According to Eca Brady who is a specialist in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and mind/body techniques, they can be used to boost a woman’s odds for having a baby.
Here are Brady's top seven tips for improved fertility:
Increase blood flow to your reproductive organs:
TCM teachers that a stressful lifestyle pulls the body’s blood flow and attention away from reproductive, baby-making organs and sends it instead to your arms and legs (this is part of your body’s “fight or flight” safety net).
Eca uses acupuncture to help your reproductive organs receive increased blood flow, and she teaches you about what she calls "focused relaxation" to massage to your body.
Are your hormones balanced:
Conception becomes very difficult when your reproductive hormones become off-kilter, this is normally as a result of an hormonal imbalance in your system. Again Eca points to stress, if you have a high-stress lifestyles its more than likley you produce more of the hormone prolactin, which may them impede your ovulation.
Eca works with you to develop strategies to reduce your stress in your life, she has developed formulas of fresh Chinese herbs that are beneficial. She also guides you towards eating a healthy diet and exercising, two of the best ways to bring the body’s hormones back into balance and improve emotional health.
As she teachers, according to TCM, two of the most common organ systems addressed in fertility are the liver and the lungs. The liver is related to anger, frustration, stress, and desire. So, it’s no wonder why one of the most common TCM diagnoses for infertility is Liver Qi stagnation. The lungs are related to sadness, grief, and holding on. How to get the fertility “chi” flowing? Make sure to find time to calm your mind through acupuncture, yoga, or meditation
TCM's view on dampness:
Eca teachers that in the view of TCM, dampness accumulates in our bodies and causes blockages in the form of cysts and fibroids that can make getting pregnant difficult. If you’re trying to become pregnant, eliminate damp food like milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream, greasy foods, and alcohol. Wet clothing, humid environments, and even moist basements should also be avoided.
Chart your cycle:
Like Western Medicine, charting your basal body temperature can help you determine when you’re ovulating, whether ovulation occurs on the optimal day and if your body is at a temperature conducive for fertility.
Receptive to conception:
Eca ask the basic question, is your body receptive to conception: Do you feel you are the perfect female shape? As she says, if go by what you see in magazines and want to be very thin and muscular to feel extremely active, maybe this drive is slowing your drive to have a baby...
According to TCM, these values do not support the concept of fertility, which is warm, enveloping, holding, and supportive. If you are constantly expending all of your energy working out or following the latest fad diet, there may not be enough energy left to support new life.
The more emphasis we put on our tries for a baby not succeeding in any given month, the more stress and frustration we create for ourselves. This in turn, may create more fertility hurdles. In TCM, it is thought that having a passive attitude toward your outcome and being more conscious of the process are what will help you maintain balance and, ultimately, give you the results you want.
These and other Traditional Chinese practices all form part of TCM, each adding a little to the history and methodology of Acupuncture and Herbs and their ability to help with Infertility.
Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC, focusing on Female Infertility with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs from Harley Street, London.
Make an appointment for an acupuncture or Herbs treatment and we can discuss how we can help you if you suffer from Infertility, to read more about Eca click here or to read more about TCM and increasing your chances fertility click here.