By: Sabrina Uy, L.Ac
Anyone who thinks of mothers or the possibility of becoming one realizes the importance of being in the utmost health to carry, care for and bring another being into this world. Therefore, we encourage anyone beginning this journey to begin acupuncture treatment a minimum of 3 months prior to conception. Specific to fertility, the egg selection process happens about 120 days prior to ovulation; the sperm regeneration cycle is every 90 days. Thus, nourishing the mother and father prior to starting a cycle is very important for good quality egg and sperm production.
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is known to improve arterial blood flow to the ovaries thereby enhancing ovarian environment to be properly nourished. Any time you improve blood flow to an organ system, the organ will function better. Chinese medicine increases the thickness and quality of the lining of the uterus and both Chinese herbs and acupuncture can influence blood flow to the uterine lining in the hope of encouraging implantation. Other ways in which TCM enhances fertility is by regulating menses, supporting a viable pregnancy through the early stages if there are signs the mother's body is weakening and of course, reduce stress.
"One final reminder: you are creating a health environment to welcome and nourish a new life within you. This new life needs every ounce of your support - physical, mental, and emotional. But one of the best ways you can support yourself and your child is to relax. Do what you need to do in terms of exercise, massage, supplements, diet and herbs - but also think of the kind of mother you want to be. Remember your goal. Think of holding your sleeping child in your arms. Relax into the love you will share. Then hold that image and love in your heart....that is the most welcoming environment you can create in your body and womb."1
1 Lewis, Randine MD. The Infertility Cure.