Fertility Acupuncture NYC

Let’s Talk About Acupuncture and IVF

April 22nd, 2015

acupuncture and ivf

Let’s talk about acupuncture and IVF. First the million dollar question: DOES ACUPUNCTURE INCREASE IVF SUCESS RATES? The million dollar answer is YES. You do not have to take my word for it; multiple studies published in peer reviewed top medical journals around the world agree with me. The British Medical Journal published a review of all the relevant acupuncture/IVF studies to date and their conclusion was that acupuncture does in fact increase your chance of getting pregnant when undergoing IVF.

[…] Read the rest of this post »

What You Need To Know About IVF and Acupuncture

April 14th, 2015

The other day a beautiful 40 year old yoga teacher come into my office seeking acupuncture to help her get pregnant. We sat down and started talking about options and strategies and she revealed that she was planning on doing IVF or in vitro fertilization and had heard acupuncture could help with a positive outcome.


[…] Read the rest of this post »

A Different Perspective on Stress

April 6th, 2015

My patients ask me about stress all the time.  Can stress be causing their migraines?  Keeping them from getting pregnant?  Making them sick in some way?

We all have stress in our lives… jobs, kids, family, parents, illness.  There are very few times in life where things are just rolling along perfectly smoothly… something is almost always ‘up’.  So what are we to do?


[…] Read the rest of this post »

high FSH

March 16th, 2011

Many doctors will tell you that your eggs are only as good as your worst FSH level. We would disagree. FSH can spike due to stress, a death in the family, as a result of fertility treatments and many other things. Very often when the stressors are reduced FSH comes down. More importantly at Yin and Tonic Acupuncture we have seen FSH consistently come down as a result of herbs and acupuncture treatment. Very often patients come to us because their RE will not do an IVF cycle unless their FSH is below a certain number. We have found that with several months of treatment we can almost always substantially bring FSH down. Whether you are trying to have a baby naturally or are gearing up for an IVF cycle, getting acupuncture treatments, taking herbs and changing certain dietary habits can really boost your chances of success.

a personal note about sports injuries

March 16th, 2011

I am an avid kiteboarder, snowboarder and have practiced yoga for over 20 years. Needless to say I have plenty of experience treating and suffering from sports injuries. Last spring I tore my ACL (ripping a really nice wave ripped my acl, go figure) and was told I needed full reconstructive surgery. Obviously I wanted to get back on the water as soon as possible. Post surgery I took herbs internally and applied them topically, I had acupuncture treatments twice a week and did rigorous physical therapy. My surgeon was literally stunned at how quickly I recovered. I was back at 100% within four months. I was told it would take easily 6 months or more. Enough can not possibly be said about the curative potential of acupuncture and herbs for athletes.  Come in for treatment and get back out there.

Nausea During Pregnancy

March 16th, 2011

Nausea during pregnancy can be brought on by many things… an empty stomach, certain smells, motion, being tired… but what to do? At Yin and Tonic Acupuncture we have come up with some pointers to help our patients stay as comfortable as possible during this part of their pregnancy.

First: Try not to let your stomach get empty. Have lots of little snacks at the ready to nibble on throughout the day. We have found that bland crunchy snacks like pretzles, triscuits, baked pita chips etc… seem to be really helpful. Try not to let more than a few hours pass between nibblings. This is true even at night. When you wake to urinate, have a little crunchy snack on the nightstand. This will keep your blood sugar from plummeting and the nausea appearing when you wake. […] Read the rest of this post »

Fertility Diet

March 16th, 2011

There is no question that fertility can be positively effected by diet and lifestyle.  At Yin and Tonic Acupuncture we start with recommending an “everything in moderation” approach.  We know that the stress of adhering to a super strict diet can have much more adverse effects on the body than the occasional piece of chocolate cake.  That said we do have some general guidelines we would like to share with those who are interested.

First:  moderation to elimination of the ‘usual suspects’

wheat, dairy, sugar, coffee/caffeine, alcohol, artificial sweeteners.

A diet rich in leafy green veggies, lean (organic if possible) meats and fruit is always a healthy way to go.

We discourage ‘raw’ food diets during the time of conception and gestation. […] Read the rest of this post »

Making Babies Book

March 16th, 2011

At Yin and Tonic Acupuncture we want to salute Sami S. David M.D. and Jill Blakeway for their wonderful new book “Making Babies”. It is an easy to understand three month diet and lifestyle regimen that can help boost overall health and increase fertility. Nowadays it is very easy for patients to get caught up in more and more extreme western fertility treatments that could be unnecessary. In some cases gentle and simple changes might be the solution. Natural remedies have been used for centuries to help women conceive and generally speaking have little or no side effects. Certainly diet and exercise improvements can’t be bad! So if you are encountering fertility hurdles think about picking up a copy of Jill Blakeway and Sami S. David’s book “Making Babies” as it could be a real asset to the pursuit of a beautiful family. […] Read the rest of this post »

Progesterone Shots: Keeping things as pain free as possible

March 14th, 2011

Here are some helpful tips to keep progesterone from being such a pain in the butt. Literally.

First: Before injecting, warm the progesterone up to body temperature. Probably the easiest was is to put it in your bra for half an hour before injection. Progesterone is dissolved in oil and cool oil is more viscous. Warm oil moves out of the needle easier and absorbs easier. […] Read the rest of this post »

page background image