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Conception is the beginning, the act of giving form to new life, to a person. This miraculous act of creation lays the foundation for pregnancy, the birth experience and the new baby’s quality of life.

Preconception Planning is often undervalued or overlooked unless a patient has difficulty conceiving, but the benefits go far beyond treating infertility. Numerous studies have shown that that if both parents improve their general health while avoiding common lifestyle factors and environmental hazards in the months preceding conception, they can greatly improve reproductive outcomes and avoid many complications during pregnancy that lead to medical interventions. Most important, by improving their own health, parents can improve the future health of their child and grandchild.

For over a decade Keith Bell has been helping women and couples create personalized Holistic Preconception Plans addressing not only the physical aspect of each person but also their mental, emotional and spiritual health. As well as any imbalances in relationships including: relationship with self, family, work and community. Holistic Preconception Planning & Care helps patients conceive consciously, laying the foundation for a healthy pregnancy and joyful birth experience.

In this course the practitioner will learn how to effectively integrate holistic preconception planning into their TCM/acupuncture practice. Keith Bell will not only teach the step-by-step approach to creating a preconception plan for your patients, but you’ll learning how to determine a patient’s readiness and willingness to make important lifestyle changes. You’ll also learn how to best utilize a patients western diagnosis, laboratory testing and Functional Medicine approaches. Plus, Keith will offer valuable tools for marketing the value of preconception planning in your clinic.


  • What is Holistic Preconception Planning?
  • Why preconception planning is important and when it should start
  • What the Classical Chinese Medicine texts say
  • Other Eastern Classical texts and preconception/conception

Why is Preconception Planning Neglected in Western Society?

  • Recent research on womb ecology & health and how it relates to Classical/TCM theory
  • Holistic vs Reductionist approach to preconception planning and how it relates to TCM
  • History of Holistic theory in the West
  • How Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine support holistic theory

History of Conscious Conceptions Preconception Planning Program

  • Integration of Classical/TCM with Functional Medicine and Mind-Body Medicine
  • Shift from the treatment of infertility to optimal fertility
  • Clarification of terms: Integrative, Complementary, Alternative
  • Whole medical systems and how Classical/TCM fits

Define a Conscious Conception

  • Terms: Attention, Intention, Clarity, and Confusion, and how these states of consciousness affect Qi, Blood, and Shen

Clinical Evaluation and Practical Treatment Strategies in Holistic Preconception Planning

  • Accessing readiness of the patient
  • Determining imbalances in the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and interconnected self
  • Form personalized treatment plans based on Classical/TCM constitutional analysis and Functional Medicine testing
  • When to utilize functional medicine, laboratory testing, and western diagnosis
  • Seven useful Functional Medicine tests for the TCM clinic
  • Practical treatment strategies to optimize balance and fertility, addressing the patient holistically
  • Wellness plans utilizing acupuncture, Chinese herbs, lifestyle counseling, TCM nutrition, and mind-body medicine techniques

The assessment of common conditions that affect fertility utilizing TCM and Functional Medicine diagnostics, then, treating these conditions with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, medical foods, and vitamins and supplements including:

  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Vulvodynia
  • Amenorrhea
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • PCOS
  • Ovarian cysts

A word about “The Pill” and long term usage of hormonal birth control  

  • TCM perspective
  • Functional Medicine approach
  • How to assess imbalances, or possible damage, from hormonal birth control utilizing Functional Medicine testing
  • Studies to support how “The pill” affects a person holistically
  • Remedying imbalances from long term usage of hormonal birth control

Suggestions on implementing Holistic Preconception Planning into an established practice

  • One year outline utilizing both classical/TCM and Functional Medicine
  • Marketing strategies

Summary, Question and Answers, Program Worksheet, and Quiz

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R. Keith Bell, MSOM, DIPL Ac, LAc. A native Virginian, R. Keith Bell is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Holistic Health. He has spent over 20 years studying and practicing the healing arts and Oriental medicine. In 2000, Keith opened Oriental Medicine Specialists, the first medical clinic in Richmond to offer the full scope of Oriental medicine, including acupuncture and Chinese Herbology.

OMS is now Richmond's premier Holistic Health Center and in 2005 Keith expanded his practice to include his Conscious Conceptions Program, the first comprehensive holistic fertility program in our area. Keith is also committed to bringing education and inspiration to Richmond. He co-created and produced the Mid-Atlantic Holistic Health Conference in 2003 and 2004 which brought world renowned experts on holistic health to Richmond. Pioneers like, Keith's personal friend and mentor Joan Borysenko, PhD; Larry Dossey, MD and wife Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN; and world renown scientist Candace Pert, PhD.

In 2005, Keith began working extensively with James Madison University, developing and teaching new courses that brought holistic theory to several programs. Keith also welcomes Residents from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Medicine into his clinic, providing supervision and offering our next generation of doctors firsthand experience with Holistic medicine. In the coming months Keith will be presenting more classes and workshop for the general public while he continues to provide quality health care to our community.

If you are interested in having Keith speak to your class or community group, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment, please give his office a call. They'll be happy to help you. R. Keith Bell was also one of the international speakers at the 2015 Integrative Fertility Symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia.



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Course Reviews

This was a very interesting course and I love the idea of working with people over a longer period of time. I have also found the "3-month" paradigm to be a stressful expectation for my self and the patient. I did feel that Keith has such a rich background in a wide range of spiritual topics and disciplines, I don't feel that I would be able to apply that aspect of the program in the same way or converse with patients in that vein as deeply.

I would have appreciated more links and resources included with the slides, both for people who want to delve deeper into some of the spiritual topics that he mentions and also for the various studies that he mentions, links would be helpful. ~ Naomi

Great course. Good content and straightforward delivery. I'm looking forward to hearing Keith speak more at the IFS this spring ~ Lauren

Fantastic content and love Keith's explanation and intention in his pre conception planning and love how it takes the pressure away from the '3 months' of fertility prep that I have found to be very stressful for both the client and the practitioner.

Great Course. I would love to have him teach another one on how to set up this types of program.

Keith Bell's approach to the work of preconception care is refreshing. I appreciated his candour in sharing his methods.

Useful and thought-provoking course. Really enjoyed it and will be able to carry over into my practice.
~ Dorothy

I really loved this class! I talk with my patients about preparing for pregnancy all of the time; but this class gave me a much better format to use, and I look forward to doing so!

What a great course. So much to learn and so much to implement to build a practice.
~ Karen

This was a VERY informative course. The information about Functional Medicine, lab tests, and how he manages them with patients, was helpful.
~ Lisa

This course was incredibly helpful, a great beginning to start differentiating what work we do with infertility, and what we can do earlier to help prevent many of the problems that women encounter when they are actively trying to conceive.
~ Julie