Saturday, May 1

The Berkley Method

At The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness all patients are treated twice weekly with acupuncture until pregnancy is achieved. Once pregnancy is confirmed we treat with acupuncture twice weekly for thirteen weeks as 90% of miscarriages occur within the first twelve weeks. Acupuncture can help to reduce the occurrence of miscarriage.

It is best to have ongoing treatment with acupuncture and herbs for a period of three to four months before your IVF-embryo transfer, or IUI, but we see patients at various times in their IVF cycle.

Of course we also treat patients who seek support on their journey to family with an all natural approach.

We do recommend taking our proprietary herbal formulas even when you are taking reproductive medicine. We have seen good outcomes by combining both types of medicine without any deleterious effect.

The purpose of gonadotropins and other medications used during an IVF cycle are to stimulate the development of multiple follicles. The success or failure of your IVF cycle depends in great measure on the quality of sperm, egg and lining. It is the purpose of acupuncture and herbal medicine, when treating the patient who is trying to conceive, to improve egg, sperm and lining quality when necessary. Therefore, one can see that acupuncture and herbal medicine fill a significant gap which, to date, has not been addressed by Western reproductive medicine.

If you have a history of second or third trimester miscarriage we will continue to treat you throughout your entire pregnancy to help prevent miscarriage. The treatment will consist of a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine.

We recommend that all of our patients take DHEA 75mg/day for three months prior to IVF as pregnancy rates seem to be higher in patients who follow this protocol.

We do not give pregnant patients herbal medicine unless they have a history of miscarriage. If they do, we recommend herbal medicine as herbs can sometimes be effective in preventing miscarriages. There have been no studies to date which show any harmful side-effects from herbs to either the mother or the baby.

We also recommend massage at the frequency of one session per week. Massage helps to stimulate blood flow to the pelvic environment and significantly reduces stress. All of our licensed massage therapists are fully trained in pre and post natal massage.

The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness does an excellent job in seamlessly coordinating your care with acupuncture, herbs, massage and the protocol of treating with acupuncture pre and post embryo transfer. We are open seven days per week to accommodate those patients seeking acupuncture pre and post embryo transfer.

Receiving acupuncture pre and post embryo transfer, according to several studies, increases pregnancy rates.

Mike Berkley, Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist is the Founder and Director of The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness, established in 1997. Mike is the first practitioner in the United States to devote a complementary medicine practice to the care and treatment of those faced with the difficult challenge of infertility.

Continuity of practice, continued study and thirteen years of clinical experience: strictly in the field of reproductive medicine, is the foundation for the successes that many of Mike’s patients frequently experience.

Mike spends some of his time lecturing to other acupuncturists throughout the nation on how to best utilize acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat those faced with fertility challenges.

Mike works with patients of any age and with any FSH level. He believes that every woman deserves a chance.

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