Updated: Apr 16, 2018
Want to give your chances of getting pregnant an all-natural boost from the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine? Here are some top tips for improved fertility:
Increase the blood flow to your baby making organs.. Powerful and fun..
Increase the blood flow to your reproductive organs: TCM believe that todays modern stressful lifestyle pulls the body’s blood flow and attention away from reproductive, baby-making organs and funnels it instead to your arms and legs, as part of the body’s “fight or flight” response.
To change this flow back towards your love organs, use acupuncture to help reproductive organs receive optimal blood flow, combined with focused relaxation, massage and a de-stressing yoga session.
Get those hormones into balance
Conception becomes tricky when your reproductive hormones are off-kilter. And what’s often the culprit behind a hormonal imbalance? Again, it’s stress: women with high-stress lifestyles may produce more of the hormone prolactin, which may them impede ovulation.
Besides using strategies to cut down on stress in your life, specific Chinese herbs have been proven to be highly effective, this can be combined with a healthy diet and exercising, three of the best ways to bring the body’s hormones back into balance.
Improve emotional health
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, two of the most common organ systems addressed in fertility are the liver and the lungs. The liver is related to anger, frustration, stress, and desire. So, it’s no wonder why one of the most common TCM diagnoses for infertility is Liver Qi stagnation. The lungs are related to sadness, grief, and holding on. How to get the fertility “chi” flowing? Make sure to find time to calm your mind through acupuncture, yoga, or meditation.
In TCM we believe that dampness accumulates in our bodies and causes blockages in the form of cysts and fibroids that can make getting pregnant very difficult. If you’re trying to become pregnant, eliminate damp food like milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream, greasy foods, and alcohol. Wet clothing, humid environments, and moist basements should also be avoided.
Chart your cycle
Charting your basal body temperature can help you determine when you’re ovulating, whether ovulation occurs on the optimal day and if your body is at a temperature conducive for fertility. Western medicine believes in this one, too! Look for special basal thermometers at your local pharmacy. Acupuncture and Herbs have been shown to be highly effective in getting your cycle back on track quickly..
Is your body receptive to conception
According to TCM, warm, enveloping, holding, and supportive are the values that most support the concept of fertility, which is If you are constantly expending all of your energy working out or following the latest fad diet, there may not be enough energy left to support new life. In other words: everything in moderation.
The more emphasis we put on our tries for a baby not succeeding in any given month, the more stress and frustration we create for ourselves. This in turn, may create more fertility hurdles. In TCM, it is thought that having a passive attitude toward your outcome and being more conscious of the process are what will help you maintain balance and, ultimately, give you the results you want.
Will these tips work for you? A growing number of doctors in the UK are fans of techniques like acupuncture and herbs for treating a host of health conditions, including infertility. Thinking about taking herbs or other medicines from the world of TCM? See a licened TCM Herbs practitioner who will prescribe a course and ensure they don’t interfere with any other medications you may be taking.
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 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 on Babble.