One of the most foundational ways acupuncture for fertility helps is by reducing stress levels.
When a man or woman is experiencing high levels of stress, their body will relate a hormone called cortisol from their adrenal glands. This hormone, when released in excess and for a prolonged period, can interfere with a person’s reproductive system functioning.
Stress can influence a woman’s ability to ovulate. There is an interaction between the hypothalamus, pituitary, and reproductive glands that guide ovulation. Stress can interfere with each of these parts of a woman’s brain and body. Chronic stress, whether it is mental, emotional, or physical, can thus prevent a woman from ovulating, thus preventing her from becoming pregnant. Stress can also as disrupt hormone levels. In addition, chronic stress can lead to irregular motility in the fallopian tubes, which can prevent fertilization and implantation of an egg. Plus, stress in men can lead to erectile dysfunction, a decrease in sperm count and impotence. This can contribute to the cause of female infertility.
Also, acupuncture can promote fertility by unblocking stagnant qi, improving blood flow, and invigorating the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the goal is to uncover the imbalances in the mind and body and correct them. So what does this look like?