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Please note this course is no longer approved for California acupuncture CEUs.

If you need live California acupuncture CEUs, check out our upcoming live webinars and for on-demand distance courses approved by California, please visit our CAB approval page.

We chose not to renew this course for California Acupuncture CEUs. However, this course is approved by other CEU regulatory bodies.  Please check our approved by tab for approval details.


This online course presents a comprehensive approach to treating patients with declining ovarian reserve. In the past, it has been assumed that women with declining ovarian function cannot get pregnant or that they should consider donor eggs. In fact, there are many reversible factors that can cause premature ovarian failure. There are also strategies that can be used to improve ovarian function in women with advanced maternal age. This online course covers the causes and treatment strategies for improving ovarian reserve.

Course Overview

  • Overview of Ovarian Reserve and how it is determined from a Western and Chinese Medicine perspective.
  • Discussion of etiological factors based on a review of current research.
  • Identifying etiological factors in your patients using specialized Chinese Medicine diagnostic procedures.
  • Overview of current research on Chinese Medicine and its ability to improve ovarian function.
  • Customizing a strategy for improving ovarian function.
  • Review of protocols for identifying the most optimal acupuncture, herbal, nutritional and dietary treatments for your patients
  • Case management and prognostic factors

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  • Introduction & Physiology– Overview of Western concepts of ovarian function and measuring reserves.
  • Discussion of the physiology of folliculogenesis: recruitment, signaling molecules,
  • Discussion of factors influencing recruitment: environmental factors, dietary, lifestyle, genetics.
  • Discussion of how Western Medicine defines poor ovarian reserve –FSH, E2, LH, P4, Inhibin B
  • Understanding what the tests really mean.
  • Pathogenesis of Ovarian dysfunction leading to poor ovarian reserve
  • Overview of research on toxicological factors affecting ovarian function: internal and external factors.
  • Overview of immunological factors affecting ovarian function: discussion of specific microorganisms
  • Overview of genetic factors affecting ovarian function
  • Overview of emotional factors and physiological bases for the interference with ovarian function
  • Overview of the influence of dietary and lifestyle factors on ovarian function
  • Overview of the concept of Jing and the use of the divergent, 8 extra meridians and luo channels to affect jing.
  • Advanced diagnostic procedures for working with poor ovarian dysfunction.
  • Overview of specialized diagnostic procedures to identify causes and develop effective treatment plans.
  • Review of pulses (both radial and non-radial), palpation, auricular diagnostic procedures and tongue qualities.
  • Demonstration of Diagnostic Procedures
  • Taking live cases to demonstrate how to go through a diagnostic algorhythm using the techniques learned in the previous session.
  • Developing effective treatment plans
  • How to choose the most appropriate modalities.
  • Research on acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition and their effects on ovarian function (genetic, cardiovascular, immunological, etc.).
  • Discussion of needling techniques and point selection for improving ovarian function and how to determine whether the points you want to use will be effective.
  • Ovarian restoration Diet
  • Case studies to demonstrate how to combine diagnosis and treatment.
  • Closing comments
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Dr. Brandon Horn, PhD, JD, LAc, FABORM is a lecturer, researcher and clinician. He received his bachelor's and juris doctorate degrees from the Ohio State University, his master's degree in oriental medicine from Samra University and his PhD in classical Chinese medicine from the American University of Complementary Medicine, where he currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer.

Brandon is a recognized authority in the fields of infertility and gynecology. He has publications in journals such as Fertility & Sterility, Alternative Therapies in Women's Health, Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Journal of Chinese Medicine. He lectures both in the United States and internationally on topics such as the treatment of women with poor ovarian quality, the use of acupuncture to improve uterine receptivity, the use of acupuncture in support of in-vitro fertilization, and integrative approaches to the treatment and management of autoimmune conditions. Venues have included Columbia University, UCLA, LAC + USC Medical Center (Grand Rounds) and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Grand Rounds).

In researching how to help couples have healthy babies, Brandon developed an interest in fetal development and pediatrics. He currently serves as Clinical Supervisor and Deputy Director of the acupuncture program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Brandon is also on faculty at UCLA Medical School.

Brandon also offers the following online courses through Pro D Seminars
• Acupuncture strategies to dramatically improve IVF success (12 CEU/PDA)
• Optimizing Ovarian Reserve (10 CEU/PDA)

$250.00 USD

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I was particularly very impressed by the information presented by Brandon. He links these western medicine concepts very well with chinese medicine protocols and forces you to think outside of the box. I thoroughly enjoyed this seminar.

It was really long....many hours, especially if you ever paused for any reasons. Maybe a little alert to how many actual hours the course contains would be helpful before purchase, or even after, but somewhere that it could be easily read without having to click on each module.
However, the course was great! Seriously, these phrases are overused, but they are all that will do; it was quite mind blowing and I would say "next level!" Brandon & Wendy are probably some of the smartest, most integrated current day practitioners of acupuncture and herbal medicine that I have heard in a long time.
~ Kara

Learning a lot, thanks!

Depth of presented information and research both impressive and quite useful.

~ Jenny

This was a fascinating and very useful course.
~ Jeffrey

I would have liked more case studies at the end and more on specific acupuncture point combinations/herbs but overall it was a great seminar and I learned so much about the biochemistry of fertility.

I felt that there is an enormous amount of material covered in this course and that I will need to continue training in order to be able to really integrate it into my practice. The treatment section and much of the herb theory is unfamiliar to me. So it was nice to have examples, but I am just not familiar with the treatment approach and it is very different from what I have been taught. And, the way that herbs were utilized in the treatment example is also far from how I use herbal remedies to promote fertility. So, all in all, good for me to be exposed to different approaches. I also feel that Brandon and Wendy can be overly academic and then quickly switch to a very philosophical approach without warning. So, it seems as if they are very clinical in how they apply Chinese medicine to the Western physiological approach to diagnostics and then we get a little Chinese medicine mixed in. I guess I would love to see them at work because this is very appealing to me.

Branden and Wendy were clear and concise in their delivery. Excellent Power Point and diagrams

One of most favorite courses through Pro D. A wealth of knowledge clearly taught-can't wait for more Brandon and Wendy courses. ~ Helen

I am so impressed with the detail of this course and the way that Brandon and Wendy make ties between Oriental Medicine and Conventional Medicine concepts. It is very well researched and organized, with lots of practical suggestions.
~ Genevieve