The beauty of Chinese Medicine is that we look at the body as a whole system of moving parts. We look for imbalances and then look for what is causing them. With my fertility patients trying to conceive, we look to the menstrual cycle as a key marker to tell us what is going on in the body. A textbook cycle is 28 days so ovulation around day 14, bleeding for 4 days with little to no PMS (yes, ladies, this is possible!). We also look at my patient’s BBT chart to note any imbalances there. Finally we look at all the boxes checked in the new patient paperwork – what is your digestion like, how’s your sleep, what kind of stress/anxiety are your under, do you run hot or cold? All of these tidbits of information go into my Chinese Medical diagnosis and will tell me what acupuncture points to use and what herbal formula is appropriate for you.
Acupuncturist Jill Blakeway and OBGYN Sami David co-wrote a book called Making Babies, which should be on your must read list if you’re trying to conceive. It’s full of fantastic information, and Jill, who owns YinOva in NYC is one of the leaders in my field of fertility acupuncture. She breaks down TCM diagnosis into 5 categories – Stuck, Dry, Waterlogged, Pale, and Tired. Most of us are a combination of two to three of these…which one are you?
These groupings are simplified, but it gives you an idea of what we look for in our Chinese medical diagnosis. With acupuncture and herbal treatments, we go about balancing each of these types to see improvements in the menstrual cycle, digestion, sleep, and stress/anxiety, which leads to overall wellbeing that can carry a healthy pregnancy! Interested in fertility acupuncture? Give the San Antonio Acupuncture Studio a call – (210) 802-8805.
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