Acupuncture for Fertility
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Acupuncture reduces stress & anxiety during the treatment of infertility
Infertility is one of the most stressful conditions anyone will deal with in their lives. Dr. Zhou understands that the relationship between a woman’s emotions and infertility is very real and complex, and that the two can be associated with each other. Through acupuncture, she is dedicated to caring for her patients with compassion and to helping them reduce stress, depression and the other negative emotional fallout that can result from infertility.
Stress and infertility
Many years of experience treating patients with infertility have taught Dr. Zhou that stress and infertility are very often directly related in a vicious cycle. She is well aware that, when diagnosed with infertility, many patients feel helpless and no longer in control of their lives. When patients seek insemination or assisted reproductive treatment, the financial impact can be extremely stressful. Some of the hormonal medications can cause mood swings, headaches, fatigue and emotional upsets, which further exacerbate their stress levels. When patients resort to IVF, this is often their last option; they encounter higher levels of physical stress due to injections, blood work, ultrasounds, etc., as well as find themselves highly vulnerable to the possibility that the procedure may fail.
How stress affects the reproductive system
Stress and other negative emotions disrupt hormonal communication between the brain, the pituitary and the ovary, which causes an imbalance in hormonal function. Such imbalances can lead to irregular or missed menstrual cycles; they may also cause the fallopian tubes and uterus to contract, thereby inhibiting the egg’s movement into the uterus. In addition, the existence of years of emotional stress, depression and anxiety has been implicated in the complete cessation of ovulation, resulting in a condition called anovulation.
How acupuncture reduces stress during the treatment of infertility
Acupuncture – a holistic method – integrates the body and mind, balances emotional distress, increases relaxation, and helps women with hormonal dysfunction or unexplained infertility. Modern science substantiates that acupuncture affects the autonomic nervous system and activates the parasympathetic nervous system to decrease stress, muscle tension, anxiety and irritability. Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system and increases the production of endorphins and encephalins, which are naturally occurring chemicals in the body that improve a person’s mood and overall feeling of well-being.
The nervous system connects the brain directly to the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. Because of this, acupuncture – acting on the autonomic nervous system – influences the ovary’s ability to produce healthy eggs and hormones. It relaxes both the fallopian tubes and the uterus, which in turn can aid in the movement and implantation of a fertilized egg. Further, by relaxing the uterus, acupuncture can promote blood circulation to the uterine tissue, nourish the endometrium and increase the embryo’s chances of implantation. This can support conception and help avoid miscarriage. (See infertility for more details.)
As an Oriental medical doctor treating infertility, Dr. Zhou strongly focuses on providing the best possible fertility care, addressing her patients’ physical and emotional concerns. Her goal is to help her patients not only achieve a successful pregnancy, but also have a natural, joyful and more relaxed conception experience.
chinese herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is a major facet of traditional Chinese medicine. The fundamental premise of Chinese medicine is that every condition is the result of energy deficiency, excess, or inactivity in our internal organs.
” I believe that I would never have been able to continue have a normal life without the help of her acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbs” – Cathy W
“Acupuncture and few lifestyle changes helped us to get to where we are today… the proud parents of our precious little girl” – Robin & Clary