At Elysia Life Care, we believe that a whole body approach for you—the mother—is the best way to optimize chances of conception, create a healthy environment for the embryo, and maintain a healthy emotional state during pregnancy and after birth. It’s not just about the baby—it’s about you!

Our whole body approach includes individualized nutrition, acupuncture, herbs, yoga and meditation/qi gong. These practices have been shown to support fertility outcomes by bringing the body into a balanced state where all organ systems work in harmony. Correspondingly, fertility challenges and difficulties in pregnancy can be a larger reflection of imbalances in the body. Our program enables you to be informed and proactive in creating a foundation for pregnancy and/or the postpartum stage. 

Within our whole body program, we’ve developed four packages for the different stages of pregnancy:

  • Prepare the Palace
  • IVF Support
  • Healthy Pregnancy and Labor Preparation Support
  • Nourish Mom Package

Click here to learn more about our packages and see which one is right for you!


What to Expect

At Elysia, you’ll find a safe place to address all of your concerns during all stages of your pregnancy journey. This medicine is mind-body: we seek to relieve anxiety and provide emotional balancing during an emotionally delicate time. There is never any rushing.

You can expect definitive guidance and a personalized plan to fit the unique health needs of you and your baby.


When To Come In

We are here to help you at any point in your pregnancy journey; there is no wrong time to come in.

Whether you’re expecting, hoping to conceive, or in the postpartum phase, we initiate all new patients with a comprehensive Eastern & Western analysis. This process allows us to investigate all aspects of your current health and health history. We use the findings of this research to inform the creation of your customized plan. We are always flexible and seek to create a program that fits your schedule and needs.

Continue reading below to learn more about our approach for each stage of the pregnancy journey, or give us a call at (424) 744-8366 to ask questions and schedule your first appointment.

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Planning for Your Baby

Having a healthy baby all starts with healthy sperm and egg cells. To optimize chances of conception—both naturally or with IVF (In Vitro Fertilization)—our program focuses on improving embryo quality, regulating blood flow to the reproductive organs, and balancing hormones.

For couples planning to conceive, at least 3 months of regular treatments—once or twice weekly—are required to work on egg/sperm quality. More time is required for stubborn chronic conditions. When necessary, Elysia’s team of practitioners will collaborate to ensure best results.


Pregnancy and Postpartum

Acupuncture during pregnancy is a safe, noninvasive and effective method to manage and reduce the severity of some of the common pregnancy symptoms experienced in the first trimester. These include; nausea and vomiting, anxiety/depression, spotting, back pain, wrist pain, indigestion, headaches and fatigue.

First trimester treatments support the entirety of the maternal body, calming nervous tension and sending blood where it needs to go. By balancing the maternal body, fetal health is also supported. Weekly treatments are advised during the first three months to prevent miscarriage.


Pre-birth Treatments and Labor Support

Towards the end of the second trimester, acupuncture can address the physical and spiritual transitions that happen as the body prepares for labor. Weekly acupuncture at this time helps to increase energy, soften the cervix, relax the ligaments of the uterus, optimize position of the baby for birth, and increase the effectiveness of uterine contractions. Perhaps most important, acupuncture helps to relax the mind.


Postpartum

A woman’s body uses a tremendous amount of energy and resources to nurture a healthy pregnancy and deliver her baby. The blood and body fluids lost, and the physical depletion that happens during this transition, leaves her body and mind in a state of deficiency. This makes the month, or months, following delivery very important.

Taking care of the baby is obviously exciting and important, but the best way to do that is to nurture and replenish you: the new mamma. You might not be so little, but you’re precious, too!

During this time, acupuncture is helpful to recover energy, improve milk production and heal mastitis, decrease pain, and correct the emotional imbalances that happen with the drastic drop in hormones.

Postpartum recovery is not just about the physical. Beyond acupuncture, there is the larger aspect of a mother’s emotional balance that depends on her taking good care of her needs during this time. She must do her best to consume enough nutrient-dense foods and limit physical activity so that she can regain her strength and recover from the stress of giving birth.

This period of rest and nourishment will also support the production of breast milk, a faster return to pre-baby weight, and most importantly, more peace of mind. This is a time to bond, recover strength, and help prevent future age-related health imbalances.


How Does it Work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is well-known for its ability to help regulate the menstrual cycle by balancing certain inflammatory markers and hormone profiles. The menstrual cycle is an indicator of a woman’s overall health. More and more research and experiential data is suggesting that, among other things, TCM may also improve chances of conception, both naturally and with assisted reproductive techniques.

Acupuncture may have an effect on the following processes:

  • The regulation of endocrine/hormone functioning that influence the menstrual cycle, ovulation, fertility and sperm production.
  • The stimulation of blood flow to the uterus, ovaries and testes to improve endometrial lining and supply the area with more oxygen and nutrients
  • An improvement in serotonin levels and production of opiods which can calm the biological stress response (nervous system), and reduce anxiety and other stress-related symptoms, (ie libido, fatigue, emotional lability, digestive and sleep problems) when trying to conceive.
  • The modulation of the immune system and inflammation which is implicated in certain auto-immune reproductive disorders.
  • The modulation of cortisol and prolactin levels during western fertility treatments like IVF to support better reproductive outcomes by reducing stress, sending blood flow to the pelvic region, and enhancing follicular recruitment during stimulation cycles.
  • To prime the soil for growth of new life, herbs and acupuncture, along with a sound nutritional plan and stress management techniques, can increase reproductive potential for both partners.

Give your body between three to six months to become nourished and balanced. It takes this amount of time for the immature eggs to grow and become capable of ovulation, and up to 70 days for sperm to regenerate. If you are trying to conceive naturally, or with the help of a fertility specialist, Chinese medicine can support you on your fertile journey.


Acupuncture and In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Acupuncture has been shown to provide better outcomes during stimulation cycles and improve live pregnancy rates when used in combination with IVF. When in-vitro fertilization is recommended by your fertility specialist, it is believed that acupuncture can create healthy blood flow in the uterus and ovaries and modulate the sensitive pathways of hormonal communication that happen during implantation.


Herbs and Fertility

Chinese herbs have been used in the treatment of infertility and miscarriage for over 2000 years. Herbal formulas are very effective and when properly prescribed, and come without the harsh side effects of western drugs. Herbs can nourish the specific organ systems that are weak and balance the ones that may be overactive.

There is never one fertility formula for everyone. If couples are in their 30’s or 40’s, herbs and supplements are important to counteract the inevitable effects of aging on the reproductive organs


Fertility-related Conditions Addressed by Chinese Medicine

  • Age-related infertility (high FSH or diminished ovarian reserve)
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
  • Male factor infertility
  • Immunologic Infertility
  • Poor Egg Quality
  • Endometriosis
  • Annovulation
  • Prolactinemia
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • PCOS
  • Luteal Phase Defect

Studies & Sources on Acupuncture and Fertility

Miscarriage:

Acupuncture as a therapeutic treatment option for threatened miscarriage
Adjuvant acupuncture reduces first trimester pregnancy loss after IVF

Nausea and Vomiting:

Acupuncture To Treat Nausea and Vomiting in Early Pregnancy: A Randomized Controlled 

Dysmenorrhea/Painful Periods:

Cumulative analgesic effects of EA stimulation of sanyinjiao (SP 6) in primary dysmenorrhea patients: a multicenter randomized controlled clinical trial

Acupoint stimulation intervention for people with primary dysmenorrhea: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials

Effects of moxibustion or acupoint therapy for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea: a meta-analysis.

Endometriosis:

Chinese herbal medicine for endometriosis.

Vulvodynia:

Acupuncture for the treatment of vulvodynia: a randomized wait-list controlled pilot study.

Gynecological Surgery:

Potential benefits of acupuncture for enhanced recovery in gynaecological surgery.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease:

Acupuncture for chronic pelvic inflammatory disease: a qualitative study of patients’ insistence on treatment.

Acupuncture and IVF:

Auricular Acupressure Reduces Anxiety Levels and Improves Outcomes of in Vitro Fertilization: A Prospective, Randomized and Controlled Study

Impacts on pregnancy outcome treated with acupuncture and moxibustion in IVF-ET patients

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

Diminished Ovarian Reserve:

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Diminished Ovarian Reserve:A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis