Acupuncture therapy involves the insertion of five to 20 thin needles through the skin. The needle insertions occur at specific points and in varying depths to access the energy meridians in the human body. The needles are sometimes stimulated by electric currents and they help in balancing your body's energy. The therapy is thought to help relieve pain, but it can also help in alleviating symptoms related to other health conditions, including fertility issues.
Here are some of the major ways that acupuncture can help in solving infertility problems.
In medical terms, infertility denotes the inability of a woman to conceive after having unprotected sex for at least one year. The inability to sustain a full-term pregnancy for the same period of time is also considered infertility. Many women suffer from fertility problems either due to preexisting conditions or genetic factors that make it more difficult to conceive and have children. However, men who lack high sperm counts can also be considered impotent, making this a problem for every gender across the board.
1. Acupuncture can reduce stress, which contributes to infertility
Stress is a major cause of infertility among people trying to conceive. When people are under stress, the brain release a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol causes a neurochemical imbalance that can disrupt other hormonal systems. There is a delicate hormonal balance between the pituitary, hypothalamus, and reproductive glands. Stress causes an imbalance in this system, and the imbalance can prevent ovulation from occurring in women. Significant amounts of stress may also cause spasms in the uterus and fallopian tubes, and these challenges interfere with the implantation and movement of the fertilized egg.
Stress among men can lower the sperm count and reduce the mobility and health of the produced sperms. A low sperm count with poor mobility often leads to impotence. Acupuncture counters the negative effects of cortisol by contributing to the release of endorphins from the brain. Endorphins, or the "happy" hormone, counter stress in order to improve sperm count. A combination of Chinese herbal medicine options and infertility acupuncture can improve hormonal balance.
2. Acupuncture can better ovulation among women
Ovulation is not the only problem that causes infertility. Sometimes a mature egg that is released after ovulation may not reach the uterus because of spasms caused by hormonal imbalances. Even when the egg reaches the uterus, it may still fail to attach to the wall if the level of progesterone is low. High levels of prolactin, which is the hormone stimulating milk production, can also hamper ovulation. Infertility acupuncture counters the negative effects of hormones such as cortisol and prolactin, and it helps in improving ovulation, the movement of the egg, and the final implantation.
3. Acupuncture balances energy
The human body has 14 main meridians of energy. Acupuncturists believe that these meridians carry the Qi energy between the internal organs and the body's surface. The Qi energy establishes balance and improves physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. If your Qi isn't balanced, then your chance of having poor health habits is high. That means that it can contribute to lower chances of conceiving. With the right acupuncture therapy, it's thought that your Qi can be re-balanced.
4. Acupuncture for thyroid dysfunction
When the thyroid glands can under function or over function, negative impacts on your fertility can occur. Certain acupuncture sessions can be targeted to address the effects of the thyroid glands on fertility. The therapy can also treat other problems that reduce fertility such as spasming tubes.
5. Improved blood flow
Besides the aforementioned benefits, infertility acupuncture therapy can also foster better blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. This will create a more nourishing environment for the eggs and better help implantation occur.
Infertility acupuncture therapy can help improve fertility among men and women in many ways. If conventional medicine fails, you can always try this method as an alternative or additional form of therapy. Apart from helping in the improvement of fertility, acupuncture helps in supporting expectant women throughout their periods of pregnancy. If you have more questions, don't hesitate to contact The Emperor's Medicine for fertility help.