Infertility is something many couples have to deal with when they attempt to have a child. Being infertile is "not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most people and six months in certain circumstances," as defined by the Mayo Clinic.
Infertility is unfortunately fairly common. About 10-15 percent of couples are thought to be infertile, according to the Mayo Clinic.
There are many causes for infertility that may be present in the woman or the man, or both. Being infertile does not mean you will never have a baby though!
Today there are therapies and treatments that can significantly increase the chance of having a baby. They include fertility drugs, invasive surgery, assisted reproductive technology, of which in vitro fertilization is the most popular.
While all these Western medicine techniques and treatments can help to create the desired result — a baby — they can also be very invasive and expensive, as well as physically and psychologically draining.
Traditional Chinese Medicine however offers some ways to treat infertility too with a much more hands-off approach.
One of the techniques that Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have been using for thousands of years is the ancient art of acupuncture. Acupuncture is the painless insertion of many tiny needles in a strategic pattern into a person from their head to their feet.
The needles are used to activate certain energy (Qi) points in the body which is thought to bring about mental, physical, emotional, and psychological balance. They are placed at key locations on the body where there is an energy link to reproductive organs.
Being centered, relaxed and with a reduced amount of stress, can have a significant effect on one’s fertility. Many women use acupuncture in addition to Western medicine, as the combination of modern and ancient techniques may help to boost their chances of conceiving and carrying a baby.