Bringing a child into the world is an experience that many couples want to enjoy, however problems with fertility can affect people’s hopes of becoming parents. Infertility doesn’t affect just males or just females exclusively; it can affect both in different ways. Causes of infertility in males include low sperm count, a blocked vas deferens, large numbers of abnormally shaped sperm, and genetic diseases. For females who have low fertility or are infertile, contributing factors usually include age, problems with the fallopian tubes, ovulation disorders, endometriosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. If you’re concerned that you may have missed your window to be able to have children, make an appointment with Melbourne Acupuncture Wellness in Melbourne first to discuss the possibility of using acupuncture for improving fertility.
Acupuncture has been known to play a vital role in helping people – both women and men – who have otherwise struggled with fertility. The placement of the needles in the particular pressure points is believed to activate the release of specific hormones in the body that can act as a pain reliever and also help the body to heal itself. The process of acupuncture is also very calming and helpful in reducing stress. Stress of course is one of the biggest contributors to infertility, so managing stress through Chinese medicine can be effective in helping to improve natural fertility. Acupuncture has also been known to improve sperm production in men and endocrine production in women.
The goal of integrative medicine, which combines conventional and alternative treatments like fertility acupuncture, is to harness the body’s power to heal itself.
There is now a compelling amount of evidence that demonstrates acupuncture and herbal medicine’s connection to improved fertility and live birth rates in women undergoing IVF treatment. Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine is also recommended as a supplement to acupuncture in the treatment of infertility.
Through a carefully planned program of consultations and acupuncture, IVF in Melbourne can take on a holistic approach. This helps to restore balance to the body and reduce the side effects of the conventional medicine approach.
Absolutely. As with women’s health, by taking a more holistic approach with reproductive issues, TCM is able to improve the function of the male reproductive system and is capable of enhancing a man’s sperm count and motility.
Typically, you will need at least three months of regular treatment, maintaining a consistent schedule to allow treatment to have a positive effect. Once-weekly acupuncture sessions for a three month period should be sufficient.
The key pressure points for acupuncture and fertility are on the face, the mid section of the body and on the back of the body.
1. On the face is the pressure point known as Epang II, located on two sides of the scalp just above the hair line on the outer side of the eye brows, and the Yintang which is located on the forehead just between the two eyebrows. At the mid-section of the body, you’ll find acupressure points Lv 14 (just beneath the two breasts), Ren 14 (halfway between the belly button and sternum) and Ren 12.
2.Slightly further down are pressure points Ki 16 (regarded as one of the most important acupressure points, located an inch on both sides of the belly button), Ren 6 (found 1.5 inches down from the belly button) and Ren 4 (two inches below the navel).
3. On the back of the body, you’ll find the fertility acupressure points UB 44 (located on both sides of the 5th thoracic vertebra) and UB 15 (found 1.5 inches from the spine, directly on the 5th thoracic vertebra on the left and right hand sides of the body). UB 23 is located exactly opposite to the navel at the back and is beneficial for both female and male natural fertility, while pressure point D4 is known to help the overall health of the mother’s uterus.
To find out more about the effectiveness of Chinese medicine for improving fertility, make an appointment at Melbourne Acupuncture Wellness today. We also provide pre and post-natal treatments to assist you during pregnancy. Get in touch today to find out more.