About Naava Carman
I am a Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturist, herbalist, educator and birth doula.
With over 20 years of experience, I specialise in treating complex fertility cases, such as women aged 38-45, multiple IVF failures, unexplained infertility, recurrent miscarriage. My practice is called the Fertility Support Company, based in London, UK.GO TO THE FERTILITY SUPPORT COMPANY
Whilst I treat all kinds of fertility issues, the clients who make me run to work feeling excited and intellectually stimulated are those who are 38-45 years old with complex, multifaceted fertility issues. In particular, those who have been told that there is no real explanation for their fertility problems other than their age, have had multiple IVF failures, and those searching for a safe person to guide them through all aspects of their fertility journey.
During my time in practice I have developed a specialism in treating complex autoimmune disorders, such as unexplained infertility, recurrent miscarriage, hypermobility in pregnancy, PCOS, endometriosis and other inflammatory conditions. I have also undertaken further specialist training in the area of female pelvic and sexual pain including vulvodynia and dyspareunia.
I’m also a Recognised Doula (birthing assistant) and Doula Mentor with Doula UK and currently run the organisation's Feedback, Referrals and Complaints Department on a voluntary basis.
My treatments are designed to tackle the underlying causes of infertility and help men and women enhance their chances of conception naturally and in conjunction with IVF and IUI.
The Advanced Level Diploma in Fertility Acupuncture
"After many years of trialing and refining my work, and in response to the demand for more advanced training for acupuncture practitioners in treating fertility issues, I developed an Advanced Level Diploma in Fertility Acupuncture in 2017. This was delivered at both the UK’s International College of Oriental Medicine and the Northern College of Acupuncture. The Diploma course was in such high demand from practitioners all over the world that in 2019 I developed this platform to host an online version of the Diploma so that the knowledge and skills of the Advanced Level Diploma will be available to practitioners everywhere."
A brief overview of my career:
1999 – I trained at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture as a Licensed Acupuncturist, graduating in 2001.
2001 – I trained at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture as an Oriental Medical Herbalist, graduating in 2003.
2003 – Obtained Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Acupuncture from the University of Plymouth.
2005 – I began to teach small workshops on specialist issues such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
2006 – My first article on ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) was published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine. This has subsequently been quoted in several books on Traditional Chinese Medicine and IVF.
2007/8 - I set up the UK's first fully integrated Acupuncture/IVF Unit at Hammersmith Hospital with two of the UK’s leading Consultants in the treatment of infertility; Stuart Lavery and Geoff Trew. 2010 - I served on the Executive Committee at the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and initiated the Business Support Programme for practitioners.
2012-13 - I was asked by the BAcC Education Committee to write the initial specialist paper on obstetric acupuncture which formed the basis for shaping guidance for BAcC members on treating pregnant women.
2014 - I ran the Membership Department for Doula UK as part of the Leadership Team.
2015 – I began to lecture abroad, and teach advanced level courses on integrated medicine to TCM practitioners.
2017 - I took up a supporting role in the Feedback/Referral Team at Doula UK. I also joined the newly established the Supervision Register at the British Acupuncture Council.
2017 - I launched my own Diploma for practitioners looking to become experts in treating fertility comprising 10 days of training spread over five months at the International College of Oriental Medicine.
2017 - I addressed the 48th TCM World Congress in Rothenburg, Germany, where I spoke on The Diagnosis and Treatment of Habitual Miscarriage in Relation to Complex Gynaecological Disease.
2018 - I gave a whole-day seminar at the Integrated Fertility Symposium in Vancouver, Canada, and taught for a weekend at the TCM Academy in the Netherlands.
2018 - I taught the second cohort of practitioners on my Advanced Level Diploma for Fertility Acupuncture at the Northern College of Acupuncture.
2019 - I taught a weekend course on PCOS and OHSS at Chiway Academy in Switzerland.
2019 - I gave a full day lecture on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Autoimmunity to the 16th International TCM Kongress in Austria.
2019 - I completed specialist training in Abdominal Fertility Massage to provide an additional treatment option for my clients that complements my acupuncture.
2019 - I opened up my Advanced Level Diploma in Fertility Acupuncture to practitioners all over the world through this online learning platform.
2020 – I spoke at the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine Annual Conference on the connections between lichen sclerosus and autoimmune conditions.
2020 – I delivered a lecture and workshop at the International Integrative Chinese Medicine Conference on Lichen Sclerosus, Autoimmunity and Fertility – a Medical and Psychological Connection.