Acupuncture for Fertility & IVF

As shown by numerous research studies, a woman’s chances of achieving pregnancy and carrying the pregnancy through to a healthy birth can be demonstrably increased through the use of acupuncture, herbs, nutritional counseling, and other proven treatments. Thumos Health Center founders Bryan Abel and Ganit Kriel are fertility specialists extensively trained in the use of these wellness resources. In fact, Santa Monica fertility doctors and Los Angeles obstetrician-gynecologists regularly refer their patients to us.
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Bryan and Ganit can design a personal fertility program to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul—and help you finally reach fertility success. Here’s what their proven approach to broadening and invigorating your chances of motherhood will entail:


  • Evaluation: Your experience will begin with a thorough and caring evaluation of your physical and emotional situation.



  • Plan: Based on your needs, we will create an individualized fertility treatment plan of a minimum 3 to 6 months duration, which will include close monitoring, ongoing nutritional evaluation, and compassionate counseling.



  • Treatment: We will use proven Eastern medicine alternatives (for both female and male fertility concerns) including safe and effective acupuncture and herbal remedies. Throughout the process, we will work with your doctors to ensure a holistic approach that includes the best of both Eastern and Western medicine.



  • Strategy: You will receive a personalized strategy to successfully control stress and the anxiety hormones which diminish your chances of fertility—ultimately bringing you to a healthier, more relaxed state in which you are ready for conception.


In Vitro Fertilization

In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is the process of fertilizing an egg outside the body and then transferring it to the uterus. It is an extremely common procedure in Western medicine and its success rates can be good, especially for younger couples. However, it is complicated and expensive, and is far from a guaranteed method of achieving pregnancy, particularly for women over age 40.

Because IVF is expensive and complex, yet does not always guarantee results, a growing number of IVF specialists have begun to explore the effectiveness of adding acupuncture and herbal medicine, creating an integrated approach to fertility. The results have been quite good. For example, in a scientific study of 160 women getting IVF, researchers from the Christian Lauritzen Institute in Germany found that acupuncture during pre-op and post-op sessions improved the odds of conceiving. They discovered that the treatments relax the uterus and reduce the contractions that can hinder a successful embryonic implant.

We will always work with your IVF specialist to create a complete and holistic treatment plan that maximizes your chances for successful implantation. If desired, we will continue to work with you and your doctors throughout the pregnancy to maximize your health and well-being, as well as that of your unborn baby. As the time for delivery draws near, we can also help improve your comfort and prepare your body for childbirth.

Male Fertility Concerns

Research has shown that great strides have been made in improving men’s reproductive health using acupuncture and herbal remedies to treat prostate issues, sperm motility and sperm count, erectile dysfunction, libido, and many other issues. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you suffer from any of these common concerns. We will work with you and your doctor to design and implement an integrative treatment plan that maximizes your health and your ability to father children.

Products and Supplements

Our website products page features helpful herbal preparations, vitamins, minerals, and supplements for you to consider. All are guaranteed to be of the purest clinical quality. If you live in the Los Angeles area, we invite you to visit one of our clinics for personalized recommendations based on your own unique health profile. However, fast and free shipping is also available.

Located in Pacific Palisades, with satellite clinics in Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, and Beverly Hills, Thumos Health Center offers patients exceptional personalized care. If you are ready to take the first steps toward a more integrative approach to your health care, we invite you to phone 310-927-2792 to schedule an appointment at any of our Los Angeles locations. Our highly knowledgeable and friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have.

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