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Get Pregnant the Easy Way,

with Acupuncture

by Georjana Shames, L.Ac

Every year millions of Americans visit Acupuncturists. It's a relaxing, affordable, and non-invasive treatment for a variety of health issues, including fertility.

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Acupuncture treatments designed specifically to assist with fertility can boost your chances of conception each month while decreasing your costs and the stress associated with trying to get pregnant. Great news for hopeful parents-to-be: Acupuncture, herbal formulation, dietetics, and medical massage have been aiding conception for five thousand years. Chinese Medicine is an effective, affordable adjunct or primary treatment for any number of fertility concerns.     

Of course everyone wishes the process of having a baby would involve only exquisite joy, but with any difficulties encountered along the way it can instead start to feel scary or overwhelming. Fortunately, fertility Acupuncture has tried and tested benefits developed over the past five millennia, and can really help you in becoming pregnant.    

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical tradition that uses over 2,000 pressure points and energy meridians in your body to bring balance and better organ function, while reducing physical pain and emotional stress. Acupuncture uses disposable needles as thin as a strand of human hair, and inserts them just below the skin to stimulate pressure points. Treatments are essentially painless but can occasionally cause tingling sensations where the needles are placed.    

Acupuncture treats the root causes of infertility, so your cycles become more regular, uterine lining thickens, and your physical and mental preparation for pregnancy is underway. Many people are already aware that a regular menstrual cycle is the key to correctly timing conception efforts. One aspect we rarely hear about, however, is the importance of stress reduction. If your stress level has become unhealthy during the course of daily life, or in trying to get pregnant, the Acupuncturist's first goal is to bring that level back down and restore peace. Think of it this way: there is no physiologic difference between stress from a deadline at work, and stress from being chased down by a tiger. The mind knows the difference but from the perspective of the body, high internal stress levels signal an unsafe outer environment (one in which a helpless newborn would not stand a chance for survival). Decreasing stress with Acupuncture is an excellent way to signal to your body that the environment is safe and conditions are ideal to bring a newborn baby into the world.     

In addition to decreasing stress and regulating the cycle, Acupuncture improves your overall internal strength which is critical for carrying a pregnancy full-term.
Mothers-to-be, remember: in the philosophy of Chinese Medicine you are literally creating a whole new person from your internal energy and nourishment (what we call Qi and Blood). Your body has its own wisdom that knows this process is bound to take a fair amount out of you, and will prove uncooperative in conceiving if you do not have the necessary resources to carry the pregnancy full term.     

Other ways to strengthen yourself internally include getting plenty of sleep (remember you will likely be operating in a sleep deficit for the first few months of your infant's life, so having previously stored up 8 hours nightly will help carry you through that rough period); frequent, enjoyable exercise (try for a half hour every other day of swimming, walking, biking, dancing, etc.); and eating hearty, natural meals several times daily (foods that build Blood include lamb, beef, yam, chicken, goji berries, dates, black beans, all of which can be used in soups and stews).    

For men, Acupuncture can assist you in the extremely important aspect of boosting sperm count and motility. Your Chinese Medicine practitioner may also prescribe herbs to increase motility and viability, particularly herbs that boost the Yang energy (which is the active, energizing component) like ginseng, deer antler, aconite, or ginger. Remember to lower your own stress levels with exercise, meditation, or yoga, but avoid hot tubs or long hot baths as these can harm your overall sperm count.    

Whether you are trying to get pregnant with Acupuncture alone or in combination with typical Western medicine procedures, you will find the treatments relaxing and beneficial. Acupuncture can help you get pregnant even if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. Acupuncture can help stabilize or normalize your periods while decreasing stress and PCOS symptoms. (BabyHopes.com concludes "Almost all women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome who subscribed to Acupuncture had their periods regulated in a study conducted.")   

Acupuncture is particularly popular in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization, or IVF. A meta-study published in the British Medical Journal in 2008 found that among seven clinical trials of Acupuncture and IVF, the women receiving Acupuncture showed a 65% increase in establishment of pregnancy, an 87% increase in continuing pregnancy, and a 91% increase in live births.

Acupuncturist Georjana Shames, LAc, Dipl.OM has offices in San Rafael & Cotati. She uses gentle, effective techniques to balance hormones, decrease stress, and help women get pregnant. Please visit www.ShamesHealth.Com to see her 2-minute video with more information, or call Preventive Medical Center at (415) 388-0456 to schedule an appointment.


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