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Try Try Again...it Worked !

Three years ago, I underwent IVF/ICSI to conceive our first baby. I had heard that trying acupuncture and herbs while undergoing fertility treatment could be really beneficial. Happily, our first try was successful and we had a beautiful baby girl! When we moved to Vancouver, we decided to try for Baby Number 2. This time, I went to Acubalance for acupuncture and herbs -- and the IVF/ICSI treatment went well... my lining was good, hormone...

Male Factor

We were initially referred to Acubalance through the UBC Centre for Reproductive Health. Our diagnosis was male factor infertility. Our doctor from UBC suggested that we pair the IVF/ICSI cycle with acupuncture. At this time, we also started my husband on two supplements (Fertilaid for Men and FrequenSea). Over a six month period, we noticed a very significant increase in the sperm morphology, motility, and count. We had two unsuccessful IVF...

Coming to Acubalance was a huge step for me.

After all that I had endured medically and surgically, it was a leap of faith of sorts. I knew that my body had been taxed by all the procedures and instrumentation of the surgeries and the complications that ensued. I was grateful that in knowing my medical history, you felt you were up to the challenge of helping me regain my strength and get well.

It was such a relief to be treated as a whole person

When I discovered Lorne's approach at Acubalance, it was such a relief to be treated as a whole person after encountering the detachment of the Western medical approach. I had been trying to conceive for three years when I decided to try acupuncture after having some small spots of endometriosis removed. My gynecologist had told me that I had a six-month window of opportunity to achieve pregnancy if this was the problem. I wanted to optimize...

Pregnancy-Related Back Pain

I had suffered for the first four months of my pregnancy with severe back pain. I could not sit for longer than three minutes without needing to stand up or lie down due to the discomfort in my back. Eating-out became a nightmare and I often would have to stand as I could not sit down at all. I even had to stretch-out on the floor of my office - my back hurt like hell. I had tried chiropractic care and massage therapy and neither gave me...

I had a very positive experience with using acupuncture to induce my labour

I had a very positive experience with using acupuncture to induce my labour. I decided to use acupuncture because it is less intrusive and a more natural method than the hormone/drug-induced labor. After waiting one week past my due date, I began treatment with Lorne. I felt extremely comfortable and at ease as Lorne clearly explained all procedures and their desired results. I required only three of the possible five treatments to induce my...

I was experiencing nausea 24 hours a day, seven days a week

During the first four months of my pregnancy, I was experiencing nausea 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I also had vertigo, and the intermittent dizziness would aggravate the nausea. Lorne Brown was highly recommended by a good friend of mine because of his experience treating women's health issue, in particular pregnancy and infertility. I was nervous as I had never tried acupuncture before. However, all other medications and remedies...

At 34 weeks pregnant, my baby was in the breech position

At 34 weeks pregnant, my baby was in the breech position. I came to Raeghan Siemens in desperation, unsure of what acupuncture and moxabustion was all about; I was willing to try anything to get the baby to turn. I was planning a home birth and if the baby didn't turn in time, I would be scheduled for a C-section. I felt overwhelmed and full of anxiety.

After a year of trying medical infertility treatments

I have seen Raeghan for treatments for my infertility issues for a year after a year of trying medical infertility treatments and doing a full year of continuing intense medical infertility treatments. Her treatments and attention have made a tremendous difference in my acceptance and coping with infertility. Without Raeghan’s treatments once per week, my coping mechanisms would have likely failed me during this trying time.

In September 2002, I had a miscarriage.

In September 2002, I had a miscarriage. Following the D&C, my periods were very irregular - although I had struggled with irregular periods for years. I could go as much as four or five months without a period. I wanted to get pregnant again but was having difficulty with my fertility - and was also suffering from chronic hemorrhoids and yeast infections. I made a decision to try Chinese medicine and acupuncture and hooked up with Lorne...

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