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?
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:-
The following traditional treatments may also be offered alongside acupuncture :-
- Moxibustion (warming therapy) see earlier blog
- Traditional Chinese dietary advice
- Gua sha (Chinese friction massage)
- Auricular acupuncture
- Lifestyle advice
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.
[Acupuncture Fertility – Recognising Individual Circumstances]