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The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies [Paperback]

Randine Lewis
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March 21 2005
Infertility affects one out of six couples today. Dr. Lewis presents a groundbreaking alternative approach to infertility, explaining how she used traditional Chinese medicine to treat her own infertility, successfully conceiving and giving birth to two children.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book on a great treatment Jan. 5 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Kimberly F. Jan. 28 2004
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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By maureen
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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5.0 out of 5 stars From a former skeptic Jan. 15 2004
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After several failed attempts to get pregnant using western medicine (at a cost of over $30,000), I was referred to Dr. Lewis by one of the best reproductive endocrinologists in Houston, TX. I was extremely skeptic about acupuncture and what it could do for me but decided to give it a try based on my doctor's recommendation and the fact that I had nothing to lose. In addition, the cost of acupuncture treatments and herbs were miniscule compared to the money my husband and I had already spent.
After only a couple of weeks, I noticed significant changes in my menstrual cycle. After three months, I had more energy, felt better than I ever have before, and was no longer bothered by allergies. I have not gotten pregnant, but given the vast improvement in my well being and quality of life I feel blessed to have come in contact with Dr. Lewis. I continue to receive treatments at Dr. Lewis' clinic to address my endometriosis.
Dr. Lewis' book explains the traditional chinese medicine approach and her own diagnostic and treatment methods. She also cites many examples from her own patients' experiences. More importantly, she is extremely compassionate and understands what people dealing with infertility are going through. I highly recommend her book to anyone considering expensive fertility treatments. Read her book first and consider pursuing traditional chinese medicine treatments before you spend money on western fertility treatments.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy!
Reading a few lines in the preview screen really got me excited about this book so I ordered it immediately! The shipping is speedy as usual and I could not put that book down! Read more
Published on July 10 2012 by genie
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! highly recommend
I was recommended this book by my acupuncturist. The book has given me a great overview TCM with respect to fertility and associated problems. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2011 by Lenan Sidhe
3.0 out of 5 stars informative read
this book is very informative,a little hard to follow at some points because of all the chinese names .. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2011 by roxiber
5.0 out of 5 stars Book about chinese medicine and fertility
This book is easy to read and very useful. It is structured so that you can read the introdution to chinese medicine (nicely explained) and then only some chapters of interest to a... Read more
Published on Dec 24 2010 by dianaz773
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful
My doctor recommended this book because I was complaining of general ill health with no seeming reasons and I was infertile. I thought my problems were hormonally related . Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2009 by Mona Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars The Infertility Cure
This book offers an alternate way to deal with not only infertility issues, but also finding hormonal balance. Read more
Published on July 14 2009 by Monkey'sMom
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book and resource!
This is wonderful book for both practitioners and laypeople alike. I initially found this book through a patient and have used it extensively with every fertility patient I've seen... Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2007 by Tina Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Infertility Cure
Wonderful book, I read this book after strying to get pregnant for one year when a friend recommended acupuncture. Read more
Published on April 18 2007 by A. Zandbelt
5.0 out of 5 stars My gratitude overflows
If Chinese medicine can cure me, it can cure you. I was hopelessly infertile and hadn't had a natural period in 19 years before I discoved TCM. Read more
Published on March 29 2006 by Sharmaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope for the Fertility Struggle
This book was recommended in my fertility-support group, and it has been a great read. I've tried everything I'm going to from Western medicine, but no solutions have been... Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Mummo
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