We live in a time when science has never before been so game-changing. We can now measure a woman’s ovarian reserve (or AMH), view the patency of fallopian tubes and genetically test an embryo when it's only made up of a few little cells. You would think that all of this knowledge should give us a more definitive picture of what is effecting fertility, however the number of couples seeking fertility assistance has rapidly increased over the last decade. Which begs the question... what are we missing?
Maybe we've created a case of tunnel vision – Chinese Medicine suggests that perhaps instead of focusing on the embryo itself, we zoom out and focus on the constitution of those coming together to create new life. Conception involves the union of the sperm and egg, however the individual bodies in which they are created determine the quality, strength and timing of the genetic material.
Chinese medicine and fertility
Chinese Medicine principles are based on a holistic perspective of one's health and provide natural remedies for fertility and ovulation. This medicine is based on the understanding that each of us are unique and require different treatments, herbs and lifestyle adjustments to reach optimal health. This systemic approach to health requires thorough consultations, taking into account any emotional tendencies, digestion, food cravings and sleeping patterns. We assess the entire person, not the diagnosis.
A holistic approach highlights the belief that everything is connected. For example, stage fright effects the nervous systems with effects like sweaty palms, rapid heart rate, dilated pupils and the bowels. Through this viewpoint we look at the entire body, asses how things are working and what may need a little help. Perhaps the digestive system isn’t working optimally, leading to poor nutrient absorption, low energy and late ovulation. We assess, then treat, in order to optimise energy distribution and harmonious blood flow, which helps in boosting natural fertility.
Acupuncture for fertility
Energy can sometimes become 'stuck', which isn't a term we frequently encounter, but it can be understood when we talk about a warm body, but cold hands and feet-the energy and blood flow isn't dispersing evenly, as it should. Endometriosis can be an example of stagnation in the lower abdomen. It's stubborn, difficult to shift and causes a great deal of pain.
An acupuncture treatment is then formulated according to how to best restore balance. If energy is stuck, certain points are selected to encourage movement. If energy is deficient, we choose acupuncture points or channels to boost Qi. Acupuncture facilitates a calming effect upon the body by reducing your heart rate, breathing rate and slowing the release of cortisol – basically making your body very relaxed and can help you get pregnant naturally. In this state, your body is more receptive to hormonal changes, able to make repair and regulate itself. We can, literally, pin point certain areas that we need to focus on, usually the lower abdomen when treating fertility.
The calming effect that acupuncture serves upon the nervous system effects the endocrine system, feeding back into the regulation of hormones. The pituitary gland situated in the brain is responsible for the production of hormones in the ovaries responsible for ovulation and menstruation. Calming the system allows the ovaries to be more receptive to these signals. This is one way in which acupuncture can assist fertility. By working with the endocrine system responsible for the timing of ovulation and menstrual patterns.
Chinese herbs for fertility
Herbal formulas are a wonderful and natural way to increase fertility. Comprised of natural plant products, flowers and leaves, herbal remedies are individually formulated to carry out the changes developed in the treatment principal. Their properties are astounding as many are antibacterial, hepatoprotective, analgesic, some effect serotonin levels, and others oestrogen. They are beautiful, gentle and effective treatments that create measurable changes and can really assist in getting pregnant.
Fertility is sometimes presented as a simple equation of sperm and egg, but for many couples it isn’t that straight forward. Chinese Medicine offers an effective, gentle treatment in which the body is looked at from a different perspective. It's carefully analysed and treatments are then formulated to work with your pattern and create a harmonious emotional, physical and fertile environment in which conception can occur. Its abilities have been experienced by so many couples already, in my clinic and thousands of others around the world. If you are looking for natural ways to increase fertility and feeling like you need some assistance, I encourage you to seek it from a Chinese Medicine practitioner, someone you connect with and trust, and see the magic for yourself.
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