TCM Causes of Female Infertility
Inability to have children or agenesia is the fault of male in roughly fifty percent of all cases and of the female in roughly fifty. In the instance of the male, congenitally underdeveloped testes or malformation or other irregularity in the sperm may be the cause. In female, causes of barrenness include malfunction of the ovaries, underdevelopment of the uterus, obstruction of the uterocervical canal and abnormal ovum.
Still many couples are unable to have children, though both partners are apparently free of physical defect. In these cases, psychological elements are usually the case. Stress or tension upsets the autonomic nervous and endocrine systems.
Acupuncture understands that the location of female's nfertility begins in the uterus, and its development is related to the liver, spleen and especially kidney function.
Acupuncture Causes of Female Infertility According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine’s physiology, normal conception happens as follows:
On a monthly basis, a woman's essence (acquired and congenital) will gradually be enriched to a particular level by the kidneys, the kidneys will then produce a substance called tian-gui. Under the action of this substance, the Conception Vessel and Thoroughfare Vessel become exuberant and flushed with abundant qi and blood. When the excessive qi blood in the vessels become overflowing, they drift into the uterus and turn into menses. This signals the woman is ready to conceive. When an egg from her ovary is fertilized with a sperm, pregnancy results. From an acupuncture understanding, this fertilization process involves the combination of congenital essences from both sexes, which are transmitted into the embryo in the uterus. Thereafter, the uterus supplies the nutrients for the growth and development of the foetus until childbirth.
Based on the classic texts understanding of infertility, modern acupuncture and TCM believes conception needs three criteria:
-Non-obstructed meridians around the uterus and
-A favourable environment inside the uterus
As previously discussed, there are various causes of infertility in women. Acupuncture identifies the cause of infertility in terms of energy imbalances in the body. The imbalances may be due to a wide variety of factors, such as an unhealthy lifestyle, poor diet or improper eating habits, lack of exercise, stress, environmental factors, emotional or psychological issues, toxins or hereditary influences
Basically, acupuncture understands that the location of infertility begins in the uterus due to
1. Exhaustion of kidney-qi due to congenital deficiency, hard phisical work, stress or indulging in excessive sex.
2. Insufficiency in blood due to constitutional weakness or dysfunction in the spleen and stomach.
3. Stagnation of liver Qi due to cases of emotional disturbances, especially frustration and anger.
4. Obstruction by phlegm and dampness due to improper dietary habits or yang deficiency in the kidney and spleen.
5. Retention of stagnated blood in the interior due to damage during a previous delivery,
exogenous pathological qi invasion, long term illness and qi deficiency.
6. Accumulation of damp-heat due to improper sanitary habits in the perineum region may allow dampness and heat to invade the uterus.
Taking Chinese Diet may help acupuncture to Boost Your Fertility
Chinese believe proper food intake not only supports the daily nutrient needs, but also cures or relieves health problems via their moderate therapeutic actions.
Many food ingredients serve as herbs, for example, job tears, tangerine peel and ginger. They are used to make delicious dishes while at the same time exert medicinal properties. From this, eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones can make pregnancy possible.
The Chinese like to eat certain foods to boost the kidneys, such as black fungus, walnut, lotus seed, Euryale seed, Chinese chives, pond loaches, oysters, catfish, maw, sea cucumber, abalone, mutton, beef, venison, sparrows and animal kidneys. Besides these, certain other ingredients may be added into the dishes to ease the disorders associated with infertility such as fresh Chinese yam
For kidney deficiency: walnut, wolfberry fruit, Chinese yam and black sesame;
For stagnation of liver-qi: citron fruit, finger citron and dried tangerine peel;
For accumulation of phlegm and dampness: Poria, Job's tears and small red bean.
For blood stasis: hawthorn, peach kernel and kelp
During the menstrual period, it is better to consume warm and cooked foods, and avoid too much food and drinks that are raw, frozen, not easily digested and spicy. This will ensure a smooth menstrual flow. Below are some recipes that can be taken on a daily basis to enhance fertility. They also benefit a couple for health maintenance purposes
If you consider to become pregnant with IVF or you are already under IVF treatment, acupuncture significantly enhances the outcomes of conventional medicine fertility treatment in vitro fertilization (IVF) and reduces the risks of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy associated with this fertility treatment.