“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished”

Lao Tzu

a pregnant womanInfertility in both males and females is increasingly becoming a major concern nowadays, and many people are now turning to acupuncture as a means of treating the issue.

While acupuncture can help treat infertility in both males and females, the interesting thing is that women are the ones who are going for this treatment option more than men. This is partly because the female reproductive system is far more complicated, and also because women are more aware and willing to seek help when treatment options are available.

If the issue of infertility is discovered to be predominantly in one partner, it would be advisable that both partners receive acupuncture treatment. Nevertheless, the person with the problem will have to go for treatment on a more regular basis.

Fertility Acupuncture – In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Treatment:

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Quyen Tran – Member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network

Most women go for fertility acupuncture once they’ve already started their In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment, and usually seek this option as a way to help improve their situation. While this option can be of great help, a greater understanding of acupuncture and how the process works is necessary.

Patients coming for treatment can benefit from this option, increasing the likelihood of their infertility treatment being successful; especially if they start their acupuncture course at least 3 to 6 months before starting IVF treatment. This makes it possible for acupuncturists to prep the patient’s body to make it more receptive to treatment.

Some Things To Consider While At Home:

In cases that Western medicine term as “unexplained infertility” (that is where there’s no physical damage to or blockage in the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries), there are a couple of things that the patient can do to improve their fertility rate.

healthy diet for fertilityDiet – Diet is an important thing, and patients are advised to make sure that they eat healthy and organic foods when possible as the right foods can have a higher amount of nutrients.

Make sure that you get a good dose of essential fats, omega-3, and omega-6 on a daily basis from products like avocado and oily fish. Consider avoiding hydrogenated fats that are found in products like margarine and crisps as well as saturated fats from dairy and meat products.

Supplements – Since our food is not as nutritious as it used to be because all the chemicals like preservatives used in our food today, it is advisable that you consider taking supplements to complement the lack of essential minerals like Zinc and nutrients missing in our foods.

Zinc is one of the most important minerals when it comes to improved fertility health in both males and females. Shockingly, nine out of ten people have a zinc deficiency.

From what I have gathered, Zinc Orotate is the one to go for as there is it is believed that it’s easily absorbed by our bodies. Women should do their best to get about 30mg of this mineral every day. At the same time, it is advisable that you take 1000mg of Vitamin C as well as 1000mg of flax or linseed oil plus a multivitamin designed for pregnant ladies alongside such minerals.

Smoking – Avoid smoking at all costs. It has been proven that smokers have a 60% chance of becoming infertile compared to non-smokers.

Caffeine – You are also advised to avoid caffeine as studies show that even a single cup of coffee a day can considerably increase your chances of becoming infertile.

Alcohol – Another thing to avoid is alcohol. Alcohol affects menstruation and ovulation in women and motility and sperm count in men. It also affects the liver, leading to liver problems. This then leads to the body not being able to produce essential amino acids necessary for proper cell development. When cell development is affected, reproductive health is affected too.

You are also advised to maintain a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) or healthy body fat ratio. Being too skinny is as bad as being overweight. Nonetheless, it is important for women to maintain a healthy amount of fat as it helps in conception. You are, therefore, advised to ensure that your BMI stands at about 20-25%. A BMI level under 20% is considered low for women looking to conceive.

Acupuncture in Pregnancy

It is common for women to experience different symptoms when pregnant, most of which can be treated with acupuncture. Such symptoms as lower back pain, morning sickness, carpal tunnel syndrome, and constipation amongst other can be eased through acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture during pregnancy can also be used to help turn a breeched baby and to induce delivery if the mother is past her due date. However, if the mother isn’t experiencing any adverse symptoms during her pregnancy, then it’s better to let things be and let nature take its course.

On the other hand, it is advisable for mothers-to-be to seek acupuncture treatment in the 3rd and 6th month of her pregnancy as this is a time when acupuncturists can perform simple treatments that can help strengthen the foetus.

Acupuncture after birth:

a mother with her babyMost women recover very well once they have given birth. However, some women will suffer various symptoms like post-natal depression. Often, this is due to severe loss of blood when giving birth. A lack of mastitis, lactation and even over production of milk can also be aided through acupuncture.

Acupuncture in Pregnancy: Diet Advice for Women During Pregnancy (From Kitty Campion’s ‘Holistic Woman’s Herbal’)

With all the available diet requirements, it’s better to eat the right diet than to take supplements (well, unless you are a vegetarian).

Iron: Dried fruits, egg yoke, red, purple, dark green vegetables especially beetroot, fish. Brewer’s yeast powder, spirulina (the richest source of Vitamin B12), sunflower seeds, pulses are good for vegans. Spirulina’s Vitamin B12 is more easily absorbed than that found in meat and vegetables. Animal organic liver.

By increasing Vitamin C levels, you improve how Iron is absorbed.

When it comes to supplements, Floradix is a great liquid product to use. Please note that herbal tablets are known to cause constipation.

Vitamin B12: spirulina, dairy, meat, fish.

Folic Acid: Vegetables (particularly dark green ones) and fruits, whole grains, salmon, oyster, brewer’s yeast. Take care since the acid can be destroyed when cooking your food. This acid helps in the manufacture of red blood cells and DNA. When deficient, it can cause sluggishness, lesions at the sides of the mouth, irritability, forgetfulness.

Zinc: Sunflower seeds, vegetables, pumpkin, wheat germ, alpha sprouts, nuts, and poultry. However, it is important to note that excess folic acid is known to deplete zinc.

Deficiencies in zinc can cause colic in babies, considering that a lot of zinc is lost during birth leading to a depletion of the mineral. Male babies are known to absorb up to 5 times more zinc than females; as such, most boys tend to be zinc deficient, which later leads to their testicles being non-descended.

Colostrum has high levels of zinc, if a female’s zinc levels are low, there is a very high likelihood that a problem will develop considering that zinc is needed for both foetal growth and birth.

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