Earlier this Summer, Clary Sage’s own Giovanni Salvia was featured in an article in Neighbourhood Living West, discussing the benefits of Chinese medicine in Assistive Reproductive Technologies (ART). Neighbourhood Living West is a great publication featuring amazing West End businesses including some of the Junction’s finest. Please see the full article below!
Traditional Chinese medicine and ART go hand in hand
It seems like it should be the most natural thing in the world, but for couples who struggle with fertility issues, conception and carrying a pregnancy successfully to term can require medical intervention and significant health and wellness support.
Couples who have difficulty conceiving – particularly older couples – are increasingly turning to traditional Chinese medicine for supplemental support, says Giovanni Salvia, founder of Clary Sage Whole Health. “The Chinese medical arts go hand in hand with assistive reproductive technologies (ART).”
Studies that show the correlation between Chinese medicine and the success of IVF (in vitro fertilization) and IUI (intra uterine implantation) abound. In a 2008 study that measured the effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilization (Manheimer and Zhang, et al), researchers observed an increase in fertilization of 65 per cent. Other studies have shown that Chinese herbs and acupuncture help to increase blood supply to the uterine lining and support the functioning of the testicles and ovaries. In combination with proper nutrition, they also help to alleviate the stress and tension associated with ART.
“My wife Laura and I have been through IUI,” says Giovanni, who welcomed his first child in March . “The doctors told us that even if they manage to get the sperm and the egg in the dance hall, there’s no guarantee they’re going to dance. You have to make use of every possible advantage, and traditional Chinese medicine as a whole is a very affective aid to the fertility process.”
Clary Sage Whole Health Studio is a friendly natural health clinic offering alternative health therapies – Chinese herbal therapy, acupuncture, Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture, registered massage therapy, shiatsu massage, tui na massage, reflexology, holistic nutritional consultation – in the heart of Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood. If you’re planning a pregnancy or considering ART, find out how we can help support you in your planned parenthood journey.
Please have a look at the full Neighbourhood Living West Issue HERE!