| Newborns at hospital in Shanghai, China.
Female Fertility and Oriental Medicine
Models for Increased Success.
By Cameron Bishop DAOM, L.Ac.
There are several models
of using Oriental Medicine and fertility treatments. The first is to simply use acupuncture and herbs, and nothing else. The
second is to use western tests to rule out any large impediments to pregnancy and continue with Oriental Medicine using western
tests to monitor results.The third is to use acupuncture to increase the success of various western procedures, such as IVF.
All three are applicable to various situations and preferences.
To become pregnant depends on your age, health, medical
history, diet, and lifestyle. If the cycle is confused, then herbs regulating or mimicking the cycle are needed to normalize
it. This may take a few cycles. It is a good idea to have your partner tested. If his test results are not ideal, acupuncture
and herbs can be helpful. Many factors contribute to treatment time and part of it is still is kismet. I have seen cases of
women in their early forties becoming pregnant in a couple of tries, while a young couple with every western test saying they
are ready, tries for years. Any fertility specialist will note there is a "God" factor involved too.
acupuncture and herbs solo is the least invasive but effective. Using acupuncture along with the knowledge of western tests,
such as, hormone levels, egg viability, sperm counts, and ultra sound to see the general working order of the system can decrease
frustration and help target the treatments. The combination of using acupuncture to enhance IVF has been successfully shown
in some studies. Acupuncture and herbs can be used to strengthen the general constitution to allow the body to ready for fertilization,
natural or otherwise.
Most couples are impatient for results. They want to be getting plump in the next few weeks.
A healthy young couple naturally trying has about 25% chance each cycle. Despite the best efforts, it is still like shooting
a dart and going for a bull's eye. Acupuncture increases the precentage each time you try. Adding healthy living, lifestyle
and herbs can increase the percentage further.
"Infertility" is generally defined as trying two years without
success. Most acupuncture text books talk of it being a one year process. Although I have seen one treatment do wonders, it
is the exception rather than the rule.
The Uterus in Chinese Medicine is called Zigong or "Child's Palace".
The secret to success is to keep it warm, happy and well nourished. To keep this in mind and to implement can increase your
chances for pregnancy.
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