Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Every Day The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness & Women’s Health - An Integrated Holistic Approach
Getting To Know Your Fertility Enhancement Team
Where highly trained specialists in different yet complementary modalities take a team-oriented approach towards helping you achieve your dream of having your baby.
Dr. Mike Berkley, Director, The Berkley Center For Reproductive Wellness & Women’s Health
Dr. Mike Berkley, the founder and director of The Berkley Center for Postpartum Wellness ,
Licensed and Board Certified in Acupuncture in the states of New York and Connecticut, and licensed as a Doctor of Acupuncture in the State of Rhode Island.
Board Certified in Clinical Herbal Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine .
An Advisory Board member of The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination, Inc. (INCIID).
I am the first acupuncturist/herbalist in the United States to work exclusively in the field of Reproductive Pathology. I have developed unique acupuncture protocols and herbal formulae which have been shown to increase success rates by 30 to 35%.
I work exclusively in the area of reproductive medicine and enjoy working in conjunction with some of New York’s most prestigious reproductive endocrinologists.
Dr. Daniel Camburn, Clinic Director, The Berkley Center For Reproductive Wellness & Women’s Health
Dr. Daniel Camburn is New York State licensed and board certified in acupuncture and clinical herbal medicine. He is licensed as a Doctor of Acupuncture in the State of Rhode Island.
Clinical Director of The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness & Women’s Health.
Faculty member at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine teaching herbal medicine.
Writing three books on Chinese medicine. He has written numerous articles, and continues to lecture frequently on the subject of infertility and traditional Chinese medicine.
Anna Gudis, Director of Patient Services has been an integral part of The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness and Women's Health since it's inception in 1997.
Anna is the 'go-to' person for scheduling and insurance issues.
W ill the Herbs Help Me? The Answer Is YES If Your Concern Is: W ill Acupuncture & Herbs Help Me? The Answer Is YES If Your Concern Is: Poor Motility Low Sperm Count Poor Morphology Endometriosis Oligomenorrhea &Amenorrhea Stress Poor Egg Quality Partial Tubal Occlusion Idiopathic Infertility Thin Unresponsive Endometrium Irregular Menstrual Cycle High FSH Level Poor Morphology & Poor Motility Low Sperm Count Sperm DNA -Fragmentation Luteal Phase Defect Endometriosis Oligomenorrhea &Amenorrhea Stress Irregular & Annovulatory Menstrual Cycles Tubal Spasm Idiopathic Infertility Thin Unresponsive Endometrium Poor Egg Quality High FSH Level
INFERTILITY & TCM How Does It Work ? I 1) We Analyze Your Constellation of Signs & Symptoms 2) Then We Identify the Root Cause of the Problem 4) And Your Reproductive Health 3) Our Protocols Will Improve Your Overall Health
INFERTILITY & TCM How Does It Work ? II Combined Usage of Acupuncture and Herbs will… Improve Sperm Count, Motility & Morphology Increase Blood Flow to the Uterus: Thicken the Endometrial Lining Reduce the Chance of Miscarriage Improve Ovarian Blood Flow: Increased Ovarian Response Decrease Uterine Contractility: Aids Implantation Regulate Hormones: Better Egg Quality Strengthen the Immune System Improve Ovarian Function: More follicles, Better Egg Production Facilitate Relaxation Reduce Stress
Turning Back the Reproductive Clock I mproving Y our E gg Q uality W ith T CM Increased Blood Flow to the Ovarian Region Wastes Eliminated Hormones Nutrients Oxygen Delivered Reduction & Stability of FSH & E2 Levels Unresponsive Ovaries Healthier & More Responsive Follicles & Eggs
Fact: A Uterine Artery Impedance >3 = infertility.
Q. What is Uterine Artery Impedance?
The Measure of Resistance of Blood Flow Through The Uterine Arteries To The Uterus & Fallopian Tubes
What Causes Increased UAI and What is The Affect of UAI on Fertility?
What Causes Increased UAI and What is The Affect of UAI on Fertility? Stress stimulates the sympathetic nervous system which causes uterine artery contraction - which inhibits blood flow to the uterus, tubes and ovaries
The Devastation of an Elevated Uterine Artery Impedance
When the blood flow to the uterus is ‘impeded’ it is referred to as an elevated ‘uterine artery impedance’.
A uterine artery impedance greater than 3 means that in most cases, implantation will not occur.
Acupuncture Inhibits the sympathetic nervous system and thereby encourages blood flow to the uterine lining Thickens Uterine Lining Acupuncture Pre and Post IVF & IUI Pre Embryo Transfer / Insemination Post Egg Transfer / Insemination Acupuncture Mitigates the prostaglandin cascade Reduces Uterine Contractility Acupuncture Increased Chance of Successful Implantation Thickens Uterine Lining Sympathoinhibitory effect via Endorphin release which facilitates uterine urtery dilation thus promoting circulation to the endometrium Acupuncture
Aging and Female Infertility Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Assisted Reproductive Technology Success Rates, 2001.
Twelve percent of all infertility cases are rooted in weight issues. If your body is chronically malnourished or over-exercised, you can't menstruate, since a minimum of 22 percent body fat is necessary for normal ovulation and reproductive competence. On the other side of the scale, being overweight can alter hormone chemistry and help prevent conception.
The Berkley Center Helps You To Achieve Your Perfect Weight
The good news is that shedding or gaining pounds can easily remedy weight-related infertility; more than 70 percent of women conceive spontaneously once they reach healthy weight parameters.
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Though there is no cure for endometriosis, we have seen a great reduction in pelvic pain with our treatments.
Many doctors see endometriosis as an autoimmune disorder. As acupuncture and herbal medicine have a regulatory effect on immune function, we see very slow re-growth of endometriosis after laparoscopy. Without our protocols we typically see recurring signs & symptoms of endometriosis occurring twice as fast.
Combining acupuncture, herbs, yoga & massage in the endometriosis patient is often what is needed to ensure a successful IVF within the context of this hostile pelvic environment.
Nothing can eliminate tubal scarring or adhesions except surgery, however…
60% of ‘blocked’ tubes seen on a hysterosalpingogram are due to spasms not scarring or dense adhesions.
Acupuncture & herbs, combined with yoga & massage are frequently able to eliminate these spasms and restore tubal function frequently enabling the couple with the ‘blocked tube’ issue to conceive naturally.
LPD or luteal phase defect manifests when there is a progesterone deficiency after ovulation. This means that the lining after ovulation will not be receptive to an embryo and implantation will not occur.
A blood serum progesterone level of lower than 10ng/mL one week prior to the start of menstruation or 7 days after the LH (luteinizing hormone) surge is generally accepted as a diagnosis of luteal phase defect.
Since acupuncture & herbs serve to regulate organ function and thus frequently ‘normalize’ endocrine levels, the function of the corpus luteum (this is what emits progesterone after ovulation) is restored and progesterone levels are often normalized.
Acupuncture initiates a relaxation response with decreased heart rate, lowered BP, stress reduction, increased energy and tissue regeneration.
It has been shown to produce a calming or tranquilizing action.
Acupuncture can relieve feelings of anxiety and depression.
It is an effective substitute for sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and antidepressant drugs. Acupuncture can be used in many cases not only as an alternative to these drugs but also to treat side effects and dependence.
Acupuncture can provide a safe and effective tool for stress.
Acupuncture reduces stress (a major cause of low sperm count)
Herbs increase blood flow and clear heat from the scrotum (heat and blocked flow are seen in the patient with a vericocele)
Yoga is a gentle means of exercising which increases circulation, reduces depression and promotes over-all health.
Leslie Daly, Yoga Instructor will answer your questions about yoga later.
Poor diet & life-style may contribute to sperm problems. With our nutrition programs you will be given countless suggestions on how to successfully improve your sperm parameters through proper diet and supplements.
Many patients present to our clinic with the complaint of infertility due to “no known cause”
Remember, there is always a cause. And we are specialists in finding it (or them).
In the world of acupuncture & herbs the term ‘idiopathic’ (meaning ‘no known cause’) does not exist.
We always arrive at a differential diagnosis and treat accordingly and more often than not, successfully.
Let the ‘Mind-Body-Experience’ at The Berkley Center Increase Your Fertility Quotient
Yoga & Meditation
A Randomized Study Evaluating Acupuncture as an Adjunct to IVF
Study conducted by: Rodolfo Quintero, M.D., Wendy Yu, L.Ac., Brandon Horn, L.Ac., J.D., Daoshing Ni, D.O.M., Barry Schifrin, MD., Brian Acacio, M.D.
Study conducted at: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) and the Eastern Center for Complementary Medicine, Glendale, CA
Conclusions : Our study shows a significantly lower amount of gonadotropins used when IVF is combined with standard acupuncture. A 70% pregnancy rate was also achieved with standard acupuncture and IVF, compared to 25%.
Study: Acupuncture Treatment For Infertile Women Undergoing Intracytoplasmic Sperm injection
Conducted by: Sandra L. Emmons, MD and Phillip Patton, MD
Source: Medical Acupuncture, A Journal For Physicians By Physicians Spring / Summer 2000- Volume 12 / Number 2
Objective: To describe the use of acupuncture to stimulate follicle development in women undergoing in vitro fertilization.
Results: No pregnancies occurred in the non-acupuncture cycles. Three women produced more follicles with acupuncture treatment.
Study: Role of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility
Conducted by: Raymond Chang, M.D.[a,b] Pak H. Chung, M.D.[b] and Zev Rosenwaks, M.D.[c]
Conducted at: Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York
Objective: To review existing scientific rationale and clinical data in the utilization of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility.
Various investigators have shown that in normally ovulatory or anovulatory women, acupuncture also influenced plasma levels of FSH, LH, E2, and Progesterone. Acupuncture as a surrogate for hCG in ovulation induction was successfully used by Cai, Chen and Yu.
Acupuncture normalized the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, and in another study Chen reported that 6 of 13 anovulatory cycles responded to acupuncture treatment.
More From The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York
“The peripheral impact of acupuncture in improving uterine artery blood flow and hence endometrial thickness also provides encouraging data regarding its potential positive effect on implantation.”
I nfluence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy
Conducted by: Wolfgang E. Paulus, M.D.,[a] Mingmin Zhang, M.D.,[b] Erwin Strehler, M.D.,[a] Imam El-Danasouri, Ph.D.,[a] and Karl Sterzik, M.D.[a]
Objective: To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in assisted reproduction therapy (ART) by comparing a group of patients receiving acupuncture treatment shortly before and after embryo transfer with a control group receiving no acupuncture.
Intervention(s): Acupuncture was performed in 80 patients 25 minutes before and after embryo transfer. In the control group, embryos were transferred without any supportive therapy. Result(s): Clinical pregnancies were documented in 34 of 80 patients (42.5%) in the acupuncture group, whereas pregnancy rate was only 26.3% (21 out of 80 patients) in the control group.
Vitex Angus (Also known as Chaste Tree Berries ) Help regulate hormones in the woman.
The research that has been done on the herb suggest that it works on the pituitary to help create a larger LH surge (similar to how the drug clomiphene citrate works), which should help to bring on ovulation.
It also has components in it that bind to dopamine receptors on the pituitary. This action is thought to help lower prolactin levels (elevated levels of prolactin can inhibit ovulation as well).
It is particularly useful for women with annovulation, irregular cycles, long cycles, and luteal phase defects (low progesterone levels).
Dong Quai Dong Quai does seem to act like an estrogen "modulator" which activates or suppresses estrogen receptors within the pituitary to even out the hormones that pulsate to the ovaries and bring on ovulation.
Dong Quai is also believed to increase metabolism within the uterus and ovaries and has been attributed with helping to build a receptive uterine lining.
We can also come to your hotel or apartment to provide acupuncture treatment.
What Happens after IUI/IVF/Donor Egg Transfer?
Acupuncture in IVF linked to lower miscarriage and ectopic rates - OB/GYN News , Jan 1, 2005
"Other studies have looked at pregnancy rates, but what is really important is whether or not there is a baby," said Paul C. Magarelli, M.D., who reported his findings at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Studies Prove Acupuncture Post ET Reduces Miscarriage & Ectopic Rates
The retrospective study included 131 women who were undergoing standard in vitro fertilization (IVF) and were given the choice of having acupuncture.
The miscarriage rate was almost halved in the acupuncture group (8% vs. 14%).
In addition, the rate of ectopic pregnancies was significantly lower in the acupuncture group--0 of 24 pregnancies (0%) vs. 2 of 37 pregnancies (9%), said Dr. Magarelli, who is also in private practice in Colorado Springs and Albuquerque.
Thus, the live-birth rate per IVF/ICSI cycle was significantly higher in the acupuncture group than in controls (21% vs. 16%).
"The live-birth rate per pregnancy is an even more telling number, since some cycles get cancelled. There was a 42% live-birth rate per pregnancy in the acupuncture group, compared to a 35% rate in the nonacupuncture group," said Dr. Magarelli.
“ Inclusion of acupuncture has demonstrated reductions in uterine contractility, so by relaxing the uterus before the embryo transfer and immediately after, we felt we were setting up a better environment for implantation," Dr. Magarelli said.
We invite you to come to our beautiful and tranquil Center and take the tour.
Meet with any of our wonderful, caring practitioners to see if their specialization is right for you. Whether it’s Maya-Abdominal massage, yoga, nutritional counseling or our free meditation -workshop. All of your questions will be answered.
New study produced by the Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Center in Colorado Springs has shown that receiving acupuncture treatment can aid the success of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment.
During the trials, half of the 114 women involved received acupuncture along with their IVF treatment while the remaining half received no complementary therapy to their IVF treatment.
These women had a 36% success rate of becoming pregnant compared with 51% of the women that received acupuncture.
While 8% of the women who received acupuncture suffered a miscarriage, 20% of those women that did not have any complementary therapy suffered a miscarriage. Acupuncture was also shown to reduce the risk of an ectopic pregnancy. Source: Maxine Frith, Independent Online
Western DX: PCOS/irregular periods/annovulatory cycles
Western tx: Metformin with IVF
3 Failed IVF attempts
Our treatment protocol: acupuncture, herbs, nutritional counseling, yoga and massage.
History: We treated Mary for 4 months. She lost 30 pounds and her menstrual/ovulatory cycles regulated. Her lining thickenedd from 7mm to 10mm. She did another ivf with successful full-term pregnancy of twins.
I suggested that Richard be tested for SDI. He had a fragmentation rate of 35% rendering him infertile.
We treated him with acupuncture and herbs and amino-acids and vitamins for 3 months whereupon his sperm was re-tested. At the time of the re-test his DNA fragmentation rate dropped to 10%. His wife became pregnant within 3 months naturally.
Our mission is to help you achieve your goal of conception and full term pregnancy.
We provide a safe, warm and compassionate environment offering a personal and caring relationship for each and every one of our patients. We understand that caring and nurturing are just as important to your success as medicine and procedures.
We invite you to join our family, so we can help you start yours.
"I found Dr. Berkley after researching the internet. I had many years of infertility treatment. I had many IUI's and 5 IVF's. I was told that if I wanted a biological child I should turn to surrogacy... I turned to Dr. Berkley and within one month I was pregnant. I owe it all to Dr. Berkley."
"I was frustrated and ready to give up hope. I found out about the Berkley Center and had a phone consultation with Dr. Daniel Camburn. Within two months of following Dr. Camburn's recommendations, I conceived. I cannot remember a more joyous day in my life than the day I saw two lines appear on the pregnancy test. It was never if I would get pregnant with them, always when. The proof that their treatment works is in the son I hold in my arms."