Please welcome a guest post from Dr John Tsagaris, world renowned Chinese medicine and acupuncture expert.
If you’re struggling to conceive naturally, there can be another option for you. Many women turn to alternative medicine to help them conceive. If there is no scientific reason why you aren’t conceiving, these treatments can help you relax and unlock your blockage to conception. It can also help increase your chances of conceiving when you’re undergoing fertility treatment.
Chinese medicine and acupuncture have been used for thousands of years to improve fertility difficulties – and now modern science justifies the effectiveness of the method. When it’s combined with conventional methods of fertilisation, it can be even more effective.
The acupuncture we perform in our Chelsea clinic focuses on underlying pathological, psycho-emotional and idiopathic causes that may contribute to infertility for both women and men.
What Happens During Your Appointment?
The practitioner will assess what you’ve tried with regards to the problem so far. He or she will look at the conventional plan that is most suitable for you, after which there’ll be a discussion with a GP specialist, before an individual treatment course is devised to maximise the chances of conception.
How Does Acupuncture for Fertility Work?
Acupuncture assists in treating menstrual irregularities that contribute to infertility. Amenorrhea is just one of them; it may indicate an imbalance between the hypothalamus, pituitary gland and the ovaries.
Erratic periods or ovarian issues are very common in clinical practice, in which women either have many periods due to their high FSH levels, or very few – possibly due to ageing.
Occasionally, cases of endometriosis, with or without symptoms, may become a factor affecting fertility. Other concerns need to be addressed, such as fibrocystic breasts due to progesterone fluctuations, or commonly-seen immunological issues where the woman or the man (or even both) develop antigens, preventing fertilisation.
Other causes may include the presence of fibroids or cysts from a hormonal imbalance, as well as recurrent miscarriages, with or without conventional treatments.
How Does Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture, in supporting the physical and psycho-emotional wellbeing of the patient, can improve success rates following the IVF route, according to clinical studies that claim that the technique can increase fertility chances by up to 65% when combined.
Alternative western methodologies, such as IUI or ISCI, may be less invasive and more cost-effective, whereas acupuncture can increase the body’s response to the medication and assist the normal development of the fertilised follicle.
Infertility doesn’t always occur because of the woman’s pathological condition, but often because of a very poor sperm quality from the man. This is a very sensitive issue and many men feel emasculated and struggle to face up to it. Male factor infertility accounts for 40% of couples struggling to conceive. Fertility acupuncture specialised for men improves sperm count, mobility, morphology, as well as addressing possible immune factors such as anti-sperm antibodies that can interfere with conception.
Can Acupuncture Actually Assist Fertility?
Acupuncture, in combination with the preferred conventional procedure, significantly assists fertility chances by perceiving the patient as an individual, rather than a statistical number. Addressing all aspects of health, realigning the body and mind and tailoring a course of treatments, will bring the best therapeutic outcome.
As these treatments apply to individuals, the number of treatments will be determined by the preferred combination with western fertilisation and it will follow the regulation patterns that need be followed. The practitioner may suggest specialised Chinese herbs or supplements in conjunction with the acupuncture treatment.
Here’s a testimonial from one of our happy customers, blogger Ruth from amodelrecommends.com
“I honestly feel as though I can’t thank John enough. He took the time to look at my overall health and he gave me real confidence in my body and made me believe in its abilities. Even if I reverted back to my former scepticism, dismissing the acupuncture and herbs as complete rubbish, I think that the positive mental and emotional changes that John encouraged have been the most valuable lessons I’ve ever learnt. Adopting a different approach to my wellbeing made me realise that although on paper my fertility was “perfect”, the reality was that my health was far from it. I haven’t had any sessions at the clinic since falling pregnant – John was moving locations and he’s also a very in-demand man, and on top of that I have barely been into London what with my house-moving – but I shall be back like a flash once I can get a bit of time to myself. My time with John has truly been the best investment I’ve ever made”
Ruth Crilly, http://www.amodelrecommends.com
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