Fertility Treatments and Lifestyle



Acupuncture

  1. Reduces stress. Because the stress hormone cortisol shares the same precursor as progesterone, when you are more stressed, less progesterone is produced. By reducing stress, acupuncture increases the production of progesterone.
  2. Brings more energy to the ovaries so that they can produce balanced amounts of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
  3. Increases blood flow to the uterus. Relaxes the uterus muscle so that the embryo can implant and grow properly.
  4. Relaxes the smooth muscles of the Fallopian tubes so the egg can meet the sperm in the proper place, thus preventing ectopic pregnancy.
  5. Restores balance to the hypothalamus, the pituitary, and the ovaries.
  6. Improves sperm quality by enhancing testicular function.
  7. Helps reduce insulin levels by decreasing blood sugar levels to treat polycyst ovarian syndrome.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese Herb Infertility

The uterus, undoubtedly one of the most important organs to a woman's pregnancy, undergoes dramatic changes during the menstral cycle. According to TCM theory, during menstruation, the job of the uterus is to purge and expel the old blood to make room for regenerating the new. On the other hand, after ovulation, the uterus must focus on building blood and retaining it in a calm chamber to ensure the successful implantation of the embryo. Therefore, when utilizing Chinese herbs to treat infertility, special care must be taken to ensure the correct herbs are administered during the correct point in the woman's menstrual cycle. At the Mind, Body, and Baby Retreat, we use Dr. ZQ Guo's sequential treatment of herbs that are specially tailored to benefit each stage of a woman's cycle. By closely following a woman's bodily changes throughout her cycle, we better ensure a successful pregnancy.


Chinese Food Therapy

Chinese Herb Infertility

Our unique "Fertility Porridge" utilizes common Chinese food supplements such as Lotus Seeds (Nelumbo nucifera) and Chinese Wolfberries (Lycii Sinensis) to improve your digestion so that your body can absorb nutrients more efficiently and your spirit will be calm. Thus, more energy will flow to your ovaries and uterus, readying them for implantation. In addition, our special recipe tonifies the liver and kidneys so that your body can discharge toxins more efficiently and so that your ovaries and adrenal glands can produce more balanced amounts of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, the most important fertility hormones.


Herbal Foot Wash

Chinese Herb Infertility Hong Hua

Your feet carry you where you want to go but did you know that they can also help you get pregnant? According to TCM theory, the meridians or energy channels that serve your reproductive organs all terminate at your feet. Thus, by warming your feet in an herbal wash, you increase the the blood and energy flow to your reproductive organs. Furthermore, the dilation of blood vessels in your feet strengthens your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) which sets off a cascade of relaxation throughout your body. For example, strengthening the PNS helps balance the immune system and prevents it from forming auto-antibodies that attack your baby. The herbs we use, such as Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius), improves the circulation to your reproductive organs and nourishes your PNS.


Taichi

Fertility Taichi

At every infertility seminar, Dr. ZQ Guo, a famous infertility specialist and Dr. Zheng's mentor, would tell the story of a patient whose only infertility problem was the stress of trying to get pregnant. Chronic stress creates conditions in a woman's body that are highly unfavorable to healthy fetal implantation and growth. Fertility Taichi has gained popularity in the past few years because it relieves tension and reduces stress, thereby producing a more favorable environment for your baby. By regularly practicing Taichi, your body benefits from the improved circulation and reduced stress levels fostered by Taichi's cultivation of deep breathing, relaxation, and self-awareness.


Tui Na

Tui Na is a traditional Chinese massage and manipulation technique that promotes energy flow along the meridians of the body. When used in conjunction with acupuncture, Tui Na has been shown to be quite effective for treating infertility.