Jade Clinic

Jade Clinic Jade Clinic is an alternative medicine clinic specializing in women’s health care, reproduction an

Jade Clinic is an alternative medicine clinic specializing in women’s health care, reproduction and fertility issues. Primary modes of treatment include acupuncture and herbal therapy, either individually or in combination. Over the past 10 years, we have had over 800 successful cases of pregnancy in which our patients conceived and gave birth to healthy children.

Fertility and Aging --- by Dr. Jane LiuAging is a sensitive term for most women. No one wants to grow old but no one can...
04/18/2015

Fertility and Aging
--- by Dr. Jane Liu

Aging is a sensitive term for most women. No one wants to grow old but no one can stop the process of aging, the onset of wrinkles and gray hairs. But while we can’t stop time, we can moderate the way time affects us. In modern society, our lifestyles can speed up our aging: stress speeds up aging, eating incorrectly can speed up aging…anything from the way we sleep to what we intake can affect how quickly or slowly our bodies decline.

For women, aging has a strong correlation to the number of eggs in the ovaries. The eggs are present from the time a baby grows in her mother’s womb, never multiplying or replicating as s***m does. As she loses those eggs throughout her life, she also ages: this process usually ends when she is 50, the age at which she goes through menopause. But just as it affects the aging of the rest of her body, her lifestyle—stress, eating habits—will influence the environment of the ovaries, which can quicken egg apoptosis and affect egg quality. Thus, she might reach menopause too early as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle. For these reasons, women with these qualities and habits have a much lower chance of pregnancy than women of the same age group without this lifestyles. In my career, I have seen many women who suffer from premature ovarian failure due to highly stressful lives. I have also treated many patients with low ovarian reserve because they were vegetarians without nutritional guidance who did not receive all the nutrition they needed.

A miscarriage, or a spontaneous abortion, is defined as the sudden end of a pregnancy before the embryo or fetus has fin...
04/18/2015

A miscarriage, or a spontaneous abortion, is defined as the sudden end of a pregnancy before the embryo or fetus has finished growing. Miscarriages are often caused by chromosomal abnormalities, blood clots, autoimmune disorders, low progesterone, infections, and diseases such as thyroid disease, uterus structure abnormalities, etc. If this has occurred more than three times, it is known as recurrent miscarriages.

Miscarriages can happen to women of all ages, but they happen more frequently to older women. As we age, our circulation and immune system functions become weaker. Our organs function less effectively and our eggs age. Chinese medicine calls a recurrent miscarriage “hua tai.” “Hua” means slip. “Tai” means fetus. Chinese medicine focuses more on the environment of the growing embryo, understanding why the fetus might “slip” away from the uterus. This focus on the nourishing the growing baby instead of on preventing termination of the pregnancy means that Chinese medicine treats miscarriage by balancing the whole body to create a good environment to accommodate the fetus. This method is so effective, more than 90% of our miscarriage cases with women under 40 years of age have been solved. We have even had patients who have miscarried six times who, with our help, successfully carried a healthy baby to full term. Nancy is an example.

Nancy, 40 years old, had been pregnant 6 times in the past 4 years but miscarried every time. After she miscarried for the fourth time, she was referred to us by her friend who had successfully, naturally conceived in our clinic.
But Nancy didn’t come then. She believed that she had the ability to have a baby. She thought her pregnancies were unsuccessful because she was just unlucky but that she would have a baby eventually if she just continued to try. But then she had two more miscarriages. By the time she visited us, she had not been pregnant since her last miscarriage ten months ago, even though she had continued to try and take different kinds of medicine. She felt that conceiving was much harder than it had been a year ago. That was the reason why she came to see me.

Nancy and her husband had done a genetic test, which was normal. The pathology test of the fetus was normal too. She only had a slight problem with blood clotting. In the past 4 years, she had seen a specialist. She did more than 6 IUIs with clomid and/ or follistim from 2009 until she came to see me. But none of the cycles brought back positive news. She did two IVF cycles in 2010: in one one of the cycle she got pregnant and took heparin to prevent blood clotting but still miscarried. Her ovarian reserve was getting progressively lower as she aged. Because of all these issues, her doctor would not do any IVF for her anymore and suggested that she use donor eggs. But she was not ready to give up yet—she began to understand that western medicine couldn’t help her condition. She instead began to look for alternative methods.

Nancy is a happy and positive women—she had never cried over any of her miscarriages in the past. She asked me, “why have I had recurrent miscarriages even after all that I’ve tried?” The answer was that she didn’t need to change her medication or treatment—she needed to change herself. Her uterus was not suitable for the baby to grow. Nancy’s diet was terrible. Cold drinks, large servings of red meat, and oily, deep fried fast food made up her everyday meals. As someone who exercised minimally, she was also overweight. In addition, she also experienced hot flashes, constipation, and was very thirsty at night—all symptoms that Chinese medicine describes as “yin deficiency.” Yin is opposite of yang. Blood, liquid, saliva, lubrication and cervical mucous are all categorized under “yin.” Blood thickens if there is not enough yin. Her dark red tongue and the purple color on the side were the signs of her “blood stasis” condition according to Chinese medicine, which can easily result in blood clots. Chinese medicine solves this condition differently in order to create a healthy environment for the baby to grow.

I told her that I could help her with Chinese medicine and acupuncture—under the condition that she first change her lifestyle. First, I explained to her that drinking cold water all day long would cool her blood and stimulate arterial contractions, which would narrow blood vessels, slowing circulation. Slowing circulation would then affect material exchange between the organ and tissues. Because of this, the organs (including the ovaries) would lack nutrients and oxygen. Not only would nutrients have trouble moving in, acid metabolites and other waste also would not move out as quickly, which could result in a dysfunctional reproduction system and poor egg quality in the ovaries. According to Chinese medicine, a “cold uterus” can’t conceive.

In addition, I spoke to her about her diet. The greasy food that she often ate would cause high cholesterol, leading to plaque sticking and building up along with her artery walls. Pieces of plaque can break off at any time to form a clot which blocks circulation.

In order to solve the problem, Nancy decided to follow my recommendation and eat a lighter and more balanced diet. I also prescribe herbal supplements to help with her yin deficiency and blood stasis. In Chinese medicine, “blood stasis” is define as an abnormal blood flow, mic- circulation obstacles and abnormal blood dynamics in certain areas of the body—blood clots are a kind of blood stasis. Numerous studies have shown that there are different herbs that could suppress plaque forming, balance the coagulation and fibrinolytic systems to prevent blood clots, and improve blood flow and microcirculation to avoid blockage formation. Along with herbal supplements, Nancy came for acupuncture twice a week to help decrease stress and increase circulation. By the second month of treatment, her hot flashes and other symptoms were disappearing and she had lost ten pounds. Her tongue was turning from dark red into light red which indicated that her circulation was improving. On the twelfth day after ovulating on her third cycle, Nancy found out she had conceived with a high HCG that she had never had before. She continued both herbal and acupuncture treatment until her twelfth week of pregnancy and carried a healthy baby boy to full term. “Chinese medicine was amazing!” Nancy said, “I not only have a baby now, but I also feel much healthier!”

Blood clotting happens in many cases of unexplained recurrent miscarriages. In some cases, it can be tested before pregnancy (as in Nancy’s situation) but others might unpredictably occur during pregnancy. A couple of symptoms, blue or purple fingernails, dark red or purple lips and tongue, uterus fibroids, ovarian cysts and scar tissue etc. are the signs of “blood stasis” and often suggest that blood clotting is likely. If you have recurrent miscarriages along with above symptoms, you may have potential blood clotting or other abnormal blood issues. I suggest you try to correct it first before you try to pregnant again. But it is important not to lose hope! As you can see, even in the most extreme cases, like that of Nancy, a healthy pregnancy is still possible.

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Acupuncture for miscarriage prevention--- by Jane Liu, L.Ac., MD (China)Miscarriage or a spontaneous abortion, is define...
04/18/2015

Acupuncture for miscarriage prevention
--- by Jane Liu, L.Ac., MD (China)

Miscarriage or a spontaneous abortion, is defined as the sudden end of a pregnancy before the embryo or fetus has finished growing. Miscarriages are often caused by chromosomal abnormalities, blood clots, autoimmune disorders, low progesterone, infections, and diseases such as thyroid disease, uterus structure abnormalities, etc. If this has occurred more than three times, it is known as recurrent miscarriages.

Miscarriages can happen to women of all ages, but they happen more frequently to older women. As we age, our circulation and immune system functions become weaker. Our organs function less effectively and our eggs age. Chinese medicine calls a recurrent miscarriage “hua tai.” “Hua” means slip. “Tai” means fetus. Chinese medicine focuses more on the environment of the growing embryo, understanding why the fetus might “slip” away from the uterus. This focus on the nourishing the growing baby instead of on preventing termination of the pregnancy means that Chinese medicine treats miscarriage by balancing the whole body to create a good environment to accommodate the fetus. This method is so effective, more than 90% of our miscarriage cases with women under 40 years of age have been solved. We have even had patients who have miscarried six times who, with our help, successfully carried a healthy baby to full term.

Blood clotting happens in many cases of unexplained recurrent miscarriages. In some cases, it can be tested before pregnancy (as in Nancy’s situation) but others might unpredictably occur during pregnancy. A couple of symptoms, blue or purple fingernails, dark red or purple lips and tongue, uterus fibroids, ovarian cysts and scar tissue etc. are the signs of “blood stasis” and often suggest that blood clotting is likely. If you have recurrent miscarriages along with above symptoms, you may have potential blood clotting or other abnormal blood issues. I suggest you try to correct it first before you try to pregnant again. But it is important not to lose hope!

copy right © 2013 by Jane Liu

IVF and Acupuncture  --- by Jane Liu, L.Ac., MD (China)IVF, or in vitro fertilization, was developed in 1978 by the Brit...
04/18/2015

IVF and Acupuncture
--- by Jane Liu, L.Ac., MD (China)

IVF, or in vitro fertilization, was developed in 1978 by the British biologist Robert Edwards who was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2003 for this procedure. This treatment was a great move forward in the field of reproductive medicine and has helped millions of women conceive in the past 35 years.

In vitro means glass in Latin—fitting since, through IVF, s***m can fertilize eggs in a glass tube in a lab instead of fertilizing eggs in the fallopian tube. IVF brings hope to women who have fallopian tube problems, anovulation, and unexplained infertilities. But the process is complicated, involving large quantities of medication, blood drawings at certain intervals, monitoring follicles under sonograms, egg retrieval, embryo transfer, post transfer emotional stress and financial issues. Patients are often under pressure and very stressed by this process, which may change the environment within the body, lowering the success rate of IVF.

Research has shown that successful in-vitro fertilization and embryo transfers demand optimal endometrial receptivity, which is strongly related to blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries. IVF doctors can predict failure to conceive by using transvaginal ultrasonography with pulsed Dopler curves. Knowing the rates of success beforehand, doctors and patients began looking for help from other forms of medicine other than conventional medicine to increase this success rate. Acupuncture is one of the most effective methods in assisting IVF.

Acupuncture has been confirmed as the best method of stress relief. It involves central mechanisms and generally inhibits the sympathetic outflow. Patients who have problems with stress will feel much better after acupuncture treatments. With these treatments, the side effects of medication such as headaches, insomnia, emotions, bloating, etc. generally decrease during the IVF cycle. Several studies have shown that acupuncture can also help increase the pelvic blood flow to improve the performance of the ovaries and increase IVF success rates.
How does Chinese medicine work to do so? Generally in nature, water carries away heat: rainfall brings coolness to a hot summer day, lakes and oceans can moderate warmer climates. Another opposite in nature, the cold can also be used to clear away “heat in the body.” Drinking fluids and eating fruits and vegetables—such as watermelon, kale, spinach, bitter melon, celery—that are “cold” in nature balance out the “heat” as well.

In my career, I have seen women with longer healthy reproductive years than others. I had a patient who needed IVF help to conceive her daughter at age 41 but naturally conceived her son at age 45—but of her babies were healthy. Eva was one of those women. She worked as a nutritionist and ate healthily, which slowed down her aging speed. Her egg quality was much higher than the average for her age group of woman, but age still took its toll nevertheless—that was the reason why her first IVF cycle failed. But after acupuncture treatment, she produced better eggs and made a healthy baby. Your ovaries may not be in the same shape as Eva’s, but don’t be disappointed: acupuncture and Chinese herbal supplements will help get your eggs to a better quality.

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Welcome to Jade Clinic!--- About UsAcupuncture for Women is an alternative medicine clinic specializing in women’s healt...
03/02/2015

Welcome to Jade Clinic!

--- About Us
Acupuncture for Women is an alternative medicine clinic specializing in women’s health care, reproduction and fertility issues. Primary modes of treatment include acupuncture and herbal therapy, either individually or in combination. Over the past 10 years, we have had over 800 successful cases of pregnancy in which our patients conceived and gave birth to healthy children.

--- Clinic Philosophy
We focus on establishing personal relationships between doctor and patient. Each person who comes into our office is a unique individual. Learning about your lifestyle, motivators, temperament, and personality will help us—and you—understand how these various aspects affect your health and well-being.

When we treat you, we not only want to heal your main concern but also improve your body’s health in general. We know that disease can occur when the body is not “at ease.” The factors that pull the body out of its normal state of “ease” into “dis-ease” are complicated and different for each person. Restoring the body’s balance is the key to health, disease prevention, and successful procreation or pregnancy.

--- Specialization in Women’s Health
The eastern approach to health care naturally acknowledges and understands that women’s and men’s bodies are different. If you and your husband were to go to the same health care practitioner in China, you would likely be asked a number of questions and given differing treatments – for the same ailment. There are inherent differences between male and female bodies.
That is why you deserve a health care practitioner who has spent a lifetime studying, researching, and treating women. Acupuncture for Women has proven itself in the community and with its patients, successfully treating nearly 100 cases of infertility per year. “People quite often come to me as a last resort, after everything else they’ve tried has failed” says Dr. Jane Liu. “They become believers when they achieve a successful pregnancy, and then they become more open to acupuncture as a whole-body prevention approach to health and well-being, not just as a “fix” after a specific problem develops.”

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6380 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Ste 180
Dallas, TX
75240

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Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 3pm
Saturday 8am - 12pm

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(214) 893-4321

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