Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, & Yoga Treating Infertility
Garden Acupuncture explains how using acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and yoga can double your opportunity to get pregnant compared to Western Medicine.
, defined as the inability to conceive after a year or more of trying, affects about 10 percent of couples — 6.1 percent of women between the ages of 15-44 according to the
. There are many ways couples can boost their fertility naturally including
, supplements, fertility yoga and others. Most couples like to explore some of these options before venturing into more expensive — and invasive — treatments.
Almost any time you go for acupuncture for anything the acupuncturist typically works on two things — the acute problem that you came in for and what it is about your body that is making you have that acute problem.
In regard to fertility, the Eastern perspective looks for energetic imbalances, where energy is blocked and how to get energy to flow more freely. From a Western perspective, acupuncture improves fertility by increasing blood flow to the uterus, and that in turn can thicken the endometrial lining, which makes implantation easier. There is a balancing and regulating affect on hormones that can regulate ovulation and can relax the uterus while decreasing uterine contractions that interfere with implantation.
Acupuncture releases beta-endorphins, and in addition to having a stress relieving affect, it has been show to improve all of your reproductive hormonal functions. So, not only does it soothe the sympathetic nervous system, but it has an effect on the entire nervous system.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
In addition to needling, most acupuncturists also prescribe Chinese herbs in correlation with regulating hormones and balancing your menstrual cycle. Different formulas are given depending on what each woman’s specific issues are.
A study in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine found women receiving Chinese herbal treatments were twice as likely to get pregnant within a four-month period as those receiving conventional Western medical fertility drug treatment or IVF. Generally it usually takes about three months of once weekly treatments and she often sees a pregnancy in the three- to six-month window.
“We all know what it’s like when shoulders and neck get tight, so imagine all the structures in your body doing that because of the stress of trying to conceive,” says Jennifer Colletti, a master yoga teacher and Ayurveda yoga specialist at Fertile Grounding Yoga in Minneapolis.
Stress really hardens the body, so fertility yoga works on opening up the body with a lot of flow movements and breath work that can open the heart and uterus, or the low belly area — the musculature and ligaments there. Colletti explains that when we stress, we round in and crunch into the fetal position, and so the heart and uterus are shutting those areas of the body off. The idea is to soften and open those areas with gentle poses. Of course, yoga is a relaxing, stress-relieving and restorative treatment, too.
Some of Colletti’s clients are undergoing ART (artificial reproductive therapy), and some aren’t. “The way I look at it is if we want children in our lives, we have to make space for them and when our lives are overwrought with stress, there is no space for babies, so I teach them to find space in their lives so they can invite babies in.” Fertility yoga opens up that space in both your mind and body. Colletti said she doesn’t boast the successes, but she sees many, many pregnancies.
Researchers have found that 83 percent of couples living a fertility-friendly lifestyle got pregnant within one year.
Avoid environmental toxins
Get plenty of sleep
Skip recreational drugs
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