Nicky Corbett, L.Ac.
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Acupuncture for Fertility

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for millennia to treat issues of fertility. Since the aim of TCM is to "normalize," "harmonize," and "to bring into balance," these ideas are brought to bear on the problems associated with male and female infertility. This is achieved by manipulating the flow of Qi using acupuncture, and using Chinese herbs to nourish, support and strengthen the Qi and the Vital fluids (including Blood), as well as the internal organs. Thus the possibility of conception is optimized.

For American women, in particular those who have delayed childbearing to establish career and/or relationship, these concepts are especially pertinent. Contemporary women are often depleted (especially of kidney yin, yang, and essence, the "root" energy) and have constrained energy (liver Qi) that causes blockages, particularly in the pelvis.

Earlier in her life these blockages may have presented as painful menstrual cramps, endometriosis, fibroid tumors, PMS symptoms, etc. Now these disharmonies may result in difficulties with fertility by affecting different parts of the reproductive cycle - production of the egg, fertilization of the egg and implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus. Similar energy disturbances in men may result in poor sperm production, shape or motility. TCM seeks to address these problems with time tested methodology.