Statistics show that one in five couples over the age of 30 have difficulty conceiving after one year of trying. Many of these couples turn to acupuncture and Chinese medicine for a safe, effective and natural solution to having a baby.
Chinese medicine has a long history when it comes to enhancing reproductive health and fertility for both men and women. In fact, evidence that acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used to aid fertility can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3 AD.
Fertility treatments were first recorded by Zhang Zhong Jing, a famous physician from the Han Dynasty, in his discussion of diseases in women in the Jin Gui Yao Lue or Essentials of the Golden Cabinet.
Successful conception is more likely when both partners are healthy. With acupuncture, parents can improve their health to create the most optimal environment for conception.
According to the principles of Chinese medicine, a person’s health is determined by the quality of Qi, the vital life energy, and blood circulating through the body. When Qi and blood are circulating properly, the body is properly nourished and functioning optimally which, in turn, enhances fertility.
In addition to their ability to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-being, acupuncture is effective in treating issues that affect reproductive health and fertility including:
* regulating the menstrual cycle
* addressing pre-existing medical conditions or concerns
* improving sperm count and motility
* reducing stress and anxiety associated with infertility
* normalizing hormone and endocrine systems
* improving blood flow in the uterus
* decreasing the chance of miscarriage
* increasing the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF)
Fertility treatment approaches and time-frames can vary from person to person, but are usually scheduled for at least three consecutive cycles (twelve weeks). Treatments can include acupuncture, customized herbal therapy, lifestyle changes, stress reduction and dietary counseling.
If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties with their reproductive health, please call All and One Acupuncture in NE Portland to learn how acupuncture can help.