Based on the specific problem you are experiencing, different point mixes are stimulated using acupuncture needles. By stimulating these points, energy flow is rebalanced and the natural healing ability can happen.
For fertility, the needles are inserted to energy factors connected to the reproductive organs to increase energy flow and balance to those regions. Approximately 6 to 20 needles will be inserted and kept in a choice of factors for anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. Most patients feel a sense of deep relaxation following therapy. Some patients may feel energized, relief of pain and other symptoms immediately after the treatment.
It has indicated it may increase blood circulation to the endometrium, helping to ease a thick, rich liner that’s critical for a fertilized egg to implant itself into.
Most women who choose acupuncture do it together with conventional infertility treatments, but others expect that acupuncture may improve their chances after everything else has failed. Studies have shown that frequently undergoing acupuncture treatment from a licensed therapist for at least two to three months, dramatically increased a couple’s chances of successfully achieving a healthy pregnancy. Continuing to experience therapy during the first trimester of pregnancy can help prevent complications developing during gestation and can help prevent miscarriages.
Acupuncture is used to treat elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), repeated miscarriage, unexplained infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, in addition to numerous other infertility issues. It’s used to encourage healing in chronic urinary tract disease, uterine fibroids, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, anovulation, premature menopause, menopausal symptoms and hormone imbalances.
Currently, there are several hundred herbs used in infertility treatments together with acupuncture, moxibustion, Qi Gong, diet and other holistic remedies as complementary and alternative therapeutic infertility treatments.
Acupuncture and moxibustion
Whenever I had been told I had a issue with my fertility, I found that an acupuncturist and began going to about 3 times weekly. I’d been for acupuncture earlier for neck pain following a car crash and had discovered that it actually worked, and I was desperate to do anything I could think of that might help me to have a baby. In total I tried 6 acupuncturists – both in South Africa and in the Netherlands and my experience was quite different at all them.
The first acupuncturist I saw, was a Chinese doctor, who put me in a room with other patients and stuck needles all over my body – like in my ovaries. He wasn’t the most gentle person, but I believed that at least something as being done and that my ovaries were being kick-started into actions! Psychological probably, but it did begin the trip… I was then referred to a different Chinese physician that a friend had attempted. He was far more tender and I had been treated in a private room, with tranquil Chinese songs and he used fewer needles. He also prescribed some herbs, which I took in a pill form to help unblock my liver”chi” – that was allegedly also causing some disturbance with my ovaries.
After that, I moved to the Netherlands, and I discovered another Chinese acupuncturist in a massive Chinese medical centre in the center of the red light district in Amsterdam! He also prescribed herbs in a tablet form and was quite gentle with the needles. It wasn’t that relaxing though, since the center was so busy and there was continuous chatter outside my area! He gave me a few moxa sticks and showed me where to hold them at different points in my body – my knees and shins and some other places. In direct moxibustion, a professional (or you can do it yourself) lighting one end of a moxa stick, about the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it near the area being treated for many minutes before the area turns red.
Then I discovered a Dutch acupuncturist, who took approximately 4 hours to treat me and did a few direct moxibustion on my spine. Moxibustion is frequently used together with acupuncture and it’s used to draw toxins from the body, mainly at the stage of the criticism. Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, or “moxa”, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing and has been used throughout Asia for centuries. The objective of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of”qi” or”chi”, and maintain general health.
In direct moxibustion, a little, cone-shaped quantity of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned until it burns out completely. The moxa is placed on the stage and lit, but is extinguished or removed before it burns skin. The individual will experience a nice heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but shouldn’t experience any pain, blistering or discoloration unless the moxa is left in place for a long time.
Apparently there’s the type that really scars and burns the skin, but fortunately none of my acupuncturists practiced it! I did have round bruises on my back for a couple of days afterward though! Finally, I found a South African acupuncturist, residing in the Netherlands for several years and specializing in fertility and pregnancy acupuncture. She did reflexology and moxibustion on me and I was expected to keep a little needle in my ear for a couple of days after every session, and following a month or two of weekly treatments, I was pregnant!