Podcast: Making Babies: A Chinese medicine approach – Jill Blakeway, L.Ac.

Fertility: An integrative and Chinese medicine approach to making babies

Jill Blakeway, L.Ac., acupuncture, Chinese medicine, fertilityJoin Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac. as she speaks with Jill Blakeway, L. Ac., CEO of the Yin Ova Center in New York City and author of Making Babies: A proven 3-month program for maximum fertility,  co-authored Dr. Sami David, a reproductive endocrinologist. This book  offers women and men a guide to fertility using the wisdom of Chinese medicine in conjunction with Western medicine.

Fertility medicine today is all about aggressive surgical, chemical, and technological intervention, in Making Babies, acupuncturist Jill Blakeway and Dr. David draw on the best of both Eastern and Western medicine. By identifying your “fertility type,” inspired by the classical patterns of Chinese Medicine, you can focus in on the strategies most helpful in your particular situation, and avoid the things that may be causing you problems. Those strategies include: choosing fertility-promoting foods; properly predicting the best time to conceive (hint: the answer is not 14 days after your last period began); accurately pinpointing the cause of your fertility problems; making specific and sometimes surprising lifestyle choices, like exercising less; taking cough medicine; decreasing doses of fertility drugs; and getting acupuncture along with IVF.

The book concludes with an easy three-month program designed to get your body in optimal shape to conceive. Think of it as “fertility book camp,” only without the scary drill sergeant. Some people will need additional support from a health care professional, whether conventional or complementary or both. Read this book for a clear and informative point of view on fertility.

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Ellen Goldsmith

Ellen Goldsmith

Ellen Goldsmith is a licensed and nationally board certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She has been in the field of Asian medicine for the past 30 years, teaching, speaking and working with thousands of people to give them the resources, skills and tools they seek to improve the quality of their health and lives. Ellen is the author of the well respected book, Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: + 175 Recipes for Optimal Health. She is on faculty at the National University of Natural Medicine’s College of Classical Chinese Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

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