What is infertility?
The diminished ability or the inability to conceive and have offspring.
The inability to become pregnant after one year of trying.
Defined in specific terms as “the failure to conceive after a year of regular intercourse without contraception.”
Women who are able to get pregnant but have repeat miscarriages are also said to be infertile.
What are the causes and symptoms in oriental medicine?
Weak Kidney Energy Levels: In oriental medicine, the Zang of Kidney is the main root of Qi (chi) and also regulates reproduction.
Symptoms: Irregular or weak menstruation cycles, color fading, dizziness, back pain, and tiredness of eyes.
Liver Qi-Lumps: The Zang of Liver is important because blood is stored in and transferred with a woman’s Liver Qi. A woman’s Liver Qi dictates her mental and physical mood.
Symptoms: Irregular or weak menstruation cycles, the need to take frequent deep-breaths, and pain in the side ribs.
Bladder Dampness: Spleen Qi is weakened by cold food, and contact with coldness. A break in water metabolism also creates dampness. When the blood in our bodies and this dampness join, it blocks the meridian of the uterus.
Symptoms: Irregular or no menstruation cycles, drastic weight fluctuations, pale face, fullness of chest, and a weak appetite.
Heat Dampness: Heat and dampness combine to block the meridian of the uterus.
Symptoms: The duration of the menstruation cycle is extended and often accompanied by pain in the lower abdominal area, low back, waist and pelvis.
Blood Lumps: Blood lumps create difficulty in Qi and blood circulation and may cause one to be very sensitive or stressed easily.
Symptoms: Weak, continuous menstruation cycle with severe menstrual pain.
Insufficient Blood: Some are naturally born with insufficient Qi and blood and thus, cannot provide enough blood to the uterus.
Symptoms: Delayed menstruation with bright colored blood or weak cycles, skinny yellow-toned faces, and often accompanied by heart palpitations.
- Irregular menstruation
- Unusual cold hands and feet
- Menstrual pain that lasts over 72 hours
- Extreme weight—either underweight or overweight
- Excess hair
- Menstruation can stop completely or be significantly reduced post-child birth
- Tubercle (growth found on bone or skin), inflammation of the pelvis, parotitis (inflammation of parotid gland)
- What oriental medicine and acupuncture can do to treat infertility?
If using acupuncture and herbs alone, it can take 3 – 6 months to normalize the menstrual cycle and ovulation. If you are undergoing assisted reproductive treatments, it is ideal to begin acupuncture immediately.
Acupuncture works very well for infertility in both men and women. Acupuncture treats infertility by specifically targeting points that aid reproductive organs function and restoring the body’s natural ability to reproduce, so results are more natural and come with fewer side effects than conventional infertility treatments.
The ear is the reaction point of the thalamus and pituitary glands, which can improve fertility with continuous stimulation.
acupuncture for infertility issuesHerb formulas reduce and eliminate blood to tonify the functions of the reproductive system. Custom herbal formulas are provided to correct the menstrual cycle, balance hormones, follicular and luteal phases, and maximize fertility. As with any medicine, the herbs prescribed vary with each patient and can occasionally be changed according to the progress made.
Moxa reduces or removes coldness from the uterus and ovaries.