Why Should You Use Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture for Fertility?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is helpful in the months leading up to a fertility cycle, particularly the 3-month window prior to conception. Our approach is based on helping to re-balance the body’s system, enabling the body to perform its natural functions at its greatest potential.
Healthwise not only aims to improve the body's physical functions, but to also address the expression of our emotions and it's effect on our natural character. Emotional impact can similarly contribute to fertility problems; Stress from difficulty of conceiving, struggles of everyday life. Our clinic additionally introduces simple guided relaxation exercises to help improve our client holistically. These exercises can also help us change our responses towards the clatter & frantic nature of the world, and find our own peace, acceptance, and benevolence. Healthwise believe fertility is not only about considering the conception of a baby, but also the future environment (emotional and physical) the child will come to be in.
Healthwise is able to assist women considering to undergo Assisted Reproductive Techniques like IVF, FET, as well as couples who are looking to conceive naturally. Our clinic is dedicated in providing the best solution for clients by deriving a specialized approach which best suits the individual(s).
For women 35yrs or over, it is best to allow your body three to six months to prepare for pregnancy. During this time you will receive acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatments. It is important that your partner undergoes a Chinese medicine assessment. Even if their sperm count is normal and no other western diagnosis has been given. Chinese medicine approach recognizes the importance of treating both the husband & wife through this stressful time. You maybe asked to follow a fertility eating plan and participate in self awareness exercises and relaxation meditations to assist your outcome.
For clients undergoing IVF, FET./IUI cycles, acupuncture is given more frequently with more treatments needed closer to the transfer.
Prenatal Care: Once conception is confirmed, many women wish to continue with acupuncture which is safe and can help assist your body secure the pregnancy. As well as being helpful for morning sickness.
Postnatal care: This is also an integral part of the treatment plan. The sooner you are able to come for treatments, the more benefit you will receive. Dr Sing recommends coming for treatment once a week for the first month. By taking care of your body
after having a baby you are strengthening your reproductive organs and allowing your body to recover as quickly as possible.
Fertility Treatment Guidelines
* Avoid all alcohol: can affect women and men’s fertility.
* Do not take any drugs except those prescribed by your physician.
* Do not smoke and avoid being around cigarette smoke.
* A balanced diet is important. Do not over consume sugar or foods that are converted to sugar, reduce animal proteins, fried foods, or junk foods.
* Infertility is stressful, stress management techniques like meditation will help you deal with stresses that cannot be avoided.
(1st day of full flow to 24hours before ovulation)
* Air Traveling allowed
* Vigorous exercise allowed
* Sexual activity allowed (upto and including four days after ovulation)
* Baths and swimming allowed
* Moxibustion : Centering.
(24 hours before ovulation to day 1 of next cycle)
* Do Gentle exercise with upper body
* No Abdominal exercise or running
* Limit intake of spicy/pungent foods like: garlic ginger, cinnamon, onion pepper.
* Avoid intense emotional experiences through conversation, books or movie.
* Moxibustion: Uplifting technique
* No Saunas or Swimming
* No hot tubs.
Female Fertility Supplements
* Vitamin A - 15,000 IU daily. Important in reproductive gland function.
PLUS Natural Beta-carotene 15,000 IU daily. OR Carotenoid complex (Betatene). As directed on label.
* Vitamin B Complex -. Important in reproductive gland function. Particulary B6, folate and B12
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) RDA1.2mg/day, suggest 50 mg Needed for the synthesis of RNA and DNA. Together with zinc essential in the formation of female sex hormones and the proper functioning of oestrogen and progesterone. The ovaries respond to deficiencies of B6 by shutting down progesterone production, leading to oestrogen dominance. Studies have shown supplementation helps to prevent Luteal Phase Deficit. Research has also shown that if women who have problems conceiving take B6, their fertility improves within six months. Sources (leafy green vegetables, Zinc aids in absorption.
Vitamin B12. Together with folate is needed in the synthesis of DNA and RNA. Reliable sources include lamb, sardines, salmon. RDA women 1.5mcg, suggested 50mcg/day
Folic Acid important in cell division planning a pregnancy 400mcg of folic acid/day. Good sources include: dark-green leafy vegetables, broccoli, organ meats, brewers yeast, root vegetables, whole grains, oysters, salmon, milk, pulses, asparagus, oatmeal, dried figs, and avocados. It is worth noting it takes 3 months to re-establish adequate folate levels after taking the contraceptive pill. RDA women 200 mcg/day
Vitamin B1(Thiamin) RDA women 0.8mg/day. In animal studies B1 deficiency prior to mating is linked to failed ovulation or implantation. Food sources: molasses, brewer's yeast, whole grains, nuts brown rice, organs and meats. egg yolks , fish , poultry, pulses and seeds.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) RDA women 1.1 mg/day. Deficiency of B2 linked to miscarriage and low birth weight. The liver uses B2 to clear away used up hormones, including oestrogen and progesterone. Sources same as B1.
Vitamin B5 (panthothenic acid) RNI women 3-7mg/d Important for fetal development. Food sources include B1 as well as wheat germ, salmon, sweet potatoes, broccoli, oranges, cashews, pecans and strawberries.
* Vitamin C . RDA for women 40 mg/day. can be increased to 500 mg/d Taken in divided doses. high amounts may result in histamine reactions. Vitamin C has been found in the corpus luteum and it is believed to be linked to the release of progesterone.
* Vitamin E - RDA women >3mg/d recommend 400 IU. Start with 200 IU daily and increase gradually to 400 IU daily. Needed for balanced hormone production. Has been known as the "sex vitamin" that carries oxygen to the sex organs.
* Zinc RNI women 7mg/d Suggested upto 30mg/d. Do not exceed a total of 100mg daily from all supplements. Important for the functioning of the reproductive organs. Use zinc
gluconate lozeenges or OptiZinc for best sabsorption. low levels slow down metabolism of protein which is needed for good egg quality. folic acid and zinc inhibit absorption of zinc. Alcohol and BCP lower zinc levels, Good sources include: lean meats, fish seafood, chicken eggs, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, rye. oats, whole grains, pulses, ginger root, parsley, mushrooms, brewer's yeast and wheat germ. Vitamin B6 and C may aid absorption.
* Essential fatty acids - As directed on label. Essential for normal glandular function and activity,especially for the reproductive system. The EFA's linoleic and alpha-linoleic acid are essential to every living cell. The are key to ovulation, specifically in the process of follicular rupture and collapse (allowing the development of the corpus luteum). Good sources of EFA include fish, fish oil, nonhydrogenated cold-pressed oils(flaxseed and olive oil, pumpkin seed oil) , eggs, soy products, raw nuts and dark-green and winter vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots, kale, collards, cabbage, turnips, rutabaga, and brussel sprouts. Another key EFA is omega -3 found in deep sea fish. They have been found to clean the blood of fat deposits, reduce clotting time and encourage blood flow to tissues including te uterus. Omega-3 also boosts the immune system and has been found to reduce certain immune cells (NK) which prevent the embryo's implantation. The Omega-3 fatty acid eicosapen5taenoic acid (EPA) and docohexaenoic (DHA) are essential in fetal brain development.
* Selenium RNI women 60mcg/d suggested . 200-400 mcg/daily. Deficiency leads to increased miscarriage. Males reduced sperm count adn has been linked to sterility. Found tuna, herrings, brewer's yeast, wheat germ and bran, whole grains and sesame seeds.
* Coenzyme Q-10 assists in mitochondrial function, It is a fat-soluble substance. Research has indicated that co-Q10 levels tend to be lower in women who have had a recent marriage. Supplementing Co-Q10 may improve fertilization rates in women undergoaing ICIS. MOst research of Co-Q10 has been done in regards to heart disease and blood flow.
* Iron: Low levels of iron can affect fertility and iron deficiency is common . Food sources include: organ meats, lean meats, eggs, fish, poultry, molasses, cherries, dried fruits prunes, green leafy vegetables, kelp, spinach, parsely, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, broccoli, oatmeal, sardines and nuts. Iron's absorption is inhibited by tea, coffee and smoking. RNI women 14.8mg/d. suggested 20mg/d [Z.West 2003. p61]
* Magnesium : A deficiency in Mg is associated with female infertility and increased risk of miscarriage. Animal studies have shown Mg deficiency inhibts the use and excretion of Vitamin B1. Mg and B1 are needed for energy production (Kreb's Cycle) Found in : Kelp, green leafy green vegetables tofu, pulses, rye, buckwheat, millet, molasses, brown rice, bananas, dreied fids adn apricots, nuts, barley, seafood and whole
grains. Mg, se, Ca, B6, D to aid absorption. Absorption inhibited by Alcohol, tea, coffee, smoking. RNI women 270 mg/s suggested 400mg/d
* Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) - 50 mg daily. Is part of a the B complex It Plays a role in restoring fertility in some women.
Research has shown Chinese Medicine to be effective in treating the following medical conditions in women to improve fertility:
- Ovulatory Dysfunction
. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
. Luteinized Unruptured Follicle Syndrome (LUFS)
. Luteal Phase Deficit
- Fallopian Tube Blockage
- Uterine Myoma (Fibroids< 5 cm )
- Recurrent Spontaneous Miscarriages
- Unexplained Infertility
- Age Related Egg/Embryo Quality
In men the focus is on fortifying & strengthening their virility. Main conditions affecting sperm quality include:
- Low Testosterone [Male Androgen Deficiency]
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Poor sperm quality
. Low Sperm Count
. Low Sperm Motility
. Poor Sperm Morphology
. Low Sperm Volume
. Poor Liquidification
. Blockage of Ejaculatory Ducts
Chinese Medicine uses herbal formulas to enhance fertility and address many underlying diseases. Acupuncture and other physical therapies are often used to improve blood flow dynamics to the reproductive areas.
(Many more conditions can be treated but are unlisted here. Please send us an inquiry for more information)
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