Acupuncturist and natural fertility specialist Alexander Goldberg highlighted the role Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and mind/body techniques can play a role in boosting the chances of getting pregnant.
Here are Goldberg’s top seven tips for improved fertility:
1. Increase blood flow to your reproductive organs:
TCM practitioners say that a stressful lifestyle pulls the body’s blood flow and attention away from reproductive organs and funnels it instead to your arms and legs. To change this, use acupuncture to help reproductive organs receive optimal blood flow, or try focused relaxation by pleasure trips, massage or a de-stressing yoga session.
2. Get your hormones into balance:
Conception becomes tricky when your reproductive hormones are imbalance . Stress can be the number one culprit behind hormonal imbalance. Women with high-stress lifestyles may produce more of the hormone prolactin, which may them impede ovulation. Besides using strategies to cut down on stress in your life, certain herbs from TCM may be beneficial—as can simply eating a healthy diet and exercising, two of the best ways to bring the body’s hormones back into balance.
3. Improve emotional health:
According to traditional Chinese medicine , two of the most common organ systems addressed in fertility are the liver and the lungs. The liver is related to anger, frustration, stress, and desire. The lungs are related to sadness, grief, and holding on.To improve emotional health, find time to calm your mind through acupuncture, yoga, or meditation.
4. Avoid dampness:
According to Chinese medical practitioners, dampness accumulates in our bodies and causes blockages in the form of cysts and fibroids that can make getting pregnant difficult. If you are trying to become pregnant, eliminate damp food like milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream, greasy foods, and alcohol. Wet clothing, humid environments, and moist basements should also be avoided.
5. Chart your ovulation cycle:
Charting your basal body temperature can help you determine when you’re ovulating, whether ovulation occurs on the optimal day and if your body is at a temperature conducive for fertility.
6. Make sure your body is receptive to conception:
According to TCM, height and weight do not support the concept of fertility, which is warm, enveloping, holding, and supportive. If you are constantly expending all of your energy working out or following the latest fad diet, there may not be enough energy left to support new life. In other words: everything in moderation.
7. Don’t obsess:
The more emphasis we put on our tries for a baby not succeeding in any given month, the more stress and frustration we create for ourselves. This in turn, may create more fertility hurdles. In TCM, it is thought that having a passive attitude toward your outcome and being more conscious of the process are what will help you maintain balance and, ultimately, give you the results you want.
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