Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine To Help You Conceive During Early Menopause
Chinese Medicine along with acupuncture is one of the most popular and widely recognised alternative treatments for those trying to conceive. We want to share this story of one of our clients who came to visit us in our clinic.
Samantha had been trying to get pregnant for over two years with no luck. She was showing signs of early menopause such as high FSH levels, hot flashes, dreaminess, bloating stomach, cold hands and feet. These early menopause signs made it really difficult for Samantha to conceive.
She decided to undergo IVF and to improve her IVF success rate she decided to visit us at GinSen for acupunture and Chinese herbal medicine. Find out more about our clinics here.
A widely published study often referred to as the ‘German Study’ found that patients undergoing IVF who were using acupuncture achieved a 42% clinical pregnancy rate compared to only 26% in the control group that did not receive any acupuncture. When Chines herbal medicine was used along with acupuncture in conjunction with IVF, 60% of the participating patients conceived successfully.
Female age 47
Duration till pregnancy: 1 Month 10 Days
Western medicine Diagnosis
Infertility for 2 years, Early Menopause Symptoms, Prepare to do IVF
Chinese Medicine Diagnosis
Spleen Kidney Yang Deficiency, Qi and Fluid Yin deficiency, Blood stasis
Tongue: Dark red tongue, teeth mark along the side of the tongue
Pulse: Taut, Thin and Chi Mai Weak
Treatment Plan for Samatha:
Acupuncture: Twice a week, 30 minutes per session
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Along with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine we recommended some dietary changes along with some lifestyle changes to help get her body prepared.
In Chinese Medicine, it is believed that when we consume on day to day basis will alter our body temperature. For improving fertility we always recommend eating warming foods, the philosophy behind this is that a warming diet builds the body’s qi and blood and gives your body strength to conceive.
For example, it is good to consume vegetables but refrain from eating cold salads instead we recommend choosing cooking your vegetables. In line with the temperature of the food you consume. We also recommend eating a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eating fish especially oily fish, at least twice a week ( about 8 ounces/ week). Limit intake of saturated fats, oils and sugars.
Tea and coffee should also be avoided if you are trying to conceive, instead, we recommend having tea made from Ginseng slices – Ginseng slices can be purchased here.
It is also best to avoid alcohol, however, red wine is small amount is considered acceptable but better avoided to see the best results.
We also recommended consuming red meat frequently, foods that are dark, red like blood are blood-building foods and are good for fertility.
Try to exercise regularly, we encourage more gentle exercise such as yoga and pilates.
When you feel like your body needs a rest, rest – it is easy to fall into the trap of talking about resting instead of actually resting. Relaxation exercises such as qi gong, tai chi, meditation along with yoga and pilates foster yin and help to recharge and rebuild your body’s energy,
A rested body is better prepared for the herbal supplement programme, it improves your body’s fertility and increases your chances of conceiving.
How does Chinese medicine help to improve IVF success rates?
- Acupuncture relaxes your body and decreases your stress levels
- It improves the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs
- It also regulates the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles
- It balances hormones and improves response to ovarian stimulation
- Chinese Medicine supports embryo implantation, increases the blood flow to the uterus, and increases the thickness of the uterine lining
- It strengthens your immune system and decreases the chances of a miscarriage
Take a look at our blog post: How Chinese Medicine can help improve IVF success rate here.