Houston's Fertility Acupuncture Specialists

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Is Fertility Acupuncture for you?


Fertility Acupuncture can be for anyone trying to conceive.

You do not need to be an IVF client with us to experience the benefits of fertility acupuncture. We offer several different fertility acupuncture programs to meet you in your IVF cycle and fertility journey.

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What We Treat


Increases blood supply and circulation to reproductive organs, boosting their function.

Calming your body throughout the fertility journey and Improves hormone balance and ovulation.

Increases blood supply and circulation to reproductive organs, boosting their function.

Studies show that acupuncture performed before and after embryo transfer improves pregnancy rates by 50-65%.

Increases libido, Regulates the menstrual cycle and Supports ovulation.

Improves the quality of eggs in women with Low AMH (low ovarian reserve).

Helps with High FSH, Helps with Unexplained Infertility.

Increases low sperm counts and improves the quality of sperm in men.

Sarah Fan

Lic. Ac., D.O.M (Diplomat of Oriental Medicine)

Sarah Fan is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who has earned her master degree from the college of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Born in Taiwan Sarah has gained valuable experience in western and eastern medicine while working for over 10 years at the Hospital of National Taiwan University College of Medical Science and Taiwan Provincial Taipei Hospital. Her devotion and pursuit of overcoming infertility has helped hundreds of couples turn into families.

Sarah has designed unique programs since using special acupuncture techniques and formulated herbs to enhance the body’s reproductive potential and harmony of the endocrine and other organ systems. This focused treatment has shown to help with  symptoms of endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), menstrual cramps, and even back pain by allowing the body’s natural healing to take place.

Dr. Jodi Altman

Dr. Jodi Altman, DC, CIFMP, is Board-Certified in Functional Medicine and a Chiropractic Physician. Dr. Altman has been assisting patients to regain health for over 16 years.

Dr. Altman is very passionate about health and wellness as her life journey has helped direct her path to helping others regain function and health. Early in her career, she focused on sports and treating physical ailments as she knew firsthand how injuries take a toll. She tore her Anterior Cruciate Ligament playing basketball and was able to recover from the injury and even go on to play college basketball with the help of a sports chiropractic doctor. She was able to combine her love for sports and helping others recover and go on to enjoy life to its fullest.

Dr. Altman gives frequent talks on wellness topics, with the goal of helping others take a proactive approach to regaining health. Dr. Altman is certified in Functional Medicine, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Nutrition, Applied Kinesiology and NAET. Her professional affiliations include the Institute of Functional Medicine, the American Chiropractic Association, and the International Chiropractic Association. She is the Medical Director of Lisanne Wellness Center for the past 11 years.

Our Programs

Our on-site services are simple, convenient, and designed to fit anyone’s lifestyle. We offer several Acupuncture Programs to suit your fertility journey.

Why choses Lisanne Wellness Center for your Fertility Acupuncture care?

Lisanne Wellness Center was established in 2007, working with clients and patients undergoing fertility care. We work closely with a Reproductive center and know the specifics about fertility treatments, ovulation and cycle management.

Are committee is helping build happy families through their fertility journeys. We bring you an all-encompassing approach that combines fertility treatments with your own personal wellness. We look at the whole picture to bring you a fertility program that matches your physical and mental wellbeing for the best chance of conception.

What Our Clients Say


"Sarah is the kindest and most knowledgeable professional I’ve ever met. She took the time to understand my history and treated me accordingly. All I needed was 6 sessions. I highly recommend this place to anyone."

Allyson Wolz

Production Manager

"I met Sarah at the Wellness Center a few months ago and I can definitely say she is well experienced and professional. She is very accurate in her explanations of treatments and always followed up on how I was doing. Helpful, caring, and easy to get in contact with if you have any further questions.

Angela Medeiros

Life Coach

"I find Dr. Altman very Professional and knowledgeable in her Acupuncture discipline field. I have seen Dr. Jodi now for a few times and I am very pleased with the results and advices. I would highly recommend to anyone, which I have to my work colleagues."

Tonya Keenan

Bank Manager

Special Fertility Acupuncture Services and Programs


Individual Fertility Acupuncture Session

Lisanne Wellness Center provides our clients with a complete approach to health care based proven techniques.

$125

Fertility BodyPrep

Includes: 12 sessions acupuncture with color therapy $900

$900

PROGRAM DETAILS

This program is best for anyone trying to conceive for more that 6 months, women over 35 or women who have had multiply negative cycles or miscarriages. This program is designed to regulating and activating your body’s energy balance increases blood flow to the reproductive system, strengthens the uterine lining, assist in hormone levels, helps increase both egg quantity and quality, and reduces stress by promoting a state of serenity and peacefulness.

  • Women over the age of 35
  • Women who have had canceled IVF cycles due to lining
  • Poor ovulation
  • Egg growth
  • Miscarriages or
  • Women who want to work on natural alternative treatments

This program is designed to regulating and activating your body’s energy balance increases blood flow to the reproductive system, strengthens the uterine lining, assist in hormone levels, helps increase both egg quantity and quality, and reduces stress by promoting a state of serenity and peacefulness.

$900

Egg Retrieval Acupuncture Program

Includes: 4 Highly specialized acupuncture sessions during the egg retrieval cycle $360

$360

PROGRAM DETAILS

Our Egg Retrieval Acupuncture program is incorporated with your Egg Retrieval cycle. Our specially designed program works in conjunction with your egg retrieval cycle to assist on outcomes and may boost your egg quantity and quality, blood flow and strengthen the endometrial lining reduces stress levels which can be factors that may interfere with your Egg retrieval success.

$360

Comprehensive IVF Program

Includes: 8 acupuncture sessions built around your complete IVF cycle *timelines can be modified based on your individual care.

$640

PROGRAM DETAILS

This is our most comprehensive program to give you full support during your IVF cycle (including the Egg Retrieval and Embryo Transfer cycle). We’ll start with acupuncture during your egg retrieval cycle to boost egg quantity and quality. Then continue with acupuncture during the embryo transfer cycle to assist in in the lining and getting the body ready for implementation. This definitive treatment will help reduce stress and cortisol levels (which can reduce IVF effectiveness) and can help relieve pain or side effects from the IVF medications.

$640

Create a Custom Plan

Don’t see what you need? Contact us to create a complementary customized plan for you. We’ll get to know your current cycle and conception concerns and build an acupuncture plan around your personal needs.

CALL OR REQUEST A CUSTOMIZE PLAN

Lisanne Wellness Center Team


Fertility Acupuncturist

Fertility Nutrition Coach

Fertility Coach

Wellness Coordinator

References

Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture

Elisabet Stener-Victorin[1.4], Urban Waldenström[2], Sven A. Andersson[3] and Matts Wikland[2] [1]Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology [2]Fertility Centre Scandinavia. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and [3]Department of Physiology University of Gothenburg. S-413 45 Gothenburg, Sweden [4]To whom correspondence should be addressed: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Kvinnokliniken Sahlgrensh sjukhuset, S-413 45 Golhenburg, Sweden

Source: European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology

In order to assess whether electro-acupuncture (EA) can reduce a high uterine artery blood flow inpedance, 10 infertile but otherwise healthy women with a pulsatility index (PI) ≥3.0 in the uterine arteries were treated with EA in a prospective, non-randomized study. Before inclusion in the study and throughout the entire study period, the women were down-regulated with a gonadotrophin-releasing hormone analogue (GnRHa) in order to exclude any fluctuating endogenous hormone effects on the PI. The baseline PI was measured when the serum oestradiol was ≤0.1 nmol/l, and thereafter the women were given EA eight times, twice a week for 4 weeks. The PI was measured again closely after the eighth EA treatment, and once more 10-14 days after the EA period. Skin temperature on the forehead (STFH) and in the lumbosacral area (STLS) was measured during the flrst, fifth and eighth EA treatments. Compared to the mean baseline PI, the mean PI was significantly reduced both shortly after the eighth EA treatment (P < 0.0001) and 10-14 days after the EA period (P < 0.0001). STFH increased significantly during the EA treatments. It is suggested that both ot these effects are due to a central inhibition of the sympathetic activity.

Key words: Electro acupuncture/pulsatilily index (PI)/trans-vaginal colour Doppler curve/uterine artery blood flow ACUPUNCTURE & ELECTRO-THERAPEUTICS RES., INT. J., Vol. 22, pp. 97-108, 1997 Copyright (c) 1997 Cognizant Communication Corp. Printed in the USA. 0360-1293/95 $10.00 + .00

Acupuncture Normalizes Dysfunction of Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Ovarian Axis

By Bo-Ying Chen M.D. Professor of Neurobiology

Institute of Acupuncture and Department of Neurobiology Shanghai Medical University, Shanghai 200032, P.R. China (Received June 3, 1997; Accepted with revisions June 30,1997)

This article summarizes the studies of the mechanism of electroacupuncture (EA) in the regulation of the abnormal function of hypothalamic pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA) in our laboratory. Clinical observation showed that EA with the effective acupoints could cure some anovulatory patients in a highly effective rate and the experimental results suggested that EA might regulate the dysfunction of HPOA in several ways, which means EA could influence some gene expression of brain, thereby, normalizing secretion of some hormones, such as GnRH, LH and E2. The effects of EA might possess a relative specificity on acupoints.

KEY WORDS: Electroacupuncture, ß-Endorphin, GnRH, LH, Estradiol, Estrogen receptor, Ovariectomized rat, Hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis

Acupuncture Treatment For Infertile Women Undergoing Intracytoplasmic Sperm injection

Sandra L. Emmons, MD Phillip Patton, MD

Source: Medical Acupuncture, A Journal For Physicians By Physicians Spring / Summer 2000- Volume 12 / Number 2 "Aurum Nostrum Non Est Aurum Vulgi"

Background Little information exists regarding the use of acupuncture in combination with allopathic treatment of infertility.

Objective To describe the use of acupuncture to stimulate follicle development in women undergoing in vitro fertilization.

Design, Setting, and Patients: Prospective case series of 6 women receiving intracytoplasmic sperm injection and acupuncture along with agents for ovarian stimulation.

Main: Outcome Measures Number of follicles retrieved, conception, and pregnancy past the 1st trimester before and after acupuncture treatment.

Results: No pregnancies occurred in the non-acupuncture cycles. Three women produced more follicles with acupuncture treatment (mean, 11.3 vs 3.9 prior to acupuncture; P=.005). All 3 women conceived, but only 1 pregnancy lasted past the 1st trimester.

Conclusion: Acupuncture may be a useful adjunct to gonadotropin therapy to produce follicles in women undergoing in vitro fertilization.

KEY WORDS: Female Infertility, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, In Vitro Fertilization, Acupuncture

Substitution of Acupuncture for HCG in Ovulation Induction

Cai Xuefen – Obstetrical & Gynecological Hospital, Zhejiang Medical University, Zhejiang Province 310006 – Source: Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 17 (2):119-121,1997

By using human menopausal gonadotropin (HMG) and human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), fairly good clinical therapeutic efficacy has been obtained in the treatment of infertility. However, difficulties are brought about due to the ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) easily induced by these two drugs. Therefore, we attempted to use acupuncture instead of HCG in the induction of ovulation from 1989 to 1992, and satisfactory therapeutic effect was achieved as reported in the following.

General Data

Ten patients were hospitalized with confirmed diagnosis of infertility and totally observed for 11 menstrual cycles (one patient had recurrence of OHSS for 2 times). Their ages ranged from 27 to 30 years with an average of 29 years. After treatment by HMG, all patients manifested OHSS in varying degrees. In accordance with the criteria for grading of OHSS issued by WHO, among these 11 menstrual cycles 4 cycles were mild (ovarian slight enlargement less than 5 cm with symptoms of slight malaise of lower abdomen); 7 were moderate (marked enlargement of ovary with nausea, vomiting and abdominal distension); no severe case occurred (extreme enlargement of ovary with hydrothorax, ascites, pycnemia and electrolyte disturbance). In order to prevent the exacerbation of OHSS caused by combined use of HMG and HCG, acupuncture was used after HMG treatment to replace HCG for the ovulation induction in 11 menstrual cycles of these patients.

FERTILITY AND STERILITY® VOL. 77, NO. 4, APRIL 2002 Copyright ©2002 American Society for Reproductive Medicine Published by Elsevier Science Inc., Printed on acid-free paper in U.S.A.

Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy

Received June 5, 2001; revised and accepted October 16, 2001. Reprint requests: Wolfgang E. Paulus, M.D., Christian-Lauritzen-Institut, Frauenstr. 51, D-89073, Ulm, Germany (FAX: ++49-731-9665130; E-mail: paulus@reprotox.de). [a] Department of Reproductive Medicine, Christian-Lauritzen-Institut. [b] Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, People's Republic of China. 0015-0282/02/$22.00 PII S0015-0282(01)03273-3

Objective: To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in assisted reproduction therapy (ART) by comparing a group of patients receiving acupuncture treatment shortly before and after embryo transfer with a control group receiving no acupuncture.

Design: Prospective randomized study.

Setting: Fertility center. Patient(s): After giving informed consent, 160 patients who were undergoing ART and who had good quality embryos were divided into the following two groups through random selection: embryo transfer with acupuncture (n = 80) and embryo transfer without acupuncture (n = 80).

Role of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility

Raymond Chang, M.D.[a,b] Pak H. Chung, M.D.[b] and Zev Rosenwaks, M.D.[c]

The Institute of East-West Medicine and the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York Received June 24, 2002; revised and accepted July 19, 2002.

Reprint requests: Pak H. Chung, M.D., The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 505 East 70 Street, New York, New York 10021 (FAX: 212-746-8208; E-mail: pakchu@med.cornell.edu). [a]The Institute of East-West Medicine. [b]The Department of Internal Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell Unversity. [c]The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility. 0015-0282/02/$22.00 PII S0015-0282(02)04348-0

Objective: To review existing scientific rationale and clinical data in the utilization of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility.

Design: A MEDLINE computer search was performed to identify relevant articles. Result(s): Although the understanding of acupuncture is based on ancient medical theory, studies have suggested that certain effects of acupuncture are mediated through endogenous opioid peptides in the central nervous system, particularly ß-endorphin. Because these neuropeptides influence gonadotropin secretion through their action on GnRH, it is logical to hypothesize that acupuncture may impact on the menstrual cycle through these neuropeptides.

Although studies of adequate design, sample size, and appropriate control on the use of acupuncture on ovulation induction are lacking, there is only one prospective randomized controlled study examining the efficacy of acupuncture in patients undergoing IVF. Besides its central effect, the sympathoinhibitory effects of acupuncture may impact on uterine blood flow. Conclusion(s): Although the definitive role of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility is yet to be established, its potential impact centrally on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis and peripherally on the uterus needs to be systemically examined.

Prospective randomized controlled studies are needed to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture in the female fertility treatment. (Fertil Steril® 2002;78:1149-53. ©2002 by American Society for Reproductive Medicine.) Key Words: Acupuncture, female infertility, in vitro fertilization

Effects of Electro-Acupuncture on Nerve Growth Factor and Ovarian Morphology in Rats with Experimentally Induced Polycystic Ovaries 1

Elisabet Stener-Victorin,[2,3] Thomas Lundeberg,[4] Urban Waldenström,[3] Luigi Manni,[5] Luigi Aloe,[5] Stefan Gunnarsson,[6] and Per Olof Janson[3]

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,[3] Göteborg University, SE-413 45 Goteborg, Sweden Department of Physiology and Pharmacology,[4] Karolinska Institutet, SE-164 01 Stockholm, Sweden, Institute of Neurobiology (CNR),[5] Rome, Italy Department of Evolutionary Biology,[6] SE-752 36 Uppsala, Sweden

ABSTRACT

Despite extensive research on the pathogenesis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), there is still disagreement on the underlying mechanisms. The rat model for experimentally induced polycystic ovaries (PCO)–produced by a single injection of estradiol valerate–has similarities with human PCOS, and both are associated with hyperactivity in the sympathetic nervous system. Nerve growth factor (NGF) is known to serve as a neurotrophin for both the sympathetic and the sensory nervous systems and to enhance the activity of catecholaminergic and possibly other neuron types.

Electro-acupuncture (EA) is known to reduce hyperactivity in the sympathetic nervous system. For these reasons, the model was used in the present study to investigate the effects of EA (12 treatments, approximately 25 min each, over 30 days) by analyzing NGF in the central nervous system and the endocrine organs, including the ovaries. The main findings in the present study were first, that significantly higher concentrations of NGF were found in the ovaries and the adrenal glands in the rats in the PCO model than in the control rats that were only injected with the vehicle (oil or NaCI). Second, that repeated EA treatments in PCO rats resulted in concentrations of NGF in the ovaries that were significantly lower than those in non-EA-treated PCO rats but were within a normal range that did not differ from those in the untreated oil and NaCI control groups. The results in the present study provide support for the theory that EA inhibits hyperactivity in the sympathetic nervous system.

FERTILITY AND STERILITY® VOL. 77, NO. 4, APRIL 2002 Copyright ©2002 American Society for Reproductive Medicine Published by Elsevier Science Inc., Printed on acid-free paper in U.S.A.

Adrenal, central nervous system, follicular development, hypothalamus, ovary, ovulation, pituitary, stress

Role of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility

Raymond Chang, M.D.[a,b] Pak H. Chung, M.D.[b] and Zev Rosenwaks, M.D.[c]

The Institute of East-West Medicine and the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York Received June 24, 2002; revised and accepted July 19, 2002.

Reprint requests: Pak H. Chung, M.D., The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 505 East 70 Street, New York, New York 10021 (FAX: 212-746-8208; E-mail: pakchu@med.cornell.edu). [a]The Institute of East-West Medicine. [b]The Department of Internal Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell Unversity. [c]The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility. 0015-0282/02/$22.00 PII S0015-0282(02)04348-0

Objective: To review existing scientific rationale and clinical data in the utilization of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility.

Design: A MEDLINE computer search was performed to identify relevant articles. Result(s): Although the understanding of acupuncture is based on ancient medical theory, studies have suggested that certain effects of acupuncture are mediated through endogenous opioid peptides in the central nervous system, particularly ß-endorphin. Because these neuropeptides influence gonadotropin secretion through their action on GnRH, it is logical to hypothesize that acupuncture may impact on the menstrual cycle through these neuropeptides.

Although studies of adequate design, sample size, and appropriate control on the use of acupuncture on ovulation induction are lacking, there is only one prospective randomized controlled study examining the efficacy of acupuncture in patients undergoing IVF. Besides its central effect, the sympathoinhibitory effects of acupuncture may impact on uterine blood flow. Conclusion(s): Although the definitive role of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility is yet to be established, its potential impact centrally on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis and peripherally on the uterus needs to be systemically examined.

Prospective randomized controlled studies are needed to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture in the female fertility treatment. (Fertil Steril® 2002;78:1149-53. ©2002 by American Society for Reproductive Medicine.) Key Words: Acupuncture, female infertility, in vitro fertilization

Relationship Between Blood Radio Immunoreactive Beta-Endorphin and Hand Skin Temperature During The Electro-Acupuncture Induction of Ovulation

By Chen Bo Ying M.D. Lecturer of Neurobiology Institute of Acupuncture Research, and Yu Jin, MD., Prof of Gynecology Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital Shanghai Medical University Shanghai, People's Republic of China (Received October 24, 1990; Accepted with revisions, December 8, 1990) Source: ACUPUNCTURE & ELECTRO-THERAPEUTICS RES., Vol. 16, pp. 1-5,1991

Thirteen cycles of anovulation menstruation in 11 cases were treated with Electro-Acupuncture (EA) ovulation induction. In 6 of these cycles which showed ovulation, the hand skin temperature (HST) of these patients was increased after EA treatment.

In the other 7 cycles ovulation was not induced. There were no regular changes in HST of 5 normal subjects. The level of radioimmunoreactive beta-endorphin (rß-E) fluctuated, and returned to the preacupunctural level in 30 min. after withdrawal of needles in normal subjects. After EA, the level of blood rß-E in cycles with ovulation declined or maintained the range of normal subjects. But the level of blood rß-E and increase of HST after EA (r=-0.677, P <0.01). EA is able to regulate the function of the hypothalamic pituitary-ovarian axis. Since a good response is usually accompanied with the increase of HST, monitoring HST may provide a rough but simple method for prediciting the curative effect of EA. The role of rß-E in the mechanism of EA ovulation induction was discussed.

KEY WORDS: Electro-Acupuncture (EA), Hand Skin Temperature (HST), radioimmunoreactive beta-endorphin (rß-E), ovulation, radioimmunoassay (RIA)