Since the publication of the first research trials demonstrating dramatically higher pregnancy rates when acupuncture is combined with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) more than a decade ago, the demand for highly trained Oriental medicine practitioners knowledgable in the field of reproductive medicine has drastically escalated. Unfortunately, the demand for fertility specialists has outpaced available training in this specialty.
One consequence of this is that there are several licensed acupuncturists who boast a “Reproductive Medicine” or “Fertility” specialty with very little formal education in this field. Perhaps they attended a seminar or two… It makes me sad because I think it is misleading to the public to claim a specialty without the solid education to back it up. Additionally, on the whole, fertility patients are very vulnerable group. Over and over again I’ve seen them choose practitioners who claim a specialty in this area-usually-but not always based on price point of treatments only to waist time and money. Then a year or two later, they end up at my door. This is why I teach Reproductive Medicine in Five Branches University’s Doctoral Program. And we need YOU! Read more
Prescriptions for testosterone creams, injections and patches have risen dramatically over the last decade. Why? Because it works! That’s right. Testosterone supplementation makes many men have more energy, increased libido and muscle mass, in addition to feeling more positive about life. Having the right amount of testosterone is Read more
In honor of Infertility Awareness Week, we are giving a free, signed copy of my book, Your Fertility Program to anyone who requests it. Simply come to the office for your paperback copy while supplies last.
Struggling to get pregnant (or stay pregnant)? Feeling alone?
You are NOT alone! One in eight couples in the United States struggles to build a family. They are your friends, coworkers, neighbors and family members.They are lesbian couples, heterosexual couples and single women, People struggling with infertility can feel so much shame, they can feel like failures, and the constant question they ask is “Why me?”.
Vitamin D has gotten a lot of press over the last few years. From bone strength to fertility, the uses of vitamin D, as both a nutrient and a hormone, continues to increase as research accumulates and our understanding grows.
“Natural” progesterone supplementation is the cornerstone of many holistic physician’s treatment plan for Women’s Health issues such as:
PMS & Menstrual Cycle Regulation
Infertility, especially Luteal Phase Defect (LPD)
I just got back from teaching Chinese Medicine and IVF–East-West Synergy in Yo San University’s Doctoral of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program. The class focused on helping women (and men) have a successful IVF cycle with Chinese medicine. It also included a synopsis of current research, some of which is so powerful I feel compelled to share it with you.
In a blinded, controlled clinical trial which lasted 7 years and included over 800 patients, researchers in Colorado Springs found that Read more
I am so happy to announce that my long-awaited book, Your Fertility Program was published today. The book is available in epub and paperback at both Book Shop Santa Cruz and on Amazon. It feels so good to present this book as it contains key pieces of information needed by so many people to plan for conception.
It provides answers to the questions I get asked everyday in my Santa Cruz women’s health-based clinic:
“I have thyroid disease, can I get pregnant?
Am I too old to conceive?
How do I know if I’m ovulating?
What blood tests do I need?
How should I eat?
What can I do to avoid another miscarriage?”, etc.
Also, it includes a chapter for men! Yes, you too guys. It does take two, after all.
The perfect complement to acupuncture and Oriental medicine care, this Read more
Nothing makes me happier than following up with a patient who became pregnant under my care. For example, yesterday Isaw a patient who I haven’t seen since her first trimester. Now she is in her 36th week. She wrote of her experience during her first trimester:
I am research scientist, and I have always been a little skeptical about acupuncture and other non-western medical practices. After my experience with Dr. Rozenn, however, I enthusiastically recommend her for the treatment of fertility issues. My husband and I were trying to conceive for the second time and after a year, we saw an M.D. specialist in infertility. He explained that Western medicine had no easy answer for my particular issue (my cycles were short and he suspected I was ovulating before my eggs were mature), and recommended that I try meditation or yoga as a first strategy. He also mentioned that there was a program available that combined standard infertility treatment with acupuncture. After talking to a friend of mine (who recommended Dr. Rozenn), I decided to try acupuncture alone for three months and then reassess my options. Dr. Rozenn was willing to work with me either with or without parallel treatment from my M.D. and Read more
After completing my BA, I looked at MS programs in Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Oriental Medicine all over the country. I was young, without ties to a community, and was open to moving anywhere. I chose to attend Five Branches University because out of all of my prospective schools, that one was strongest in Women’s Health, because of Sharon Feng. I came to Santa Cruz knowing I wanted to focus on gynecology, long before it was commonplace for acupuncturists to claim a specialty. I came here to study with Dr. Feng.
My first clinical class was with Sharon. It was my first day, and she scared the hell out of me. This tiny Read more