Natural fertility for couples
To conceive a life is a natural act that is produced across the union of a man and a woman or in other words the union of the sperm and the egg so we will talk about fertility referring both to the man and the woman.
In the past years the number of couples with difficulty conceiving has grown considerably, causing a lot of stress on the couple, which increases the problem even more. Many women and men work long hours, eat irregularly and not well, do not have time to dedicate to one another, and wait for too long to have children or until everything is perfect but the truth is that the perfect time is never perfect. Many finally decide to go for the conventional route of IVF, ICSI, IUI, etc.
What is Chinese Medicine?
The system of Chinese medicine basically consists of Acupuncture, Herbs, and Massage. It is a natural medicine that still continues to be effective though it exists from around 4000 years ago. The Chinese discovered then that the energy or life force that maintain life runs through the body across the meridians or canals of energy like the electricity in a house moves across the cables connecting to all the rooms and when we want to turn on a light in a room we press a button and as it by magic we obtain light. As well in our body the energy or life force runs across the meridians, the points come to be like a button that turns on the light in a room. The points are sources of energy that when stimulated are able to relieve many symptoms at a time that balance the energy.
When our energy is balanced we experience good health, we feel positive, strong and in good spirit and we don’t have pain. The opposite occurs in different grades of intensity when the energy is unbalanced.
The energy is unbalance either by causes of stress, bad diet and excess of any type. In summary, if we maintain a balanced life, our energy also will be balanced. Our life style is very important to have good health and if we neglect it we begin to feel in a bad mood, pain in different parts of our body, we feel negative, etc.
How Acupuncture is able to help to conceive
Like we have already said, Acupuncture helps to balance energy by way of points that are stimulated with acupuncture needles that are very small and thin. Before placing the needles, the Acupuncturist makes a diagnosis of the patient by means of questions about their medical history, observation, taking the pulse, observing the tongue, etc. This is done in the first visit and is a very important part because from there they will determine what type of treatment they will receive, what points will be used and by how long to leave the needles in the points.
The integration of body and the mind are very important. The hormones and the emotions play a crucial part in reproduction because the fertility of the woman is very related to her emotions and by how she feels on herself. We see this very clear in the days before menstruation, especially when the woman has had a stressful time either in her work or in her relations with her family and friends, in these days the woman is able to feel all of her emotions more deeply because her emotions are amplified in this period.
The acupuncturist observes and feels and in accordance to the signs and symptoms will choose the points that will help to restore balance.
The World Health Organization recognizes that Acupuncture can help with 43 clinical conditions. In the field of fertility, there exists numerous studies that demonstrate that acupuncture is able to help with:
– Regulating the menstrual cycle
– Improve ovulation
– Balance the Hormones
– Improve blood circulation in the pelvis area
– Reduce stress
– Reinforce the endometrium
– Improve the quantity and quality of sperm
– Helps the immune system
Acupuncture also helps maintain good health and it is proved across numerous studies that is very helpful during pregnancy and birth.
In Chinese Medicine, the heart, the kidneys and the uterus are considered the “alma mater” of the reproduction system. There exists a canal called “Bao Gong” that energetically connects the three.
The heart houses the spirit or “Shen” that in chinese medicine means the activity of the hypothalamus and the pituitary, that control the hormones. We all know the influence of the mind on the functions of the body and the menstrual period of the woman.
The kidneys store the Jing (the essence of life). The kidney Yin and the kidney Yang influence the regulation of the reproductive functions.
The uterus is the stage where all takes place and includes all of the reproductive organs like the uterus, ovaries, the fallopian tubes and the neck of the uterus.
Other organs related to the system of reproduction are the liver whose energy moves and stores the blood and the spleen that produces the blood from the food that we eat , from here the importance in the quality of food since that depends on the quality of our blood.
Some of the more important factors to better the possibilities to conceive are:
– Life Style
Lifestyle: A balance life is the key to preserve our Jing. The Jing is the essence that we inherit from our parents and its quality determines our constitution and our ability to reproduce. Our Jing depletes as we age, but if we care about eating healthy, if we exercise and we carry a balanced life our Jing will wear less. We should consider our Jing like our capital. The energy that we need to live daily must come from the air we breathe and the food we eat. But if we work too many hours, without fresh air and are stressed, our Jing will wear away very rapidly. The same occurs if we drink too much coffee or sweets to have more energy. These are stimulants that give us false energy, energy that in reality we don’t have. What truthfully gives us energy is moderate exercise, a healthy diet, spending a good time with friends, to relax and sleep.
Diet: Here again we have to say moderation is the key. Fresh food, a little meat, chicken or fish, rice, pasta, a glass of wine with food from time to time, and infusions of herbs make up a good diet. Ideally the food should be simple, fresh and less processed. Better for our health and better for out future children.
Emotions: All the emotions affect our body and our organs. All emotions, even those that our minds don´t register but our body itself perceives because sometimes these are little things that happen to us but we unconsciously ignore them for self preservation because the truth is that we will go crazy. But like it or not, all emotions affect our body and our organs. The Chinese discovered millions of years back that different types of emotions affect different organs:
• Too much laughter and excitement effects the heart
• Too much thought and worry affects the spleen
• Too much sadness and melancholy effects the lungs
• Too much anxiety or fear affects the kidneys
• Too much anger and frustration effects the liver
Emotional health is a very important factor for conception.
Sex is another important factor, consider your relation with your partner as if it were a plant that you water and care for so that is can grow well. Sex is one of the nutrients that helps a couple have a healthy relationship. A couple should try to enjoy their time together and “make love” not only to conceive but to maintain a relationship complete and healthy. To make love doesn’t mean to have penetration always, but to relax, play and stimulate the sexual organs of each other to maintain in good form and activate the hormones. Sex helps the couple to maintain a healthy body and mind. And to have a more honest and profound relationship.
Factors that affect fertility in Women and Men
Stress, being overweight or underweight, tobacco, drinking a lot of alcohol, coffee, age, oral contraceptives, allergies, painkillers, lubricants, the quality of sperm and eggs, pollution and chemicals.
It takes approximately 6 months for a couple to conceive, although although it can take more or less. When a couple decides to have a child they have to take responsibility to have a healthy life style. If a couple in spite of having good health and without any physical problem that could impede conception and still not able to get pregnant depending on the age it is advisable to try other more invasive methods.