According to western medicine there are many causes of infertility in women and men such as age, obesity, stress, and inflammation of the testicles, cystic fibrosis, long-term use of steroids, diabetes, genetic factors, thyroid issues, poor egg quality and others. Other risk factors are eating disorders, smoking, alcohol, infections and others.
According to the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) infertility occurs due to blockages in the Qi energy and Blood circulation flow as well as lack of vitality and balance. When the free flow of blood and energy is blocked, it can cause deficiency, stagnation and heat syndrome causing infertility issues.
The Belly-Centre of vitality and source of life
Women are often physically, mentally and emotionally depleted with stagnant energy in their bodies. This may manifest as painful menstrual cramps or PMS symptoms, cysts, fibroid or emotional trauma from trying to conceive. These energies trapped in the belly, may also be the root cause of infertility. Detecting these conditions, and looking for alternative ways of treating it early, will not only benefit one’s overall health but also prepare the womb for conception.
Even for women who do not have an immediate plan to conceive, it is wise to make healthy choices now, to be in optimum shape for when the day comes. One simple solution is to massage the belly daily. Palpation of the belly, also known as ampuku in Japanese, helps nourish the internal organs and keep the blood flowing strongly. It is also helpful in unblocking emotional imbalances, past traumas, miscarriages and keeping the mind calm.
Acupuncture & IUI Preparation
Acupuncture treatment can balance the hormones, strengthen the immune system, regulate the energy and Blood flow, remove the stasis and phlegm and stimulate the nervous system. Often patients experiences a shift in their energy level, sleep patterns and reduction of stress after receiving a treatment. Balanced lifestyle and positive mind increases the ability of conceiving.
If you are going for intrauterine insemination (IUI), it would be the best for you to start preparation three months before as well (please read above)
Three months before your IUI — 1~2 treatments/week (twice-a-week treatment is recommended for certain conditions, such as advanced maternal age, poor egg quality, high FSH etc.). Chinese herbs are always recommended.
Around your IUI day (one day before or after, or on your IUI day) — 1 treatment
After your IUI (3-5 days after IUI) — 1 treatment
Until your pregnancy test & during the first trimester — 1 treatment/week
How to prepare your body for conception
The art of giving birth starts when you nourish and nurture your womb the pond where lotus flower will bloom, will open and receive energy and rays of light.
Before even thinking about conceiving, I recommend good nutrition, exercise, detox, meditation, conscious breathing and off course spending lots of quality loving time with your partner. In order words, begin dating again!
- Eating plenty of foods with folic acid in them like leafy green vegetables, moreover, taking vitamin and mineral supplements under the guidance of a knowledgeable therapist. If you are feeling bloated and out of shape a good detox diet and supplement will keep your belly healthy.
- Physical movement prevents minerals such as calcium and other waste from accumulating around connective tissue and joint spaces. Every time a muscle contracts it flushes away toxins and squeezes fluid out, and then when it relaxes it allows new nutrients and energy to come back in.
- Regular spiritual practice, especially prayer and meditation, brings gratitude and positive thinking to one’s life.
- If you are feeling anxious or fearful, take a deep breath in, hold, and release. Five minutes of sitting quietly every day will help you to calm your mind and feel empowered
Tips for Fertility
Follow your intuition, become the woman that you are opening yourselves up about being a woman and being in our feminine bodies. Because when we come to know our true self and live from our authentic self we put ourselves in a wonderful place, we live with joy, enthusiasm, and we can move onto receiving our child.
Touch your belly every day, be intimate with yourself and make it a pleasurable habit.
This information is intended to educate the public on other alternative approaches to health and not to cure diseases. Please consult your Doctor if you need any help.