone who is seeking alternative help with their infertility or use along with assisted technologies. Her book gives you information on diet and tips that you can use to help yourself as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Fleischer on Jan. 28 2004
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I bought this book about three weeks ago, after nine years of fertility struggles. I am 44 and skeptical, but what did I have to lose? I know this is strange, but when I started reading Dr Lewis's message, I felt like this was my answer, finally. Well, for the first time in my life, my period was late. I had a positive pregnancy test yesterday. I don't know what will happen, but I can tell you that this book changed my life in more ways than one.
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Dr. Randine Lewis' book addresses the problem of infertility from the standpoint that most women who are of reproductive age, with the proper anatomy are FERTILE; the inability to conceive is an expression of an imbalance within their system that can be improved through the techniques that this book teaches. The text is both scientific and a self-help primer. Through the pages in this book you will learn to diagnose your underlying imbalance and then follow the approach that Traditional Chinese Medicine advocates for your diagnosis. The treatment generally includes the use of acupuncture or self-performed acupressure, stress reduction, dietary changes, supplement use, restorative exercise (yoga, Qi Gong), and relaxation techniques.
Perhaps most encouraging is the fact that Dr. Lewis has experienced approximately a 75% success rate with achieving pregnancy with her patients, many (if not most) of whom came to her clinic after years of failed Western procedures. The Western medicine definition of "infertile" is rather narrow, defined by inability to become pregnant after one year of unprotected sex. I never believed I was infertile, despite solidly falling within Western medicine's definition and it has been reassuring to find an approach that has validated my intuition about my body: namely, I am not infertile, I am just very imbalanced and stressed and I need help to restore my reproductive health. While this book contains the information that is necessary to self treat, it can be complicated and I'd recommend that you seek the treatment of a licensed acupuncturist, preferably one who specializes in infertility or, at least, women's health.
If you undertake this approach for yourself, you cannot lose.
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I think this book is the answer to what a lot of couples faced with infertility are looking for.
It provides a comprehensive view point of the available options today from both a western and eastern medicine standpoint. Best of all you do not have to be a Chinese medicine practitioner to understand this book. An excellent simplification of the ancient theories and wisdom of Traditional Chinese medicine. The dietary recommendations and lifestyle changes can be incorporated to maximise health and therefore chances of conception no matter what path you adopt to achieve your goal of a healthy baby. It clearly lays out the different syndromes and patterns that could be underlying the same diagnosis, emphasizing how the acupuncture and herbal treatments need to be individualized. Dr Randine is one of the pioneers in this acupuncture speciality her knowledge and experience reflects through the information provided in this book.
A source for acupuncturists and medical doctors too!!As stated in another book I recently read on Acupuncture and Infertility by Dr Lifang Liang, it can greatly improve your chances of success.
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Current research demonstrates the effectiveness of chinese medicine in helping conception. A recent study shows that when traditional Chinese medicine is combined with in vitro fertilization, the odds of conception and healthy pregnancy increases by 50%.
In fact, some of the top infertility clinics are recommending to their patients that they receive acupuncture during IVF treatment.
This book is a very well written description of a wellness program designed to promote whole body health. When the entire body is in balance, pregnancy is more likely. This program provides positive steps for handling reproductive issues that western medicine has difficulty treating: PCOS, advanced maternal age, unexplained infertility, immunologic reaction and recurrent miscarriage.
This book is not runaway marketing for anything "alternative", but rather a culmination of many years of research and practice by a woman who is committed to helping women conceive. This book is a fabulous resource for women who are dealing with infertility.
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