by Jessica Silver, L.Ac.
From a Chinese medical perspective, a big part of our general health has to do with the quality and quantity of blood in our bodies. The concept of blood includes more than just the red liquid flowing through us Ð it's a type of energy. Although Qi and Blood are thought to move through the body together, they are different but cooperative substances responsible for different roles. In Chinese medicine, blood disorders are varied: patients may present with blood deficiency in one or more system, blood stagnation, or a combination of both.
Although it cannot be automatically concluded, we often find that patients who have a blood deficiency in their energetic disharmony, also have anemia or iron deficiency found in a blood test. Many symptoms of anemia overlap with symptoms of blood deficiency such as; fatigue, weakness, dizziness, feeling cold, depression, insomnia and a pale complexion. Iron supplements can help patients with iron deficiency.
The quantity and quality of blood in the system also plays a large part in all gynecological functions, including regulating the menstrual cycle and optimizing fertility. Some women who seek fertility treatment at Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs, fall into the diagnostic group of blood deficiency.
Hence, it comes as no real surprise to find a study published in the New York Times announcing the following:
Fertility: Iron Supplements May Reduce Risk of Infertility
By NICHOLAS BAKALAR
Published: November 14, 2006
Taking iron supplements may reduce the risk of infertility, a new study suggests.
Researchers examined data on women enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study II, a prospective study of registered nurses, ages 24 to 42. Over eight years of follow-up, researchers recorded more than 3,500 cases of infertility among more than 18,000 women who were trying to become pregnant. Of these, 2,165 underwent medical investigation to determine the cause, and 438 were found to suffer from ovulatory infertility, or the inability to produce viable eggs.
After statistically adjusting for age, smoking, physical activity and dietary patterns, the women who used iron supplements had, on average, 40 percent less risk of ovulatory infertility than those who used none. Moreover, the higher the dose of the iron supplements, the lower the risk, so that women who took the highest doses - more than 41 milligrams a day - reduced their risk of ovulatory infertility by 62 percent.
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Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac.
Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
41 Union Square West, Suite 519
New York, NY 10003
A letter from one of our patients to her OBGYN:
"I am writing to let you know that I have been receiving TCM treatment (acupuncture and Chinese herbs) for the abnormal uterine bleeding for which you examined me back in May. As you know from our last conversation, as soon as I stopped the progesterone, the bleeding resumed. I quickly did some research to find a TCM doctor, as I was extremely uncomfortable with the recommended treatment to go on the [birth control] pill.
I began treatment with Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. of the Aiyana Center for Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. Her herbal and acupuncture treatments stopped the abnormal bleeding as well as restored my period to a five day, light, clot free flow. I am thrilled with the healing process I am experiencing.
If you have other patients like me who prefer holistic, natural medicine or treatment, she is happy to receive referrals from your office. Juliette is a compassionate, enthusiastic practitioner of TCM. She also commits a considerate amount of time at every office visit educating her patients about their condition and treatment."