Reproductive Gynaecology and Infertility in Chinese and Western Medicine
Series of webinars starting friday, January 22, 2021
Céline Leonard, Michael Haeberle, Esther Denz
Based on the book "Female Infertility and Reproductive Gynaecology", a series of online webinars will take place regularly from the 22nd of January 2021. The authors Celine Leonard and Michael Haeberle, supported by Esther Denz, will guide you through this one-year seminar. They will give you a comprehensive understanding of the female cycle, infertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART) from the perspective of TCM including herbs and Western medicine.
The courses will take place once a month on a Friday evening between 5 and 8 pm MEZ
Before each lesson, except for the first one, there will be half an hour for questions on the previous topic. The following three hours will consist of one hour Western and two hours Chinese Medicine. While the courses will be presented in English, we try to subtitle the recorded lessons. Some slides will be shown in each webinar, but the book will be the main resource for the course.
Individual evenings can also be booked. One live course costs EUR 80, recorded seminars cost EUR 70.
Lesson 1, January 22, 2021
Introduction, Basic Theories and Core Strategies in TCM and MWM in Gynaecology and Infertility
The first webinar gives an overview of the reproductive process from the perspective of TCM and the western medicine. You will learn about the crucial role of the Kidney, the four phases of the female cycle as reproduced on the BBT and fundamental patterns of infertility that guide us in treatment strategies. The second part gives you an introduction to the biomedical examinations carried out for patients trying to conceive.
Lesson 2, February 26, 2021
Regulating the Cycle, Part One: Long, Short, Irregular, Menorrhagia, Scanty Menstruation, Prolonged Bleeding, Midcycle Bleeding
In this webinar you will learn how important regulating the cycle and menses is to the treatment of infertility. The first part will focus on treating during the period. Menstruation should be painless, without heavy, scanty, prolonged or clotted bleeding. We will then focus on treatment strageties for the Yue Jing Bing or common disorders of bleeding (listed above) as part of the overall strategy to treat those women trying to conceive.
Lesson 3, March 26, 2021
Regulating the Cycle, Part Two: Beng Lou / Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, Amenorrhea, Anorexia, Premenstrual Syndrome
In the second part of the discussion on the Yue Jing Bing, we discuss the treatment of dysfunctional uterine bleeding, amenorrhea and common presentations of PMS. Beng Lou is a disruption of the duration of bleeding, blood volume and cycle length, which needs to be corrected before a woman con conceive. Re-establishing a cycle and ovulation is also crucial for those women suffering amenorrhea. Commen patterns of distress before the period can also be an impediment to conceiving. Treating PMS is an important factor in helping a woman to success in trying to conceive and maintain a pregnancy.
Lesson 4, April 23, 2021
Dysmenorrhea, Endometriosis, Adenomyosis
Dysmenorrhea, endometriosis and adenomyosis cause pain and misery to many women and can disrupt their chances of conceiving. Differential diagnosis of pain before and during menstruation is very important and has a big influence on the treatment. While western medicine refers the pain to a strong and convulsive contraction of the uterus or an excessively thick endometrium, chinese medicine sees an imbalance in the transition from pre period abundance of qi and blood in the Chong and Ren to relative emptiness as the uterus sheds. In this webinar we will discuss how to treat these serious conditions successfully in the process of helping a woman to conceive.
Lesson 5, May 21, 2021
PCO Syndrome, Myoma, Benign Ovarian Cysts
PCO is one of the most common causes of infertility and can also lead to illness later in life. Myomas can cause substantial pain and bleeding and can complicate the process of trying to conceive. Recognising and treating benign ovarian cysts is often very important since they can arise spontaneously or as a side effect of ART treatments. In this webinar the lecturers will impart knowledge of various forms of ovarian cysts and how to treat them.
Lesson 6, June 18, 2021
Luteal Phase Defect, LUF Syndrome, Hyperprolactinemia
LPD is a very common, often underdiagnosed, condition which can make it difficult to conceive. The webinar will discuss how to detect and treat a luteal phase problem. What is a luteinised unruptured follicle syndrome and what does hyperprolactinemia have to do with the female cycle or infertility? On the sixth webinar we figure out the causes of these clinical patterns and how we can treat them.
Lesson 7, July 23 2021
Tubal Infertility, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Premature Ovarian Failure
Total fallopian tube infertility is very rare. There are different stages and causes of tubal obstruction. Accordingly, one has to assess each patient carefully in order to be able to assess whether to offer treatment and how to treat so as to help with the woman’s attempt to conceive. If a women under 40 has either an irregular cycle or amenorrhea with increased FSH levels or a regular cycle but reduced AMH levels, then diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) or premature ovarian failure (POF) must be considered. What does this mean in Chinese medicine? Is pregnancy still possible?
Lesson 8, September 24, 2021
Immune Infertility, Recurrent Miscarriage, Immune Related Miscarriage
Miscarriages and infertility caused by immunology is a relatively new field in the modern and Chinese medicine. In this lesson you will learn how to treat such an autoimmune imbalance and, if desired, how to achieve pregnancy or prevent miscarriages.
Lesson 9, October 22, 2021
Using Chinese Medicine to Support Assisted Reproductive Technology Treatment (ART), Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
Many couples trying to conceive, who have a history of unsuccessful attempts at intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), donor egg or frozen embryo transfer (FET) will seek help from Chinese medicine. They want to increase their chances of a successful pregnancy with herbs and acupuncture.
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome can occur with ART. What does it mean for the women and their treatment cycle?
Lesson 10, November 19, 2021
Pregnancy is a natural state. If the pregnant woman has only mild symptoms like tiredness and slight morning sickness, she does not need medical support. Often, however, she has struggled for a long time to get pregnant and needs support. This can lead to many fears and uncertainties, especially in the first few weeks. Chinese medicine has a long history of pregnancy support with sophisticated treatment for early pregnancy complications. Using Chinese medicine to support early pregnancy, relieve anxiety and prevent miscarriage is a crucial strategy for the first trimester of pregnancy.
Céline Leonard, Michael Haeberle, Esther Denz
Celine Leonard obtained a Ph.D from the University of California in 1984 and has a background in undergraduate and adult education. She qualified as an acupuncturist in 1987 and in chinese herbal medicine in 1999. Dr. Celine Leonard has been working at the Merrion Fertility Clinic in Dublin Ireland since 2002 and treats patients undergoing fertility treatment. She is an expert in acupuncture and herbalism. She completed the 2 year specialist course in TCM gynaecology in Zurich with Professor Yuning Wu. She wrote the book Female Infertility and Reproduction with Yuning Wu and colleagues.
Esther Denz completed a 6-year degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in California and graduated with a "Masters of Science TCM" at the "Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences". She has worked in her own practice since 1995, specializing in gynecology, fertility problems, pregnancy and birth support. Collaboration with the reproductive medicine specialists at Gyn A.R.T since 2003. Co-founder of the Zhong Institute, TCM teaching institute for midwives and gynecologists. Organizer of training courses in the field of reproductive medicine. Initiator and co-founder of LIAN CHINAHERB.
Dr. med. Michael Häberle studied human medicine in Berlin and Paris. He completed his practical training as a gynecologist over 18 years at the Baden Cantonal Hospital, most recently as a senior doctor. He has additional training in reproductive medicine and gynecological endocrinology.
Since 2001 Dr. med. Michael Häberle has worked in the practice group GYN A.R.T., Zurich. He is the author of a study on the integrative application of TCM in reproductive medicine.
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