This is part of a series on fertility. Start with the first post Functional Fertility Basics.
What can acupuncture do for natural fertility?
Natural fertility refers to unassisted fertility. This means getting pregnant the old-fashioned way, without fertility medications or intervention. Indeed, acupuncture can do a lot to boost natural fertility!
You may think acupuncture is just for pain or stress relief. However, acupuncture can treat many conditions, including ones you bring to your conventional doctor. In fact, acupuncture is often a better choice for many issues, particularly ones that fall through the cracks in conventional medicine. Boosting natural fertility is a perfect example.
Acupuncture, Hormones and Fertility
Acupuncture regulates your endocrine (hormone) system AND your nervous system. Therefore, it’s a blended neuroendocrine approach.
The Kiiko Matsumoto style of Japanese acupuncture is particularly effective for neuroendocrine treatment. For example, there are adrenal, pituatary and ovarian treatments. A fascinating aspect of this approach is the immediate feedback you receive when the acupuncture melts tender spots on your abdomen. Also, a benefit to the Kiiko style is the use of teeny tiny practically microscopic “needles,” and painless insertion. The effect is immediate, so you can fall into a deep state of relaxation and comfort while your hormones get fixed.
Oh, the things acupuncture can do for you!
We can target acupuncture to:
- Regulate your hormones for all types of imbalances, such as thyroid, insulin, adrenal, and sex hormones
- Normalize an irregular cycle so that it’s closer to, or nails down, the optimal 28 day cycle, with ovulation on day 13/14
- Promote ovulation when the time is right
- Lengthen a follicular phase if needed, to give your follicles and lining more time to ripen and grow
- Increase circulation to your uterus to build an optimal lining
- Work wonders to reduce stress hormones, and regulate your hypothalamic-pituatary-adrenal (HPA) axis
- Lower FSH when it’s too high, as in “mature” maternal age
- Improve follicle maturation and cell division, to reduce growth stalls
- Release “blockages” in your pelvis, which houses your reproductive organs
Chinese herbal medicine and fertility
Chinese herbs nourish fertility in a way that acupuncture can’t. Use acupuncture to release blockages, move blood, and stimulate hormones. Herbs, like food, are tangible substance that nourish and build. Herbs from all traditions, high quality supplements, and small doses of bio-identical hormones form a highly effective medicinal toolkit for natural fertility enhancement.
Oh, the things natural medicinals can do for you!
- Nurture uterine lining
- Improve follicle development
- Support cell division, essential for follicular and embryonic development
- Push stubborn ovulation
- Support hormones that need a boost
- Replenish nutrient deficiencies necessary for fertility
- Nourish the fertile “yin” substances (cervical fluid, follicles, uterine lining, embryo, estrogen, FSH)
- Strengthen the fertile “yang” activity (warm uterus, activate egg movement, secure a conception, raise progesterone and LH)
Chinese medicine and unexplained fertility factors
In the previous post we discussed functional causes of unexplained infertility. Here, the same is true for Chinese medicine, which can be the perfect lens through which to view, diagnose, and treat unexplained infertility factors.
Chinese medicine has a deep, long, and rich history of fertility enhancement. In addition this ancient medicine has always used a functional systems approach. However, the systems are different in Chinese medicine, and in some cases just make more sense. Of course, you get the best when you receive the fluency of both these types of functional approaches.
Chinese diagnoses for infertility are never one-size-fits-all. And they blend well with Functional medicine diagnoses. Examples of these blended diagnoses include:
|Short luteal phase and coldness due to hypothyroidism||Kidney and Spleen yang deficiency|
|Poor absorption of B12 and anemia due to low stomach acid with h.pylori infection causes||Spleen qi deficiency with pathogenic factor, in addition to heart blood deficiency not nourishing the Bao Mai (uterine channel)|
|PCOS because of dysbiosis as the main driver||Spleen and Kidney yang deficiency with pathogenic dampness|
|Early ovulation due to adrenal stress with elevated adrenaline and cortisol||Kidney yin deficiency in addition to empty heat|
|Estrogen dominance due to poor detox function||Liver qi stasis attacks the Spleen’s ability to transform|
And, these goes on and on into many permutations.
The next post is how acupuncture can help assisted fertility…