Why reproductive immunology?

As little as eight years ago, I still believed that there was such a thing as “unexplained infertility”. But, as always, my clients are my biggest teachers.

I have come to believe there are six building blocks to good fertility:
1. Mental health
2. Metabolic health
3. Hormonal health
4. Environmental health
5. Physical health (i.e. regular exercise)
6. Epigenetic health

But, another factor was missing from this list: immunological health. This building block is tied up with all of the other elements, which are both influencing and being influenced by the immune system.

I had a client who had taken care of the first six elements to the best of her ability, but yet could not conceive – not even with a donor egg, which is extremely unusual. Her case forced me to think outside the box, to consider and explore areas in which I hadn’t previously worked.

I came across Dr Alan Beer’s book ‘Is your body baby friendly‘ and went to speak to a consultant I found who worked with this information. This was transformative for my client (who went on to conceive two children naturally), my wider practice, and I began a journey down a rabbit hole from which I still haven’t quite emerged!

This course is the outcome of my journey; my deep-dive into the world of the immune system and the systemic effect its function has on the body.

I believe that understanding the immune system gives us a lens with which you reconsider the whole body and its fertility journey, and the ability to treat it in a way that can change the outcome for our clients when nothing else seems to be working.


What is actually in the course?

Each module goes through a biomedical and TCM explanation of the topic, plus:

Topic 1: The immune system

  • Interpreting immunological testing
  • Th1 versus Th2 dominance

Topic 2: Western medical treatments for immunological imbalance

  • Autoimmunity and Recurrent Miscarriage
  • Western Medical testing for recurrent miscarriage

Topic 3: Pre-eclampsia

  • Connection to recurrent miscarriage


User feedback: “I am totally absorbed”


Topic 4: Diet and autoimmunity

  • Diet and the immune system
  • The role of Glutathione

Topic 5: Thinking outside the box

  • The role of fear in the treatment room
  • Classic versus my adaptive Traditional Chinese Medicine approach

Topic 6: Thyroid disorders and autoimmunity

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hashimoto’s disease
  • The role of deiodinases

Topic 7: Endometriosis and reproductive immunology

  • An exploration of the Aetiology of Endometriosis and Pain
  • Western medication for Endometriosis


User feedback:“Content is way beyond my expectations.”


Topic 8: Adjunctive Diseases

  • Chocolate cysts
  • Asherman’s Syndrome
  • Adenomyosis
Topic 9: A brief word about Medical Mushrooms.
  • Reishi
  • Mesima
  • Cordyceps
  • Coriolus


User feedback: “I believe Naava is an invaluable resource and believe this course will make her knowledge accessible to other practitioners.”


CPD/CEU Points

This course has been awarded CPD/CEU points from the following accreditation bodies:

  • NCCAOM: 6.5 points
  • Florida Board of Acupuncture: 5 points
  • California Board of Acupuncture: 5 points
  • AACMA: 5 points
  • ATMS: 5 points
  • New Zealand Acupuncture Standards Authority: 5 points