Sunday, October 11, 2015

Portland is the New Hub for Chinese Medicine & Fertility Research

Dr. Lee Hullender Rubin

Acupuncture may be the only form of medicine whom science has tried to take completely out of the treatment room and focus on the biophysical reaction to just one point for one symptom for all patients.  You have heard this story before in the podcast with MD Anderson Oncology.  Today’s episode looks at what is becoming the hub of fertility and acupuncture research in Portland, Oregon.  Dr. Lee Hullender Rubin is heading up wide reaching research studies looking at how to optimize in-vitro-fertilization (IVF) outcomes with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Chiense Medicine and IVF
Dr. Hullender Rubin who graduated from Bastyr's Acupuncture Program in 2001 and then followed that up with her Doctors of Acupuncture in Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009. She is investigating what may be a relatively new term for acupuncturists, whole systems TCM. It encompasses the understanding that when a patient visits an acupuncturists they are potential experiencing a multitude of health care strategies including the actual interaction between healthcare provider and patient, a TCM diagnosis, a TCM treatment plan, acupuncture, moxa, cupping, herbs, dietary recommendations, exercises, lifestyle changes, and meditation/relaxing techniques. It may seem like regular TCM to those who practice acupuncture but in the science community all those data points and variables are important and potentially quantifiable if looked at in the correct light.

Click here to see an abstract of her articled "Impact of whole systems traditional Chinese medicine on in-vitro fertilization outcomes" in the Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine.

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