Acupuncture for Fertility
Many couples that try to bring children into the world run into difficulties. Often after a year with no success, many couples may start with various medical treatments such as prescription drugs, insemination and fertility treatments. These treatments, apart from being expensive, often require the use of hormones and surgical interventions. Sometimes they negatively impact health and often don’t produce the desired results. While fertility problems often relate to the woman’s condition, we should always remember to check the man’s disease. There are many natural treatments for fertility to help bring about balance.
Despite the vast medical knowledge, it seems that creating “life” depends on other factors besides our scientific ability. A natural treatment for fertility aims to create an optimal condition for pregnancy, both physically and mentally. The natural treatment applies to both the man and woman. In cases of repeated miscarriages, then, of course, to preserve the pregnancy and maximize the newborn’s potential. Natural fertility treatment can be conducted on its own or combined with medical treatments.
This article is for the following people:
- Couples who are struggling to have children and would like to conceive a child naturally.
- Single women or couples interested in natural medicine and for whom medical treatments have been unsuccessful. Or where medical treatment has been physically and mentally demanding on the woman.
- Couples who are thinking about having children and want to learn how to optimize pregnancy conditions naturally.
- Recommended Methods for Fertility in Alternative Medicine
Acupuncture for fertility
Acupuncture affects different systems in the body through the meridian network and the acupuncture points. The treatment is done after a Chinese Medicine diagnosis and is combined with Chinese medicinal herbs when needed.
Acupuncture benefits for fertility:
- It is regulating the woman’s hormonal balance.
- Acupuncture is treating painful and irregular menstruation.
- It is Strengthening the blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.
- It Promotes ovulation.
- It is thickening the endometrium.
- Acupuncture decreases uterus contractions and preventing miscarriages.
- It is treating different conditions like endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, fibroids and more.
- Acupuncture for men is promoting the sperm count, motility and structure of the sperm in a man.
- It Benefits other related problems in a man like impotence, varicocele and more.
- It is relaxing the mind and minimizing the side effects that accompany fertility medical treatments if taken.
- During pregnancy, acupuncture helps to decrease various kinds of nausea and pregnancy pains. If necessary, it helps in turning the embryo or inducing birth.
A Case Study: Acupuncture for Fertility
Donna, 36 years old, had no children and came into the Rebalance clinic for treatment as she was having difficulty becoming pregnant. Donna had gone through two I.V.F therapies with no success. She had decided to give her body a rest and try a natural fertility treatment. Her diagnosis, according to Chinese medicine, is a deficiency of blood and Yin. This condition affects the thickness of the endometrium and her body’s ability to conceive and receive a pregnancy.
Donna received a series of 10 Balance Method Acupuncture treatments. She also medicinal herbs daily to treat blood and yin deficiency. At the same time, Donna received two Recall Healing treatments, which address infertility’s emotional causes. Donna released fears and low self-esteem around being a mother, which had to do with her mother’s relationship. It was also connected to difficulties to the commitment in her relationship with her husband. After eight weeks, Donna’s gynecologist informed her that her uterus is doing much better. To her delight, during the next ovulation, Donna and her partner conceived a baby.
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Fertility Acupuncture Studies
Fertility acupuncture treatment is a treatment that has gained popularity in recent years. Studies show an increase of 50% in pregnancy implantation from In Vitro Fertilization treatments (I.V.F) when combined with acupuncture. This shows it significantly increases the chances of impregnation.
Acupuncture treatment is usually done a day before the insertion of the embryos and a day after. Additional studies also show a decrease in the number of natural miscarriages in women who have been treated with acupuncture. They also offer a 50% improvement in sperm’s health that was treated with fertility acupuncture. Fertility acupuncture combined with artificial insemination starts with preparing the woman’s body for egg extraction. The focus is on strengthening the body’s ability to produce healthy eggs.
It should be noted that egg extraction is, according to Chinese medicine, considered a process that takes away a great deal of energy from the woman’s body. It is said that it might decrease the chance of embryo implantation. After egg extraction, it is recommended to treat the woman with acupuncture and medicinal plants to prepare the uterus for embryo retrieval. The treatment includes thickening the endometrium, strengthening the blood and relaxing the mind.
Acupuncture treatment for fertility combines, in many cases, Chinese medicinal herbs. These herbal formulas are specifically tailored after a personal diagnosis and work in synergy with acupuncture.
Acupuncture and Hormonal Treatment
Women interested in getting pregnant naturally without artificially taking hormones are welcome to try acupuncture to improve fertility. The treatment helps regulate the woman’s hormonal system to bring the ovaries and uterus to an ideal impregnation state. Chinese medicine treatment changes throughout the woman’s menstruation and mimics the medical, hormonal treatment. It is different because it helps the body heal and encourages the body to produce and secrete the hormones instead of inserting artificial hormones.
After menstruation, we start treatment for Yin reinforcement to strengthen the patient’s fluids and blood. This is done through acupuncture and medicinal plants. In terms of the medical treatment, it is comparable with FSH-simulating hormones such as Gonal F, Ikaclomin, Menogon and more. The following stage is ovulation, in which acupuncture and herbs are given to move the blood and heat the Yang energy. This is comparable to the mechanisms induced with the drug Avitrel. After ovulation is the stage in which the uterus is slightly warmed up. This gives the impregnated egg the possibility to be absorbed by the body through acupuncture and medicinal herbs. This is the stage that is comparable with progesterone treatment.
Acupuncture to Reduce Stress
Women that struggle to get pregnant often experience a great deal of psychological stress. It often stems from distressing beliefs such as “I’m not OK,” “My body is damaged.” Or negative thoughts such as “What if I never make it?” and “What’s going to happen?” Peer pressure from family and friends can also be distressing. The woman must understand that there is a physiological impact of artificial hormones with hormonal treatment. This can distort the mental state, which can create a further imbalance. Acupuncture balances and helps reduce mental pressure and tension, something that alone helps the chances of impregnation. For understanding the unconscious emotions related to pregnancy and motherhood, it is recommended to read about Recall Healing below.
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Recall Healing for Fertility
The Rebalance Acupuncture Edmonton clinic specializes in Recall Healing. Both man and woman’s emotional and mental state are important factors in becoming pregnant. Sometimes the woman has thought patterns in the subconscious that hinder the conception process. Although she may really want to get pregnant in the conscious brain, she may have subconscious fears or habits. These may prevent her body from absorbing the pregnancy. The beliefs and the patterns differ with each woman depending on their subconscious make-up, genetics and events in their lives and those of their ancestors.
Examples of beliefs that contradict getting pregnant:
- “I will not be a good mother.”
- “I or the embryo will get hurt during the pregnancy.”
- “I do not want to be like my mother.”
- “I or the embryo will get hurt during labour.”
- “The child will disturb my leisure time or my career.”
- “It’s not safe to have a baby.”
- “The baby will ruin my relationship.”
- “I will not be sexy anymore.”
- ” My partner is not the right partner.”
Such patterns are covertly present in the subconscious and create fear and inner resistance to pregnancy. Pattern cleansing can significantly catalyze the absorption of the pregnancy and the woman’s acceptance of it. Even though patterns are not authentic, the brain will believe them to be valid until the conscious mind evaluates them. Pattern cleansing is done through Recall Healing which cleans patterns, thought and emotions from the subconscious. Sometimes the treatment will be combined with a special kind of guided imagery for getting pregnant.
A Case study of infertility in Recall Healing
Dorothy is 38 years old and has been married for five years. She and her partner have been unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant for about two years, with several natural miscarriages. When Dorothy came to Recall Healing consultation, this story came up: About three years ago, Dorothy’s husband had a short affair with another woman. Despite that, following couples’ counselling, the couple decided to stay together. They decided to work on the relationship and build a family together.
In the Recall Healing consultation, when we divided Dorothy’s age in half during the time of her husband’s cheating. (This is one of the methods used in Recall healing). With this, we arrived at the divorce of Dorothy’s parents’ when she was seventeen and a half. Her father also cheated on Dorothy’s mother, which created a pattern and subconscious belief in Dorothy of “I can’t trust men.”
Although Dorothy forgave her partner on the surface, she does not trust him as a partner and be her children’s father. In certain animals like horses and monkeys, when the male impregnated the females is defeated in battle by a new male, the females will experience spontaneous abortions. This is called “The Bruce Effect.” There is a biological and evolutionary principle behind such an occurrence. The female innately wants the alpha male for her and her cubs to best ensure survival.
Dorothy brought to the surface and spoke about the doubts she has regarding her partner and her criticism of him. This is also related to the relationship between her father and her mother. She agreed to forgive her father and partner. Dorothy reported an improvement in the connection and intimacy and increased pleasure in the sexual relationship. She participated in five Recall Healing sessions, and she and her partner naturally conceived after two months.
Read more about Recall Healing.
Natural Treatment for the Man’s Fertility
Natural treatment is also effective for treating problems related to a man’s fertility. It can improve the motility of the sperm and the power and quantity of the sperm. Also, it is possible to treat the problems of the testicular vessels like the varicocele. The suitable treatments are the same as with women: acupuncture and medicinal herbs and Recall Healing. Improving the quality of the sperm is a process that takes several weeks. This is because sperm formation in the man’s testicles is a process that takes time.
Generally, it is recommended for the man to come in for treatment as well. There is a tendency to blame or lay the woman’s responsibility for matters concerning pregnancy and conception. In many cases, the treatments need to be for the man rather than the woman.
The Significance of the Time of Pregnancy, for the Child
According to Chinese medicine, pregnancy is an important time for the embryo. It is a time during which the physical and energetic potential is built and will affect the person for his entire life. The mother needs to maintain a relaxed environment and have a good diet and. If necessary, then also to receive physical and emotional support throughout the various treatments.
The equivalent of the pregnancy perception in Chinese medicine is the Project Purpose in the Recall Healing method. According to the Recall Healing method, everything that the parents go through during the Project Purpose will affect them for their whole lives. This period starts nine months before impregnation and lasts until the age of one. Almost every disease or behavioural pattern that we address in adults will find its source in the Project Purpose. This is an important and meaningful time. It is recommended for the mother and father to give attention and resolve conflicts related to this through dialogue and mutual support.
We hope that after reading this article, you know more about the natural treatment for fertility problems. Feel free to contact the Rebalance Acupuncture Edmonton clinic to discuss how we may assist you.