fertilityFor those seeking fertility support, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system that excels in its approach as a natural, non-invasive, and individualized alternative, or adjunct to modern treatment methods for fertility problems.

A TCM practitioner will carefully determine the state of your imbalances and prescribe an individualized program of herbs, acupuncture, and proper nutrition to help you create an optimal environment to support fertility and pregnancy.  The TCM practitioner also recognizes that mind-body-spirit are inseparable, and it’s with this holistic approach of bringing the whole being into balance that fertility problems are most effectively addressed by Chinese Medicine.

Physiologically, acupuncture helps to regulate hormones and increase blood flow to the reproductive organs. When we’re under stress, or emotionally depleted, our body’s blood flow is steered away from our reproductive organs and, instead, allocated elsewhere to help us survive intense stress.  Further, hormonal cycles are completely disrupted by high-stress lifestyles, impeding the body’s receptivity to conception.

ivf-web-940x4751Acupuncture’s effects are two-fold, here – effectively encouraging the body and mind to relax, while guiding circulation to the reproductive organs, helping the body prepare for conception.  The use of appropriate herbs and foods act on balancing hormones and further facilitates an environment that is receptive to support fertility.  Thus, Chinese Medicine not only helps the body get ready to be pregnant, but can also help women relax and de-stress so their bodies are able to become pregnant more easily.

Chinese Medicine can be a powerful stand-alone treatment for those seeking help with fertility, but it’s also proven to be a powerful adjunct to modern fertility treatments, such as IVF.  At West Berkeley Wellness, we support families in whichever route they choose.  More and more clinical studies are showing that acupuncture and other TCM modalities significantly improve success rates of IVF, considering embryo transfer and successful full-term pregnancies.  Please see our section on Pregnancy for more information.

To summarize the impact of Chinese Medicine on fertility, it can help:
  • Stress Reduction
  • Strengthen the Immune System
  • Hormone Regulation
  • Improve Egg Quality & Integrity of Reproductive Organs
  • ART / IVF Assistance
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