By Renee Pilgrim R.Ac, R.TCMP
Acupuncture can increase the chances of conception when used in a reproductive clinic environment and with specific procedures such as IVF transfers. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have proven effective in regulating menstrual cycles, increasing sperm motility and overall supporting healthier bodies thereby increasing the chance of conceiving and maintaining pregnancy.
As TCM Acupuncture is its own system of medicine it can support what western medicine cannot see. It looks at the body differently and treats based on pattern differentiation. The reproductive system may be functioning just fine. The issue may stem from other organ systems that are hindering the process. The TCM assessment and treatment protocols often identify and treat successfully.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Balances the body’s organ networks
- Increases functionality of organ systems
- Increases circulation
- Improve nutrient distribution, healthy cell and tissue growth
- Produces general ease of being
Utilizing this medicine proves to be an incredible support for family building.
The question I often receive from patients is, ‘When do I start?’ If you know at some point in your life you’d like to conceive you can start anytime. If you are planning for the near future, allow 6-9 months for Acupuncture and TCM to support your body as it prepares for the important task of creating another human.
Top 5 Considerations
Acupuncture and TCM are great for people who experiences stress on a daily basis that affects: digestion, sleep, causes headaches, low back pain or menstrual cycles
When it comes to fertility and conception, there is no one-hit wonder. And Acupuncture is no exception. However, it is standard practice to allow for at least 3-6 months of preparation to see positive results and overall body function improvement. If choosing to work with Acupuncture and TCM give it time.
Acupuncture works well with other practices, be it body work such as Osteopathy or Physiotherapy or pharmaceutical medicines prescribed by doctors or fertility clinics as well as supplemental supports by Naturopathic Doctors. If you’re already taking care of your health in other ways, consider incorporating Acupuncture and TCM to your process as a supportive therapy.
1st Line of Action
If you have been attempting to conceive without interventions and haven’t been successful, consider that Acupuncture and TCM can be your 1st line of action. Because it increases the overall function of your body’s own process it may be the kick start you need to achieve your goal. Often times there isn’t a test that can pinpoint exactly what the delay in conception is.
Be prepared to be asked by your TCM practitioner to make some lifestyle changes. How one eats, sleeps, and eliminates affects the whole body. Making alterations to these core functions may be enough to help the reproductive organs do exactly what it is designed to do. Cultivating an environment suitable for the creation and support of life starts from the ground up.
Darou Wellness Team to support your Fertility:
- Dr. Shawna Darou – Naturopathic Doctor
- Dr. Hilary Chambers – Naturpopathic Doctor
- Barbara Poczniak, R. Ac – Arvigo® Therapy and Acupuncture
- Renee Pilgrim, R. Ac, R. TCMP – Acupuncture & TCM
- Patti MacGregor, RMT – Mercier Therapy (abdominal massage)
- Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, MSW, RSW – CBT therapy
- Caroline Mackey – Holistic nutritionist
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