At Acupuncture Northwest we see a lot of fertility patients. Is it because research shows that the use of acupuncture and herbal therapy is effective in treating fertility conditions? Is it because more people than ever before are having a hard time conceiving? Or because people are starting their families later in life? Whatever the reason, acupuncture is becoming a well known treatment modality used for all types of conditions related to fertility.
Acupuncture is amazing. As you have heard us say so many times before, Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on a person’s unique constitutional pattern, and that specific pattern is what dictates treatment. It is no different for fertility patients. We figure out your individual diagnosis, then apply treatment to help return your body to a balanced state. Some of the most common diagnoses in Chinese medicine for infertiltiy include: Blood stagnation, Kidney deficiency, Blood deficiency, Yin deficiency, Spleen qi deficiency, and Liver overacting on Spleen. In terms of western medical diagnoses, there are several that are common for fertility patients, including uterine fibroids, poor egg quality, ovarian cysts, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, tubal blockage, endometriosis, annovulation, thin uterine lining and unexplained fertility.
We have patients at many different points in the fertility process, whether it be just starting to try to conceive, to having tried multiple IUIs, or preparing for IVF. No matter where you are in your journey of starting a family, acupuncture can assist in the process. We love working with fertility patients. There is nothing more gratifying than helping someone conceive and make the family they have always wanted.
I love working with patients who are seeking help with fertility. Whether they are trying on their own for the first time or taking extra steps prescribed by their doctors (often IUI or IVF), acupuncture has the potential to help achieve conception. And there are few things more rewarding than helping couples realize their dream of having a child.
Happily, these days, when couples first begin considering what options exist for them, there is a good chance they have already heard something about acupuncture.
Over the past few years, the news media have brought attention to the effectiveness of acupuncture. CBS, FOX, and BBC have each run stories about the successes of acupuncture and the results of fertility research programs. These stories highlight how the modern techniques of reproductive medicine can be enhanced by the ancient tradition of Chinese medicine. Enhancement isn’t the whole story, however, and acupuncture can be of value to anyone seeking assistance. These latter people aren’t so newsworthy, I guess.
WebMD and the American Pregnancy Association also have interesting information about fertility and acupuncture, and as I was browsing around the web for what fellow licensed practitioners are saying, I found this article in Acupuncture Magazine by Jennifer Dubowsky. My hat’s off to Jennifer for this article and her other insightful contributions on the subject of fertility.
There’s nothing like hearing from someone who has gone down the same road, and like many professionals’ web sites, mine has testimonials from some of my fertility patients. But what can be more compelling than seeing and listening to real people? Like on YouTube: |1|2|.
So there’s a lot of information out there readily available for interested couples. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, I suppose, that the general health and well-being of a patient – something that is at the heart of Chinese medicine — would have a direct impact on a patient’s fertility. Conception is a lot more than sperm meets egg. The physiological and emotional environments in which this takes place will have a dramatic impact on how events unfold. “Nourish the soil before planting the seed.” And then keep nourishing the soil through the ensuing pregnancy and birth. Then it’s . . . slow drum roll in the background . . . parenthood. But that’s a whole ‘nother story.