A standard definition of infertility is: “failure to achieve conception after a year or more of regular sexual activity with no contraceptive use.” Infertility is also the inability to carry a pregnancy to full term.
Chinese Medicine (CM) has been used for 5000 years successfully treating infertility and many other obstetric disorders. Seventy percent of one quarter of the world’s population uses Traditional Chinese Medicine as their main form of health care. It works quite differently than western medicines. It is gentle and deep acting rather than flashy and bright. Expect to feel a growing subtle influence that permeates through your life.
CM is often helpful in treating infertility when conventional medicine is not able explain why you can’t conceive; the term used is “unexplained infertility” or “functional infertility”. While infertility may appear to be the core problem, it is actually the manifestation of a deeper underlying imbalance of your organ system.
CM can also significantly improve some structural infertility problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, polycystic ovary disease, tubal function, scar tissue and adhesions, vaginitis, ovary dysfunction and sperm abnormalities.
CM treats infertility without use of the strong, sometimes painful-to-administer drugs or surgery that Western medicine often prescribes. Using acupuncture and specially formulated herbal remedies, Chinese Medicine has been shown in a number of randomised controlled trials to have a high success rate treating infertility in both women and men. Treatment with herbs and acupuncture is substantially less expensive than treatment with Western medical methods.
Within treatments the practitioners use acupuncture, herbal medicine and natural fertility management, which include basal temperature and cervical mucous charting and most important learning the ebb and flow of your own cycle. This combination of therapies works with the body’s natural vital energy (qi) which is inherent in all living things. This promotes the body’s natural ability to heal itself, bringing one’s organ system back into balance, creating a healthy and fertile body!
The key to successful conception is building a strong foundation. While it is important to live a healthy lifestyle once you have conceived it is even more important to do so during the months leading up to conception, since this period will determine the health of the sperm and egg that will eventually become your child.
The treatment of infertility with acupuncture usually requires a commitment to enough time to re-balance the body’s systems. If there are menstrual problems, then treatment must proceed until a couple of normal cycles are achieved. From there, you should give yourself at least 6 months to 12 months, to achieve pregnancy.
Our overall goal is to prepare the body, mind and spirit for conception, pregnancy and the birth of a beautiful new soul. All our patients are encouraged to actively participate in the body’s healing process.
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