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Fertility Treatments at Sun Acupuncture 
We’ve helped dozens of couples with their fertility needs over the past 6 years here at Sun Acupuncture. Whether it’s starting a family or adding to the family, acupuncture is a great choice to get you there!
We can treat many common issues causing infertility such as: Irregular periods, miscarriages, male factor issues, pcos, low ovarian reserve, amenorrhea, etc.
Many of these common issues can be remedied quite easily with acupuncture and Chinese medicine to allow for natural pregnancy. Enjoy this amazing tutorial video on how fertility acupuncture works!
We also work in conjunction with ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) specialists . If your fertility goals involve ART, we can work alongside your reproductive endocrinologist to help increase your fertility percentage chances. Here is a link to many of the local ART clinics.
We treat both female and male fertility issues, after all, it takes two to make a baby! And as much as 40% of all fertility issues are problems due to the male side of it.  Treating both parties can bring the couple closer together and make for an enjoyable journey to pregnancy.
Dr. Brian Grosam is extensively trained in gynecology and is a fellow of ABORM (American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine), a group comprising of the top acupuncture and Chinese medicine specialists from around the globe working in the field of fertility.
We will work with you during every step of your fertility journey, including providing you and your partner helpful steps in areas of understanding your hormone levels & blood panels, diet & nutrition, prenatal vitamins, stress reduction, lifestyle & habit modifications, and work & rest management.
If you know close friends, family members, or work colleagues that are trying to have a baby, please pass on our contact information and have them set up a free fertility consultation […]

Assisted Reproductive Therapy Fertility Centers in Minnesota

Finding the right fertility specialist can be difficult. It may be just a matter of finding the person with the right chemistry for you. Here is a list of the ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) clinics in the Twin Cities in no particular order:
• Center for Reproductive Medicine & Advanced Reproductive technologies
• Reproductive Medicine & Infertility Associates
• Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine
• The Midwest Center for Reproductive Health
• OGI (OB•Gyn & Infertility)
• International Assisted Reproductive Center
• OBGYN West
And if you are looking for an alternative to the high cost of ART, you may want to contact Dr. Paul Magarelli in Colorado who offers the same treatments but at an more affordable cost: High Quality Affordable Fertility Centers

Treating PCOS with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a relatively common ovulatory disorder we see in the clinic. Although sometimes multifaceted and complex, it is oftentimes easily treatable with the acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas.

PCOS is a diagnosis made in the clinic based on manifestations. A woman with at least two of the following symptoms meets the diagnosis: 1.) Ultrasound showing polycystic ovary morphology; 2.) Infrequent, irregular or no ovulation, cycles longer than 35 days, or fewer than 9 periods per year; 3.) Hirsutism or unwanted hair growth, acne, male pattern hair loss, or high androgen levels from blood tests.

In the clinic, it is very important to look at many aspects of PCOS to gain a better understanding of the individual and to tailor proper treatment, including: Genetics, epigenetics, uterine and early life factors, androgens and folliculogenesis, insulin resistance, stress, age, and metabolism.

Your Western medicine practitioner will treat PCOS from these few common angles, including: Weight loss, oral contraception, metformin, clomid, gonadotrophins, statins, or surgery. Different approaches will be taken based on the individual and what the health goals are, for instance: regulating the period, fertility based, or if there are more serious health risks.

In Chinese medicine, our treatments are focused on a holistic approach. From a full intake and based on past and present symptoms, we treat PCOS from a variety of angles to help regulate the menstrual cycle and promote healthy ovulation. The main goal is to eliminate the cause of cyst formation, promote healthy egg growth and ovulation, promote healthy blood flow for a regulated period, while at the same time, reducing stress, and strengthening the metabolism.

Whether you are in the category of PCOS with weight gain, or the category of PCOS without weight gain, if you have irregular periods, […]

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Prenatal Vitamins

Besides a sound, well-balanced, and clean diet, proper exercise, rest, and mind/body balance, vitamins are a necessary requirement for women wishing to conceive and who are already pregnant.

Optimal intake of: Zinc, selenium, manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, iodine, calcium, chromium, boron, vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E, folic acid, and essential fatty acids are essential.

Most OTC prenatal vitamins have these essential components, however, choosing the best one for you can be overwhelming. I suggest visiting a local co-op or natural food store to purchase vitamins in general. The quality and manufacturing can be more trustworthy. The downfall is they may be more expensive, but it’s good to spend for quality when it comes to healthy babies.

The three main prenatal vitamin lines sold in our area are: Rainbow Light, New Chapter, and Garden of Life Vitamin Code. Within these lines they do have sub-brands or specialty brands of prenatal vitamins. We cannot discuss all of the subtleties here today.

Here are four important factors to consider:

Are you looking for any of the following: Untreated and unadulterated, organic, 100% natural, free of preservative & additives, fillers, binders, colors, flavors, and sweeteners, and free of gluten, soy, dairy/lactose, yeast, eggs, nuts, fish or shellfish or 100% vegetarian.

What additional components are you seeking? Many prenatal vitamin lines include many helpful herbs and supplements to their formulas including: Antioxidants, enzymes, fruits, vegetables, and other western and eastern medicinal herbal products.

Manufacturing Practices: Purity, certified organic, allergen free, high packaging standards.

How well does your body handles the vitamins? If your digestion becomes disrupted from prenatal vitamins, including gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea or morning sickness, you can try taking them on a full stomach, try a different time of day, or switch brands. You should […]

Effective Treatment Protocols

• Understand your patient!
• Understand the symptoms!
• Understand the severity!
• Understand the effectiveness of your treatments!
“50% – 20% – 20% – 10%” Rule
• 50%: Patients will naturally respond to acupuncture treatments with full efficacy results.
• 20%: Patients will respond slower and more gradual and will need acupuncture prescription modifications.
• 20%: Patients will need long treatment courses, herbs, and lifestyle changes.
• 10%: Patients will not respond to Chinese medicine.

“Mild – Moderate – Severe” Rule
1.) Quantity: based on severity and duration of symptoms:
• Mild Conditions: (3-6 Tx).
• Moderate Conditions: (6-12 Tx).
• Severe Conditions: (12-24+ Tx).
• Short Duration/Acute Conditions: (3-12 Tx).
• Long Duration/Chronic Conditions: (12-24+ Tx).
2.) Frequency: based on severity and duration of symptoms:
• Mild Conditions: (1 Tx/wk).
• Moderate Conditions: (1-2 Tx/wk).
• Severe Conditions: (2 Tx/wk).
• Short Duration/Acute Conditions: (2 Tx/wk).
• Long Duration/Chronic Conditions: (1 Tx/wk).
3.) Every individual person is different.
• Every individual will respond uniquely to acupuncture based on your particular lifestyle, diet, exercise, work, and sleep habits.
• Emotional, environmental and genetic factors will also play a role and are a necessary consideration.

Treatment Schedule
1.) Set up acupuncture protocol based on diagnosis.
2.) Give the patient a predetermined set amount of treatments based on severity.
3.) Continue treatments if there are changes in: Severity, Duration, or Frequency of symptoms.
4.) If there are no changes, modify acupuncture prescription and repeat.
5.) Once the patient’s symptoms are manageable and controlled (within quality of life parameters), start spacing out the treatments or start maintenance treatments.
6.) If there are no changes after set amount of treatments, add herbal prescriptions and suggest lifestyle modifications.

“Constant changing of […]

Fertility and Food

Here is a link to wonderful and comprehensive review of a healthy diet plan to optimize your fertility!

Fertility & Diet

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Treatment for Men’s Sexual, Reproductive and Uro-Genital Health

Sun Acupuncture is dedicated in helping men with their reproductive, sexual, and uro-genital health. Whether it’s erectile dysfunction, poor sperm parameters, or urinary issues, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can provide excellent support for men in these areas.

American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine

Sun Acupuncture is pleased to announce that Dr. Brian Grosam is now a member of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM).

The ABORM is a dedicated group of acupuncture and Chinese medical professionals from around the world bringing the latest fertility and reproductive medicine research and current treatment strategies to their patients and the public.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Brian Grosam via email at Sun Acupuncture or by telephone at 952-935-0600 to learn more.

Preparation for IVF with Acupuncture

How can Chinese medicine and acupuncture help improve your IVF chances and percentages?

1. Increase blood supply (including oxygen and nutrients) to the testicles.

2. Increase blood supply (including oxygen and nutrients) to the follicles.

3. Improve ovarian function by regulating hormone levels (LH, testosterone, insulin).

4. Reduce stress hormones associated with reduced IVF success.

5. Increase oocyte mitochondrial ATP output.

6. Enhance follicle antioxidant defenses.

7. Improve follicle environment by reducing inflammatory cytokines.