Naava Carman BA(hons), BSc(hons) is a fully qualified member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and of the British Acupuncture Council. She has been in practice for 18 years and is a highly experienced fertility, gynaecological and obstetric acupuncturist and Herbalist specialising in complex autoimmune disorders such as unexplained infertility, recurrent miscarriage, hypermobility in pregnancy, PCOS, Endometriosis and other inflammatory conditions. Naava is also a Recognised Doula (birthing assistant) and Doula Mentor with Doula UK.

In 2007/8 she set up the first fully integrated Acupuncture/IVF Unit at Hammersmith Hospital.

Naava specialises in using Western medical diagnostic techniques in combination with  acupuncture, herbal medicine, and food as medicine as part of an innovative method of treating gynaecological and fertility problems. Her three month Fertility Support Programme is designed to tackle the underlying causes of infertility and helps men and women to enhance their chances of conception naturally and in conjunction with IVF and IUI.

Over the last few years Naava has also done quite a lot of work with the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) in different roles. In 2010 she served on the Executive Committee, and while there conceived and worked with colleagues to help set up the Business Support Programme which is now in place to offer practitioners a wide variety of help establishing and maintaining a successful business. This programme advocates skills such as using social media, understanding accounts and how to make your finances work for you, as well as communicating with clients successfully amongst other topics. In 2012-13 she was recruited by the BAcC Education Committee to write the initial specialist paper on Obstetric Acupuncture which will form the basis for shaping guidance for BAcC members when it comes to treating pregnant women. In 2014, as a member of the Leadership Team, she began running the Membership Department for Doula UK. In 2017, due to the pressure of other work commitments, Naava transitioned to a supporting role in the Feedback/Referral Team.

Acupuncture is ideal for rebalancing hormones, inducing ovulation and preparing the body for a natural or assisted conception. It can also help a patient to manage and overcome distressing symptoms and can be used through pregnancy, working to help prevent miscarriage and treat symptoms such as morning sickness and lower back pain. Men can also be treated to help increase their sperm count and the quality of sperm produced. Her areas of speciality include the treatment of PCOS, Endometriosis and Poor Sperm Motility.

Naava says, “Many of my patients have been told that they will never conceive – even with IVF or IUI – but often this is not the case. Medically, they may run out of options, but acupuncture combined with Chinese Herbal Medicine, nutrition and lifestyle changes can and does result in the impossible becoming very possible indeed.” For examples of Naava’s success in treating many patients please see the Baby Gallery.