You might have tried everything in order to conceive, but you’re still not getting results. Infertility can bring a lot of frustration to you, especially if you’ve tried everything in the book. But how about acupuncture, have you considered using this ancient treatment method yet?
Are you afraid that acupuncture won’t help you conceive? There’s a lot of misinformation out there regarding acupuncture. But it’s hard to know how helpful acupuncture is until you have tried it, right?
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional form of medicine which comes from China. It is a time-honored discipline that dates back to over 2000 years ago. It is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world, and today it has spread far and wide across the globe.
It is increasingly becoming popular with people from all walks of life as a way of treating a long list of maladies. It wasn’t always the case that acupuncture was considered a viable treatment in the western world. However, today it is more easily accepted and many people in the west can also benefit from it.
How does acupuncture work?
The practice of acupuncture operates on the basis of what is called Qi, otherwise known as life force energy. This energy travels through a network of channels called meridians by which Qi flows throughout the body. There are 14 major meridians (energy pathways) and over 2,000 acupuncture points located on the human body.
According to acupuncture, if a person is experiencing a particular symptom or disease, it means that the person’s energy is being blocked somewhere in the body.
By applying tiny needles into the skin of the patient, these energy pathways are unblocked. This allows the energy to flow freely again and thereby cure whatever condition is being treated.
Many people have a fear of needles but acupuncture needles are nothing to be scared of. The needles are small and thin and are applied to the skin very gently. The needles are always sterile and disposable.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture has been known to treat a wide variety of conditions ranging from very serious and potentially fatal diseases to less serious common ailments. There are various types of disorders acupuncture can treat.
Acupuncture for infertility
Acupuncture has also been shown to help couples with infertility issues. The process of acupuncture not only frees up Qi energy but it also has definite physiological benefits as well.
According to western medical statistics, 40% of couple’s infertility problems are caused by the female while the other 40% can be attributed to the male. The remaining 20% represents other unknown factors.
Infertility due to stress
One of the greatest contributors towards infertility is stress. When a person feels stressed out, the body releases the hormone cortisol in the brain. This changes the neurochemical and hormonal balance in the body and can disrupt its normal functioning. Cortisol is also one of the hormones responsible for aging.
It is seldom the case that infertility can be pinned to only one specific condition or cause. It is more common that there are a variety of factors which contribute toward infertility. Acupuncture aims to treat infertility by taking a more general approach of maximizing one’s overall health.
In other words, acupuncture is great for treating the body as a whole and results in greater overall well-being. Acupuncture reduces stress and brings the body back into balance. When there is less stress in the body, everything functions better and this can be a major contribution toward curing infertility.
In order for a woman to ovulate successfully, there must be a good balance between the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the reproductive organs. Because stress can disrupt the normal functioning of these organs, it is important to reduce stress by whatever means possible.
Stress also affects the male just as it does the female. Stress can lower sperm count, cause impotence, and also affect motility – that is the ability of sperm to successfully move and navigate through the women’s reproductive organs.
Another common cause of female infertility is any kind of ovulation disorder. The process of ovulation creates a mature egg that can successfully be impregnated. When there is any type of hormonal imbalance, this can prevent the egg from successfully maturing.
For example, if there is not enough progesterone present, then the fetus will not be able to stay attached to the uterus. Conversely, if there is too much of the hormone prolactin, the hormone which stimulates breast milk production, that too can affect ovulation.
More ways acupuncture treats infertility
From the perspective of Chinese medicine, acupuncture is to be used not just to increase the chances of becoming pregnant. Acupuncture should also used to increase the chances of having a healthy and successful pregnancy.
When acupuncture needles are applied to the skin, it increases oxygen and blood flow in the body and stimulates proper hormone production. Because of increased blood flow, it also strengthens the lining of the uterus.
The stronger the lining of the uterus, the more successfully it can be implanted with an egg. Increased blood flow also ensures the embryo is well-nourished during pregnancy.
Acupuncture can also help a woman to regulate her menstrual cycle and bring her body back into a more homeostatic balance. When the body is operating in better overall health, it naturally increases the woman’s ability to conceive by helping to regulate proper hormone production in the body.
Acupuncture vs. fertility drugs
Sometimes people may use fertility drugs in conjunction with acupuncture treatments and that’s perfectly reasonable. The more you can do to increase chances of fertility, the better off you may be with successfully becoming pregnant.
Do note however that many infertility drugs can cause side effects such as bloating, weight gain, nausea, digestive disorders, and fluid retention. This can end up working against you and your chances of becoming pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy.
Acupuncture, by contrast, has little to no side effects to worry about and performs the same function as fertility drugs – the aim of which is to balance the endocrine system, regulate hormones, and bring the body into balance.
When the body is naturally in balance and working properly, strong fertility and virility are natural byproducts. While you may choose a variety of ways or treatments to overcome infertility, consider acupuncture as a viable option worth trying.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing method and there is a reason it is still with us today. It has survived for over 2000 years for a very good reason – it simply works!