She Got Pregnant by Treating Her Cold

by Dr. Cui Han on October 15, 2015

This patient has been pregnant for 10 weeks already. When she first came to see me, The number of her FSH, LH were very high while AMH was very low. She wanted to try Chinese herbs and Acupuncture with me for 3 months before following her gynecologist instruction of IVF. When I interviewed her she told me that she always felt cold, especially cold hands and feet . Also she had chronic allergy, nasal congestion, runny nose, and sneezing every morning. I told her she had Kidney Yang deficiency in the diagnosis of Chinese Medicine which stopped her from conceiving, but before I treat it I have to fix the allergy first. Chronic allergy means her body keeps fighting cold. Her immune system did not function very well. After three weeks treatment to focus on cold, her allergy completely went away. Then I started strengthening her Kidney Yang and warm her uterus. Meantime I asked her to stop drinking any cold beverages and keep herself warm all the time. Three months later, she got pregnant naturally.

That is the unique treatment of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Its curative effects amazes you even the lab test result was concerning.


TCM Point of View of BBT

by Dr. Cui Han on January 8, 2015

Understand the physiological relationship between BBT and kidney, 
liver, spleen channels and energy flow. 

Interpretation of BBT


This can be used to assess the corpus luteum function. It indirectly determines ovulation time, is used to assess TCM diagnosis and create an infertility treatment program, and can also be used to diagnose dysfunctional uterine bleeding, amenorrhea and other hormonal imbalance related conditions.

There are fluctuations in the basal body temperature prior to ovulation, with a drop in temperature just before ovulation. The basal body temperature rises immediately after ovulation, also with some fluctuation.

According to WHO (World Health Organization), a normal BBT chart should show an increase in temperature by at least 0.5 °F from the average temperature of the last six days of the follicular phase, to the average temperature of the first three days of the luteal phase. Usually the BBT chart raised indicates that ovulation has already occurred 2 to 3 days prior (sometimes it happened concurrently). Therefore, a BBT chart should only be used as a history review of ovulation and not as a method to determine ovulation.

Deviations from normal pattern


A.  Signal Phase BBT Chart: For a whole month, there is no fluctuation in temperature.  This indicates no ovulation and no formation of the corpus luteum, estrogen, and progesterone levels are inadequate. There can still be a period.


B.  Low BBT Chart: A consistently low reading where the follicular phase is below 97°F and luteal phase below 98°F.  This indicates a very low metabolic rate and low thyroid activity, or low immunity related ovarian failure condition.  In TCM, generally we consider this Yang Qi deficiency (especially Spleen and Kidney Yang qi or even Lung Qi deficiency.


C.  High BBT Chart: A consistently high reading where the pre-ovulatory phase base line begins around 98° F and luteal phase begins at 99° F.  This may reflect a high metabolic rate and could possibly indicate hyperactivity of the thyroid gland. Sometimes, peri-menopausal women and POF may be suspected in this pattern.  In TCM this generally indicates an internal Heat-Fire condition (especially Heart, Liver, and Kidney Yin deficiency with fire). Women who have a high BBT chart may have anti-sperm antibodies and can also have an endometrial lining that is too thin or dry, and they are predisposed to a lack of cervical mucus production. 


D.  Unstable BBT Chart: A consistently unsteady reading that varies by more than 0.5° F during the follicular phase or luteal phase.  In TCM, this typically indicates Heart and Liver fire or may be due to Kidney or Liver yin deficiency.


E.  Follicular phase too short BBT Chart: The follicular phase is consistently too short, less than 9 or 10 days.  In TCM, this typically indicates yin deficiency with heat.  This pattern results when ovulation is provoked prematurely, which in most instances leads to a shortened menstrual cycle, premenopause, POF, etc.


F.  Follicular phase too long with short luteal phase BBT Chart: The follicular phase is consistently too long, more than 14 to 20 days, and the luteal phase is consistently less than 10 days (3 days, 5-6 days, or 8-10 days).  In TCM, this typically indicates delayed ovulation due to Kidney yin /jing deficiency and Spleen blood deficiency causing insufficient transfer to Yang Qi that ultimately leads to Kidney Yang Qi deficiency.  In this pattern, ovulation is often late, or in severe cases, it is missed altogether.  The end-result is usually infertility.


G.  Luteal phase defect BBT Chart:  Slow-rise luteal phase: temperature slowly rises more than 3 days after ovulation until it finally is high enough that progesterone levels are deemed adequate


H.  Short luteal phase is less then 10 days.


I.  Early decline luteal phase: Temperature rapidly declines from its peak shortly after ovulation


J.  Initially high follicular phase: temperature has not dropped during the 1st day of the menstrual cycle, or drops some time during the period or even after the period.


All of the patterns from (G) through (J) indicate Kidney yang deficiency and Spleen Qi deficiency obstruction of transformation of Yang into Yin.



Get healthy skin with Chinese Medicine Therapies

January 1, 2015

I have been treating many skin diseases successfully with acupuncture and herbs lately. Most patients are given up by their dermatologists. But for me, all their conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, herpes, or dermatitis are treatable. Based on what their skin look like, I need to give them the diagnosis of Chinese Medicine. If the [...]

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It is Time to Get Rid of Allergy

June 2, 2014

In my practice, I meet so many patients with allergy problems. They feel discomfort all year long and much worse when the weather change or when they are under stress or fatigued. Their symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes, chest tightness, difficult breathing or even wheezing. They have been using Antihistamines, Corticosteroid, Epinephrine [...]

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“How To Dramatically Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant with Acupuncture for Infertility.”

October 21, 2013

Couples who are ready to start a family consider having a child to be one of the most meaningful and fulfilling aspects of their lives. Sadly, however, about a quarter of the US population has problems conceiving. Conception problems can be quite stressful and frustrating and usually lead to financial and emotional stress. A person [...]

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Alternative Treatments for Kids with ADHD

April 6, 2013

ADHD- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a very common diagnosis for children with hyperactivity, impulsivity, distractibility, inappropriate levels of attention and concentration. Instead of taking pills, Traditional Chinese Medicine is an alternative and successful treatment for kids with ADHD that are drug free. Research revealed that ADHD either does not produce enough of certain neurotransmitters- [...]

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Electric Acupuncture for Traumatic Injury at Small Toe

March 14, 2013

Electric acupuncture has amazing effect for traumatic injury. It reduces swelling and pain significantly.  1. Before treatment 2. Electric Acupuncture treatment 3. The next day after treatment  

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Panic Attacks treated by Acupuncture and Herbs

March 5, 2013

I have treated a couple of panic attack cases lately and have achieved very good clinical results. After a couple of acupuncture treatments and taking some herbs, the symptoms never came back. Panic disorder is when patients suddenly feel rapid heart beating, difficult breathing, sweating, trembling, dizzy, nausea etc. After the panic attack, patients are [...]

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Superfood for nourishing blood —- Black Chicken

February 5, 2013

Black chickens have been used in Chinese medicine for well over 1,000 years. It is considered a “superfood” to tonify Qi and blood, strengthen Liver and Kidney, nourish yin and clear empty heat, Tonfiy stomach and warm the internal organs. It has good effects for anemia due to loss of blood or menopause, scanty periods [...]

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Dont be scared of the needles around eyes

January 17, 2013

Needles around eyes are safe and effective. They increase nerve and blood supply in the back of the eye, revive some damaged cells and relax the local muscles to improve vision.I use acupuncture to treat following conditions successfuly : Retinal disorders such as Age-related macular degeneration, Retinitis pigmentosa. Disorders of ocular muscles, binocular movement, accommodation and [...]

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