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, pituitary 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 all your hormones, including thyroid, insulin, adrenal, and sex hormones.
- Normalize your cycle so that it’s closer to an optimal 28 days, with ovulation on day 14.
- Promote ovulation to happen, and at the right time, not too early or late.
- Lengthen a follicular phase if needed, to give your follicles and lining more time to develop.
- Increase circulation to your uterus to build an optimal lining for implantation.
- Reduce stress hormones and relax your nervous system, so you can be in “feed and breed” mode instead of “fight or flight.”
- Lower FSH when it’s too high, as in “mature” maternal age.
- Improve AMH levels (a marker of “egg quality”).
- 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 substances 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!
- Nourish your uterine lining.
- Improve follicle development and maturation.
- Support cell division, essential for follicular and embryonic development.
- Push stubborn ovulation.
- Delay early ovulation.
- Support any hormones that need a boost.
- Replenish any nutrient deficiencies necessary for fertility.
- Nourish your fertile “yin” substances (cervical fluid, follicles, uterine lining, embryo, estrogen, FSH).
- Strengthen your fertile “yang” activity (warm uterus, activate egg movement, secure a conception, raise progesterone and LH).
Chinese medicine blended with functional medicine
In this post series I delve into functional medicine and fertility. Chinese medicine with functional medicine can be the perfect blend to diagnose and treat unexplained infertility factors.
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|
The next post is how acupuncture can help assisted fertility.
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