Acupuncture Fertility – Recognising Individual Circumstances

Exciting Developments

You may not realise it, but fertility acupuncture is one of the most exciting developments within the field of acupuncture at the moment. Here’s why.

Over the years I have worked with many couples to help them achieve their dreams. In my experience the key is to really understand the complex needs of each individual. So how do I do this?

Through very careful observation, enquiry about your current state of health and looking through your medical test results and diagnosis, we can build up a detailed picture of your reproductive health. As part of this the majority of my patients will chart their daily temperature – the so-called basal body temperature. The overall aim is to develop a strategy that will improve your chances through a greater understanding of how your body is working.

To give some specific examples of what I mean, are you able to regulate your temperature well? What do you think is the reason for your current problems? Do you suffer from pre-menstrual symptoms? Does your digestion serve you well? Are you sleeping sufficiently?

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And one other point. I rarely talk about infertility. A more appropriate expression would be subfertility.

One of the Oldest Healthcare Systems in the World

So where does Acupuncture fit into all this? It is one of the oldest healthcare systems still in use around the world. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to improve health by balancing and regulating the key organ systems of the body. It is based on principles that go back over two thousand years.

According to The Fertility Foundation, fertility acupuncture works by :-

  • Regulating hormones
  • Improving blood supply to the ovaries
  • Improving Sperm Quality and quantity
  • Helping with embryo implantation
  • Reducing stress

The following clip  illustrates this in more detail.

Not all of these may be applicable to you of course – but the key is to identify and improve those that are. The key steps are:-

  • Diagnosis
  • Plan
  • Treatment

Traditional Treatments

The following traditional treatments may also be offered alongside acupuncture :-

  • Moxibustion (warming therapy) see earlier blog
  • Cupping
  • Traditional Chinese dietary advice
  • Gua sha (Chinese friction massage)
  • Auricular acupuncture
  • Lifestyle advice
  • Listening

mini moxa

So let me share a typical example. A couple have been trying to get pregnant for 2 ½ years. A simple hands-on check shows that the female partner has a very cold lower abdomen. I inserted two needles into the patient’s hand and two into her ankles. Within minutes her abdomen has warmed up dramatically, something which her partner was able to feel with his own hands. ‘You are a bloody magician’ he said. Three months later the couple were able to announce a pregnancy. Co-incidence?

Here’s to making a difference! Explaining the unexplained.

Martin Dean is a British Acupuncture Council registered acupuncturist who practices in Nottingham, UK.

Tel: 07969413158

Web: www.acupuncturefertilitycentre.co.uk

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Your Initial Fertility Consultation Explained

You are anticipating your first visit to The Acupuncture Fertility Centre. What should you expect for your Initial Fertility Consultation?

Your Initial Fertility Consultation Explained

One or Two?

First of all the invitation to attend will be open to both of you – as appropriate. Secondly you will be asked to bring along a completed consultation form. This will be emailed to you in advance as part of your welcome pack. This process will help speed things along and allow me to tailor the treatment to your circumstances.

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During the session the questions will fall into the following categories:-

  •  Tests, evaluations and previous treatments
  •  Lifestyle changes you have made
  • Your general health
  • Your reproductive health

The assessment is also likely to include a check of your pulse and tongue and an evaluation of your abdominal temperature. The aim of the session will be to put together a strategy to your desired outcome.

why are you taking my pulse?

And ladies (depending on circumstances) you will be asked to start taking your daily temperature (the so-called basal body temperature) so that we can evaluate how effectively your menstrual cycle is working. This was discussed in a previous blog.

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Three Steps

The three steps to take you forward will be:-

  • diagnosis
  • plan
  • treatment

The diagnosis will be individualised according to the principle of traditional Chinese medicine, developed over more than 2,500 years. Treatment may include acupuncture needles, moxibustion (warming therapy to improve circulation), massage, cupping, dietary advice and exercise.

These are clearly not the work of just one session – after all, Rome wasn’t built in a day – but the aim is to put the explained into the unexplained so that you can feel confident that you are in good hands..

Here’s to making a difference!

Thank you for all your help throughout our journey in bringing this little man into the world!  R.

Dear Magic Martin,

There are no words that can really say how eternally grateful we are to you. You helped to change our lives and give us this special gift.    A.H.

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