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Some years back, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) was considered to be a passing fad. Now, these treatments are being utilized by an ever growing number of doctors who have integrated it into Western conventional modes of treatment to address several forms of health conditions such as migraines, back and joint pain, allergies, and asthma, to name just a few. And besides them being used for illnesses and diseases, researchers and doctors are also discovering CAM therapies to be helpful in boosting fertility. So, it may be worth your while to explore some natural fertility treatments if you’re searching for a way to increase your chances of conceiving. These treatments can come with caveats though since they aren’t researched well enough compared to Western conventional fertility therapies; nevertheless, CAM therapies may be just what the doctor ordered as long as you consult with a qualified practitioner first and have researched about them in a responsible way. You and your practitioner will discuss what type of natural fertility treatments works best for your specific needs.

Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture and How Can It Help Treat Infertility?

Most people who have a basic idea of what acupuncture is, know that it involves the insertion of very thin tiny needles into certain areas of the body known as pressure points or acupoints. What most of them don’t know is that this needling process can be a tool to cure various kinds of health conditions. Based on TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) theory, when a needle is inserted into a pressure point, it helps boost the circulation of blood and de-clog stagnant energy (chi) to promote a healthy state of balance in the body. Western physicians believe that the needles activate the nervous system which leads to the production and release of chemicals that promote healing and relieve pain. These effects are proven by MRI scans that reveal acupuncture’s influence on the brain. With regards to fertility, acupuncture can reduce stress, normalize ovulation, stimulate hormones, and improve blood flow to the reproductive organs – all of these enhance one’s chances of getting pregnant. This is why acupuncture in Tarzana is considered one of the most sought after natural therapies for both male and female infertility. It can enhance sperm count and quality in men. It can be a standalone treatment or part of a holistic plan of treatment that can include nutritional counseling, herbs, or other holistic procedures.

The caveats: Acupuncture treatment for infertility does not guarantee a cure although certain studies do indicate that the treatment works in improving fertility. These include studies revealing acupuncture’s ability to help boost the rates of success of IVF treatment. Still, there are some studies that do not demonstrate it’s effectiveness for infertility and some researchers have debated its merits. Moreover, the patient will likely need to have regular acupuncture sessions in order for the treatment to work successfully. This can be costly; nevertheless, it can work for those who have the money and time to invest. It is important to look for an experienced and qualified acupuncturist to get the best results. You need to your acupuncturist about taking some herbal remedies that can also help treat your fertility problems.

Relaxation Techniques – Is it Effective in Boosting Fertility?

Counseling therapy (involving a support group or one-on-one counseling), meditation, yoga, guided visualization, Tai Chi, and Qi gong are all very good practices to help alleviate stress. Any of these stress-busting techniques can assist you in getting into a baby-making frame of mind (as well as body) since stress is believed to be a negative factor for fertility. There have been studies showing that women with symptoms of depression are 50% less likely to conceive compared to women who don’t suffer any type of depression.

The caveats: If you’re younger than 35 and you’ve been TTC (trying to conceive) for over a year or if you’re older than 35 and you find it difficult to attain pregnancy after six months of trying, it is highly advised to talk with an acupuncturist or other qualified TCM practitioners about the options offered by natural alternative fertility treatments Those mind-body relaxation techniques can certainly help with reduce your stress levels while you wait for a course of natural alternative treatment.

Hypnosis

When you think of hypnosis, it conjures up images of a magician playing tricks in your mind. Well, if this is what you only know about hypnosis, then it’s time to reframe your way of thinking regarding this type of trained concentration. Hypnosis is actually now an officially sanctioned American Medical Association medical procedure that can be used to address several types of conditions and is now being taught at major medical schools. The conditions it can be used for include eating disorders, anxiety, and yes, infertility. Scientists believe it can boost fertility by furthering relaxation, which is very helpful in preparing the body for pregnancy, more so if you’re suffering from extreme anxiety or stress that has hindered your chances of conceiving.

How is fertility affected by stress?

The body releases cortisol and other stress hormones when it’s under a “fight or flight response” (stress). This reaction, in turn, disrupts the hormonal balance required for the body to ovulate, fertilize, and implant an egg. So, when the level of stress is low in the body, through hypnosis or any other stress relieving technique, fertility is boosted in a major way. Clinical studies seem to back this up: Research shows that hypnosis during IVF procedures help women lower their levels of stress, which led to a dramatic increase in their likelihood for successful. If hypnosis seems an attractive option to you for getting pregnant, you can teach yourself the technique by buying CDs or DVDs self-hypnosis exercises or you can search for a hypnosis therapist for help.

The caveats: There has not been enough research on hypnosis for the promotion of fertility although those that were done showed promising results; this does not guarantee however, that it will work for you. Still, it should not prevent you from giving the technique a try since it won’t affect your chances of achieving pregnancy. The worst thing that can happen to you when practicing this activity is that you lose time and money getting spellbound for nothing.

Written by Valerie

November 29th, 2016 at 7:56 pm

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