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'Mike Berkley, L.Ac.,
lecturing at the Endometriosis Foundation. Click on the photo to find out
how acupuncture and herbs can help treat endometriosis.'
Mike Berkley, Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist is one of the best practitioners of traditional Chinese reproductive medicine that I have ever known. He is respected by reproductive endocrinologists and acupuncturists alike. As an advocate for those trying to conceive for more than 25 years, the founder of The American Fertility Association - now a full time fertility coach in NYC and author of "Shameless: How I Ditched The Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure and Somehow Got Home in Time to Cook Dinner". I have personally known many of Mike's patients. Mike is not just a fabulous practitioner - he is a respected thought leader in holistic medicine and the treatment of infertility. If you are considering enriching your fertility treatment to give yourself the best possible outcome - you owe it to yourself to check out Mike Berkley.
Like countless other couples around the world my husband and I
to get pregnant until I was 39.
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Now Playing: How Acupuncture Can Help With Fertility Issues
If you've been struggling to get pregnant now may be the time to
consider acupuncture. Some research has shown that this type of Traditional Chinese Medicine may have a role in treating infertility. Kim Hahn talks with Mike Berkley, LAc., founder and director of The Berkley Center for
Reproductive Wellness, about acupuncture therapy and how it can help you on your path to pregnancy.
Cigarette Smoking linked to Infertility and Miscarriage
Reproductive cells are vulnerable to genetic damage from smoking, but can be repaired
In ejaculated spermatozoa, repair capacity declines drastically.This means that that repair is necessary at the time sperm is growing and developing in the testicles.
Smoking leads to chromosome errors which affect reproductive outcomes.
Smoking is associated with reduced numbers of eggs leading to early menopause.
Smoking inhibits embryo fragmentation; inhibition may confer survival advantage to embryos genetically altered. This can lead to pregnancy with impending miscarriage, or children born with cancer or born with genetic defects.
Smoking is associated with low sperm quality. Cadmium (a heavy metal), nicotine (a toxic alkaloid), and its metabolite cotinine, are detectable in testicular and ovarian tissue tissues and fluids in association with smoking. Cotinine incorporates into ovarian granulosa–lutein cells, compromising the developmental potential of follicles. Benzo[a]pyrene is a carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon resulting from cigarette combustion.
Smoking-related cellular products were detectable in ovarian granulosa–lutein cells, eggs, sperm and embryos. Transmission of altered DNA from smoking by sperm was demonstrated in embryos and in association with increased risk of childhood cancer.
We know that cigarette smoking stems in part from anxiety. The satisfaction derived from cigarette smoking is complicated and manifold but nonetheless stems from the need to reduce anxiety.
In 1999, clinical researchers reported that inserting acupuncture needles into specific body points triggers the production of endorphins. In another study, higher levels of endorphins were found in cerebrospinal fluid after patients underwent acupuncture. Endorphins have been shown to reduce anxiety.
Based upon my clinical experience, acupuncture can aid in the cessation of cigarette smoking and thereby serve two purposes: 1) improve the health of the individual and, 2) improve the quality of egg and/or sperm and increase pregnancy outcomes and reduce miscarriage rates as well as aid in the health of the newborn.
If you and your partner are trying to conceive, the cessation of cigarette smoking is of the utmost importance.
At the The Berkley Center for Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, a leading fertility center in New York City, we have devised a protocol which confers an approximate 50% cure to cigarette smoking without drugs, nicotine, or other chemicals.
If you are considering donor-egg IVF, click here to find out why you should consider getting acupuncture and herbal medicine before and after transfer.
A Sensible and Sensitive Complementary Medical Approach to the Treatment of Male and Female Infertility
The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness, a focal point for natural fertility treatment in New York City, is directed by Mike Berkley, Licensed Acupuncturist, and Nationally Board Certified Herbalist.
The Berkley Center is world renowned for treating reproductive disorders with acupuncture, natural fertility medicine, nutrition, and fertility massage. We take a comprehensive approach to increasing your fertile wellness with natural fertility treatment. We even use natural fertility drugs (herbal medicine) which have been shown to be very effective in treating infertility when related to endometriosis, PCOS, high FSH, low sperm count, sperm DNA fragmentation, low ovarian reserve and even advanced maternal age.
Each and every member of The Berkley Center team is a fertility specialist. Each is highly trained in his or her own respective discipline. In fact, many of our professionals have served in fertility clinics as consultants.
Studies have shown that using acupuncture in conjunction with IVF or IUI significantly increases the chances of conceiving (see medical articles).
The Berkley Center's focus is on healing the underlying cause or causes of infertility. Our approach is straightforward: first we help you to achieve greater overall health, then we focus on greatly enhancing your reproductive function.
At the The Berkley Center for Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine you will be treated with kindness, warmth and compassion. We are a people-oriented healthcare center located in the heart of Midtown; not a factory.
At the Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness we have been treating male factor infertility for many years based on the knowledge of 3000 years of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture and herbal medicine in conjunction with certain vitamins and amino acids promote significant change in pathologic sperm. We have had excellent results in improving sperm count, improving morphology and motility as well as reducing sperm DNA fragmentation percentages.
The Berkley Center Team,
Transforming Patients into
Parents for 13 Years
The importance of this cannot be overstated. In the typical IVF Center, doctors will note that sperm quality is important in that in its pathological state in may not be able to penetrate the egg and facilitate fertilization. This can be overcome with intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection or ICSI. While fertilization with ICSI is possible and often occurs, a good embryo quite often is not produced and pregnancy does not ensue.
A 'good' embryo is created by combining a 'good' egg and a 'good' sperm. Embryos created with poor quality sperm are, in my opinion, based on thirteen years of clinical experience, one of the main reasons for failed IVF cycles including those undergoing donor egg transfers even though fertilization with ICSI is facilitated.
Frequently the doctor will report that the embryo is “beautiful”, yet the cycle fails. You can no more judge the quality of an embryo by visualization than one can judge the health of a person by visualization. For example, the healthiest looking man can be HIV positive. Or, the healthiest looking woman can have breast cancer. One cannot judge a book by its cover.
The best and most reliable means of improving fertility outcomes either as a result of intercourse; IUI or IVF is to first
improve the quality of the components that are responsible for the creation of the embryo; sperm and egg. See studies on acupuncture and sperm improvement.
A Letter to London
Many countries prohibit sex selection. In the UK for example, all licensed reproductive medicine Centers are forbidden from carrying out such procedures except for the purpose of sex-linked diseases.
Some countries including the United Kingdom have legislation that limit the maximum number of embryos that can be transferred. Obviously, the fewer embryos transferred, the greater the reduction of probability of success in IVF cycles.
Also, the United Kingdom has passed new legislation which abolishes the anonymity of gamete donors (egg, sperm and embryo donors).
These reasons alone make doing IVF cycles in the U.S., attractive where these prohibitions don't exist.
At the Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness, where complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and nutritional counseling are employed to increase IVF outcomes we welcome our friends from London and the United Kingdom.
Best wishes on your journey to family.
Mike Berkley, Licensed Acupuncturist; Board Certified Herbalist; Fellow, American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine
Founder and Director, The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness
From the meticulous and comprehensive initial intake to the effective follow-through treatments, our specialists utilize the most modern & cutting-edge techniques in complementary medicine to treat a wide array of fertility disorders, including poor ovarian reserve, poor egg quality, luteal phase defect, chronic miscarriage, thin endometrium, endometriosis, irregular periods, amenorrhea, hyperprolactinemia, PCOS, idiopathic infertility, low sperm count, poor morphology, poor motility, sperm DNA fragmentation, blood-clotting and immunological disorders all of which contribute to infertility and repeated miscarriage.
We are New York City's most specialized and unique fertility clinic. While most patients dread their frequent visits to the doctor's office during this challenging time, all our patients love coming to The Berkley Center to relax, to receive support and to speak with our fertility consultants. We share the same goals: excellence in patient care and making your dreams come true. From infertility to family... every day at The Berkley Center.
The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness is the only complementary medicine practice completely devoted to treating infertility. Other complementary medicine fertility clinics treat everything from neck pain to back pain, from headaches to insomnia. We are the original acupuncture fertility clinic in NYC which specializes in the treatment of infertility.
Committed to making babies since 1997.
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To schedule your initial consultation today and to jumpstart your success in having your baby call 877.965.BABY or 212.685.0985. For your convenience, we are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 7:00pm. We are available 24/7/365 for pre and post embryo transfer acupuncture treatments.
Juliet from New York. She's 11 weeks pregnant!
"Having come from a long line of fertility goddesses, I was perplexed... I just wasn't getting pregnant... I pored over information... I discovered Mike and - thank goodness! After my initial visit I felt much better. I knew I was in good hands and I had hope." Juliet
Stephanie from New York. Mike helped her get pregnant twice!
"I have a new beautiful little girl who I can hug, and I have Mike to thank for helping me get there. I certainly recommend you do everything to possibly reach your goal." Stephanie
We treat patients from many reproductive medicine clinics including:
- Batzofin Fertility Services www.batzofinfertilityservices.com
- NY Weill Cornell
- Saint Barnabas
- Long Island IVF
- Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility (CRMI)
- Connecticut Fertility Associates
- Kofinas Fertility Institute
- Cooper Center for IVF
- The Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine
- New Hope Fertility
- St. Lukes-Roosevelt-Continuum Reproductive Care
- And many others
"Mike Berkley may be one of a kind. If not, he is certainly rare, as he limits
his practice to women's health in the infertility and reproductive endocrine
sphere. Though he performs non-traditional procedures, he works from a
medical history taken in the mode of Western Medicine. Based on his study of
Western science, he tailors his approach to the patient with a full
understanding and in concert with the reproductive endocrinologist's
treatment. He never insists that his way is the only solution.
Of course he knows the studies which Western Medicine has done of the
acupuncture approach as well. These provide a basis of the integration of
the care carefully tailored to the individual patient."
Joe Massey, M.D.
"Mike is a unique individual in that he combines his extensive knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine and herbal practice with an impressive grasp of western practices and the treatments the patients are undertaking. He has dedicated his practice to working with couples coping with fertility disorders and is constantly trying to find the best approach for their complex problems. By combining eastern and western methods, Mike and I are able to synergize treatment modalities, getting the best that each discipline has to offer for any given situation.
Being so close in physical proximity, our patients are readily able to maximize their time commitments during treatment. Patients might receive pre-transfer acupuncture, walk down the hall for their transfer and have the post transfer treatment right in the transfer room without even getting off the table. This is clearly advantageous and provides maximal benefit for the tranquility we seek to provide for our patients undertaking these stressful procedures."
Joel H. Batzofin, MD, FACOG
Medical Director, Batzofin Fertility Services
"Mike's reputation in the community of Oriental reproductive medicine is unsurpassed. His ongoing efforts to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western reproductive medicine have contributed greatly to both fields of fertility treatment, and most importantly, to the patients who seek his assistance."
Randine Lewis, Ph.D., L.Ac
The Fertile Soul
The The Berkley Center for Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
16 East 40th Street
New York NY 10016