Acupuncture, herbs and fertility: here's what you should know.

by Anne Gordon

Acupuncture, herbs and fertility: here's what you should know., Atha Wellness in Kirkland, WA

What is infertility?

Infertility is a challenging medical condition, that encompasses not only physical but also psychological and social well-being.  Chinese medicine can offer some unique interventions for this hard to treat condition.  The power of these treatments, however, is totally different than conventional fertility treatments. Chinese medicine therapies work with a woman’s body; biomedical treatments take the opposite approach. They are generally arduous affairs, involving powerful drugs that radically alter a woman’s hormone production.

How can Chinese Medicine help?

The Chinese medicine approach is gentler.  Women generally report feeling more relaxed and having more energy following acupuncture treatments.  The reason is because the Chinese medicine approach focuses on maximizing one’s fertility through balance. When a woman has difficulty conceiving, it is usually the result of some gradual, long-term changes to her body. Whether the patient suffers from a recognized disease, such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome, or has no clear-cut diagnosis, trying to achieve balance is almost always beneficial.

In many cases when there is a fertility challenge or delayed conception, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can increase the odds of a successful outcome in a shorter period.  It's beneficial to begin treatments several months before trying to conceive, however, in many cases this may not be an option.  What is important is starting as soon as you feel ready, as treatment is beneficial at any stage while you are preparing to conceive (or have conceived!).  

Acupuncture and herbal medicine work together to build, harmonize and regulate Qi and Blood

The aim  of Chinese medicine is to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and uterus, increasing overall body circulation and balancing hormones for healthy follicle development and ovulation that not only aid conception but help to increase the chances for a full term healthy pregnancy. Acupuncture and herbs can also help to decrease daily stress that can prevent or delay pregnancy. 

Chinese Medicine benefits for men:


Sperm quality in male populations around the world is declining at an alarming rate. Chinese Medicine is commonly used to increase and improve the quality, motility, and quantity of sperm. Since male infertility accounts for over 40% of infertility issues in a couple, men are encouraged to have regular treatments to address potential sperm issues.  Strengthening the male partner increases the odds of healthy pregnancy.

No matter what, improving both partners emotional well-being and assessing other dietary or lifestyle factors that could be contributing to fertility challenges is an important part of acupuncture treatment when optimizing fertility.  

If you are interested in learning more about how acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help you, please email to schedule a free phone consultation or in office appointment.

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