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Daniel Lee

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Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine for Health & Infertility

Daniel  Lee  Acupuncture

Acupuncture for Endometriosis:


Endometriosis can be one of the major causes of infertility.  Many women who had failed multiple artificial insemination and IVF cycles had various degrees of endometriosis - diagnosed and undiagnosed.  Dr. Lee has helped hundreds of these woman reclaim their fertility with his time-tested protocol of acupuncture and Chinese herbs.


What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is the presence of endometrial cells (which make up the inner lining of the uterus) outside of the uterus in the pelvic cavity.


What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

The common symptoms are menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), severe ovulation cramps, difficult or painful intercourse (dyspareunia), prolonged menstrual bleeding, lower back pain, irregular bowel movements, nausea and vomiting in severe cases.  Not everyone who has endometriosis experiences menstrual pain.


Why should I care about endometriosis if taking 4 Advils can take away the pain?

Infertility.  True, it is easy to take away the pain, but it is hard to overcome infertility and to avoid miscarriage.  The reason is that the uterine environment becomes unfavorable to sperm, eggs and embryos when our body's immune cells (such as large white blood cells called macrophages) start to clean these normal endometrial cells in the abnormal places.  The immune cells, once activated, will become "mad" and start to destroy other normal cells such as sperm and even live embryos.  Medically, it is called auto-immune disease "or terminators on the loose".  This is where acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help.


What are the treatments for endometriosis?

The common western treatments include birth control pills, lupron and laparoscopy. 

Medications:

Taking birth control pills will diminish the menstrual cramps by temporarily putting the endometrial cells on a "diet".  But, these hungry cells will have a feast when you try to get pregnant on your own, and even worse when you try to develop more eggs with stimulation drugs.  Lupron will try to starve these endometrial cells to its death-bed by putting woman in temporary menopause.  It is impractical for the treatment of infertility.

Surgery:

Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure to diagnose and to have a chance to remove some to most of the visible large colonies (implants) of the endometrial cells, adhesions, and cysts.  It involves inserting 3 long metal straws into abdominal cavity under general anesthesia.  Patients often experience a reduction of menstrual cramps from zero to complete elimination of the cramps while maintaining the regular menstrual cycle.  The difficulty lies in cases in  which the

endometrialcells are invisible or they reside on the ovaries where the eggs are stored.  When they are invisible, there will be no removal.  When they are located on top of the ovaries, they are gently scarcely burned or lasered off, with the main goal of preserving the eggs as the physician's first priority.   In such cases, the fertility outcome may only improve a little.  This leads to some physician's thinking that endometriosis does not cause infertility.  Others, Dr. Lee included, believe that such lack of improvement of fertility is due to the limited ability to remove all the endometrial cells outside the uterus.  Let's look into acupuncture.


Dr. Lee's acupuncture treatment of endometriosis.

Armed with knowledge from over 2000 years of Chinese medical literature and research on acupuncture and Chinese herbs, Dr. Lee has developed a comprehensive and effective set of acupuncture points and Chinese herbal treatments to reduce or eliminate menstrual cramps while maintaining regular menstrual cycles for both fertile patients as well as for infertile patients, in order to improve their chances of getting pregnant either on their own or with IVF, and to maintain the pregnancy.   The principle he applies is that of achieving and maintaining the optimal balance for fertility.  Examination with Traditional Chinese Medicine does not always show a clear pattern of imbalance for people with endometriosis. 


As discussed earlier, some patents with endometriosis may not have cramps at all.  Unseen immunologic factors, excessive activated macrophages, interleukin-1, and TNF (tumor necroses factors) are invisible to state of the art ultrasound imaging and is very difficult and clinically impractical to detect.  But, fortunately, our body gives out some subtle signs.  Dr. Lee has extensive knowledge and experience in searching and detecting such subtle signs and has developed an effective combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs.


One of the important goals of using acupuncture for treating endometriosis is to achieve and to maintain the maximum uterine blood flow, and to reduce the overactive immune response - thus providing a "friendly" environment to achieve pregnancy and prevent miscarriages.  Patients can help their reproductive endocrinologists by getting themselves "optimized" first before the next artificial insemination or IVF cycles.  One of the many aspects of being ready is the reduction or elimination of menstrual cramps.  Many of Dr. Lee's patients became pregnant with his comprehensive approach, despite multiple failures of insemination and IVF cycles. The lesson learned from many of his patients consistently point to the necessity of being optimized is in the long run, the quicker way of achieving and maintaining pregnancy - even though it may take 3 to 6 months to achieve the optimized state. 


There are no hormones used in Dr. Lee's acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment protocol.  Most of the time, patients will stop taking the herbs before the start of IUI or IVF cycles.  But, acupuncture will continue during and after the cycles.

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Located in Southern California, Orange County, Irvine

Phone: 949-336-8700

Dr. Lee has over 20 years experience in the field of acupuncture, and Chinese herbs for infertility, endometriosis, unexplained infertility, recurrent miscarriages, in Irvine, Serving Orange County, LA County and Riverside County in Southern Ca. USA