Oriental medicine has a long history when it comes to enhancing reproductive health and fertility for both men and women. In fact, evidence that acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used to aid fertility can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3 AD.
Statistics state that one in five couples over the age of 30 have difficulty conceiving after one year of trying. Many of these couples are turning to acupuncture and Oriental medicine for a safe, effective and natural solution to have a healthy baby.
Fertility treatments were first recorded by Zhang Zhong Jing, a famous physician from the Han Dynasty, in his discussion of diseases in women in the Jin Gui Yao Lue or Essentials of the Golden Cabinet.
According to the principles of Oriental medicine, a person’s health is determined by the quality of Qi, the vital life energy, and blood circulating through the body. When Qi and blood are circulating properly, the body is properly nourished and functioning optimally which, in turn, enhances fertility.
Researchers have confirmed the benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine for:
- Regulating the menstrual cycle
- Improving sperm count and motility
- Reducing stress and anxiety associated with infertility
- Normalizing hormone and endocrine systems
- Improving blood flow in the uterus
- Decreasing the chance of miscarriage
- Increasing the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF)
Fertility treatment approaches vary from person to person, but are usually scheduled for at least three consecutive cycles (twelve weeks). Treatments include acupuncture, customized herbal therapy, stress reduction and dietary counseling.