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  • Fertility, Egg Selection and the Benefits of Acupuncture

    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.

  • Massage as Treatment for Infertility

    By: Carol Hayes, Massage Therapist

    There are many causes of infertility and just as many different types of treatments. From conventional to complementary, women choose a variety of options to increase their chances for conception. Fertility massage can also be a holistic therapy for those women who do not have any known fertility problems but want to consciously prepare their body for conception.

    Massage can be a powerful adjunct treatment to those undergoing IUI or IVF or it can be used as a standalone treatment. Acupuncture and fertility massage are particularly effective when used together. The massage works to enhance the overall health of the woman. It combines craniosacral techniques for overall deep relaxation with reflexology for toning the reproductive organs. Abdominal massage helps to break up adhesions or scar tissue and increase overall circulation to the pelvic region. During the session the practitioner may make lifestyle suggestions (sleep, diet, herbs and vitamins) as they pertain to increasing fertility.

    Regularly receiving fertility massage provides many benefits for the reproductive system. Some of the benefits are:

    •Helps to reposition a tilted uterus
    •Promotes hormonal balance
    •Massage helps to break up scar tissue
    •Helps to bring fresh blood to the uterus
    •Helps to reduce stress & stress hormones
    •Increases circulation to the uterus & cervix
    •Improves endocrine system communication
    •Encourages the liver to get rid of excess hormones
    •Promotes hormonal balance by strengthening the hormonal feedback loop
    •Helps the body to rid itself of old stagnant blood and tissues