Trying for a baby can be a challenging time. Discover the many benefits of acupuncture for reducing stress and improving overall health for female and male fertility.
Attempting to have a baby isn’t always as straight forward as it may seem. It’s not a surprise really, when there are so many moving parts: from ovulation cycles, to sperm quality. The process can be extremely stressful, with emotions high and life changing decisions to make, not to mention the financial burden of fertility tests and IVF.
So where does acupuncture fit into the picture?
Acupuncture has a long and successful history in reproductive medicine and as a supportive therapy alongside assisted conception techniques such as IVF.
It can be used to help boost female and male fertility, prepare the body for conception and pregnancy and help with underlying conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis and irregular menstrual cycles.
Acupuncture is great for relieving stress which is often a big factor in a couple’s difficulty to conceive.
Is it not just mumbo jumbo though?
Acupuncture is a system of healing that has been used in China and the Far East for thousands of years. According to traditional Chinese philosophy our health is dependent on the smooth flow of our body’s energy. This energy, referred to as Qi (pronounced ‘chi’), can easily become disturbed or imbalanced. It’s this imbalance that is understood to be at the root of symptoms. There are many aspects to people’s lives which cause these imbalances so it’s always important that a practitioner takes a thorough case history to fully understand all issues that could be affecting your health.
Traditional acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined over thousands of years. Acupuncture is always focussed on the individual rather than just their main complaint and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Every person is unique so two people with the same western diagnosis will each receive different acupuncture treatments and different lifestyle and dietary advice.
Acupuncture is not about sticking you with needles. It’s a holistic practice that assesses your whole health against the principles of Chinese medicine and helps you to gain a much better understanding of what’s important for you in terms of your diet and lifestyle. So Acupuncture isn’t just a treatment that is given to you, it’s about learning how to best support your own health and to understand how to read your body’s needs. Chinese medicine becomes a way of life that helps empower you to take charge of your health and wellbeing.
But what about the needles?
Acupuncture treatment itself aims to address the imbalances using the insertion of very fine needles at specific points around the body. Because the needles are so fine, the treatment is pain free. Coupled with comprehensive lifestyle and dietary advice the aim is to return your body to a state of balance and health.
My approach is always one which empowers people to take charge of their health. Through educating my clients I encourage them to make changes to their lives based on the Chinese medicine model. With this approach clients see a steady and consistent improvement enabling them to remain in control of their health resulting in long lasting effects.