After trying to get pregnant for months or even years and seeing that pregnancy test come up negative over and over again, you may start to look into every fertility treatment under the sun. The internet certainly has many options for you to explore! Some of those treatments may be strange and unlikely to work, while others have the blessing of your doctor. Acupuncture is one of those treatments that use to be considered a little hippie-dippie, but is now experiencing an acceptance by many western doctors. The numbers are hopeful, so if you’re looking into everything, acupuncture could be at the top of your list. Keep reading to learn more about this old-school fertility treatment.
What is Acupuncture?
In short, acupuncture is the ancient Chinese art of insertion of ultra-thin, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on the body. These points are located in channels or meridians of Qi (or life force) which, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, flows throughout the body. According to the practitioners, it’s when these channels of energy are disrupted or imbalanced, that health issues (such as infertility) occur. Acupuncture aims to redirect the imbalanced or stagnant Qi, making it more healthy and balanced.
How can it help infertility?
As mentioned above, acupuncture aims to rebalance the Qi that flows throughout the body, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture needles placed at the precise points along these energy channels helps this Qi come unstuck, which can then help your body heal and become more balanced. By targeting points that are linked to your fertility, and thus encouraging Qi to flow naturally and healthily, you can increase your chances of conceiving.
Some western medicine professionals advise that you should try acupuncture, but they may not be completely on board with the Qi explanation. For example, some doctors advise Acupuncture not for the Qi, but for the stress relief. Yes, many patients experience lower stress levels after undergoing acupuncture (which could work for you, unless you’re terrified of needles). Many doctors think that quiet treatments encourage meditative moments that help patients control stress (which can impact your ability to conceive). In short, acupuncture may be able to help calm your sympathetic nervous system, thus lowering your stress levels and encouraging better chances of conceiving.
If you’re interested in Acupuncture treatments, it’s important to find a good practitioner with a good record. We may be able to suggest some good options for you. Call us today at (214) 544-6600 today to learn more.