Acupuncture Can Unlock Pathways To Fertility
Having a baby is one of the greatest joys of life and the inability to conceive can be a devastating blow to couples who are ready to start a family. While the medical specialty of infertility has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years, more and more couples are finding their solutions in the centuries-old practice of acupuncture.
A traditional Chinese form of treatment, acupuncture is based on the premise that a balance of energy flow (known as qi and chi) must be maintained in order for the body to stay healthy. When the flow is blocked illnesses and malfunctions can occur. Acupuncture, which involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into strategic points in the body, can release the energy flow and restore the body to health and balance.
Holistic fertility experts maintain that acupuncture can address a number of fertility issues affecting both males and females. Some of the most common issues addressed by acupuncture include irregular menstruation, ovary malfunction, hormonal problems, low sperm count and endometriosis. Acupuncture balances the endocrine and central nervous system which helps regulate menstrual periods and increases blood flow to the reproductive organs.
Patients who receive acupuncture are likely to experience more restful sleep, better digestion, decreased anxiety and improved energy levels. These positive shifts can help mitigate the stress associated with infertility, thus creating a physical and emotional state that is more conducive to healthy conception. Some acupuncturists use Chinese herbs in conjunction with the treatments in order to maximize the effectiveness. Practitioners may also suggest exercises, special diets, nutritional supplements and stress reduction techniques.
Although the treatment course will vary from person to person, most acupuncturists recommend that sessions begin at least three months before a couple attempts to conceive. This allows plenty of time to balance the body’s blood flow and hormone levels. Many women continue to undergo acupuncture treatments during the first trimester of pregnancy because it can reduce the changes of miscarriage.
If you are considering acupuncture as an infertility treatment ask your holistic practitioner to recommend a licensed acupuncturist who is experienced in reproductive health issues. Acupuncture is considered safe, is relatively pain free and is available in most areas of the country. It may reduce or eliminate the need for expensive fertility drugs and treatments. Although it has gained the approval of the mainstream medical world and is often recommended by medical doctors, some insurance carriers will not cover the cost of the treatments.
Talk to your infertility consultant to determine if this is a viable option for you. This age-old practice has allowed many couples to cross the line from infertile to fertile and helped make their parenting dreams come true.