Due to the modern day stresses of today’s lifestyles, many women are afflicted with conditions that can affect their reproductive system, and ultimately impact their level of fertility. Many of these conditions can be very closely linked to lifestyle and diet, and therefore require a treatment that can address not just the symptoms of illness, but also the cause of the problem.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views health as a balance between the body and nature, and aims to treat the system as a whole in order to alleviate both the symptom and cause of illness. To restore overall female health, TCM uses Acupuncture and Reproductive Organ Massage (ROM) as its primary modalities.
Acupuncture uses needles to stimulate a point on the skin to influence a particular organ or organ pathway. Acupuncture can be seen as a bridge that is able to affect and integrate different systems of the body, such as the nervous, endocrine, circulatory, muscular and digestive.
Research has found that insertion of needles stimulates the nervous system releasing chemicals to either alleviate pain or affect the body’s internal regulating systems. It stimulates nerve fibers to carry electrical impulses to the spinal cord, which relays information back to the brain increasing beta endorphin concentrations. Due to these broad effects, Acupuncture can create profound changes in the body.
Reproductive Organ Massage (ROM) is a massage of your abdominal organs and it manipulates the spleen, stomach, liver, kidneys, lungs, and heart. The goal of the massage is to cleanse, balance and relax a woman’s body, making it an ideal environment for conception. The massage itself clears out toxins, bad emotions, excessive heat, and any deficiencies that cause organs to dysfunction.
Often, when a woman has a problem in any of these organs, it is due to reduced blood flow, tension, and stress. By restoring blood flow to the reproductive organs, ROM can enhance the outcome of an IVF or IUI cycle, as well as assist with natural conception. And, by relieving the body of tension and stress, the organs can reopen and return to a healthy state, leaving the body in harmony.
Women experiencing fertility issues can expect many beneficial effects from Acupuncture and ROM, including improved functionality of the ovaries to produce higher quality eggs, regulated hormones to produce a larger number of follicles, improved blood flow to the uterus and ovaries which increases both follicle size and quality while thickening the uterine lining for improved egg implantation, lowered stress levels in the body to promote conception, prevent uterine contractions post IVF embryo transfer, reduced side-effects of IVF medications, strengthened immune system for improved fertility and pregnancy, increased chance of conception, and decreased chance of miscarriage.
Acupuncture and ROM also greatly aid women suffering from menstrual abnormalities. Acupuncture can help balance the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis and hormone levels for women with premature ovarian failure, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), elevated FSH, luteal phase defects, and amenorrhea. Acupuncture helps to ease the pain associated with endometriosis, It may also ease PMS symptoms, such as irritability, depression, breast tenderness, and bowel irregularities; help regulate the menstrual cycle and ease menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and insomnia.
When the body is treated on a holistic level with Traditional Chinese Medicine, it can begin to heal itself of the many modern day complications that plague its health. For more information on this topic, or to find out how TCM can benefit you, please contact us at 925-395-7823 or 408-287-1390 or visit us at www.nurtureacupuncture.com.