Today, many couples are waiting until later in life to have children. Women and men over thirty may be working against years of poor diet, stressful work or living conditions, and other health- altering conditions that can adversely affect the reproductive cycle.
Fortunately, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and lifestyle changes can rejuvenate your cycle. Most often, it takes at least three cycles of treatment to regulate a woman’s cycle; longer if there is a history of gynecological issues such as endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease. It takes men up to 72 days to generate new sperm. If there is a history of urological complications, it may take longer to regenerate the reproductive capacity.
Acupuncture corrects hormonal imbalances and assists internal energies to restore the endocrine system. It also influences the reproductive organs and affects the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis which is responsible for ovulation and sperm production.
Moreover, if you are working with a Fertility Clinic and choose to use fertility drugs and/or medically assisted fertilization techniques, acupuncture can increase the chances of conception. Recent medical research has proven that acupuncture can improve the outcome of Assisted Reproductive Techniques by improving both ovarian response and uterine receptivity.
Chinese herbs contain natural energetic substances which correct underlying deficiencies or remove obstructions. Practitioners determine your individual imbalances and create herbal formulas to correct these imbalances. Each formula contains different herbs for various segments of the cycle. Some women may need to switch herbal preparations 2-4 times throughout the month to correct specific imbalances in her cycle. The herbs act to strengthen the reproductive system and improve reproductive function.
Lifestyle changes are essential in supporting your reproductive cycle. Such changes include: eliminating caffeine, drugs and alcohol; eating nourishing and organic foods; taking a natural, high potency multivitamin that contains a mineral complex with iron, folic acid and B vitamins; exercising moderately; and becoming more aware of your fertility by understanding your cycle and specific signs that arise throughout your cycle.
Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and lifestyle changes work together to rejuvenate the reproductive cycle and subsequently create a healthier environment for a harmonious pregnancy. Our practitioners look forward to working with you and supporting you on your journey to achieve your goal of parenthood.
By Korin Owens