Having a child is such a vital aspect of life for many. Unfortunately, having a child does not just happen easily for everyone. We encourage couples to definitely incorporate Traditional Chinese Medicine in their efforts to enhance fertility. It causes you to become healthier physically and emotionally along the way not only aiding in conceiving a child but also carrying a healthy child to term.
Dr. Maryam’s Fertility Program consists of:
♦ Fertility Acupuncture
♦ Customized herbal prescription
♦ Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle Counselling
♦ Supplement recommendations
♦ Lots of listening & genuine care
Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Fertility:
Increases blood flow to the uterus
Can regulate hormones and entire endocrine system
Helps thicken the lining of the uterus if it is too thin
Relaxes the uterus
Improves function of the ovaries
Strengthens the immune system
Supports a healthy pregnancy and prevents miscarriages
Treats the side effects of western pharmaceutical medications
For men, it improves the quality and quantity of sperm
More and more research studies are concluding the positive effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for fertility. A December 2002 study at Weill Medical College of Cornell University on the role of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility stated, “There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine and treatment of female infertility. According to Psychology Today, “as many as three quarters of people undergoing western treatments for infertility use some form of alternative therapy as well.” In 1996, the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations endorsed acupuncture treatment for a wide range of conditions, including reproductive problems like infertility, impotence, PMS, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and many more.
Acupuncture & In Vitro Fertiltization (IVF)
If a couple is planning to undergo IVF (In vitro fertilization), I recommend that they start their TCM treatments at least three months before IVF to prepare their bodies for pregnancy. After a positive pregnancy test, I typically will continue doing treatments during the woman’s first trimester to help prevent miscarriage as women who have more difficulty getting pregnant also are at a higher risk for miscarriages.
Acupuncture can do wonders for reducing STRESS!
How Stress affects Fertility
When the sympathetic nervous system is stimulated constantly, the reproductive system is starved of its fuel. Its blood supply is diverted away and the hormones become unstable. In recent years, researchers have found a link between stress and infertility. Women who are constantly under stress produce prolactin, cortisol and other hormones which can interfere with or even block regular ovulation. Acupuncture can do wonders for lowering stress levels. Many patients report lowered stress almost immediately following acupuncture treatments!