Infertility struggles have become more and more common in recent years. There are many physical and environmental contributors to infertility and couples dealing with this issue are desperate for solutions. As it makes its way into the mainstream health world, acupuncture has become more of a go-to treatment method for both males and females; and there is plenty of valid research to back up these claims. A quick search of PubMed will give you hundreds of studies illustrating the positive effects of acupuncture on various issues related to infertility. continue reading
Current statistics show one in six couples who are trying to conceive are facing fertility issues. And while many times infertility is thought of as a female issue, it is really a factor for both the man and woman and should, therefore, be addressed as such. continue reading
Fertility and the Phases of Menstruation
The menstrual cycle can be broken down into four phases: the menstrual phase, follicular phase, ovulation phase, and luteal phase. At AcuWell LLC, we commonly adjust our acupuncture protocol and Chinese herbal formula recommendations based on your current phase of menstruation.
Menstrual Phase: Day 1-Day 4
The treatment goal during the menstrual phase is to gently move and tonify qi and blood. If an obstruction to the flow of blood is present an herbal formula such as Tao Hong Si Wu Tang or Four Substance Formula with Safflower and Peach Pit can be used.
Follicular Phase: Day 5 to 2 days before ovulation
The treatment goal is to nourish blood and yin to prepare the body for ovulation, tonify the kidney, and prepare the uterus. This can be done with various acupuncture points on the body and can be assisted with Chinese herbal formulas such as Zuo Gui Wan or Restore the Left Kidney Pill.
Ovulation Phase: Day 1-2 days before ovulation
Ovulation can be confirmed with a rise in basal body temperature or an ovulation predictor test. The treatment goal here is to move qi and blood, strengthen kidney yang, and decrease stress levels. Fu Ke Zhong Zi Wan or Women’s seed planting pills may be used to warm the uterus, nourish kidney Jing essence, and promote ovulation.
Luteal Phase: Ovulation until the confirmation of pregnancy or menstruation
Here the treatment goal is to tonify qi and yang to keep progesterone levels high. It is also important to reduce stress levels at this time. You Gui Wan or Restore the Right Kidney Pill is often used during this phase to warm the uterus, strengthen kidney yang, and promote the smooth flow of liver qi.
Chinese herbal formulas should only be used under acupuncture supervision. Individual oriental medicine diagnosis must be performed in order to find the appropriate formula for you. If you are looking to boost fertility with acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas, consider scheduling an appointment with AcuWell LLC in Naperville, IL.