The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies Paperback – Mar 21 2005
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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 WeeklySee all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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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I didn't know if I would get much out of the book but I cherish it already and I haven't even finished it. The woman is very compassionate and understanding. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Theatre Dreamer
This book has a lot of information which is helpful. However, I see a doctor of TCM and Acupuncture and he cautioned me on the information that this book gives regarding herbal... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Chantelle
An Amazing book! Loaded with valuable information. And eloquently written by the Author. Her personal story was so moving to me, it made me emotional. I so highly recommend it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Maria Fernandez
This is an excellent book to help you get an idea of where you might need assistance if you are struggling (like me) to conceive. Read morePublished 12 months ago by V
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 morePublished on Sept. 21 2011 by Lenan Sidhe
this book is very informative,a little hard to follow at some points because of all the chinese names .. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2011 by roxiber
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 morePublished on Dec 24 2010 by dianaz773
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 morePublished on Nov. 15 2009 by Mona Lisa
This book offers an alternate way to deal with not only infertility issues, but also finding hormonal balance. Read morePublished on July 14 2009 by Monkey'sMom
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