Acupuncture and the Journey to Motherhood

When it comes to the “journey of motherhood”, balancing yin and the yang becomes even more important. No matter what issues and history you may have — painful, irregular, absent or heavy menstrual cycle; PCOS — or if you want to increase your chances of conceiving, and/or keep yourself and baby healthy through pregnancy, labor and delivery — acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help tremendously.

Many of the acupuncture points used for the above issues are the same or used in different combinations depending upon our Chinese diagnosis and the desired outcome. Each acupuncture point has its action and effects, but when 2 or more are combined, they can have additional actions and effects as well. Points will usually change according to what day of your cycle you are on when you come in for a treatment.

Regular weekly acupuncture treatments can regulate, jumpstart or even stop your menstrual cycles. This process can take up to 3 monthly cycles or more, depending on a number of different factors such as your age and your menstrual history. The needles serve to increase blood and fluid flow in the body, breaking up any energetic “blockages” or nourishing any areas that are lacking blood and fluids. Of course, this also alleviates any PMS symptoms as well.

Though we may talk with patients about these various western “conditions” or symptoms, we don’t look at them in the same way as your western doctor. Remember, we are considering  the “whole” picture of who you are — mind, body and spirit. We always remind you — your body is malfunctioning and that this didn’t happen overnight — it took some time for the symptoms and effects to manifest and it will take time to set everything back on course.

Ideally, a normal menstrual cycle is 28-30 days with a 4-5 day medium flow of red blood that is not too dark and not too light, and devoid of clots. This is what we strive to help your body come back to — this is “balanced” in the Chinese way of looking at menses.  It’s necessary to get as close to these parameters as possible when trying to get pregnant.  The more “routine” and regular your cycle is, the easier it will be to help you facilitate conception, whether naturally or through IUI or IVF.

Once you are pregnant, regular acupuncture treatments for “mom and baby wellness” can help you stay on track and feeling good throughout your 39 weeks.  They can also help to condition your body, preparing you for the “marathon” of labor and delivery.

And one last note regarding pregnancy: remember the 4th trimester! Just because the baby has been delivered and is physically outside of you, doesn’t mean that the work is over!  It’s just changed gears, so to speak. Acupuncture is very helpful for keeping hormones regulated as they return to pre-conception levels and decreasing any feelings of depression. And now Mom has her baby who needs her for breast milk. Acupuncture can increase, decrease or stop lactation, depending on what you and baby are needing.

Acupuncture for Fertility

Acupuncture for Fertility

Infertility can be one of the biggest challenges to face in life. A deep sense of loss and sadness can oftentimes result. The overwhelming price of prescription fertility drugs and mixed reviews have caused many people to turn to a more wholesome and natural approach, Acupuncture. This is a great treatment for stress and pain and has been shown to greatly contribute to fertility treatment by numerous studies.

What is Acupuncture?

This ancient Chinese technique has been reducing pain, increasing relaxation, and helping illness for over 3000 years. Chinese medical theory explains that Qi, a circulating life force, flows through passageways called meridians throughout the body. These meridians are similar to rivers, they carry life nourishment, Qi, throughout the body. Due to a number of physical and emotional factors, the body’s energy flow can become obstructed or unbalanced.

This imbalance is considered to be the root of illness and can be treated through placing thin acupuncture needles upon certain meridian passageways of the body. These treatments allow your well-being and health to be returned and for your body to return to complete balance. The amazing thing about acupuncture is that these bodily imbalances can often be detected before severe illness or western medicine even prescribes something as being wrong, allowing you to be proactive about investing in and protecting your health.

How does Acupuncture help Infertility?

In 2002 the Department of Reproductive Medicine in Ulm, Germany did a study on the effects of acupuncture to patients participating in assisted reproductive therapy (ART). Of those receiving acupuncture, 42.5% became pregnant, whereas those without having been treated with acupuncture only had a pregnancy rate of 26.3%. Through utilizing acupuncture the researchers found that blood circulation was improved in reproductive organs, helping increase the likelihood of fertilization.

When acupuncture is used with conventional infertility treatments, pregnancy rates can rise dramatically. Another way that acupuncture has been shown to increase fertility is through reducing stress; an emotion widely believed to interfere with pregnancies. The hypothalamus is a gland that triggers the ovaries to release eggs but also has an impact on human food cravings and emotions. Having a lot of emotional stress can impact the efficiency of female reproductive organs, lowering the likelihood of fertility.

Although Acupuncture can be an effective method of increasing your odds. While acupuncture can have a positive influence on women, it has also been shown in the 2005 journal, Fertility and Sterilityin, to increase the swimming strength of male sperm and their numbers.

The effects of many of these studies were not achieved after just one treatment, but usually after consistent treatment over the span of multiple months. The time-tested techniques of acupuncture can have both short term and long term impacts on your life, and the cumulative effects that could lead to something like childbirth will make it a life changing experience.

Acupuncture is a natural and holistic approach to promoting your health. By choosing acupuncture you have a chance to increase your likelihood of pregnancy, while also helping to bring to light and solve the other imbalances you may be experiencing.

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