Traditional Chinese Medicine (“TCM”) provides a natural approach to nourish and promote the body towards conception. Chinese Medicine views the sperm and egg as our most important essence that’s transmitted by our parents.
Fertility With Traditional Chinese Medicine
The initial step towards treatment is for the Chinese Medicine practitioner to learn if a woman is having regular menses. The practitioner will ask the individual to take her temperature daily and graph it together with changes in vaginal mucus to get a better image of her cycle. This is referred to as a BBT chart. If a few has been having timed intercourse for a year with no pregnancy, then they are candidates for fertility treatments.
Weekly or biweekly acupuncture treatments will be given with different herbal formulas to coincide with the menstrual cycle. Men may also be treated weekly for fertility problems with acupuncture and supplemented with an herbal formulation. Dietary and lifestyle changes are also discussed.
Acupuncture and Herbs
In order to ease the most optimal conditions for conception, couples should expect at least 3-6 months of therapy. Many occasions couples might need as much as a year of therapy based on the circumstance. Fertility treatments with Western medicine can be particularly stressful.
Acupuncture is an established therapy to ease stress and calm the nervous system. The main advantages of acupuncture and herbs are as follows: regulate the menstrual cycle, improve blood flow to the uterus, increase the uterine lining thickness, balance hormones, reduce cysts and fibroids.
A 10%-15% growth in conception can occur when used adjunctively with Western reproductive methods. For instance, conception rates with IVF of 25-30% can jump to 35-40% depending partly on the woman’s age. If Chinese herbs are used in addition, the speed can increase to 50%.
TCM is a wonderfully natural way to increase a couple’s chance of conception with almost no side effects. If you have been unable to conceive, you might want to think about acupuncture and Chinese herbs to aid in your family planning.