Natural Treatments 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. Whilst fertility problems often relate to the woman’s condition, we should always remember to check the man’s condition too. There are many natural treatments for fertility to help bring about balance.
Despite the vast medical knowledge, it seems that the ability to create “life” is dependent on other factors besides our scientific ability. A natural treatment for fertility aims to create an optimal condition for pregnancy, both physically and mentally. This applies to both the man and woman. In cases of repeated miscarriages, then of course to preserve the pregnancy and also to maximise the potential of the newborn. Natural treatment for fertility 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 in a natural way.
- Single women or couples interested in natural medicine and for whom medical treatments have been unsuccessful. Or where medical treatment have been physically and mentally too demanding on the woman.
- Couples who are thinking about having children and want to learn how to naturally optimize the conditions for pregnancy.
- Recommended Methods for Fertility in Alternative Medicine
Acupuncture as a natural treatment 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:
- Regulating the woman’s hormonal balance.
- Treating painful and irregular menstruation.
- Strengthening the blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.
- Promoting ovulation.
- Thickening the endometrium.
- Decreasing uterus contractions and preventing miscarriages.
- Treating different conditions like: endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, fibroids and more.
- Promoting the sperm count, motility and structure of the sperm in man.
- Other related problem in man like: impotence, varicocele and more.
- 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 Treatments for Fertility
Donna, 36 years old, had no children and came in to the Rebalance clinic for treatment as she was having difficulty becoming pregnant. Donna had gone through two I.V.F treatments with no success. She had decided to give her body a rest and try a natural treatment for fertility. 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 the blood and yin deficiency. At the same time, Donna received two Recall Healing treatments, which addresses the emotional causes of infertility. Donna released fears and a low self-esteem around being a mother, which had to do both with her relationship with her mother. It was also connected 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 Studies using acupuncture Show Good Results
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 chances of impregnation.
Acupuncture treatment is usually done a day before 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 show a 50% improvement in the health of sperm of men that were treated with fertility acupuncture. The fertility acupuncture combined with artificial insemination starts with preparing the woman’s body for egg extraction. The focus is 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 body 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 are specifically tailored for the man or woman and work in synergy with the acupuncture. The treatment is always tailored for the individual condition and is done after a personal diagnosis.
Acupuncture for Fertility and Hormonal Medication Treatment
Women who are interested in getting pregnant in a natural way without artificially taking hormones, are welcome to try an 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 is mimics to the medical hormonal treatment. It is different in the sense that it helps the body to heal and encourages the body to produce and secrete the hormones instead of inserting artificial hormones.
After menstruation we start a treatment for Yin reinforcement to strengthen the fluids and the blood of the patient. 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 in order 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 Fertility Treatment 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. It is important that the woman understands that with hormonal treatment there is a physiological impact of the artificial hormones. This can cause a distortion of the mental state, which can create a further imbalance. Acupuncture balances and helps reduce the 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 specialises in Recall Healing. Both the woman’s emotional and mental state and also the man’s, is an important factor in the ability to become pregnant. Sometimes the woman has thought patterns in the subconscious that hinder the conception process. Although in the conscious brain she may really want to get pregnant, she may have subconscious fears or patterns. 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 life as well as those of their ancestors.
Examples of beliefs that contradict getting pregnant:
- “I will not be a good mother.”
- “Me or the embryo will get hurt during the pregnancy.”
- “I do not want to be like my mother.”
- “Me or the embryo will get hurt during labor.”
- “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 real, the brain will believe them to be true until they will be brought up to the conscious mind to be evaluated. The pattern cleansing is done through Recall Healing which cleans patterns, thought and emotion 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 a number of 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. In spite of that, following couples counseling, 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 into half during the time of her husband’s cheating. (This is one of the methods used in Recall healing). With this we arrived to 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 on the surface, Dorothy forgave her partner, she does not really trust him as a partner and to be the father of her children. In certain animals like horses and monkeys when the male that 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. That is that 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 really forgive her father and partner. Dorothy reported an improvement in the connection and intimacy with her partner and even an increase of pleasure in the sexual relationship. She participated in five Recall Healing sessions and her and her partner naturally conceived after two months.
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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 the quantity of the sperm. In addition, 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 as well as Recall Healing. Improving the quality of the sperm is a process that takes a number of weeks. This is because sperm formation in the man’s testicles is a process that takes time.
Generally, it is always recommended for the man to come in for treatment as well. There is a tendency to blame or lay the responsibility on the woman for matters concerning pregnancy and conception. In many cases the treatments or sessions need to be for the man rather than the woman.
The Significance of the Time of Pregnancy, for the Child
According to Chinese medicine, the 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. It is important for the mother 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 the Recall Healing method, everything that the parents go through during the Project Purpose will affect the person for his or her whole life. This period starts nine months before impregnation and lasts until the age of one. Almost every disease or behavioral pattern that we address in adults, we 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 get in touch with the Rebalance Acupuncture Edmonton clinic to discuss how we may be able to assist you.