Although in most cases the principal treatment at Conceive consists of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, Claire works closely with a gynaecologist, male infertility experts, nutritionists and other complementary health practitioners to offer an integrated approach. Other services offered are:
Conceive has links to private gynaecologists and andrologists at The Lister Hospital and in Harley Street, to whom we can refer patients. We work closely with these specialists in the treatment of our patients, combining the benefits of western medical investigations and treatment, with the natural, health-promoting power of complementary medicines.
Optimum nutrition is fundamental for optimum fertility. In order to produce healthy eggs, healthy sperm and healthy babies, you need to eat a balanced and healthy diet. However, food can be lacking in nutrients due to modern agricultural and production processes, so very often you need to supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals, which are crucial to your reproductive health and to the health of the unborn baby. Your nutritional needs will vary according to your lifestyle, age, gender, metabolism and general health. The nutritionist will make a personalized assessment of your nutritional status and give you advice on the optimum foods and supplements for you.
A hair analysis test can detect mineral deficiencies and toxic metal overload, which can have a serious impact on fertility. This can then be corrected with appropriate nutritional and herbal supplements.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool to enable you to engage your healing resources and manage your own comfort. Its effectiveness in the fields of fertility and childbirth is well documented. Occasionally women who experience difficulty conceiving or carrying a child to full-term may be harbouring unconscious beliefs or emotions that sabotage their attempts to bring a child into the world. Hypnotherapy can help uncover and resolve such conflicts, at the same time as relieving stress and reducing stress hormones which adversely affect fertility. Research has also demonstrated that hypnosis can aid the childbirth process, resulting in shorter labour times, reduced need for chemical pain relief, less likelihood of complications and medical intervention, lowered incidence of post-natal depression and a subjectively more satisfying and enriching childbirth experience.
Difficulty in conceiving, recurrent miscarriage and IVF treatment can often give rise to anxiety and depression, which further impair and perpetuate the ability to conceive and carry to term. Counselling can help the patient overcome their anxieties and depression and create the right conditions for conception and pregnancy. It also helps expectant or new parents work through common emotional issues involved in this transitional life phase.
A subtle and delicate balance of biochemical and biodynamic factors within the body is required to achieve maximum potential for conception. It is this balance that cranial osteopathy aims to redress.
This gentle form of treatment enables the osteopath to identify areas within the body, particularly the pelvis, that are congested, blocked, irritated or inflamed and not functioning as well as they should. The organs within the pelvis can be affected by strains imposed on the muscles, ligaments and bones surrounding them. Allowing the body to release mechanical stresses and strains will help optimize metabolic function and thus facilitate pregnancy.
Osteopathy can also help the mother’s body adapt to the growing baby. By releasing the strain on the tissues, it can relieve symptoms encountered during pregnancy, such as morning sickness, heartburn, blocked sinuses, as well as back and pelvic pain. A combination of treatment, exercises, posture and advice will encourage optimum foetal positioning to maximize the chances of a good natural delivery.
The role of the chiropractor is to detect and correct misalignments of the spine and body that are interfering with the body’s functioning and healing mechanisms. Nerve roots of the lumbar spine and the sacral nerves feed the reproductive organs in both males and females. If these nerve roots are not functioning properly, this may effect the reproductive system. In this case, correcting misalignments can restore normal function to the spinal cord and nerves, and enhance fertility.
Western herbal medicine
Western herbal medicine uses whole plant preparations of mainly European and American herbs as an extension of a good diet to heal and promote health. Ideally, they are combined in an individual prescription after a comprehensive consultation, but can also be used symptomatically. Herbs can be used to balance hormones, either directly or through a cleansing action on the liver, aid fertility and reduce stress. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, herbs can be used safely, internally and externally, for common complaints such as nausea, heartburn and mastitis. Herbs are also useful to treat unrelated ailments like hayfever, at a time when most prescription and over the counter drugs are contraindicated. A wide range of preparations may be appropriate, including teas, tinctures, creams, ointments and syrups.
Reflexology is based on the principles that different areas of the foot correspond to different organs of the body. By stimulating these areas through massage, the function of the organs themselves can be influenced. Reflexology can therefore be used to improve overall health, stimulate the reproductive system and regulate the menstrual cycle.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic drainage massage is a very gentle form of massage that assists the lymph system in removing toxins and waste products. The lymph system plays a key role, not only in immune function, but also in the circulation and regulation of hormones, and it can be a useful adjunct for optimizing fertility.
Pregnancy massage is especially adapted for each stage of your pregnancy, and can be useful in relieving aches and pains and promoting relaxation.