Acupuncture, Herbs, and Lifestyle Affecting Fertility

By Maureen Tighe, ND

Infertility can disrupt any couple’s hopes and dreams. Many couples turn to Western Assisted Reproductive Technology for treatment. Assisted reproductive technology includes, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and Hormonal Therapies.

However research also provides simple, less invasive, options to increase fertility. Classical Chinese medicine has a 2000 year-old tradition of treating infertility. Also, naturopathic Medicine involves stimulating the body’s ability to balance organ systems, such as the reproductive and hormonal systems. These natural fertility therapies focus on bringing balance to the body and improving all phases of pregnancy including pre-conception, conception, carrying, delivery and postpartum.

Both classical Chinese medicine and naturopathic medicine address the core of infertility by balancing the menstrual cycle and improving the quality of eggs, endometrial lining, cervical fluid and sperm. Not only are these therapies gentle, safe and effective, they also have a very low risk of side effects and naturally calm the nervous system. A natural fertility program using classical Chinese medicine includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, homeopathy and lifestyle changes.

Enhancing Female Fertility

According to classical Chinese medicine and the principles of naturopathic medicine, a healthy body is a fertile body. By enhancing the body’s internal terrain, an environment conducive to fertility is created. This approach also has the advantage of setting the stage for long-term balance in other areas of health and well being.

Treatment programs are designed to meet a patient's needs based upon the classical Chinese medicine pattern of disharmony. This approach addresses infertility associated with advanced maternal age, luteal phase defect, PCOS, endometriosis, hormonal imbalances and unexplained causes. Unique obstacles to conception will be addressed with acupuncture, nutrition and herbal medicine.

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Enhancing Male Fertility

Whether you are seeking to enhance fertility naturally or to increase the effectiveness of Assisted Reproductive Technology while minimizing side effects a natural fertility program using classical Chinese medicine can help. If Western assisted reproductive therapy is the right choice for you, acupuncture can dramatically increase the effectiveness of this technology and alleviate unwanted side effects. It can also support you before, during and after In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and Hormonal Therapies.

Men reap the benefits of Natural Medicine for enhancing fertility as well. Ensuring normal sperm count with 50% motility and 60% morphology is a significant factor for a couple trying to conceive.

Collection of NCBI peer reviewed research: Exit Site




Mauren Tighe

Author Maureen Tighe is a licensed naturopathic physician.

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