Alternative and complementary medicine in all disciplines are increasingly being recognised as alternative forms of conception treatments in clinical practice. The practice of treatments such as acupuncture and nutrition have seen an increase in studies showing the benefits for those experiencing infertility as a treatment used in isolation or as an adjunctive alongside assisted reproductive treatment.
More and more couples want to enhance their chances of pregnancy, and this can be achieved using researched alternative practices.Studies have also shown that such complementary treatments can help jump start ovulation, boost chances for successful embryo transfers and improve the quality of eggs and sperm.
The British Medical Journal published a review in 2008 outlining the effects of acupuncture alone during fertility treatment and found that genuine acupuncture had increased women’s chances of pregnancy by 65% through assisted reproductive treatments such as IVF. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the needles unblock energy (or chi) and increase blood flow to promote a state of balance in the body. According to Western doctors, the needles stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals that help alleviate pain and promote healing. (MRIs even show that acupuncture has an effect in the brain.) Where fertility is concerned, acupuncture helps improve blood supply to reproductive organs, stimulate hormones, regulate ovulation, and decrease stress — all of which is seen to help increase your chances of getting pregnant. For this reason, acupuncture is one of the most popular researched natural fertility treatments recommended by clinicians in the field of reproductive medicine for both men and women. For men, there has seen an increase in sperm quality and count. Acupuncture can be a fertility treatment used alone or it can be part of a holistic treatment plan that may include herbs, nutrition and lifestyle changes. It is also being used in IVF clinics alongside reproductive treatment.
Eating a fertility diet in preparation for pregnancy and to boost fertility is one of the most powerful health changes you can make. Numerous studies have shown that specific changes to the diet can improve fertility, prevent recurrent miscarriage and support a healthy pregnancy.
Nutrition plays a big roll when it comes to having a healthy body and reproductive system. The building blocks for hormones are found in the foods we eat. Antioxidants, which help to protect the egg and sperm from free radicals, are found in the foods that we eat. Just as nutrients in food can be helpful for fertility, there are some foods and chemicals added to foods that can be harmful for your health and fertility. Traditional Chinese medicine food energetics take a holistic approach to add and avoid certain foods to balance your body based upon your medical Chinese diagnosis that is specific to your fertile health needs.
Michelle has developed her own nutritional program that has shown to increase pregnancy outcomes of up to 85% when utilised alongside her natural fertility program for a holistic approach to increase your chances of conception.