Alternate Treatments for Fertility

april2015 Research UpdateAbout 10 percent of couples struggle with infertility and an inability to conceive, according to the Centers for Disease Control. For those struggling to have children, fertility treatment can become tiring and expensive very quickly. There are numerous alternative treatments including Chinese Medicine that have been thought to improve fertility.

Acupuncture:

By increasing blood flow and Qi (pronounced “chee”) to the reproductive organs, acupuncture can help increase fertility. Stress has been noted to cause infertility in women due to an increase in the hormone cortisol. A change in hormones can cause the body to be put out of balance, affecting fertility. Acupuncture can help by decreasing stress with acupuncture points and returning the body to balance.

Acupuncture infertility treatment has almost no side effects, compared to Western medications and hormone treatments that can cause lasting side effects.

Chinese Herbs:

Women who received Chinese herbal treatments were found to be more likely to become pregnant than women who didn’t receive the treatment, according to a study in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine.

Yoga:

Yoga is another way to increase fertility by reducing stress and increasing blood flow, which can help gynecological function.

Breathing practices that are done in yoga can help to relax the mind and lower cortisol levels, bringing hormones back to a normal balance.

Some poses can increase circulation to the reproductive organs including Seated Angle Pose. This pose consists of sitting with your legs stretched out to stretch the hamstrings, bringing more blood flow to the pelvic area.

If you have experience or supervision, yoga inversions such as headstands or shoulder stands can be extremely helpful fertility boosters as they balance the hormones.

Simple lifestyle changes:

You can also help boost your fertility with simple changes like eating a healthy diet, avoiding alcohol, smoking and environmental toxins, and getting sufficient sleep.

Alternative treatments for fertility can be a less expensive, non-invasive option for improving fertility!

Sources:
http://www.pacificcollege.edu/acupuncture-massage-news/articles/1192-how-does-acupuncture-for-fertility-work-increase-chance-of-conception-without-side-effects.html
http://www.conceiveeasy.com/get-pregnant/chinese-herbs-for-infertility/
http://www.babble.com/pregnancy/brenda-strong-fertility-yoga-tips/
http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/alternative-therapies-for-fertility
http://www.parents.com/getting-pregnant/infertility/treatments/can-alternative-therapies-help-you-get-pregnant/

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