"I decided to see an amazing acupuncturist, Dr. Julie Von (whom I give lots of credit for the baby currently occupying the better part of my torso), just to start getting things on the right track. I went to two sessions with her, started a round of herbs she prescribed, and about four weeks later (four months sooner than I’d hoped it would happen) I was knocked up."
“In western culture, we tend to see the world in too binary of a way,” says Dr. Von. “On or off, doing or not doing, trying to get pregnant or not trying, but fertility does not follow these rules. Your fertility is on a long continuum that begins with the onset of your period and ends at menopause. There are simple and profoundly effective practices which can help to protect and preserve fertility along the way.”
Holistic fertility doctor Dr. Julie Von sits with Hannah as they discuss how identifying our defining pillars is the first step to strengthening ourselves.
Dr. Von is a Manhattan-based holistic doctor who merges her medical education with intuition into a method called Psychic Fertility. Through her unconventional approach and wisdom, she has assisted countless couples and individuals in conceiving and carrying healthy children into the world.
"I work as a fertility coach with people all over the world to track their cycles and discuss the blocks they're having," says Von. "I become their advocate because it's dire when you're in it. I am on a crusade to change the way we talk about fertility."
According to Manhattan-based holistic doctor and acupuncturist Julie Von, for many women, over-exercising and calorie limitations only increase weight gain, especially if there are hormonal, adrenal, or thyroid issues. So to achieve weight loss, the body needs to be treated as a whole, which is what traditional Chinese medicine is all about—and acupuncture can play a big role.
"The Chinese herb Zhen Zhu — or crushed pearl — has been used for centuries as part of a more complex formula to treat acne," says Dr. Julie Von over email. Crushed pearls can help to flush toxins from the blood, ease itching, and eliminate rashes, hives, and pus-filled bumps, according to Livestrong.
Dr Julie sets the beams to flicker at a medium speed. The fastest setting, she explains, is a bit trippy, which some of her patients actually prefer, but as this is my first time we aim for a more relaxing experience. She also gives me an eye mask, applies a few dabs of essential oils (including one at my third eye center—the space between, and just above, the eyebrows) and a few strategically inserted acupuncture needles to help reduce stress—a widespread issue for New Yorkers, of course.
[Dr Julie Von] Offers acupuncture as well as crystal light bed therapy. Through these methods Julie Von is able to treat a wide range of health issues like depression, anxiety, infertility, and injuries throughout the body. Not only is the therapy itself relaxing but it could be the answer to whatever ailment you are facing AKA a happier you.
Prior to my treatment, Dr. Von and I talked about what was ailing me both emotionally and physically: I was emotionally fried from turbulence in my personal life, had barely slept in days, and suffering daily tension headaches due to teeth grinding. In short, I wasn't functioning, and Dr. Von clued me into the fact that I was living day-to-day like a slow, low-voltage short circuit fuse that could blow up in any moment.
Upon meeting my therapist, Dr. Julie Von — a celebrated acupuncturist and eastern medicine practitioner — I could tell she was one of those people you feel immediately connected to. She cut past small talk and asked me about my daily stresses, what was going on in my life, and if I had any deep questions I had been mulling over.
When a woman is stressed, her menstrual cycle can get out of whack. The hypothalamus, which is the center of the brain that regulates her endocrine system, can sense anxiety, and when it does, it can shut down and stop doing its job, which can then deregulate some of the hormones that trigger the ovaries to release an egg each month.
Dr Von explains, “ The problem of continuous treatment of a system, is that it doesn’t work. It doesn’t address the cause of the symptom.” However, this doesn’t mean that our symptoms are useless. In fact, just the opposite -- they give us opportunities to listen to our bodies for own self-care. In other words, “The beauty of a symptom is that it can lead you into an opportunity to rebalance. There are pathways and information out there that can allow you to explore the symptom,” says Dr. Von.
"Emotions are the energy before the matter. They serve as direct translators to our nervous systems and hormonal bodies. They protect us and keep us safe in times when threats and traumas from the environment happen so quickly that our rational mind can’t process and react fast enough."
“The transformation into motherhood is an incredibly powerful one. Your body’s physiology changes with pregnancy, and the postpartum period is a time of great re-calibration. The stress and demands of a small child, maintaining a healthy relationship, returning to work and trying to get back into pre-baby shape can all seem very overwhelming. But, there are some basic self care tips that will make all the difference in the postpartum period, and taking the time to implement them will positively affect your health far beyond the 4th trimester.”
“Period-related mood swings have become the stuff of legend, but they're definitely not something you have to accept — especially if they're bad. PMS that creates anxiety, depression, or fatigue is abnormal, Dr Julie Von tells me, and can indicate a hormonal imbalance. Whatever you do, don't wait 'til it gets worse."
“When it comes to inflammation, (especially as it relates to fertility), Dr. Julie Von, a Manhattan-based holistic doctor, is the woman you want to turn to. Not only do all of us have a certain degree of inflammation, she explains, but because the skin is a major detox organ, oftentimes skin disorders reflect internal inflammation. You might find that inflammation is manifested in hives, rosacea, eczema or acne.”
“Fertility doesn’t become important to you until, well, you’re trying to get pregnant. And for many of us, it’s extremely frustrating. You spend your entire life trying to avoid getting pregnant and then when you’re ready to start a family, it doesn’t come so easy. More and more women are having problems with fertility caused by advanced age, reproductive issues, or other health issues. But according to Dr Julie Von, a Manhattan-based holistic doctor specializing in fertility, ".
Sometimes the process of deciding to have a child, suffering from loss or infertility, or just preparing for pregnancy creates a feeling of isolation and confusion. It can be challenging to turn the experience into an empowered and healthy one. Using tools that help nourish and build receptive energy such as restorative yoga, meditation, and creativity connect you to the spiritual or unseen aspects of life.
The essential universal advice that holds true to everyone, when it comes to improving hormonal health through digestion and nutrition, is the necessity of cooking at home. Nourishing your body and spirit, requires time and self-care. When you slow down to care for yourself, digestion and hormonal balance improves.
Her “Psychic Fertility” method might sound controversial, but “it’s not as woo woo as it seems,” she promised. Instead, it’s simply a way for people who have been hyper-focused on getting pregnant to relax. Dr. Von urges patients to experience life without focusing full-time on pregnancy.
“It is very important to practice ways to ask for support and help during pregnancy that will extend to the post pregnancy period,” shares Dr. Julie Von, a Manhattan-based holistic doctor specializing in fertility. “Pregnancy is a wonderful time to practice teamwork. For many of us, who are geared toward individual accomplishment ... asking for help can be a huge transition.”
"The intestines and the uterus are literally neighbors and they share a very similar bio cellular make up, which means that sometimes they receive each other’s messages. Clearing inflammation and balancing pH, through diet, ensures that hormones and hormonal receptors make the correct connection."
“Got babies on the brain or just generally in awe of the fact that one human can grow another human inside them in just nine months? Us too. That’s why we sat down with Dr. Julie Von, aka: The Baby Whisperer.”