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Blossom Clinic Team Job Opportunity

Blossom Clinic is seeking one more natural health practitioner to round out our team of excellent clinicians.

Blossom Clinic is looking for one more natural health practitioner to join the Blossom Clinic team. We are open to all modalities, as long as you practice under the Women’s Health specialty.

Are you looking for a joyful work environment where you can make a real difference as an integral member of a team? Are you a passionate person and a self-starter? Do you want to grow your business under the umbrella of a well-established natural health clinic?

Summary: Provides Naturopathic, Chinese Medicine, Massage, Therapy or other services as an independent contractor at a well-known natural healthcare clinic in NE Portland. We are a fee-for-service clinic and do not directly accept insurance. We currently provide acupuncture, herbs, naturopathic medicine, nutrition, and massage.

This is a great opportunity for someone with an established practice who would like a second location OR would like to move their practice to a better location. We treat primarily female clients and have a lot of fertility and pregnant clientele. We want to increase our offerings and have more appointments available for our clients.

Pay: This is an Independent Contractor position with percentage retained based on years of experience.

Hours available: Please email us to find out the hours we have available. Let us know if you would like one or two rooms at a time. Mimimum 20 hours/ week required.

Required: At least five years experience treating patients in your field.

Are you qualified for this position and interested in being part of the Blossom Clinic team? E-mail your resume and a brief cover letter describing your qualifications to theblossomclinic@gmail.com

It is highly recommended that you visit our website and blog for more information about our clinic before you get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

Blossom Clinic is a natural health clinic in Portland Oregon with a focus on Women's Health, Fertility and Pregnancy .

Blossom Clinic is a natural health clinic in Portland Oregon with a focus on Women’s Health, Fertility and Pregnancy. We are seeking one more practitioner to complete our team.

Blossom Spring Giveaway Winners Announced!

We are so excited about our Spring 2014 Giveaway and we are ready to announce the winners! This year, in addition to giving away sessions with practitioners from Blossom Clinic, we have gathered fabulous prizes from some of our favorite local businesses here in Portland. It is always our goal to help you feel fantastic from the inside-out and that is the theme for this fabulous giveaway! PLEASE CONTACT US TO PICK UP YOUR PRIZE AT BLOSSOM AS DESCRIBED IN THE ENTRY RULES.

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IVF Tips for Patients: Top Ten Things to Do

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Liz Richards, L.Ac., MAcOM has been treating fertility patients with Traditional Chinese Medicine in Portland, OR since 2002.  Here are ten IVF tips based on her clinical experience with patients receiving acupuncture at Blossom Clinic while undergoing IVF at Oregon Reproductive Medicine

acupuncture portland oregon1. Begin acupuncture treatments right away:

As a general rule, the way you treat your body three months prior to trying to conceive is more important than anything you can do right now to boost your fertility and increase your chances of getting pregnant. This has been a clinical observation of mine for years, and I am lucky enough to have colleagues who are now documenting this statistically with clinical research.

Most of our patients visit us weekly, and as they reach their goals, the visits taper down. We recommend a minimum of three menstrual cycles of treatment for both women’s and men’s fertility support.

To find the practitioner that is right for you, here are some things to look for in a fertility acupuncturist: Continue reading

“Fertility Help, the Natural Way”: Liz Richards, L.Ac. and Lori Reising, LMT of Blossom Clinic in NW Kids Magazine

 

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Liz Richards, L.Ac. and Lori Reising, LMT of Blossom Clinic are interviewed on pages 18-20 of the May 2013 NW Kids Magazine

 

Click here to read “Fertility Help, the Natural Way”, an article by Jenny Duvander in NW Kids May 2013 issue (page 18 & 20).

She discusses the importance of acupuncture, nutrition, massage and relaxation for those trying to conceive.  If you have been diagnosed with infertility or will be getting your body ready for pregnancy, this is a great resource.

Acupuncture Reviews for Blossom Clinic in Portland, OR


Acupuncture Reviews for Blossom Clinic

Fertility Enhancement:

Just What we needed!!!. My wife and I had been trying for some time to get pregnant to no avail. We decided to look into the Acupuncture route for increased fertility, At a friends suggestion (who had enjoyed success using their service ) we went to Blossom. Today we heard our soon to be babies heartbeat for the first time!! Our experience at Blossom was professional , pleasant and informative , and most important of all SUCESSFUL!! Big Thanks to all the staff at Blossom! CM

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Interview with Liz Richards, Owner of Blossom Clinic, Portland, Oregon

Where did you come up with the name “Blossom”?
Blossom has a special connotation to me personally as a women’s heath practitioner.  Being a woman is all about transformation and growth Continue reading

Male Infertility and Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon

male infertility acupunctureMuch of fertility is focused around women, however not all infertility is due to the womanʼs body.   Many procedures that women undergo can be costly and invasive, all the more reason to look at the male to make sure he is also healthy.  Being aware of male reproductive capacities is an important part of increasing your chance of conceiving.  There are some simple but effective actions that men can take to increase their chance of success.  Male fertility is measured by sperm number, quality and motility.  Sperm takes around 90 days to develop from creation to ejaculation so treatment is a long-term plan that requires consistency.

Pre-natal vitamins for men?

One simple action for men is to take a multi vitamin that includes anti-oxidants like zinc and selenium.  Zinc is important for sperm count and motility while selenium helps with motility.  Food sources of these vitamins include nuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds for zinc and brazil nuts for selenium.  Vitamin C has benefits for it’s antioxidant effects especially in smokers who have agglutination (think sticky) problems (i.).  Also, essential fatty acids are beneficial for membrane quality and energy production. Continue reading

Embryo Transfer Acupuncture in Portland

embryo transfer Acupuncture on the Day of Embryo Transfer: I have been utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine to support patients undergoing IVF since 2002 and I feel it is an honor to be a part of this very important time in a couple’s life. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been used for thousands of years to treat fertility related issues.  Today, modern acupuncturists are successfully using the medicine in conjunction with Western medical techniques.

Typically, acupuncture treatment commences at least three months before injections begin. This three month period allows for more time to touch upon the other elements of Chinese Medicine, including nutrition therapy, stress reduction, relaxation techniques, and herbal therapy. Acupuncture can also improve sperm quality in men[i], so beginning treatment early allows for a complete cycle of spermatogenesis, which takes approximately 72 days.

Research supporting acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer:

Acupuncture in conjunction with IVF became popular after a research study in 2002 reported that receiving acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer increased the rate of pregnancy by 50%[ii].  This particular protocol consists of two acupuncture treatments, one immediately preceding the embryo transfer, and one upon completion of the transfer.  This treatment stimulates the autonomic nervous system and from an energetic viewpoint, relaxes the muscles of the uterus, calms the mind, and increases the flow of Qi, or energy, in the uterus[iii].  Acupuncture can also help increase blood flow to the uterus and increases circulation in the pelvis[iv].  It can stimulate endorphins[v] to reduce stress, help to regulate hormones, as well as stimulate follicular development[vi].

What does acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer entail?

On the day of the transfer I will meet my patient at the fertility clinic 45 minutes before the scheduled embryo transfer time.  In Portland, Oregon, where I practice, the fertility clinics are very familiar with the protocol and are welcoming to acupuncturists.  Sometimes when I attend a transfer, I will see one to two other acupuncturists there.  It is no secret that having extra support on that day makes a difference.

The day of the embryo transfer during an IVF cycle is crucial.  It is the culmination of many emotions and people are usually experiencing a mix of excitement and anxiety.  If a woman has had a negative experience with a prior IVF cycle, or there are increased work demands and financial concerns around an IVF cycle, she may experience increased levels of fear, worry, and stress.  Research shows a correlation between increased levels of stress and a lower number of fertilized eggs, successful pregnancies, and live births[vii] (just that fact alone is enough to cause severe stress).  Acupuncture can help reduce stress, but I often refer patients out for psychological support and/or group therapy as part of the treatment plan.  Group therapy, in particular, has been shown to decrease stress levels and improve pregnancy success rates in couple undergoing IVF[viii].  In addition, a treatment plan may include massage or the incorporation of relaxation techniques to facilitate stress reduction.  This is a key reason why it is important to begin treatment as soon as possible before the transfer.

Adjunct therapy for IVF patients preparing for their embryo transfer:

Adjunct therapy also may include a session with a naturopath, especially if the woman’s Body Mass Index is too high or too low.  Obesity has been associated with sub-fertility[ix] and decreased IVF success[x].  Being underweight can also decrease fertility, by being low in nutrients, such as healthy fats, iron, B-vitamins and zinc.  The importance of nutritional therapy cannot be stressed enough.  According to TCM practitioner & holistic nutritionist, Rylen Feeney, “Whole foods, rich in protein, fats, vitamins and minerals are essential to creating life.   A woman’s body must be taking in adequate nutrient dense foods that not only sustain her own vitality but also create enough nutrients to make healthy viable eggs, to create healthy blood and tissues to nourish uterus for implantation, to sustain the pregnancy, and to contribute to rich milk following birth”.

Where do you find an acupuncturist skilled in acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer?

A simple conversation with a practitioner of Chinese Medicine will give you a good idea if they are the right fit for you.  When looking for an acupuncturist, it is important to ask them the following questions:

  1. Are you licensed acupuncturist and certified in herbology? It is best to find someone who has had comprehensive training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, including herbology.  Usually this practitioner is someone with at least a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine.
  2. Do you have experience working with women and men with fertility concerns?  Have you attended embryo transfers before? Do you have a specialty? I would recommend finding someone who treats women’s health concerns as opposed to someone who, say, treats only musculoskeletal issues.  You might want to ask your OB/Gyn, RE, or an acupuncturist in another specialty if they have any recommendations for an acupuncturist.
  3. Do you have access to other treatment modalities besides acupuncture?  Often a place that provides massage therapy, group sessions, and nutrition consults will provide a more comprehensive treatment plan.  But an acupuncturist with a good referral network is a great place to start.

Liz Richards, L.Ac. is an acupuncturist who has been seeing fertility patients in Portland, Oregon since 2002.  She is owner of Blossom Clinic, an integrative health clinic with a focus on women’s health and well-being.  She can be reached at theblossomclinic@gmail.com.


[i] Siterman S, Eltes F, Wolfson V, Zabludovsky N, Bartoov B. Effect of acupuncture on sperm parameters of males suffering from subfertility related to low sperm quality. Arch Androl. 1997;39:155-161.

[ii] Paulus, WE, Zhang M, Strehler E, El-Danasouri I, Sterzik K..Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy. Fertil Steril. 2002 Apr;77(4):721-4.

[iii] Patton PE, Eaton D, Burry KA, Wolf DP. The use of gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist to regulate oocyte retrieval time. Fertil Steril. 1990; 54:652-655.

[iv] Stener-Victorin E, Waldenstrom U, Andersson SA, Wikland M. Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture. Hum Reprod. 1996;11:1314-1317.

[v] Chang, R., Chung P.H., Rosenwaks Z. Fertil Steril.  2002 Dec; 78 (6): 1149-1153.

[vi] Emmons, S., Patton, P. Acupuncture treatment for infertile women undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Medical Acupuncture Journal. Spring/Summer 2000-Vol. 12 / Number 2.

[vii] Cohen Klonoff-Cohen H, Natarajan L. The concerns during assisted reproductive technologies (CART) scale and pregnancy outcomesFertil Steril. 2004 Apr;81(4):982-8.

[viii] The Domar Center at Boston. Oct. 19, 2009 study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s 65th Annual Meeting.

[ix] Van der Steeg JW, Steures P, et al. Obesity affects spontaneous pregnancy chances in subfertile, ovulatory women. Hum Reprod. 2008 Feb;23(2):324-8. Epub 2997 Dec 11.

[x] Bellver J, Ayllón Y, Ferrando M, Melo M, Goyri E, Pellicer A, Remohí J, Meseguer M. Fertil Steril. 2010 Feb;93(2):447-54. Epub 2009 Jan 26.

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Male Infertility and Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon

Much of fertility is focused around the women, however not all infertility is due to the womenʼs body.   Many procedures that women undergo can be costly and invasive, all the more reason to look at the male to make sure he is also healthy.  Being aware of male reproductive capacities is an important part of increasing your chance of conceiving.  There are some simple but effective actions that men can take to increase their chance of success.  Male fertility is measured by sperm number, quality and motility.  Sperm takes around 90 days to develop from creation to ejaculation so treatment is a long-term plan that requires consistency.

Pre-natal vitamins for men?

One simple action for men is to take a multi vitamin that includes zinc and selenium.  Zinc is important for sperm count and motility while selenium helps with motility.  Food sources of these vitamins include nuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds for zinc and brazil nuts for selenium.  Vitamin C has benefits for it’s antioxidant effects especially in smokers who have agglutination (think sticky) problems (i.).  Also, essential fatty acids are beneficial for membrane quality and energy production.

Lifestyle

Men can also make lifestyle choices men that can help prevent interruption to their sperm production and health.   Testicular temperature above 96 degrees farenheit may compromise sperm production. The testes are on the outside of the body because they need a lower temperature to produce healthy sperm.   Avoiding tight clothes and underwear, as well saunas and excessive exercise help keep the testes at an acceptable temperature.  Also, get the laptops out of your laps.  Between the radiation and the heat it is best to have a barrier between you and your computer.  Cut out the big four: drugs, alcohol, smoking and caffeine all effect sperm production and health.  Acupuncture is a great way to support you if you need help to quit smoking or to detox from other substances.

Men can also make lifestyle choices men that can help prevent interruption to their sperm production and health.   Testicular temperature above 96 degrees farenheit may compromise sperm production. The testes are on the outside of the body because they need a lower temperature to produce healthy sperm.   Avoiding tight clothes and underwear, as well saunas and excessive exercise help keep the testes at an acceptable temperature.  Also, get the laptops out of your laps.  Between the radiation and the heat it is best to have a barrier between you and your computer.  Cut out the big four: drugs, alcohol, smoking and caffeine all effect sperm production and health.  Acupuncture is a great way to support you if you need help to quit smoking or to detox from other substances.

Grocery Shopping

Become savvy about your food choices to fine tune your health and increase your chances of conceiving.   Whole foods, those foods typically found at the perimeter  of the grocery store, are more nutritious. When shopping choose organic fruits and vegetables to avoid pesticide residue.  Also, when buying meat pick animals that are hormone and antibiotic free.  Hydrogenated oils, are best avoided especially cottonseed oil which contains gossypol which may interfere with sperm production.(i.)    In fact, gossypol is being studied as a male contraceptive in other countries. (ii.)    Cottonseed oil, is in potato chips, salad dressings and other packaged food items so learn to read labels. Improving your eating habits as a couple makes changing your eating habits easier and supports you as a team.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

Chinese medicine including acupuncture and herbs can help with male fertility.  Traditionally, in China menʼs health and vitality were a focus to produce a male heir so it has been an important part of Chinese medicine for a long time. Regular acupuncture can help boost motility.  There is a traditional formula Wu Zi Yan Zong Wan or five seeds formula which is designed to help boost male fertility focusing on motility, quality and viscosity.  Another formula Hu Zhang Dan Shen Yin is designed to decrease anti- sperm antibodies a contributing factor to male infertility.  Conventional treatment is prednisone which has side effects like decreased sex drive.  Research shows that Hu Zhang Dan Shen Yin is as effective as conventional treatment. (iv.)  Lastly, for the man improving your health and vitality will help you feel better and to connect with your partner as you make this transition into parenthood.

For more information and a brief overview of male fertility visit this well laid out page by Spence Pentland and Lorne Brown.

Contributed by Jennie King, L.Ac. of Blossom Clinic, Portland, Oregon

References:

i. Dawson EB, Harris WA, McGanity WJ. Effect of ascorbic acid on sperm fertility. Fed
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ii. http://www.waystogetpregnantfast.com/male-infertiity/
iii. ContraceptionVolume 65, Issue 4, April 2002, Pages 259-263
iv. Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue. 2006 Aug;12(8): 750-5.

Contributed by Jennie King, L.Ac. of Blossom Clinic, Portland, Oregon