Laser Acupuncture (LLLT) for Fertility

What is Laser Acupuncture (LLLT) for Fertility?

 

Let there be light!  Acubalance in Vancouver BC is offering renewed hope for women struggling with the challenges and emotional burden of infertility. A growing number of studies are showing that low level laser therapy (LLLT), both laser and light-emitting diode (LED) sources, may significantly boost the pregnancy rates of even women who have been unsuccessful with other assisted reproduction treatments like vitro fertilization (IVF).

Acubalance Wellness Centre (acubalance.ca) is the first natural fertility clinic in Vancouver British Columbia to offer patients this clinically-tested system that uses cold laser to stimulate blood flow to the reproductive organs and enhance cellular energy production. The cold laser treatment is particularly promising for couples coping with ageing-related reproductive problems.   

What the Studies on LLLT Say

laser acupuncture for fertility vancouver, LLLT for fertility vancouverUntil recently, Western reproductive medicine has traditionally maintained that ageing and declining egg quality is an irreversible process. However, ground-breaking research with low level light therapy conducted in Denmark and Japan is showing that it may be possible to improve egg quality, slow down the ageing process and significantly improve fertility in women and men. The studies show that low level laser therapy (LLLT) used on acupuncture points on the neck and over the ovaries appears to enhance mitochondrial activity and ATP production, increase blood flow and helps to reduce oxidative damage.

We see enormous potential in this research for women who are struggling to conceive—particularly those who are of advanced maternal age, diagnosed with poor egg quality or have been diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS.

All our cells are powered by little structures called mitochondria. Eggs have about 200 times more mitochondria than any other cell. When eggs are developing, they use a tremendous amount of energy. And early embryo division and implantation requires lots of energy. After 35 years, the mitochondria wear down. At age 40, nine out of 10 eggs are abnormal.

Studies show that the mitochondria of older eggs is capable of producing significantly less ATP, which is the source of cellular energy. This has a significant impact on fertility, as the rate of division and successful implantation of embryos has more to do with how much energy (ATP) than with maternal age per se. Consequentially, the capacity of the cold laser to improve the ATP production of eggs has a potentially dramatic effect on their viability. 

Furthermore, it is known that older follicles have fewer defenses against cellular damage caused by oxidative stress, and that this is related to poorer IVF outcomes. Studies suggest that LLLT treatment could also help with this condition, along with other complications, which impede fertility later in life.

Increasing energy level (ATP) in the cells, improved blood circulation, softening of scar tissue and a reduction in inflammation.  These factors are all beneficial to female reproduction in general and to the receptivity of uterine lining.

The recent studies in Japan and clinical results in Denmark have delivered very promising results in this direction. The Danish report showed that LLLT had a pregnancy rate of 66% success for women after at least 4 years of failure with other ART methods. LLLT studies have also pointed to the efficacy of laser treatment in raising the quality of the male partner’s semen in particular motility.

 
Similarly, the Japanese studies have shown a connection between improved fertility and laser therapy, concluding that even in low doses, laser therapy can help improve the woman’s chances of conception. Under the direction of Dr Toshio Ohshiro at Sanno Hospital, an extended trial on LLLT was performed in 701 infertile patients, 156 (22.3%) of whom became pregnant.   This resulted in a successful live birth rate in over half (50.1%) of those pregnancies.

Low intensity laser light therapy has also been shown to be beneficial for a host of other medical issues, particularly those related to women’s health. Laser treatment has been used successfully to treat frequently recurring abdominal infections and inflammations in women, including herpes, candida, allergies, and chlamydia. In addition, it has been used to address hormonal imbalances such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, an imbalance  in hormones (insulin, androgens and estrogen and progesterone), which can result in the the interference of ovulation and the growth of ovarian cysts. There have also been promising results in the treatment of endometriosis.   

We are a believer in the contribution of state-of-the art techniques like laser acupuncture treatments can make to integrative reproductive care.  We stress that innovative technologies such as the LLLT is just one element of a holistic treatment, which combines eastern and western medical health practices.

We bring together the best of Chinese & Functional Medicine with new technology to provide our patients with the best chance of reaching their peak fertility and having a healthy baby

Physiological Effects of Laser Acupuncture (LLLT)

 Increased production and release of:

  •  Endorphins – natural analgesics
  •  Growth hormone – instrumental in tissue repair
  •  ATP – improves and regulates cellular metabolism
  •  Increased protein synthesis – collagen, DNA, fibroblasts
  •  Venous and lymphatic flow facilitated
  •  Increased angiogenesis – elevation of oxygen saturation

Clinical Benefits of Laser Acupuncture (LLLT)

  •  Increase chances of conception and live birth
  •  Regulate inflammation   (Help reduce ‘inflammaging’ – accelerated biological aging)
  •  Cold laser therapy is also known for its ability to normalize and soften scar tissue, and scar tissue is a large contributor to fertility problems.  (endometriosis, abdominal scarring, and adhesions)
  •  Eliminates pain
  •  Non-invasive
  •  Non-toxic
  •  No known adverse effects
  •  No drug interactions
  •  Provides a treatment alternative for patients that have not responded to conventional therapies

 

Contact us for more information about how laser acupuncture (LLLT) can help you at 604-678-8600 or clinic@acubalance.ca

 

Treatment

 

  • Laser acupuncture 3 times per week during follicular phase (until ovulation)
  • Laser acupuncture 1-2 times per week during luteal phase
  • If going through IVF then same as above until stimulation and continue 3/week during stim phase until retrieval of eggs.
  • During FET cycle 2/week until  embryo transfer.
  • On transfer day, Acubalance Vancouver offers  laser acupuncture before and after transfer onsite at Olive Fertility Centre.

 

How Chinese Medicine can Help

 

Chinese medicine combined with low level laser therapy (LLLT) & laser acupuncture can help you reach your peak fertility potential by:

  1. increasing blood flow to your reproductive system
  2. regulating hormones
  3. reducing the negative effects of stress and stress related hormones
  4. regulating inflammation
  5. regulating blood sugars
  6. enhance ATP – improves and regulates cellular metabolism and helps rejuvenates your cells
  7. normalize and soften scar tissue.

 

Other Resources

 

Grinsted, Arne. "Laser Therapy for Female and Male Infertility." The Annals of Laser Therapy Research. N.p., 4 Dec. 2016. Web. 04 May 2017.

“Laser Therapy and Fertility in Practice” PowerMedic Lasers. April 3rd, 2017.  http://www.powermediclasers.com/news-about-laser-therapy/laser-therapy-a...

Oshiro, Toshio. “Personal Overview of the Application of LLIT in Severely Infertile Japanese Females” Laser Therapy. 2012 Jul 3; 21(2): 97–103. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3944482/

Cited in Doidge, Norman. The Brain’s Way of Healing. New York: Viking, 2015.
Photomed Laser Surg. 2012 May; 30(5): 239–241.  - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3339380/

 

 

Conscious Work /Energy Psychology

What is Conscious Work /Energy Psychology ?

Conscious Work /Energy Psychology 

 

We offer Belief change work also referred to as conscious work or energy psychology.

The focus is to take your body out of a state of alarm (sympathetic mode) because when we are in the fight or flight mode our energy is mobilized for survival and our resources are not available for creativity, healing and reproduction. The habitual state of alarm over time leads to chronic inflammation which can cause accelerated biological ageing and premature degenerative diseases. When you are able to elicit the relaxation response daily and engage the parasympathetic nervous system (the rest & digest and breed & feed system) then it frees up your resources for healing, creativity and reproduction. Dr. Lorne Brown and Kevin Yee-Chan offer belief change tools in their energy psychology sessions.

 

“There are times in our lives when we have to realize our past is precisely what it is, and we cannot change it. But we can change the story we tell ourselves about it, and by doing that, we can change the future.” -- Eleanor Brown

 

Change your limiting beliefs.

Many of us sabotage our desires because we run subconscious programs (often inherited from childhood) that block us from experiencing joy and achieving our goals of health, loving relationships, abundance, and happiness.

You can choose to rewire your brain and remove old programs that no longer serve you and replace them with new programs and beliefs that serve your best interest.

We can offer belief change sessions via Telehealth or in a combination with acupuncture and low-level laser therapy (LLLT/photobiomodulation) during our Acubalance sessions.

 

What it is not:

It is not about bypassing, stuffing down, or denying negative thoughts and feelings and simply replacing them with positive thinking. This approach of only positive thinking is superficial and just covers up negative thoughts, however, the negative feelings are still there smoldering in the background underneath and eventually they resurface and are often stronger and more resilient.

 It is not about indulging, wallowing, or dramatizing your negative feelings either. 

 It is not talk therapy.

  

What it is about:

It is inner work.

It is solution-focused work.

It is how to "Now".  It is conscious work.

 

"Conscious work helps us regulate our emotions and increases our empathy and compassion for our self and for others."

 

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -- Lao Zhu. 

 

The belief change sessions are about you being sensitive to your feelings and being present to your feelings. When you are present and resourced, you can then consciously choose to change and transform these unwanted feelings and self-limiting beliefs to feelings and programs that serve you in your daily life.

Energy psychology (EP) / Belief Change Modalities is a collection of mind-body approaches for understanding and improving human functioning. EP focuses on the relationship between thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviours, and known bioenergy systems (such as meridians and the biofield). 

Within an EP framework, emotional and physical issues are seen, and treated, as bio-energetic patterns within a mind-body-energy system. The mind and body are thought to be interwoven and interactive within this mind-body-energy system, which involves complex communication involving neurobiological processes, innate electrophysiology, psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), consciousness, and cognitive-behavioural-emotional patterns. 

The use of EP has resulted in the development of associated methods and models to treat psychological and emotional problems, facilitate health and wellbeing, and improve human performance. These models and methods are usually used within an integrative or holistic approach to practices such as psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, integrative medicine, acupuncture, and other healing modalities.

Short videos to introduce you to energy psychology/belief change modalities I can facilitate with you during online Telehealth sessions or in combination with your in-person acupuncture laser sessions.

 

 

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom." ~ Victor Frankyl

 

Dr Lorne Brown deleveoped an approach he calls NOTICE*ACCEPT*CHOOSE AGAIN (NAC) that consists of present moment tools to shift you from your habitual reactionary responses into intentional, present awareness where you get to consciously choose how you feel and act. It is not about suppressing or ignoring stress and negative feelings. It’s about being aware in the present moment and therefore fully resourced which allows you to change your perception and relationship to stress. When you are present, fully resourced, you are then able to choose to consciously respond instead of unconsciously react and in the process, you undo outdated subconscious programs and replace them with new beliefs and programs that better serve you. 

 

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am then I can change." -- Psychologist Carl Rogers

 

 

Some of the tools included in the NAC approach can help lower cortisol levels, reduce activity in your amygdala, make changes in your hippocampus and change some gene expression. This helps you be less prone to an old habitual negative reaction to stressors and to choose not to take it personally and instead choose how you want to feel. This conscious work is beneficial only when experienced through practice. The value is not in the knowledge but rather in the application. The longer you do it the easier it becomes and the easier it becomes the longer you do it. And the more we do it, the greater the benefit.

 

NAC Approach to Present Moment and Transform Suffering to Peace of Mind

 

How your beliefs create your reality and how you can use your thoughts to create new habits (beliefs) and thus your new reality.

 

Your beliefs become your thoughts

Your thoughts become your words

Your words become your actions

Your actions become your habits

Your habits become your values

Your values become your destiny.

― Gandhi

 

The NAC Protocol:

N: NOTICE the negative feelings (e.g. resistance, stress, Qi stagnation). Don’t take it personally.

A: ACCEPT what is (a form of surrender)

C: CHOOSE again/differently 

 

When you do the above, you will be resourced and awake.

 

N-A-C steps:

NOTICE

Stop! Choose not to take what is happening personally. Every single thing that happens in life is neutral, and then we give it meaning.

All humans have free will, which means you can choose not to react to something that happens and not to amplify any negative emotions you are experiencing. You can instead decide to become fully present, and then consciously choose how you want to feel.

 

ACCEPT WHAT IS

When we argue with reality, we suffer. But you don’t want to deny reality either. Instead, you can choose to accept things as they are in the current moment.

This doesn’t mean that you like the way things are or that you want it to be this way. It means that you simply stop fighting against reality. You’re saying “this is the way things are at this moment” instead of resisting them. This practice keeps you well-resourced so you can respond to situations consciously using your whole brain, instead of being reactive and hijacked by your reptilian brain.

 

CHOOSE AGAIN

If you want to be healthy, then practice feeling whole and complete.

If you want to be wealthy, then practice feeling abundant.

If you want to feel happy, then practice joy and gratitude,

If you want to experience loving relationships, then practice feeling love, compassion, and empathy.

 

Contact us to request a discovery call, and if you are ready to get started then book your sessions by calling 604-678-8600 

We also offer Conscious work for Fertility via telehalth or in combination with laser and acupuncture in-person please contact us to set up your session.