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massage for fertility

As you are working on your fertility, there are many adjunct natural therapies that will support you, holistically, during the process.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

In a recent study, women who who were experiencing infertility were given acupuncture treatment or acupuncture together with Chinese herbal formulas. Over 50% of the women in the study conceived with these treatments alone, without other biomedical assistance. Women who underwent a combination of IVF with acupuncture had a significantly higher success rate than the standard—42.5% The success rate of IVF is “24% (for 4 or more embryos transferred) as a standalone therapy.”

Cornell University shares research that has also shown acupuncture and TCM causes:

 

  • Increased blood flow to the uterus and therefore uterine wall thickness, an important marker for fertility

  • Increased endorphin production, which, in turn, has been shown to effect the release of a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), a decapeptide involved in regulating reproduction

  • Lower stress hormones responsible for infertility

  • Impact on plasma levels of the fertility hormones: follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), estradiol (E2), and Progesterone (P)

  • Normalization of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, a key process in fertility

  • A positive effect for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a hormonal imbalance present in three percent of adolescents and adults.

Treatment is cost-effective, free of side effects, and provides precious stress relief. Find out more here.

Yoga

Like acupuncture, yoga is an amazing stress reliever! It can also support fertility by increasing blood flow to the pelvis, releasing muscle tension, and stimulating hormone-producing glands.

Take a look at the short video series that Yoga Instructor, Abby Factor created just for friends of The Nest! These poses support reproductive health in the manner mentioned above.

Maya Fertility Massage

Maya Abdominal Massage was developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo after apprenticing for ten years with Don Elijo Panti, a master healer in Belize. She incorporated the healing art learned from this master into her 30 years of holistic practice and continued learning.

How does it work? The uterus is held in position by muscles and ligaments. It is easy in our sedentary lifestyles for these muscles and ligaments to become weak and loose in some places and tightened in others. This can also happen in healthy bodies due to trauma. These muscles can then no longer hold the uterus in proper position, resulting in a prolapsed or tipped uterus. If the uterus is not in proper position, the flow of blood, lymph, and oxygen can be constricted and nerve connections can weaken. As with acupuncture and yoga, this external massage on the abdomen and back can restore flow and energy to this area as well correct alignment, strengthen muscles and ligaments, and can aid in breaking up scar tissue and cysts. It has the added benefit of easing PMS pain and can ease digestive issues in men and women.

Give yourself some added support from a caring and licensed practitioner of one of these arts. If you’d like to know how we can help you, please give us a call at 773.267.0248 for a free 10 minute consultation.

Sources

Infertility To Pregnancy With Acupuncture & Herbs, Healthcare Medicine Institute
Fertility-Boosting Yoga Poses, Parents Magazine

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I’m sorry to say, you are right. The cold weather can worsen your arthritis pain.

 

In 2007, researchers found that every 10 degree drop in temperature corresponded with an incremental increase in pain. Fortunately, Traditional Chinese Medicine has two secret weapons in alleviating this particular pain—acupuncture and moxibustion.

Moxibustion is a modality used in Traditional Chinese Medicine that burns the herb mugwart and directs that heat to the part of the body being treated. It creates a subtle, penetrating heat which is healing and therapeutic for muscle aches and pains. Find out more about moxibustion here.

Newschannel 7 reported on a study of 110 people with osteoarthritis. Those in the group who received acupuncture for six weeks reported much less pain and better mobility for up to 18 weeks after the last treatment. Moxibustion alleviates pain while also loosening tight joints. It is a relaxing treatment with no side effects.

Regular acupuncture works, too. A multi-year study of nearly 18,000 patients found acupuncture significantly improved pain—even more so than standard treatment—in patients with osteoarthritis, neck, and back pain.

A distinctive feature of Traditional Chinese medicine is that focus isn’t just on the area of pain. The whole body is considered in diagnoses and treatment plans. Therefore, if your arthritis support group all booked appointments to see a TCM practitioner, each of you would get a unique treatment.

You now have extra motivation to check the weather report! If you see that colder weather is approaching, show yourself some loving care and book an appointment for acupuncture and moxibustion!

Book an appointment with us here! Or call 773.267.0248 Or find a licensed practitioner in your area.

Sources

Arthritis Foundation
Weather and Arthritis Pain

Newschannel 7
New Chinese Study That Helps Arthritis Pain

HealthCMI
Acupuncture Works! Neck, Back, Arthritis

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