Updated: Apr 15, 2018
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) places great emphasis on having a proper diet and supporting lifestyle habits. Some are called "principles of life nourishment" are incorporated daily to enhance fertility. Those rules are linked with the fundamental philosophy of TCM:
Coordinate with nature;
Behave moderately and appropriately;
Manage the unity of physical being and the spirit;
Harmonize the yin and yang cautiously.
We have found that to have a calm and peaceful emotional state is crucial to pregnancy. There is a Chinese saying that "men should be free from avarice and wild fancy so as to nourish his essence. Women should keep calm and concentrate the mind so as to nourish the blood." Traditionally, the approaches of maintaining fertility are mainly focused on replenishing and consolidating essence in men, while women are focused on regulating menstruation.
Some general recommendations in lifestyles are suggested.
Physical maintenance Being too thin or overweight has a strong association with infertility and menstrual irregularities, which are the results of hormonal disorders. Being very overweight can cause an accumulation of too much phlegm and damp , while being underweight may cause insufficient blood and qi (vital energy) blood and qi. Maintaining a healthy weight may help restore menstrual cycles and egg production to promote the chances of pregnancy.
Mental maintenance Some women may become anxious about their fertility and that can affect their chances of pregnancy. In TCM, emotions are considered to be some major internal causes of disease; different emotions exert their effects on various organs significantly. Anxiety and anger damage the liver, which then fails to regulate blood and qi flows resulting in difficult conception based on the reasons previously discussed. To have a calm and peaceful emotional state is crucial to pregnancy. There are special meditation exercises that can be adapted to your needs.
Dietary maintenance A nutritious diet containing plenty of vitamins and protein content support the growth of reproductive cells. Quit smoking and excessive drinking habits. During the menstrual period, warm and cooked foods assist in smooth flow of menses. Avoid too many foods and drinks that are raw, frozen, not easily digested and spicy. A healthy diet should be started months before attempting conception, and, the diet should be changed gradually according to the advice of your physician.
These and other Traditional Chinese practices all form part of TCM, each adding a little to the history and methodology of Acupuncture and Herbs.
Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs from Harley Street, London. Make an appointment for an acupuncture treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here
Excerpts from the original article by Shennong.