Infertility is a term we're all secretly afraid of, especially when one tries to conceive but efforts don't seem to come to fruition for a while. If this is the case, one may begin to sink into negative thoughts, and begin to feel disempowered and disenchanted with the process. This is why so many people today are turning to natural medicine. There was a time when artificial intervention was rarely required, and as a society we need to uncover how modern day living has made it more difficult to conceive naturally. Though various underlying factors that are adversely affecting fertility have been uncovered including: hormonal imbalance, stress, and other woman’s health issues, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis. The key to the solution is to uncover the underlying causes of such imbalances. Why would one’s hormones go out of balance leading to irregular or even absent periods? What are the main things that are causing a person’s stress? These and many other questions need to be addressed in the treatment and resolution of infertility.
Getting back to basics, back to things that worked 1000s of years ago, may still be the ultimate solution for today. Take for instance acupuncture. Based on the concept that our body has channels of energy, which is referred to as “qi”, through which energy circulates. If these channels get “blocked”, energy can no longer pass, creating stagnation resulting in, dysfunction, or dis-eased states in the areas, and their associated organs, that are blocked. For example, in the case of the female reproductive system, this would cause problems with ovulation, such as anovulation (no release of an egg occurs).
So, how can acupuncture help with fertility problems, you may ask?
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine work very well in balancing the body and all of the prominent systems involved in fertility, naturally and efficiently. It allows for the proper flow of energy to the main organs involved in fertility, such as the ovaries and the uterus.
The benefits of acupuncture include:
Nervous system calming, reducing stress
Bringing energy, or qi, and vitality to the uterus and ovaries allowing for ovulation and healthy implantation to occur
An overall sense of well-being and relaxation
All of these will enhance and allow for the healing, nurturing and proper functioning of all the essential systems involved in female reproductive health and fertility.
Infertility can be caused by a myriad of reasons, and in order to help such a patient, it's essential to work with the root of the issue, which is exactly what Naturopathic Doctors are trained to uncover.
If you live in the Waterloo area in Canada, my clinic has been dedicated to pregnancy and fertility problems, which uses acupuncture and other modalities such as herbal medicine, or acupuncture in conjunction with IVF, to help women achieve fast results in the most natural, comprehensive way possible! If you are interested in learning more or to book an appointment, please call the clinic at (519) 954-9168.