Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides a natural approach to gently nourish and encourage the body towards conception. Chinese Medicine views the egg and sperm as the most vital essence that is transmitted by each parent. The first step towards treatment is for the Chinese Medicine practitioner to find out if a woman is having regular menses. If a couple has been having timed intercourse for a year without a pregnancy, then they are candidates for fertility treatments.
For women, weekly or biweekly acupuncture treatments will be given with various formulas or remedies to coincide with the menstrual cycle. To enhance a couple’s chances of conceiving, men should also be treated weekly for any fertility issues or to maximize fertility potential. Treatment will include acupuncture and herbal or homeopathic remedies may be recommended. Dietary and lifestyle changes will also be discussed.
In order to facilitate the most optimal conditions for conception, couples should expect at least 3 to 6 months of treatment. Many times couples may need as much as a year of treatment in the most complex of cases. Fertility treatments with Western medicine can be especially stressful, but acupuncture is a proven therapy to relieve stress and calm the nervous system. The main benefits of acupuncture and herbs are as follows:
- regulate the menstrual cycle
- increase blood flow to the uterus
- increase the uterine lining thickness
- balance hormones
- decrease cysts and fibroids
- increase chances of conceiving when diagnosed with PCOS or endometriosis
A 10%-15% increase in conception can occur when used adjunctively with Western reproductive techniques. For example, conception rates with IVF of 25-30% can jump to 35-40% depending partly on the woman’s age. If herbs and supplemental support is used in addition to the acupuncture, the rate can increase to 50%.
TCM is a wonderfully natural way to increase a couple’s chance of conception with virtually no side effects. If you have been struggling to conceive, you will want to consider acupuncture and supplements to assist in your family planning.
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